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Council 400 Summer Picnic

Join Us For Our Annual Outing

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
11:00AM – 4:00PM, Rain Or Shine
Buffet from 12 noon – 2:30
At The Farmington Club
162 Town Farm Road Farmington, CT 06032

(Includes a 21/2 hour lunch buffet (NOON-2:30PM) snacks and tax/gratuity)
• $15 Members
• $25 Member’s spouses
• $38 Members’ guests


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P3B Council Elections

P3B Council Elections

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

5:00PM Meal • 5:30PM Meeting
NOMINATIONS: Nominations were submitted to the P3B Council in accordance with the P3B Council Bylaws. The elections will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at CSEA headquarters, 760 Capitol Avenue, Hartford. By this notice, and in accordance with P-3B By-laws, the Nominating Committee hereby presents to the membership the list of nominees:
President Roland Bishop (also automatic delegate to the CSEA Executive Council)
Vice President:           No nomination
Treasurer:  Stephaine Darden
Secretary:      Pam Armstrong
CSEA Executive Council Alternate:       Pam Armstrong
McCusker Trustee          Janet Brutcher

The P3B Council will also elect delegates and alternates to the CSEA Convention. Descriptions of Officers’ responsibilities may be found in the P-3B By-Laws located on CSEA’s website at www.csea-ct.com/p3b.


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For Elections taking place in July or August 2018

This notice hereby calls for nominations for the following P-3B positions:

  • President (also member and delegate of the CSEA Executive Council)
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • CSEA Executive Council Delegate (in addition to the President who is an automatic Executive Council Delegate)
  • CSEA Executive Council Alternate
  • CSEA Convention Delegates and Alternates and Auditors

According to our P-3B By-laws, members elected to office will serve a two-year term. Descriptions of officers’ responsibilities may be found in the P-3B By-Laws located on CSEA’s website at www.csea-ct.com/p3b.

A candidate for Chapter/Council office, CSEA Convention Delegate or alternate must be a CSEA member in good standing for a minimum of one (1) year.

If you are interested in serving or nominating a P-3B colleague, or if you have questions, please forward your question or nomination to the Ronald Thomas, Chair of the P3B Nominations Committee.  His email address is ronthomas21pi@gmail.com

Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.    We have not scheduled the election date. 

The list of nominees for each office shall be presented to the membership by the Nominating Committee four (4) weeks prior  to the scheduled elections.

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CSEA Social Activities

Below are some of the trips our Social Activities Committee is working to set up for 2018!
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



  • Washington, DC
    September 28-October 1  |  Price $430 per person, double room occupancy
    Includes 3 night lodging, motorcoach transportation, 6 meals,  admission of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, full day visit to the Smithsonian Institution, and guided tours of Washington DC.  Pick up locations are Winsor, exit 38 at 8am, Southbury exit 14 at 8:45am and, Orange commuter parking lot 9:15 at the Wilbur cross parkway at exit 58. 
  • Lancaster Show Trip & Dutch Country
    October 8-12 (5 days, 4 nights)
    $499 per-person, Double occupancy
    Includes: Motorcoach transportation, 4 nights lodging, 8 meals (4
    Breakfasts, 4 dinners)
    Admission to the Jesus Show at the sight and sound Millennium theater,
    visit to Gettysburg national park, Admission to the Landis Valley
    Museum and Village, Guided tour of Philadelphia, visit to charming
    Ktchen Kettle Village, Experience the Amish lifestyle, Guided tour of
    Lancaster PA and much more.  Pickup points at Commuter lots in Tolland
    @ 8am, Windsor at Exit 38 off I-91 at 8:45am, and Southbury at Exit 14
    off I-84 at 10am.  RSVP by August 1st.

  • Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Smokey Mountains, TN
    October 2018
    Price TBD
  • Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
    Late November or Early December 2018
    Price TBD


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Message from CSEA President Stephen Anderson About the End of the 2018 Legislative Session

After a standoff that directly threatened portions of Connecticut’s Collective Bargaining laws, the General Assembly passed a bipartisan budget to keep the state funded for the rest of the year. I want to thank everyone who took the time to email, call and visit with their legislators. A lot of bad proposals were made this legislative session that attacked our union rights and we were able to stop nearly all of them.  Sometimes stopping bad legislation is the biggest victory to be had, and it resulted from a huge effort by council 400 retired state employees, active state employees, our municipal workers, child care providers, and Paraeducators who made calls to legislators, sent hundreds of emails and made the legislature understand that the negative impact of those proposals would hit home in their communities.  

You can read more about the budget here.

