Friday, September 30th, A&R will again participate in the Habitat for Humanity Build-A-Thon in Hartford. All members are encouraged to sign-up as a helper or donate through our crowd-funding page
Layoffs in excess of 400 employees were recently announced at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). The layoffs are largely the result of an agency decision to privatize 20 group homes. This continues the agency’s trend toward privatization, with nearly two-thirds of state-run group homes to be privatized. No A&R titles have been impacted by the DDS layoffs thus far. The expectation is that there will be some level of impact to A&R, but DDS has not informed us of any A&R positions that will be impacted by layoff. We are monitoring the situation and remain cautiou
As part of the "austerity" budget bill passed in May 2016, non-union State employees will pay up to 18 percent of the total premium share for their medical coverage starting in October 2016 (dental coverage premium share will remain the same, just the employee portion of the medical coverage will be increased). The increase in the employee share of the medical premiums does NOT impact union employees.
The Rowland settlement consists of two basic components, (1) Emotional Distress/Punitive Damages and (2) Economic Damages. By now, everyone should have received the emotional distress/punitive damage award in the form of vacation days and/or personal days. We are aware that most members have not yet received an offer to settle the Economic Damages portion of the award. The Economic Damages payments are forthcoming, but have been delayed due to the complexity of processing them. Members will be compensated for delayed payments by receiving 5% simple interest when their award is paid.
The deadline to purchase tickets for the A&R Picnic at Maneeley's was Friday August 19th. Tickets are not sold at the door.
At the negotiations table the union has proposed reasonable wage increases, increments, and the payment of top step bonuses in each year of our successor contract. Wages, increments, and top step bonuses are among our highest priorities. Negotiations are ongoing, with the outcome yet to be determined. Any settlement reached between the State and the Union needs the approval of the membership. Absent a settlement, the successor contract will be determined via arbitration award. We are well positioned for either scenario.
From the website of Silver, Golub & Teitell:
"We understand that some State Human Resources Departments have just announced to their employees that SEBAC class members eligible for economic damages under the SEBAC Settlement will begin receiving their economic damage awards in their payroll.