Affirmative Action Committee

The Affirmative Action Committee was established to address concerns of the employer/employee relationship in regards to recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, benefits, compensation, discipline, layoff and termination.

To promote the idea that all decisions are made on the basis of qualifications, performance and other work-related factors, and without discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

The Affirmative Action Committee met with Holly Darin the director of the Connecticut Department of Correction’s Affirmative Action Unit on January 17, 2014. The following agenda was discussed;

  1. Holly Darin’s Concerns
  2. Explanation of AA Complaint Process and Timelines.
  3. Current Promotional Goals (Goal Candidates) from LT to DW.
  4. Departments Goals for Ensuring Diversity at all Ranks including Executive Team.
  5. Discipline Log for 2013.
  6. General Discussion

Vincent Steele, VP

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Special Open Enrollment For State Employees Following The Supreme Court’s Invalidation of the Defense of Marriage Act

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that effectively barred samesex married couples from being recognized as “spouses” for purposes of federal law. As a result of that ruling, the Health Care Cost Containment Committee has agreed to a special open enrollment period that will run from July 9, 2013 until September 13, 2013, to give state employees and retired state employees in a same sex marriage the opportunity to elect for health insurance. Prior to the Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA, State employees were required to pay Federal taxes and social security taxes on the benefits of their same sex spouse. The federal income tax burden may have discouraged some employees from enrolling a same sex spouse in health benefit coverage.

Before the Supreme Court’s ruling, heterosexual married couples were able to provide health benefits to a spouse on a tax-free basis but samesex married couples were not. This meant that state employees or retirees providing health benefit coverage for a same sex spouse under the state’s health plan paid the premium for the spouse’s coverage on a post-tax basis and were taxed on the imputed value of benefits provided to a same-sex spouse. For the roughly 800 state employees and retirees currently covering a same sex spouse, the Comptroller’s Office is working on modifying the records on a global basis through CORE-CT to adjust premium shares from a post-tax to a pre-tax basis and to modify federal income and Social Security taxes year to date. The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor are expected to issue guidance concerning how the Supreme Court’s decision will affect the administration of some 1,000 federal laws. It is presently unclear how the ruling will impact federal income tax returns filed in prior years or whether the IRS will establish specific procedures for same-sex couples to seek refunds based on filing status or payment of federal income and Social Security taxes on the imputed value health benefits to a same-sex spouse.

Special Enrollment Period – The special open enrollment period began July 9, 2013 and end on September 13, 2013. During this period, enrollment is limited to state employees and retirees who did not previously enroll their same sex spouse. You will be required to provide a copy of your marriage certificate at the time of enrollment.

CSEA will work to provide further information on this subject as it becomes available.

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CSC Steward List and Eboard


Name Facility/Shift Fac. Phone
 Daniel Gibbs  Bridgeport / 1  203-579-6898
John Zator  Brooklyn / 1  860-779-4530
Brian Viger  Cheshire / 1  203-651-6079
Paul Defelice  Cheshire/2  203-651-6149
Robert Hamel  Corrigan/Rad / 1  860-848-5836
Daniel Dougherty  Corrigan/Rad / 2  860-848-5836
Carbet Meyers  Corrigan/Rad /1  860-848-5836
Martin Pluszynski  Corrigan/Rad /1  860-848-5836
Brian Hammond  Enfield / 1  860-763-7309
Jose Rivera  Enfield / 1  860-763-7309
Victor Colon  Hartford/  860-240-1969
Noel Brown  Hartford/1  860-240-1969
Horace Allison  McDgl/Walker / 1  860-627-2216
Kevin Manley  McDgl/Walker / 1  860-627-2229
Anthony Smith  MYI / 2  203-806-2549
Jennifer Feitel  MYI /3  203-806-2546
Danette Keel  MYI/1  203-806-2549
Lou Ross  New Haven/1  203-974-4122
Zandra Sheppard  New Haven/2  203-974-4124
James Sharp  Northern/2  860-763-8605
Nelson Correia  Northern/3  860-763-8605
Sean Donahue  Osborn / 2  860-814-4961
Barbara Segura  Robinson  860-253-8284
Dino Cicchetti  Robinson/2  860-253-8254
London Kendrick  Uconn / 2  860-679-2708
Jack Cupka  Will-CYB  860-763-6540
Brian Kelly  Will-CYB  860-763-6540
Timothy Newton  Will-CYB  860-763-6524
Charles Lemelin  York/1  860-451-3201
Alex Smith  York/2  860-451-3201
 Julius Preston  Hartford / 2  860-240-1969
 Kevin Manley  McDgl/Walker / 1  860-627-2229
 Robert Knapp  Northern/1  860-763-8605
 Vinny Steele  New Haven / 1  203-974-4124
 Dawn Hicks  Hartford / 1  860-240-1969
 Lance Morris  Garner / 1  203-270-2822
 Eric Griswold  Maloney/Cen Off / 2  860-908-2261

