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Chapter 414 Spotlight

Earlier this week, Retiree Organizer, Drew Phelan got the chance to visit our Council 400 Chapter out in Torrington for their Annual Luncheon. Good thing she got to the UCONN Extension Building early—boy was the room packed! Special thanks to Freund’s Farm Market for catering a delicious farm-grown meal for us to enjoy while we discuss issues pertaining to retirees.

Chapter 414 is very lucky to have dedicated leadership from George, Peaches and Karen pictured below. From keeping our members informed and engaged to coordinating fun social events like this—thank you for all you do!



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2019 P4 Summer Picnic

CSEA P-4 COUNCIL 2019 Summer Picnic

Click here for a copy of the flyer

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019 – 12:00 PM TO 4:30 PM
At The Farmington Club
162 Town Farm Road, Farmington, CT


Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Fried Pepper & Onions,
Baked Beans, Salads (Egg, Potato, Toss), Sauerkraut, Beverage, & Sundae Bar.
• OPEN BAR (Beer & Wine – 12:30-3:30 PM)

Basketball *, Horseshoes *, Tennis *, Volley Ball *, Swimming, Softball (Bring Gloves), Shuffle Board, Bingo, Egg Toss, Pool Relays, Plenty of Games, and a Playground for Kids.
*Friendly competition among the P-4 Chapters AND Gifts for the KIDS!

MEMBER: $32.00 ** until July 8, 2019 Thereafter – $42.00 GUEST: $42.00.
** All CHAPTERS are Encouraged to give an Additional $5.00 (minimum) REBATE.**
NOTE : Picnic Cost Could Be $42 (Total Cost) – $10 (Council Rebate) = $32.00 – $5 (Chapter Rebate) = $27.00.
CHILDREN: Ages 6 & under-Free; (Please Note) Ages 7-10 – $12.00 Ages 11-20 – $37.00.

TICKETS can be PURCHASED from P-4 Council Officers, Stewards and CSEA Headquarters. NOTE: P-4 Contract allows 1/2 day off to attend the Picnic.


Any Questions  Or  Ticket  Purchases,  Please Contact:

  • Linda King-Corbin, Chair   (860) 827-2817
  • Denise Eaton, Vice-Chair   (203) 389-3187
  • Tracy Douglas           (860) 748-0640
  • Tina Franco               (860) 594-3548
  • Laschone Garrison   (860) 509-8133
  • Dorota Rabiej            (203) 591-3552
  • Jason Whelan           (860) 263-6122      
  • CSEA Headquarters   (860) 951-6614



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Shelton Drivers & Monitors Win Huge Contract Victory

SheltonWe are happy to report that school bus drivers and monitors in Shelton won a HUGE contract victory hours before a planed strike against their employer, Durham School Services!

When Durham School Services became the school transportation contractor last year, they refused to honor the existing contract that had been negotiated by a previous contractor and instead proposed deep
cuts to planned raises and other benefits. CSEA members stood their ground and demanded that Durham pay every cent that was promised to them.   After 7 months of fruitless negotiations the drivers and monitors voted overwhelmingly to strike.  Drivers and monitors held an informational picket at their bus yard with plans to begin striking days later.

After two long days of bargaining, CSEA signed a tentative agreement with Durham School Services that guarantees the wages promised in the agreement with the former contractor.

It’s difficult to overstate how big of a win this contract is for our members. Some will receive wage increases of over $7.00/hour.  Some
will receive retroactive payments over $6,000.00. Bus monitors won a $15.00/hour minimum wage.  All this without cuts to other benefits. 

Our members in Shelton proved once again that when working people stick together in their union, they win big.

Congratulations Shelton drivers and monitors!

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Updated P‐4 Council Steward Structure / Contact Information

P-4 Steward Structure and Contact- Exec Officers-Staff Reps 3-29-19

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Rally For A Moral Budget

This afternoon there will be a rally in support of a moral budget at the legislative office building in Hartford. CSEA will be providing shuttle rides to the LOB starting at 3:30pm from our HQ at 760 Capitol Ave. Hartford. We will stand in solidarity and urge our elected leaders to pass a MORAL BUDGET that supports all CT residents and asks the wealthy to pay their fair share.

