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Retiree Medicare Advantage Informational Meeting

Do you have questions regarding the Medicare Advantage Program?

On Wednesday, June 28, CSEA is sponsoring an Informational Meeting on the Medicare Advantage Program. This upcoming move will preserve all of our existing benefits, and our benefits and network coverage will actually expand as a result of moving to Medicare Advantage. We are not allowing any insurance carrier to set the terms of our plan. Our plan is set by the SEBAC Agreement and its benefits are not changed by switching to Medicare Advantage as a vehicle for delivering those benefits to Medicare covered retirees — except to the extent we’ve actually been able to make some improvements. That means everything that you receive with your secondary insurance currently, you will continue to receive. And you will see improved benefits – this plan eliminates the out of network co-pay for Medicare-covered services, and Silver Sneakers will be available to our members as will some other improvements in podiatry and other services. Find out how it works and ask questions you may have.  No Pre-registration necessary.   You can also get answers from the SEBAC Medicare Advantage Q/A

When:

  • Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 to 12 noon
    Sponsored by CSEA SEIU Local 2001

Where:

  • Central Connecticut State University
    In the Welte Auditorium
    1615 Stanley St., New Britain, CT 06053
    (Parking will be in the Welte Garage)
    Click here for a CCSU Campus Map
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SEBAC class action status report

To all SEBAC unions and SEBAC class action members: 

We are writing to provide a report on the results of the settlement process for economic damages awards to class members in the SEBAC  class action.

  1. The state has identified approximately 2,400 class members entitled to recover economic damages as a result of the Rowland layoffs and demotions.  We believe that there are several hundred additional class members entitled to recover economic damages as a result of having taken an in voluntary retirement because of an impending layoffs or of other economic losses, such as increased mileage to work due to a layoff-caused transfer of position.
  1.   There are approximately 1,400 class members who were laid off in late 2002-03  and returned to work within one year of layoff.   We have been able, to date, to reach settlements for approximately 725 of these class members. Do you settle claims primarily involves individuals who returned it to the same position as before the layoffs and did not have continuing economic losses after their return (i.e.,  because of a missed promotion or annual increase).   We are in the process of developing settlement offers for the remaining (app.) 675 one year returnees.   However, we do not have updated contact information ( and have been unable to locate) 153 of the one year returnees.   Attached to this report is a list of one year returnees we need to locate in order to process their economic damages settlements.   If your name is on the list, please contact us as soon as possible. if you recognize someone’s else’s name on the list and can help us reach that person, please contact us or contact that person and ask him or her to contact us.
  1. We have reached partial or complete settlements with a Nother approximately 200 class members who are not one year returnees and have approximately 150 offers for other class members pending with the state. We have been resolving these pending offers on a continuing basis, both through direct negotiations with the state and through court proceedings with the SEBAC Claims Administrator, Magistrate Judge Fitzsimmons.  George Fitz Simmons has been scheduling adjudication proceedings on pending claims on an approximate biweekly basis, and we anticipate this will continue throughout 2017 and into 2018.
  1.   As with one your return he is, we have been unable to locate a number of class members who either  (A)  returned more than one year after layoff;  (B)  never returned; or (C) took retirement in lieu of layoffs or demotions. Attached to this report is a list of these class members that we have been unable to locate to date. Again, if your name is on the list, please contact us as soon as possible. If you recognize someone’s else’s name on the list and can help us reach that person, please contact us or contact that person and ask him or her to contact us.
  1.   The 875 + case is settled today, in whole or in part, have resulted in monetary awards to class members in excess of $11.9 million and in payments in the form of vacation days in Lou of monetary awards with a value in excess of $17.7 million.  These amounts do not include the value of adjusted ( increased) pension benefits that class members have received as a result of the awards.
  1.   We understand the class members are anxious to have their economic damages claim is resolved, and we are working diligently and around the clock to do so. We have five attorneys (four full-time) and four paralegals working on developing in resolving settlement offers.   The Attorney General’s office, as well as DAS and the comptroller’s office, has a similar number of personnel working on resolving these awards. We are also discussing with the Attorney General’s office possible ways in which the settlement process can be expedited.

 

David S. Golub
Jonathan M. Levine
Silver Golub & Teitell LLP

(for the SEBAC Class Action settlement team)

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CSEA Statement on SEBAC Framework and Q&As

After a long and difficult set of discussions, SEBAC has reached a framework with the Malloy administration that will protect our benefits long term while providing job security for our members in difficult economic times and guarantee wage increases in the later years of the agreement. At the same time, this framework provides significant savings to the state, but in such a way as to minimize the pain to our members to the greatest extent possible.

This framework is not ready to be voted upon because there are issues that still need to be resolved at the individual bargaining tables. We will be working to resolve those issues in the coming weeks. Assuming those outstanding bargaining unit issues are resolved, we will be conducting informational meetings and a ratification vote in mid-July.

Q&As

Other Important Documents

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State Layoff Intake Form

If you receive a layoff notice, it is important that you complete the CSEA State Layoff Intake Form.  This form will ensure we have the most up-to-date contact information for you so that we can easily reach you with any updates.

