Raises Set to Begin For Many State Employees

For those state employee bargaining units that voted in favor of the 2011 SEBAC agreement, raises are set to begin August 26th and should show up in the September 20th paycheck. The 2011 SEBAC agreement provides (3%) increase plus step increases, annual increments (or their equivalent) in those units that have them as part of their collective bargaining agreement for FY 2013-14, FY 2014-15 and FY 2015-16.

These raises are happening at a time when other workers around the state are facing a sluggish economy and many in the private sector are facing the potential for layoffs. It is important to remember that these raises come after two years of wage freezes and other concessions that state employees agreed to during the darkest fiscal period in a generation in order to help the State of Connecticut balance its budget. These past few years of wage freezes have been difficult, but state employees are now set to receive 9% in wage increases over the next 3 years.  Typically, these wage increases would happen on July 1st, but the wage increases for FY 2013-14 have been delayed by 3 pay periods due to wage increases paid to employees in FY 2011-12 prior to ratification of the 2011 agreement.

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July 2013 P-3A Meetings for CSDE P3A Members The CSDE P-3A members were informed by the stewards that the July 1, 2013, and July 2, 2013, P-3A member meetings for CSDE P-3A members, to discuss CSDE P-3A matters, have been postponed due to the Commissioner’s All Staff Meeting, currently scheduled for July 9, 2013. P-3A President Agnes Quiñones asked that we also inform the membership via the P-3A Bulletin.
The new meeting dates and times will be scheduled and announced soon.
McCusker Scholarship Please be advised that there was one P-3A McCusker Scholarship recipient for FY 2013. The scholarship winner is Bryan Estey! Thank you to Valerie Marino


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Meeting Schedule

The P3A Executive Council is pleased to announce that Bob Rinker, CSEA/SEIU Local 2001 Executive Director will be joining us for the P3A meetings at the dates and times listed below:

  • Thursday, April 25, Room MCR3, CSDE Middletown, 12pm;
  • Tuesday, April 30, Room 307A, CSDE Hartford,11am.

The purpose of the meetings is to respond to retirement questions. If you have other questions, please send an email message to P3A Secretary Marcus Rivera at rivmar905@gmail.com and include “P3A” in the email subject heading. Someone on the P3A Executive Council will respond. The May 9, 2013 meeting at BESB has been cancelled; Bob already presented to sister state worker bargaining units there. All P3A members are welcomed to attend these two April meetings (BESB, BRS, CSDE, DCS and DDS). Please feel free to bring your lunch.


Option to Retain Grandfathered Normal Retirement Date under SEBAC 2011

By now P3A members for whom the “Grandfathered Normal Retirement Date under SEBAC 2011” option would apply, should have been contacted by their agency’s Human Resources bureau. At CSDE, the Bureau of Human Resources (BHR) has scheduled information sessions on Monday, April 22, 9-10am, Room 307A, and Tuesday, April 23, 9-10am, Room MCR3, CSDE Middletown, for eligible CSDE employees. For CSDE employees with questions, please leave BHR a message at the following mailbox: BHRRetDateOptionSDE@ct.gov.


P3A Website

A number of  items have been posted on the P3A website:

P3A Labor Management Committee minutes for meetings

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.


HEP Chronic Care Bonus

For those active state employees who thought they should have received a HEP Chronic Care Bonus, the Comptroller’s Office has set
up a process for members to report non-payment. Employees should email osc.cthep@po.state.ct.us or call 860.702.3560 (this is a voice mailbox 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.



McCusker Memorial Scholarship Applications

Click Here to Download the 2013 McCusker Scholarship Application

Throughout the 50+ year history of the McCusker Scholarship, CSEA has awarded approximately 1,000 scholarships totaling over $1,000,000.00!We give great thanks to all the CSEA councils, chapters and individuals that have contributed over the years. This year’s McCusker Scholarship application will, for the first time, include an essay question. This year’s essay question will be: “What was the Bread and Roses strike, and how did it benefit working families?” Directions and requirements for submission are on the cover letter of the application. All applications must be in the office by Monday, June 3, 2013, with accompanying materials due by Monday, June 10.



P3A & CSDE Summer Picnic

The P3A and CSDE Summer Picnic will be held at Nevers Park in South Windsor on Friday, June 7. Please save the date!More information will be shared soon.

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P-3A Labor Management Committee Meeting Meeting Minutes

Click here for the March P-3A Labor Management Committee Meeting Minutes

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P3A Council Meetings

The P3A Executive Council wishes all members a peaceful New Year. The first P3A Council meetings of the New Year will be held in January. A calendar of meetings will be developed soon. Please feel free to attend any of the sessions below as your schedules permit. All meetings have been scheduled at noon so feel free to bring your lunch. No need to RSVP your P3A Council steward.

  • Wednesday, January 9, Room MCR2, CSDE Middletown, 12pm
  • Th0ursday, January 10 at the Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB), 184 Windsor Ave., Windsor, 12pm
  • Monday, January 14, Room 307A, CSDE Hartford,12pm.


I. Welcome and Introductions
II. President’s Report

a. Communication

b. PSPES Process

c. SEBAC 2011 Agreement

  • i. Breakpoint retirement calculation
  • ii. Health Care Contribution effective July 1, 2013
  • iii. General Wage Increase effective July 1, 2013
  • iv. Sick Bank

III. Chief Union Steward Report

  • a. Labor Management Process
  • b. Grievance Process/Updates

IV. Treasurer’s Report

V. McCusker Scholarship Donation

VI. Picnic

  •  need volunteers
  •  set date

VII. Retirement – General Information


IX. Good and Welfare

X. Adjourn

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Click here to read the August 29, 2012 P3-A Information Bulletin. (pdf)

The P3-A Contract can be found here. (pdf)

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