We want a better Connecticut, and we can have it if we demand it.

We challenge our current elected leaders to join us in building a CT that will work for all of us, not just the few.

  • What: RALLY FOR A MORAL BUDGET with DUE Justice
  • When: TODAY May 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM
  • Where: 300 CAPITOL AVE, HARTFORD, CT 06106

download a flyer to share here

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CSEA Social Activities Latest Trips

Take advantage of CSEA’s ability to purchase tickets in bulk!

All Trips are open to everyone, including the general public.   Call CSEA at 860-951-6614 to RSVP or reply to this email!

Note: Due to popular request from Eastern Connecticut, we are adding a pickup point in Norwich, CT (park & ride off exit 14 on I-395) for many trips.  Call CSEA for more details.  

3 Days in NYC-”the Big Apple”
$375 Per Person May 18-20 (Saturday-Monday) 2019 Price includes Motorcoach transportation, 2 nights lodging, 4 meals (2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners), Full day guided tour of NYC, See the new 9-11 Museum, stunning One World Observatory, central park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Wall Street, great experiences, beautiful sights and much more! Pick up locations at commuter lots in Norwich at 8am (park & ride off exit 14 on I-395), Tolland at 9:15am, Windsor at 10am(exit 38, I-91), 11:15am at Southbury exit 14 off 1-84.  RSVP by March 10.
CSEA Day at Lake Compounce
Saturday, June 1, 
$44 per person
Ticket includes admission, most rides, and $15 return voucher, parking, lunch buffet from 12:30 -2:30pm including burgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, baked beans, salad bar, pasta salad, icecream, and softdrinks. 


2019 Organized Labor Night at the Hartford Yard Goats
Tickets $44 pp. 
tickets will be mailed upon recipt of payment
Dunkin’ Donuts Park
Hartford Yard Goats vs. Altoona Curve
Gates Open at 4:30 | Game at 6:05pm

Organized Labor Night includes:

  • On-field ceremony recognizing Organized Labor and Helmets to Hardhats Program
  • Commemorative Organized Labor Night Program
  • Commemorative Organized Labor Night gift for participating locals and partners
  • Post-game Launch-A-Ball fundraiser to benefit Helmets to Hardhats program
  • Post-game Atlas Fireworks Show
  • 2 1/2 Hour Buffet with Non Alcoholic Beverages. Buffet Items include: 1/3 Lbs Grilled Burgers, Grilled Hot Dogs, Grilled Chicken Breast with Assorted BBQ Sauces, Mac N’ Cheese, Pasta Salad, Kettle Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Non-Alcoholic Beverages.Note: The Connecticare Picnic Pavilion is located in Center Field of Dunkin Donuts Park. Right smack dab in the middle of Home Run Ball Territory.

    Come join us for a fun-filled night of Early Summer Baseball. Fellowship with our Brothers and Sisters from other various and assorted Labor Organizations. A Scrumptious 2.5 Hour Buffet BBQ Meal, and even a Post Game Fireworks Display. Courtesy of Atlas Fireworks.


June 23-29, 2019 (Sunday-Sat.)
$699 Per Person
Price includes Motorcoach transportation, 6 nights lodging, 11 meals(6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners), Guided tour of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, World Famous 360 Chicago Observatory, Luncheon cruise aboard Odyssey Chicago River including DJ & Dance Floor, Visit historic Navy Pier and Chicago’s money museum, gaming at Chicago area casino, great experiences, beautiful sights and much more! Pick up locations at commuter lots in Norwich at 8 am (park & ride off exit 14 on I-395), Tolland at 9:15am, Windsor at 10am(exit 38, I-91), 11:15am at Southbury exit 14 off 1-84.