The coming 2018 election will be pivotal for union rights in Connecticut.  If additional anti-worker politicians are elected then all manner of bad things will happen to our Collective Bargaining laws in future legislative sessions.   So as we move forward towards the 2018 election this fall, make sure you watch for opportunities to be part of the process as we interview candidates who want our support and work to make sure anti-worker politicians don’t get the opportunity to strip us of our rights.   

We have a long summer and a lot of work ahead of us if we are to win this fall, but I’m confident if we do our work just as we did these past few weeks, then we can ensure that our Collective Bargaining rights will be there for us for years to come.  

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Council 400 Retiree June Luncheons

Chapter 401 (Hartford area):
Thursday, June7 th, Annual Luncheon
The Chowder Pot, 165 Brainard Rd., Hartford, CT
Social at 12noon, Meeting at 12:30, luncheon begins at 1:00PM
Prime Rib – $23 for members, $28 for non-members
Broiled Salmon with Dill Sauce – $20 for members, $25 for non-members
Chicken Marsala – $17 for members, $22 for non-members
Comes with salad, potato, vegetable rolls, dessert, coffee and tea
RSVP by May 31st to Tom Corrigan 860-726-2110

Chapter 402 (Danbury area):
Wednesday, June 13th, 12noon
Annual Luncheon
Chuck’s Steakhouse, 20 Segar St., Danbury, CT
$20 per person
Beef kabob or Salisbury steak, lemon teriyaki or Dijon chicken, seafood or vegetarian.
All served with salad, rice, bread, coffee tea and fruit cobbler. You will order
Your meal on the luncheon date. Reservations must be in by June 8th
Make checks out to CSEA Chapter 402
Send to Krista L. Judson, 475 Berkshire Rd., Southbury, CT 06488
Questions call 203-231-4176
Dawn Gallagher: 203-748-2018

Chapter 403 (Norwich area):
Tuesday, June 12th, 11:30
Annual Luncheon
Montville Polish Club, 85 Maple Ave., Uncasville, CT
Members $27, Guests $30
Choice of sliced roast sirloin, stuffed chicken breast, seafood stuffed filet of sole
Served with fresh garden salad, green beans, twice baked potato, ice cream, coffee/tea
Reservation deadline: June 4th, contact Gail Carr at 860-822-0788
Carol Burgess: 860-859-3641

Chapter 404 (Waterbury area):
June Luncheon
Tuesday, June 12th, 12noon
Royal Buffet, 943 Wolcott St., Waterbury, CT
John Quinn: 203-804-0189

Chapter 405 (New Haven area):
Wednesday, June13th, 12noon
Spring Luncheon 12noon
Anthony’s Ocean View
450 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven, CT
Price – $22 per person
Includes one hour of cold hors d’oevres, clam chowder, tossed salad, pasta salad, potato salad, corn on the cob, steamed mussels, BBQ ribs and chicken, zuppa di clams, hamburgers and hot dogs, pasta, coffee, tea, espresso and cappuccino, Italian pastries and watermelon.
RSVP by May 16th to Ron Osokow 203-671-7685.

Chapter 406 (Middletown area):
Pot Luck at 12noon
Bring a dish or sandwiches or dessert
Tuesday, June 12th, 12noon pot luck meeting begins at 1:00PM
American Legion Post 75, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Dr., Middletown, CT
Joe Formica: 860-347-4532

Chapter 407 (Bridgeport area):
June Luncheon
Wednesday, June 13th, 12:30 PM Social, 1pm lunch
The Blue Goose, Ferry Boulevard, Stratford, CT
Members $15, Guests $20
Choice of roast beef, chicken parmesan, fried scallops or stuffed sole
Coffee and dessert included
RSVP to Marge Bepko at 203-878-2934
Carol Donofrio: 203-888-2920

Chapter 408 (Willimantic area):
Wednesday, June 13th, 11:30 – 3:00
Annual Spring Luncheon Buffet
Franco American Civic and Social Club
116 Club Rd., Windham, CT 06256
Cost $15 – Reservation deadline May 30th
Meatball Parmagiana, chick limone grilled over spinach and tomatoes, tossed salad,
pasta salad, potato salad, ziti marinara, rolls, cake, cookies.
The luncheon will be held indoors in case of inclement weather.
RSVP to Clarence Sylvester by May 30th at 860-423-2954
Make checks payable to CSEA Chapter 408. Please contact
Donna Clauson at 860-933-4289 if you have special dietary concerns.

