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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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November 3 – 10, 2019



Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) 7 day Bermuda cruise  from New York City

Ship leaves Sunday Nov. 3 and  returns Sunday Nov.10.  


Deposit of $50.00 (per-person) is due when you book the cruise.

 NCL Free at sea promotion have up to five offers

 (see ncl.com or call 1(888) 444-5124)

(Deposit, price and promotions are subject to change)

Final Payment is due July 3, 2019


For more information call C.S.E.A. (860) 951-6614 or

Email Denise Eaton deaton777gmail.com


All price are per person with double occupancy except studios for solo travelers only.

 (Note: price does not include tax, fees and transportation)


*All categories subject to availablity and all prices are subject to change*


   Studio      Inside       Ocean View   Balcony    Spa Room   Mini Suite    The Haven___     

Call N.C.L.   $749.00       $899.00       $1049.00     $1249.00     $1199.00        $3099.00         

Day Cruise Ports Arrive Depart
Sun New York (EMBARK) 4:00 pm
Mon At Sea
Tue At Sea
Wed Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda 4:00pm Overnight
Thu Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda Overnight
Fri Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda 3:00 pm
Sat At Sea
Sun New York (DISEMBARK) 7:00 am




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Council 400 Membership Card

Click here to fill out your CSEA Council 400 Membership Card

After you have filled out and submitted this electronic card, you will receive a confirmation email from RightSignature.com . 
You must press the confirmation button in that email for your membership card to be valid.  

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Radio City Rockettes Holiday Spectacular–SOLD OUT

This Trip Has Sold Out

Look for more great trips from CSEA’s Social Activities Committee Soon!

If you have never seen this amazingradiocity show, it’s one you should not miss, and even if you’ve been in the past, it’s a new show every year!  The Holiday Spectacular truely lives up to its name and is a wonderful seasonal tradition you could share with your loved ones.  Avoid the hastle of driving yourself or taking the train.  Let our motorcoash give you a relaxing ride down to the city while you kick back with your loved ones and enjoy the trip. This trip includes 4 hours on your own in Midtown Manhatten before the Radio City show, so you can take in the sights and even get some shopping done.  This is a fantastic trip that should not be missed.  

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 


Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2:00PM Show
Includes motor coach transportation, theater tickets to the world-famous radio city music hall, 4 hours on your own in NYC before the show: 

Enjoy the sights and sounds of NYC during the Holidays

  • See the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and Ice Rink 
  • Visit the famous MACY’s department store all decked out for the holiday season
  • Enjoy the 5th Avenue Holiday Window Displays

Pick up locations at commuter lots in Windsor at 7am (exit 38, I-91), 7:30 at Southbury exit 14 off 1-84 and, 8am at the Orange commuter parking lot at the Wilbur cross parkway at exit 58. SOLD OUT
Call CSEA at 860-951-6614 to RSVP!

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
12:00 Noon until 4:30 p. m.
at The Farmington Club
162 Town Farm Road, Farmington, CT 860-677-7341

Family Style Lunch Buffet
(All You Can Eat)

Toss Salad, Penne Pasta with meat sauce, Roast Beef, Chicken ala Kathryn, Medley of Mixed Vegetables, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Hot Baked Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, and Tea. Cash Bar.

MEMBERS: $32.00 ** until December 6, 2018 $42.00 thereafter

**All CHAPTERS are Encouraged to give an Additional $5.00 (minimum) REBATE.
NOTE : Luncheon Cost Could Be $42 (Total Cost) – $10 (Council Rebate) = $32.00 – $5 (Chapter Rebate) = $27.00



  • Linda King-Corbin, Chair (860) 827-2817
  • Denise Eaton, Vice Chair (203) 389-3187

TICKETS can also be PURCHASED from: P-4 Council Officers, Stewards, and Members of the P 4 Social Activity Committee. NOTE: P-4 Contract allows 1/2 day off to attend the Holiday Party.

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The bridges over the CSEA parking lot are being worked on right now, and there is limited parking. Because of this situation, we have decided to hold the October 18th Council 400 Delegates Meeting at a different location for convenience purposes.

The date and time of the meeting remains the same,

Thursday, October 18th at 10 AM

The location will be:

UAW  Meeting Hall

(United Auto Workers)

111 South St.

Farmington, CT 06037

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Council 400 October Meetings

The Council 400 Delegates Meeting is always held on the third Thursday of the month. 