Niagara Falls & Toronto  SOLD OUT
*You Must Bring Valid US Passport Or Passport ID Card
July 8-12, 2019 (5 days, 4 nights)
$549 per person.
Incredible price includes motorcoach transportation, 4 nights lodging, 8 meals (4 breakfasts, 4 dinners), guided tours of Niagra Falls and Toronto, Journey to the falls on the “Hornblower Niagara Cruise, gaming at the Fallsview Casino, a visit to Niagara-on-the-lake, and Queen Victoria Park, a visit to Casa Loma; Canada’s most magnificent castle and much more! Pick up locations at commuter lots in Tolland at 8am, Windsor at 8:45am(exit 38, I-91), 10:00am at Southbury exit 14 off 1-84. Call Mark at 860-951-6614 if you are interested in a Norwich pickup for this trip.


Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, & New Brunswick

August 7-15, 2019 (Wednesday-Thursday)
*You Must Bring Valid US Passport Or Passport ID Card
$1070 Per Person
Price includes Motorcoach transportation, 8 nights lodging, 14 meals (8 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners), Guided tours of Acadia National Park, Halifax, Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg, Prince Edward Island including Anne of Green Gables Home. Visit to the Waterside Town of Saint John, Admission to King’s Landing Historical Settlement and Natural Wonder “Hopewell Rocks”. great experiences, beautiful sights and much more! Pick up locations at commuter lots in Southbury (exit 14 off 1-84) at 8am, Windsor at 9:15am(exit 38, I-91), Tolland at 10am, Norwich at 11:15am (park & ride off exit 14 on I-395).


Sail Away with CSEA on Norwegian Cruise Lines: NYC-Bermuda
November 3-10, 2019
*You Must Bring Valid US Passport Or Passport ID Card
Deposit of $50 per person is due when you book this cruise.
All prices are per person with double occupancy expected.
Price varies by cabin type:
Inside $749, Ocean View $899, Balcony $1049, Spa Room $1249, Mini Suite $1199, The Haven $3099.
Note: Price does NOT include tax, fees, and transportation. Final Payment is due July 3, 2019.
CSEA Social Activites will provide transportation to and from the port, at designated locations, provided there is enough interest.  

Call CSEA for more details at 860-591-6614

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SEBAC Unions Reject Further Sacrifice, Committed to “Win-Win”

Leaders of the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) issued this response to Gov. Lamont’s proposal to reduce future pension benefits:

“State budgets now and into the future include nearly $2 billion a year in savings provided by state employee union members through three savings agreements negotiated over the past decade. By agreeing to hard wage freezes, reduced pension and healthcare benefits, higher employee contributions and higher premium share costs, our members have done far more than their fair share to improve Connecticut’s fiscal health.”

“Our latest agreement in 2017 will save taxpayers $25 billion over the next 20 years. That’s an average of $17,500 per state employees to help close chronic budget deficits that imperil vital public services.”

“Meanwhile, our union members, like all working and middle-class families, pay an effective local tax rate nearly double what Connecticut’s richest few get away with paying.”

“To be clear; we will not be part of asking for still more sacrifices from state employees, who have already given so much for the people they serve.”

“We will, however, continue working with the Lamont Administration and the General Assembly on “win-win” solutions for achieving efficiency and that will benefit everyone. Additionally, we will continue fighting for a fair budget that empowers all to thrive together here in Connecticut.”

SEBAC represents 15 State Employee Unions on bargaining over retirement and healthcare benefits, and other issues of mutual concern.

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P3B Council Meeting Dates

TO:                         P3B Members
FROM:                  Roland J. Bishop, P3B Council President
DATE:                    January 18, 2019
RE:                          P3B Council Meeting Dates

Please be advised that the P3B Council will meet on the following dates at CSEA Headquarters (760 Capitol Avenue, Hartford) starting at 5:30 p.m.   We offer a light meal at 5:00 p.m.

  • March 20 , 2019                                
  • June  12, 2019                                   
  • September   18, 2019                     
  • November   15, 2019      


We hope to see you at these meetings.

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Deadline for P3B Sabbatical Applications

Important Announcement

Deadline for Applications for P3B Sabbatical

Friday, February 22, 2019

Please review Article 27 of the P3B Contract and/or Contact your P3B Union Steward with any questions

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P3A Professional Development

P3A Professional Development Reimbursement

Process and Guidelines

Review Process:

The Professional Development (PD) committee will review all incoming applications.  The PD committee meets monthly to review applications if needed.   The PD committee will review all applications upon receipt.