Chapter 409 (University Professors)
Friday, June 22nd, 10:00 AM
CSEA Union Hall
760 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT
Dave Walsh 860-684-4773

Chapter 410 (Windsor Locks area):
Tuesday, June 12th, Annual Luncheon
Social: Noon – 12:30, Speaker: 12:30 – 12:45, Lunch 12:45 – 3pm
The Nutmeg Restaurant, 297 South Main St., East Windsor, CT 06088
Members $18, first guest $18, additional guests $28
Cheese, crackers, fresh fruit and veggies and dip during social time.
Choice of entrée: chicken francaise, grilled salmon with herb cream sauce, thin sliced roast beef with au jus. Green salad, apple strudel, coffee, tea
Reservation deadline: June 4th to Jan Bartholomew 860-749-9073
Amelia Smith: 860-687-1848
No money will be taken at meetings

Chapter 411 (Rocky Hill area):
Annual Summer Luncheon
Thursday, June 21st, 12:15 hors d’oeuvres, 12:45 luncheon
Elaine’s Restaurant, 1841 Berlin Turnpike, Wethersfield, CT
$15 for members, $32 for guests
Choice of prime rib or baked stuffed shrimp, served with salad,
Pasta, vegetable, potato, dessert and coffee or tea
RSVP by June 14th to Joy Gutis at 860-966-3340 with choice
Sebastian Puglisi: 860-529-8336

Chapter 412 (Putnam area):
June Luncheon
Tuesday, June 19th, arrive at 1:30PM dine at 2pm
At the Black Dog, 146 Park St., Putnam, CT 06260
(395 Exit 45 turn left)
Menu: Sandwich buffet, potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad,
Burgers, pulled pork, broiled chicken, condiments, cookies.
Members $10, non-members $20
Please make check out to CSEA Chapter 412 and mail with
Reservation form to Francis Duquette, PO Box 99, Thompson, CT 06277
Questions call 860-923-2781. RSVP by June 14th.

Chapter 414 (Torrington area):
Monday, June 18th at 10:30 AM
Annual June Picnic
Torrington UCONN Campus Extension Building
855 University Dr., Torrington, CT
Karen Pineman: 860-354-6727

Chapter 415 (Manchester area):
Monday, June 27th, 1:00 PM
Elks Lodge, 33 Bissell St., Manchester, CT
Speaker: TBD
Donna McElduff: 860-454-0480

Chapter 416 (New London area):
Annual Luncheon
Tuesday, June 12th, 12 noon
Langley Great Neck Country Club
28 Lamphere Rd., Waterford, CT
(Take Great Neck Rd. to Lamphere 860-443-6864)
Members $11, non-members $26 Cost includes tax and gratuity
Buffet includes roast beef, chicken, pasta, salad bar, potato, vegetable, rolls,
Dessert, coffee and tea.
Reservation deadline June 6th. Please make your check payable to CSEA,
Chapter 416, and mail with the completed reservation form to
Richard Kerrigan, 34 Maple Ave., PO Box 322, Uncasville, CT 06382
Call Richard with questions at 860-848-0991
Please bring canned goods

Chapter 417 (Plainville area):
Annual Picnic
Wednesday, June 13th, 11:45
Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, 115 West Main St., Plainville, CT
$10 for members, $15 for guests
RSVP by June 1st to Kitty Jamul 860-747-3456
Cathy Toscano: 860-845-2927

Chapter 418 (4C’s):
Tuesday, June 5th
Meeting at 11am followed by Pot Luck lunch
4C’s Offices, 907 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, CT
Bill Searle: 860-745-3692

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The Last Days Of The 2018 Legislative Session Are The Most Perilous

The final days of the 2018 legislative session are upon us, and these last few hours are likely to be the most perilous for public employees.  Later today the State Senate is expected to vote on the Senate Republican’s budget, which has become a catch-all for many of the bad ideas CSEA has been warning you about the past few weeks.   We know that some members of the General Assembly think the only way to balance our state’s budget is on the backs of public employees. We cannot let them strip away, alter, or diminish our Collective Bargaining rights, nor the health care benefits and pensions we earned through our years of hard work and service to our state.

Click here to email your legislators

The Republican budget is advancing through the legislature as part of Senate Bill 370, which was initially about funding for higher education, but which had the original language gutted and replaced with the language of the Republican budget by Amendment 5157. 

