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.
CSEA SEIU Local 2001 issues the following statement in response to today’s news that the state has approved 188.6 million dollars in new borrowing:
“Today’s news that the State Bond Commission, led by Governor Malloy, approved 188.6 million dollars for new projects is frankly insulting to the thousands of Connecticut families who have been hurt by the recent budget deficit,” said CSEA Executive Director David Glidden. “Just because these are bonded dollars rather than general fund spending doesn’t make this ok. Bonded money is not monopoly money; it will need to be repaid, adding to our state’s future costs as we face revenue shortfalls today. Though these projects may be worthwhile, it is clear that many of them are not essential. It simply does not make sense to spend in this way when the state is eliminating middle class jobs due to a lack of funds.”
To keep the 188.6 million figure in perspective, the Malloy administration wrongly believes that it can cut 267 million dollars from the state budget by laying off as many as 4,000 state employees. To date, these layoffs have hurt over 1,000 workers, many of whom are working parents trying to support their families. These layoffs included teachers, information technology professionals, Judicial Marshals, and all of the State’s sign language interpreters.
And while it is important to focus on unwise spending, it is also important to focus on how the state can save money, and we should start with addressing Connecticut’s unchecked and growing dependence on costly privatization to deliver state services.
“The state’s own cost effectiveness evaluations show that in many instances it is more cost-effective to do work in-house, yet many departments, including the DOT continue to contract work out even though it is more expensive”, said Travis Woodward, an Engineer with the Department of Transportation and president of the P4 Bargaining unit, who recently highlighted problems with a private Connecticut consultant who was arrested in New York for falsifying bridge inspection reports, leading to the inspection of 35 Connecticut state bridges.
Reports generated by the Office of Policy Management detail over 2.5 billion dollars in annual spending on private sector contracts, including over one billion dollars in no-bid contracts. Connecticut cannot afford to ignore these no-bid handshake deals any more. All no bid contracts should be ended immediately. The Governor should order that every private contract undergo a competitive bidding process, and that all contracts include a cost benefit analysis to see if it would be cheaper to perform the work in-house, using state employees who work at cost and not for profit.”
P-3B COUNCIL, CSEA/SEIU Local 2001
P3B Council Elections
July 13, 2016, 5:30 P.M.
New date: Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 5:30 P.M.
NOMINATIONS: Nominations were submitted to the P3B Council in accordance with the P3B Council Bylaws. This nominations report has also been posted on the CSEA website (csea-ct.com).
P-3B bargaining unit elections and a Council meeting were scheduled for July 13, 2016. Due to scheduling problems, we have rescheduled that meeting. The elections will now be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 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:
According to our P-3B By-laws, members elected to office will serve up to a two-year term concluding in 2018. Descriptions of Officers’ responsibilities may be found in the P-3B By-Laws located on CSEA’s website at www.csea-ct.com/p3b.
SAVE THE DATE
P3B Council Elections
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
— 5:30 p.m. —
At CSEA Headquarters: 760 Capitol Ave. Hartford CT.
CSEA Layoffs to Date: 76
TOTAL P3B LAYOFFS – 51
DCF Total – 20
DOC TOTAL – 29
DMHAS total – 2
State School Teachers – 23
State School Substitute Teachers – 4
State School Teacher Durational – 1
Vocational Instructors – 9
Pupil Services Specialists – 2
Recreational Supervisors – 10
State School Department Head – 2
INSTITUTIONAL – 1 (Not included in count)
TOTAL P4 LAYOFFS – 25
DOC IT – 5
DMHAS – 5
DOT – 2
DSS – 1
DAS – 2
DAS/BEST – 6
DMV – 1
BOARD OF PARDONS AND PAROLES – 2
OFFICE OF CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER – 1
Environmental Analyst 3 – 1
ITA1 – 8
ITA2 – 16
Institutional – 1 (not included in count)
Agencies are placing all “noticed” employees on Paid Administrative Leave. This DOES NOT change any bumping rights available to the employees and this is NOT a disciplinary action. If bumping rights are available then the agency will notify the employee within the next few weeks. Many of the noticed employees do have bumping/displacement rights.
The Governor released a revised budget on Tuesday 4/12 which included more cuts to agencies. Two noteable items in his revised budget:
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.