The PD Committee operates on a fiscal year with a plan to appropriate $15,000 each year for fiscal years (FY) 2018, 2019, and 2020, $15,000 to the PD fund.  The PD fund will increase to $21,000 for the FY 2021.  There will be unlimited carryover of unused funds from one contract year to the succeeding contract year(s).  

Professional Development Reimbursement Guidelines:

Each employees is entitled to apply for up to $4,500 PD reimbursement funds per the duration of the union contract.

Each employee shall be entitled to apply for reimbursement at the maximum rate of $1,500 per fiscal year.

Employees are responsible for professional development costs in advance of the professional development reimbursement approval.


Reimbursable Costs:

In-State: Conference fees, mileage and parking

Out of State: Conference fees, travel, lodging and meals

Meals: Rates as listed in Article 17 of the CSEA Contract, under Professional Development and Tuition Reimbursement.


Professional Development Reimbursement Process:

Employee must submit the P3A Professional Development Reimbursement Application at least six (6) weeks prior to the start of the conference date. Click here to review the State Employee Travel Information.

  1. Complete the P3A Professional Development Reimbursement Application.
  2. The application should include copies of the professional development event and travel expenses.
  3. Obtain supervisor approval on the P3A Professional Development Reimbursement Application Form.
  4. E-mail the approved reimbursement application to the PD Committee for review to SDE@ct.gov.
  5. The PD committee will review and send an approval or denial via e-mail to the P3A member.
  6. If approved, employees must complete and submit a travel authorization form, CO-112, at least four (4) weeks prior to the start of the conference date. Review the Union-Funded Travel Procedures for additional guidance. The CO-112 is available at osc.ct.gov.
  7. Once the conference is completed, employees must complete the appropriate forms for reimbursement, which might include the employee payroll reimbursement form, CO-17XP-PR, employee voucher addendum form, and the CO-17XPA. The CO-17XP-PR and CO-17XPA forms are available at osc.ct.gov.
  8. Return the approved application and certificate of completion, all applicable receipts, approved CO-112 as well as a CO-17XP to your agency travel representative for reimbursement from the Comptroller’s Office. Members will receive their reimbursement directly from the State Comptroller.


Application Approval:

The PD Committee will approve applications for professional development opportunities within six weeks of receiving the application.  The employee and their supervisor will receive an e-mail containing the written memorandum and notice of approval once determined.  Once the employee receives the notice of approval then the employee is to follow the union funded travel procedures.


Application Denial:

Approval of professional development opportunities by the PD Committee will not be unreasonably denied.  In the case where a denial is when determined, then the denial notice will include an explanation in a written memorandum.  An unreasonable denial of any employee’s request may be appealable to the Office of Labor Relations.  The Office of Labor Relations shall respond to the appeal within five working days.


General Information:

The PD Committee will review complete applications only.


Employees must notify the PD Committee, the Comptroller as well as their agency representatives if any changes or cancellations occur. 


The fiscal year ends on June 30.  Employees are encouraged to submit reimbursement paperwork prior to June 30 each year so that applications are processed by the end of the fiscal year.  All completed applications are subject to available funding at the time of receipt.  When current fiscal year funds are depleted, no additional applications will be considered.


Please keep copies of all your documents.


Article 17, section 4 of the P3A contract contains language pertaining to the professional development fund. Click here to read the P3A Contract.


Professional Development Committee Members:

The committee comprises two union representatives and two management representatives.

 Name Department Phone E-mail
Shola Freeman SDE-P3A Union 860-713-6532 Shola.Freeman@ct.gov
Kelly Mero SDE-P3A Union 860-807-2073 Kelly.Mero@ct.gov
Francine Dew DORS-Management 860-424-4936 Francine.Dew@ct.gov
Debra Paradis SDE- Management 860-713-6695 Debra.Paradis@ct.gov



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