The Republican budget makes various changes to the scope of collective bargaining for state employees and the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) in Sections 104 – 108 and 112, including:

  • eliminating matters of retirement, overtime in pension calculations, and health care from collective bargaining,
  • making various changes to the benefit formula for state pension members, including eliminating a COLA until the fund reaches 80% funded and the General Assembly approves a COLA (this would end COLAs for years), and
  • eliminate overtime from pension benefit calculations, heavily impacting hazardous duty positions like correction and police where overtime is often mandated. 
  • And the legislation we warned you about earlier this year that could make it illegal to give municipal employees a raise is included in Sections 114 – 115.

Your state representative and state senator need to hear from you.

Call or email them today and tell them to not mess with your Collective Bargaining rights, health care benefits, or the ability of your union to negotiate over pension and health care issues.  

Click here to email your legislators

If politicians do not hear from you, that means they are only hearing from right-wing extremist groups like the Yankee Institute. And, the folks at the Yankee Institute are telling them that your health care plan is too generous or your pension is unsustainable. Too many politicians will listen to this false propaganda. And if you have already spoken with your legislator this session, contact them again.  Believe me, the anti-public employee lobbyists are speaking to your legislator every day.  

Pick up your phone or turn on your computer and contact the General Assembly members who are supposed to represent you in the State Capitol.

If you do not know who your state legislators are you can look them up on the homepage of the general assembly. www.cga.ct.gov

  • Senate Democrats Office: 860.240.8600
  • Senate Republicans Office: 860.240.8800
  • House Democrats Office: 860.240.8500
  • House Republicans Office: 860.240.8700

Tell them that you, your family, and your community depend on your health care benefits and pensions. These things were not gifted to you, you earned them.

Together we will stop these attacks and protect what is ours.

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C400 May Meetings

The Council 400 Delegates Meeting is always held on the third Thursday of the month.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 17th at 10am. Chapter Elections will be
Held at the May chapter meetings. Please make sure to attend!

Chapter 401 (Hartford area):
Thursday, May 3rd, 12:15 lunch, meeting at 12:45pm,
CSEA, 760 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT
Speaker: Representative from Cigna
Tom Corrigan: 860-726-2110

Chapter 402 (Danbury area):
Wednesday, May 9th at 10am, April 11th
United Methodist Church, 5 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury, CT
Dawn Gallagher: 203-748-2018

Chapter 403 (Norwich area):
Tuesday, May 8th at 1:30 PM
Rose City Senior Center, 8 Mahan Dr., Norwich, CT
Speaker: TBD
Carol Burgess: 860-859-3641

Chapter 404 (Waterbury area):
Tuesday, May 8th at 10:00 AM
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Community Center
937 Chase Parkway (exit 17 off I-84), Waterbury
Speaker: TBD
John Quinn: 203-804-0189

Chapter 405 (New Haven area):
Wednesday, May 9thth at 1:00 PM
Energize CT, 122 Universal Dr., North Haven, CT
Speaker: Cigna Representative
Light lunch by Panera Bread will be provided at 12:30
Ron Osokow: 203-671-7685 or Bill Hill: 203-208-1682

Chapter 406 (Middletown area):
Tuesday, May 8th at 1:00 PM
American Legion Post 75, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Dr., Middletown, CT
Ice Cream Social at 1pm!
Joe Formica: 860-347-4532

Chapter 407 (Bridgeport area):
Wednesday, May 16th at 12:30 PM Social,
St. Joseph’s of Stratford National Catholic
Church, 1300 Stratford Rd., Stratford (on Rt. 113 toward Sikorsky Airport)
Speaker: Anthony Donofrio, Financial Investment
Carol Donofrio: 203-888-2920

Chapter 408 (Willimantic area):
Thursday, May 10th at 12:30 PM
Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple St., Mansfield, CT
Speaker: TBD
Richard Pakenham: 860-456-2939

Chapter 409 (State University Professors)
Friday, May 25th at 10AM
CSEA Union Hall, 760 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT
Speaker: TBD
Dave Walsh: 860-684-4773

Chapter 410 (Windsor Locks area):
Monday, May 14th at 1:00 PM
Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St., Suffield, CT
Speaker: Representative from Carmon Funeral Home
Amelia Smith: 860-687-1848

Chapter 411 (Rocky Hill area):
Thursday, May 10thth at 1:00PM
Pitkin Community Center, 30 Greenfield St., Wethersfield, CT
Speaker: TBD
Sebastian Puglisi: 860-529-8336

Chapter 412 (Putnam area):
Tuesday, May 15th at 1:30 PM
Congregational Church of Putnam, 175 Main St., Putnam, CT
Speaker: TBD
Don Gladding: 860-564-9092

