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
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.
David S. Golub
Jonathan M. Levine
Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
(for the SEBAC Class Action settlement team)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign-in starts at 8:45am.
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.
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 (email@example.com)
See you there!!! And we will see you on October 6th, 2016 at our next monthly meeting.
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.