Click Here To Complete The CSEA State Layoff Intake Form

1.  Fill this form out completely. If you can not submit this form online, or if you experience computer/internet errors, please either print and mail the completed form to: CSEA SEIU Local 2001, 760 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT  06106 or call 800-894-9479 to request a hard copy to be mailed to you.
2.  Contact your union steward immediately.   He/She will ask you a series of questions to make sure that your contractual rights are not being violated.
3.  Immediately write a memo to your agency personnel office stating, “As a member of the (P-4, P3-A, P3-B, Inspector, Corrections Supervisors Council (CSC), Supervising Judicial Marshals (SJM), or State Police Lieutenants and Captains) bargaining unit, I wish to exercise my contractual bumping rights.  Please keep me advised.”   Remember: Under CSEA’s collective bargaining agreeements, failure to elect to exercise bumping rights is an automatic waiver of your bumping rights.  You should hand deliver the memo to your agency personnel office and retain a date stamped copy for your records.
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List of 2017 Bad Bills

Click here for the list of bad bills CSEA is currently tracking.

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CSEA Reaction to Gov. Malloy’s State of the State Speech

Gov. Malloy’s reference to “state employee concessions” during his State of the State address may give some the impression that the governor expects a small minority of the population to resolve Connecticut’s fiscal challenges. The reality is that the scope of the problems facing us all requires a broader, far more comprehensive approach.

As always, our union is willing to work with state elected leaders to find a way forward in a difficult economic environment. Our members do important work and are an economic asset.

Click here for the Economic Policy Institute Study on CT Public Sector Workers

 

But we are not willing to be scapegoats or political cover for legislators unwilling to make better choices. We are not willing to abandon our defense of public services — and the women and men who provide them — that make Connecticut a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Click here for the news article Connecticut a great place to do business

 

Members of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) are already providing over $1 billion dollars annually in ongoing budget savings. Over the past eight years they have ratified two separate agreements to sacrifice wages and benefits in exchange for protecting the vital services they provide for residents.

 

Click here for the 2011 cost-savings agreement with the Malloy Administration

 

If millionaires and billionaires contributed a percentage of their income in taxes equivalent to that which working families already pay, lawmakers would have a $1 billion surplus at their disposal. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Connecticut’s state and local tax system is the 26th most regressive in the nation.

 

Click here for more on our state’s unfair tax system.

 

That simple fact alone is reason enough to demand real tax fairness — and for an adequately-funded state government that is able to provide the services that everyday people need.

While union members have time and again been willing to do their part, Connecticut’s budget issues cannot be resolved on the backs of middle class families. Nor can they be fixed by passing the burden to local communities or by decimating public health, safety and other vital services our citizens deserve.

Last year’s experience here in Connecticut proved that it is impossible to balance budgets — let alone improve the economy, create decent jobs or reduce inequality — through cuts alone.

Click here for an economic analysis on the failure of austerity policies.

The truly “balanced and responsible” solution that the governor seeks calls for Connecticut’s wealthiest citizens and largest corporations to pay their fair share in taxes.

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CSEA’s 75 Anniversary Delegate Convention

CSEA’s 75 Anniversary Delegate Convention
Saturday, October 22nd
At Connecticut Central State University (CCSU) in the Student Center, Alumni Hall
All Chapters should get their elected delegate lists into Mike Nortz, 860-951-6614, mnortz@csea760.com

Sign-in starts at 8:45am.

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P3B Council Meeting and Elections will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

P3B Council Meeting and Elections will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at the CSEA Union Hall, 760 Capitol Ave, Hartford.

Please know that the P3B Elections and Council Meeting will now be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. The elections/meeting date for September 7 had to be postponed.

Please plan to attend this important meeting on September 21. We will hold elections, then discuss the budget, public service cuts and layoffs.

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Sept. 8th P-4 Council Meeting Canceled. Please Attend Sept. 8th D.U.E. Justice Event

We have made an executive decision to cancel the upcoming September 8, 2016 P4 Council meeting and have delegates and alternates attend an important call to action at the D.U.E. Justice Coalition’s Take Back Connecticut meeting at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
The specific details of the event are:


Take Back Connecticut!
D.U.E Justice Coalition Action
Thursday, Sept 8th, 6:30PM

CT Central State University, Welte Auditorium
New Britain, Connecticut

This is an important event in our fight for keeping our SEBAC and P4 Contract secure. We’ll be coming together to fight for good jobs; quality schools; a vibrant and fairly funded public sector; racial, gender, and ethnic justice; and democracy in our state and our workplaces.  The entire leadership of the P4 Council looks forward to seeing you at this event. Please direct any specific questions about the event to our CSEA SEIU Local 2001political director Danny Medress (860-951-6614) or P4 President Travis Woodward (twoodwardpe@yahoo.com)
See you there!!! And we will see you on October 6th, 2016 at our next monthly meeting.

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Hartford Courant falsely attacks State employees’ pension benefits

By Robert D. Rinker

The Courant should look into the mirror itself before giving it as a gift to legislators (July 20th Editorial). The Courant has cheered the Governor’s budget and his new economic reality and now bemoans the cuts that need to be made by State agencies and its impact on working and middle class families.

And for the umpteenth time, the Courant falsely attacks State employees’ pension benefits claiming the benefits are the most generous in the nation. When in actuality, a typical State employee has modest benefits that combined with social security benefits and the employee’s individual savings will provide for retirement security. This type of retirement security should be for all Americans not just for state employees.

With regards to pension funding, most of the unfunded liability is attributable to State employees hired prior to July 1, 1984, and nearly all of them have retired from State service. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo in concert with the State Employees Retirement Commission has offered a sensible and a fiscal responsible solution to the long term funding of the State Employee Pension Plan. The solution will not only benefit the plan’s participants, but also the Connecticut taxpayers.

 

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