Chapter 414 (Torrington area):
Monday, May 21st at 10am
Torrington UConn Campus Extension Building, University Dr., Torrington, CT
Speaker: Cigna Representative
Karen Pineman: 860-354-6727

Chapter 415 (Manchester area):
Tuesday, May 22nd, at 1:00 PM
Elks Lodge, 33 Bissell St., Manchester, CT
Speaker: TBD

Chapter 416 (New London area):
Tuesday, May 8th at 12 noon
Waterford Public Library
49 Rope Ferry Rd., Waterford, CT
Speaker: United Healthcare, Mike O’Brien
Lester Shapiro: 860-442-5256

Chapter 417 (Plainville area):
Wednesday, May 9th at 1:00 PM
Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, 115 West Main St., Plainville, CT
May Speaker: Ken Carson of Carson Funeral Home, General Funeral Home information
Cathy Toscano: 860-845-2927

Chapter 418 (4C’s):
Tuesday, May 1st, 10:00 AM
4C’s Office, 901 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford
Speaker: Comptroller Kevin Lembo
Bill Searle: 860-745-3692

Chapter 425 (Palm Harbor area):
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 11am
Philippe Park, Shelter #7, 2525 Philippe Parkway at Safety Harbor, FL
Picnic – Hamburgers, hot dogs, soda. Please bring a dessert
Members encouraged to bring a new member or guest
No RSVP necessary. Questions contact Ursula Bracker 727-848-0089

Chapter 426 (Fort Myers, FL area)
Looking for members from Chapter 426 or the Cape Coral/Ft. Myers area
that are interested in forming a club to go on trips.
If interested, Contact Marjorie Rinaldi at 239-495-9863.

Chapter 441 – (Cape Cod Chapter):
Thursday, May 24 th at 10:00AM
Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Board Room
688 Main St., South Dennis, MA
Speaker: Bernadette Conway, Retiree Coordinator
George Levesque: 508-771-4679

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Don’t let the General Assembly Make Your Next Raise Illegal

Right now the General Assembly is considering taking away your ability to ever get a contract that has a raise in it. This change would affect every single union member working for a city, town, or board of education in Connecticut.  And don’t think for a second that they wouldn’t look to expand this concept to include state employees if they are successful on the municipal level.  We need to contact the legislature RIGHT NOW!!

Click here to email your legislators.

The legislature is seriously considering changes to municipal collective bargaining that could make it effectively illegal for cities and towns around the state to give their workers a raise. They are looking to establish an “irrebuttable presumption” that 15% of a municipality’s operating budget “is not available for payment of the cost of any item subject to negotiation or arbitration.”  Could your employer afford raises or improvements in benefits if your town’s budget were effectively shrunk by 15%?

Click here to email your legislators right now!

If the General Assembly makes this change, a significant portion of a town’s budget would be untouchable by contract negotiations, potentially to the point that a town would have to run massive surpluses in order to even think about giving raises or improving benefits for workers. Even if your town employer wanted to offer raises, this change could create a budget threshold that is impossibly high for most towns, effectively making any wage increases illegal.

Allowing politicians to place a portion of municipal budgets outside of collective bargaining marks a further slide down the slippery slope that seeks to strip away your right to negotiate with your employer over better wages and benefits.

Take 2 minutes to email and call your legislators. If you do not know who your state legislators are you can look them up on the homepage of the general assembly. www.cga.ct.gov
• Senate Democrats Office: 860.240.8600
• Senate Republicans Office: 860.240.8800
• House Democrats Office: 860.240.8500
• House Republicans Office: 860.240.8700

Tell them:
Do not mess around with Municipal collective bargaining. Placing a portion of municipal budgets outside of collective bargaining marks a further slide down the slippery slope that seeks to strip away my rights to negotiate with my employer for better wages and benefits. Collective bargaining negotiations should be between two parties and the state should leave it to municipal leaders to decide what proposals they wish to make and what they will accept, without the artificial limitations.


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CSEA Lobby Day – Wednesday, April 25


Click here to sign up for lobby day.  https://csea.seiu.org/page/signup/csea-lobby-day

What: CSEA Lobby Day

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Where: Starting at 10am, Meet at the CSEA Office, 760 Capitol Ave, Hartford for rides to the Legislative Office Building

On April 25, CSEA members will be speaking with their legislators about our union’s legislative agenda and the need to protect the benefits retirees depend on, and maintain vital public services.

CSEA staff and members will be at the Legislative Office Building will be available to assist.  Come and lobby your legislators on April 25. 

Click here to sign up for lobby day.  https://csea.seiu.org/page/signup/csea-lobby-day

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