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Letter from CSC President Julius Preston

March 20, 2013

Greetings Brothers and Sisters:

Your Union Leadership has undergone a major reshuffling in the past few months culminating with a new Executive Board.  I would like to personally thank outgoing President Chuck Lemelin for all the hard work and dedication he’s showed this bargaining unit during his tenure.  With the new board has come a new direction which fosters more inclusion from all the members.  The agenda set forward is as follows: first and foremost obtain a successful contract, second address wellness issues for our staff, and lastly bring unity and trust back within the union membership.  Your Executive Board will endeavor to address all these issues in the upcoming year with the help of the membership, so do your part and get involved.  As we embark upon contract negotiations, feel free to contact me or any board member if you have questions or concerns.  Together we can make a difference.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

In Solidarity,

Julius Preston
President Corrections Supervisor Council

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State Employees: Prohibited Practice Agreement on the Pre-Age 55 Resolution

Below you will find a stipulated agreement and question and answer leaflet regarding settlement of a prohibited practice charge filed by SEBAC regarding an issue that arose in August 2011. The issue was that some state employees were allowed to retire with 25 or more years of service, but they had not yet reached the age of 55.


Some basic facts:

  1. The class of members are those in State Employees Retirement System only.
  2. The member must have had 25 years of service as of September 1, 2011.
  3. The member must have not reached the age of 55 as of September 1, 2011.
  4. The member must have not retired since September 1, 2011 through an effective date of December 1, 2012.
  5. Members in a hazardous duty retirement classification will not be eligible because they can retire with 20 years of hazardous duty service.
  6. The agreement has strict timeframes.
  7. Some members may have aged into normal retirement, Tier 1 at 55, so that there will no actuarial reduction.
  8. Finally, this is not an early retirement incentive program, but a settlement of a prohibited practice charge. There is no early retirement incentive program.
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How to Report HEP Chronic Care Bonus Non-Payment

For those active state employees who thought they should have received a HEP Chronic Care Bonus, the Comptroller’s Office has set up process for members to report non-payment.

Employees should email or call 860-702-3560 (this is a voice mail box for HEP issues). They should email or leave in the voice mailbox their name, employee ID number, phone number and indicate that they did not receive a HEP payment.

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Attachment F – Actuarial Cost of Maintaining Current Normal Retirement Age Beyond June 30, 2022

The Revised 2011 SEBAC Agreement provided for current employees who  retired after July 1, 2022:

Normal Retirement eligibility increases from Age 60 and 25 years of Benefit Service or Age 62 and 10 years of Benefit Service to Age 63 Wage and 25 Years of Benefit Service or Age 65 and 10 years of Benefit Service. This change affects all years of service earned on or after July 1, 2011. By July 1, 2013, current employees may make a one-time irrevocable election to begin paying the actuarial cost of maintaining the normal retirement eligibility that exist in the present plan which is scheduled to change on July 1, 2022. The cost shall be established by the Plan’s actuaries and shall be communicated to employees by the Retirement Division. Such election shall be made on a form acceptable to the Retirement Commission and shall indicate the employee’s election to participate or not to participate. In the event the employee fails to make an election, he/she shall not be eligible to participate. Click Here for the calculator to determine the cost of such service.

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