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 10am. 


Chapter 401 (Hartford area):

Thursday, October 4th, 12:15 lunch, meeting at 12:45pm,

CSEA, 760 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT

Speaker:   TBD

Patrice Peterson:  860-523-1480


Chapter 402 (Danbury area):

Wednesday, October 10th at 10am, April 11th

United Methodist Church, 5 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury, CT

Speaker:   TBD

Linda Albanese:  860-354-6965


Chapter 403 (Norwich area):

Tuesday, October 9th 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, October 9th at 10:00 AM

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Community Center

937 Chase Parkway (exit 17 off I-84), Waterbury

Speaker:  Regional VP Subby Puglisi

John Quinn:  203-804-0189


Chapter 405 (New Haven area):

Wednesday, October 10th at 12noon

Energize CT, 122 Universal Dr., North Haven, CT

Speaker:  TBD

Light lunch by Panera Bread will be provided

Ron Osokow:  203-671-7685 or Bill Hill:  203-208-1682


Chapter 406 (Middletown area):

Tuesday, October 9th at 1:00 PM

American Legion Post 75, 58 Bernie O’Rourke Dr., Middletown, CT

Speaker:  Cigna Representative

Joe Formica:   860-347-4532



Chapter 407 (Bridgeport area):

Wednesday, October 17th at 12:30 PM Social,

St. Joseph’s of Stratford National Catholic

Church, 1300 Stratford Rd., Stratford (on Rt. 113 toward Sikorsky Airport)

Speaker:  Cigna Representative

Carol Donofrio:   203-888-2920


Chapter 408 (Willimantic area):


Thursday, October 11th at 12:30 PM

Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple St., Mansfield, CT

Speaker:  Bernadette Conway, Retiree Coordinator

Marleen Dutra:  860-477-0858


Chapter 409 (State University Professors)

Friday, October 26th at 10AM

CSEA Union Hall, 760 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT

Speaker:  TBD

Dave Walsh:  860-684-4773


Chapter 410 (Windsor Locks area):


Monday, October 15th at 1:00 PM

Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge St., Suffield, CT

Speaker:  Jane Garibay, Democratic Candidate for State Representative

for the 60th District

Amelia Smith:   860-687-1848


Chapter 411 (Rocky Hill area):



Thursday, December 20th

Lunch will be at 12:30 – Meeting will begin at 1:00PM

Speaker:  Bernadette Conway, Retiree Coordinator 

Sebastian Puglisi:   860-529-8336


Chapter 412 (Putnam area):

Tuesday, October 16th at 1:30 PM

Congregational Church of Putnam, 175 Main St., Putnam, CT

Speaker:  Senator Mae Flexer

Don Gladding:   860-564-9092


Chapter 414 (Torrington area):

Monday,  October 15th at 10am

Torrington UConn Campus Extension Building, University Dr., Torrington, CT

Speaker:  Bernadette Conway, Retiree Coordinator

Karen Pineman:   860-354-6727


Chapter 415 (Manchester area):

Tuesday, October 22nd at 1:00 PM

Elks Lodge, 33 Bissell St., Manchester, CT

Speaker:  Cigna Representative

Donna McElduff:  860-454-0480


Chapter 416 (New London area):

Tuesday, October 9th at 12 noon

Groton Public Library

52 Newtown Rd., Groton, CT

Speaker:  Bernadette Conway, Retiree Coordinator

Lester Shapiro:   860-442-5256


Chapter 417 (Plainville area):

Wednesday,  October 10th at 1:00 PM

Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, 115 West Main St., Plainville, CT

Speaker:  Christopher A. Wright, Democratic Candidate for Senator, 31st District

November Speaker: Attorney Dorval, Judge of Probate

Cathy Toscano:   860-845-2927


Chapter 418 (4C’s):

Tuesday, October 2nd, 10:00 AM

4C’s Office, 901 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford

Speaker:  Cigna Representative

Bill Searle:  860-745-3692


Chapter 421 (North Central Florida Daytona Area):

Wednesday, November 7th, 11:30am

Golden Corral, 907 Taylor Rd., Port Orange, FL

Everyone pays for own meal. 


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.















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