June P3-A Bulletin

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P-3A Council Survey Results


During the Question and Answer portion of the January 2014 P-3A Member Meetings, the majority of P-3A members in attendance raised concerns on a number of issues, including workplace climate.  An informal survey was developed by CSEA and P-3A Council/Chapter 260 to help provide P-3A members the resources and leadership needed to improve public education and to help to resolve current issues.  Click here to view complete survey results.

The CSEA P-3A survey was sent to 173 personal e-mail addresses of P-3A members. Two reminder e-mails were sent on May 7 and 12.  As a result of CSEA and P-3A promotion of this survey, 81 P-3A members completed some or all of the survey questions.  This report includes data and comments for all questions answered, regardless of whether the individual completed all 41 questions.

Overall, approximately half of the P-3A membership at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) completed the survey.  P-3A members at the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) also completed the survey. Click here to view complete survey results.

CSDE has offices in Hartford and Middletown.  The number of responses from CSDE in Hartford and Middletown reflected the percentage of members in both locations.  Both the survey response rate, and the survey response rate by CSDE location, show that member responses fairly represent the P-3A membership at CSDE as a whole.

The Survey Items were drawn from the issues raised at the January 2014 P-3A meetings.  Survey Items were grouped into 8 Issue Areas:

  1. Professional Staff Planning and Evaluation System (PSPES) Process
  2. CSDE Hiring Process
  3. External Contracts – Fiscal Concerns
  4. External Contracts – Productivity Concerns
  5. Management – Productivity Concerns
  6. Workplace Climate
  7. Workplace Schedule and Productivity
  8. Labor-Management.

The Survey Item results of P-3A member responses in the 8 Issue Areas begins on page 5 of this report.  P-3A response categories were: “Agree,” “Disagree,” “Don’t Know,” and “Not Applicable.”  Union members had an option to include comments.  An analysis of member comments will be available in a subsequent report.  All results are in aggregate form and do not personally identify survey respondents.   Click here to view complete survey results.

Next Steps
Overall, the results of this informal survey show that the issues raised by individual P-3A members at the January 2014 meetings were not just anecdotal.  In 7 of the 8 Issue Areas, P-3A members showed agreement with the majority of the Survey items.

Given the P-3A Election on June 30, 2014, the P-3A Executive Committee and CSEA Leadership recommend that the next P-3A Executive Committee identify issues for action and resolution.  For questions, please contact Andrew Midgen, CSEA Staff Representative at amidgen@csea760.com.   Click here to view complete survey results.


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P-3A Labor Management Committee Meeting Minutes

Click Here for P-3A Labor Management Committee Meeting Minutes from Monday, January 27, 2014.

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P-3A Nominations and Elections

The P-3A Nominating Committee respectfully submits the following report. A call for nominations was issued on May 20, 2014. All members in good standing were invited to forward nominations, including self-nominations.
The P-3A elections and annual meeting will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
at CSEA headquarters, 760 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. Please note the new time of 5:00 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m.
In accordance, with P-3A bylaws, the nominees for two-year terms are as follows (names alphabetically listed):


  • Agnes Quiñones
  • Michelle Rosado
Vice President

  • Sandi Casberg
  • Adrian Wood

  • Michelle Dixon
  • Nghi Trieu

  • Keryn Felder
  • Marcus Rivera
Chief Steward :

  • Pam Casiano
  • Adrian Wood
Department of Education

  • Vicky Barney
  • Felicia Canty
  • James Dargati
  • Matthew Falconer
  • Regina Hopkins
  • Abe Krisst
  • Olayemi Onibokun
  • Susan Pierson
  • Marcus Rivera
  • Donna Wallace
Bureau of Educational Services for the Blind

  • Martha Delaney
Bureau of Rehabilitative Services

  • Kerri Fradette
CSEA -SEIU 2001 Council Alternate

  • Michelle Dixon
  • Paige Farnham
  • Susan Pierson
CSEA Convention Delegates

  • Martha Delaney
  • Kerri Fradette
  • Susan Pierson
  • Marcus Rivera
  • Michelle Rosado
  • Norma Sinclair
Convention Delegate Alternates

  • Matthew Falconer
  • Jo Ann Freiberg
  • Regina Hopkins
  • Susan Pierson
  • Kendra Shakir


The membership may provide additional nominations to the P-3A Nominating Committee at the  biennial election.


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May Edition of the P-3A Bulletin

The May edition of the P-3A Bulletin is now available.

This month’s edition includes the P-3A President Update, Annual Meeting Notice and Call for Nominations.  Information on the P-3A picnic, Teacher Retirement Board contributions for Retiree Health Insurance, and information on CIGNA as new our new carrier for state employee and retiree dental plans is also included.

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P-3A Bylaws

Click Here for P3A Bylaws

P-3A Counil Education Administrators By-Laws

Last Revised August 2008


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January P-3A Bulletin

Click Here to download the January edition of the P-3A Bulletin

P3A Pay Tables can currently be found here. If you have information for P3A members that would be useful, please send an email message to Marcus at rivmar905@gmail.com for P3A Executive Council review. Please include “P3A” in the email subject heading.

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December P3A Bulletin

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September P3A Bulletin

Click here for the September 2013 P3A Bulletin

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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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