A&R Summer Picnic August 26

The A&R Picnic will be in-person this year, our first "in-person" event since 2019!  This year our Summer Picnic will be held at La Bella Vista in Waterbury.  The event starts at 11:30 and the cost is $20 for active A&R members ($33 for Retirees). This year, in addition to an expanded menu, there will be free beer, wine, and soda!  Of course we will also have music, games, and raffle prizes to keep everyone entertained.

The deadline for online or walk-in registration is August 15, the deadline for mail-in registration is August 12

To register online using a credit/debit card, follow this link

To register by mail with a check, complete this form and mail to A&R

Reminder: A&R members are entitled to use ½ day of leave time to attend the Union Picnic. Appropriate notice should be given to your agency, according to
Memorandum of Understanding III, Page 90 of the blue A&R Contract.

The menu for the picnic will consist of:
HAMBURGERS/CHEESE, HOT DOGS, RIB EYE STEAK SANDWICHES SERVED WITH PORTUGUESE ROLLS &
BUNS, FRIED LONG HOT PEPPERS, SAUTÉED SWEET PEPPERS & ONIONS, BBQ CHICKEN, CORN ON THE COB,
CHILLED PASTA SALAD, COLESLAW, MIXED GREEN SALAD, ASSORTED CONDIMENTS & DILL PICKLE SPEARS

7/1/2022 Paychecks

Your July 1, 2022 paycheck will look a little different again; there happens to be 27 payperiods between July 1, 2021 and July 1, 2022.  Our medical premiums are divided across 26 payperiods, so at this point each of us have covered our annual costs for the fiscal year. As such, the July 1, 2022 paycheck will not have medical premiums deducted from this paycheck.

While we are on the subject of paychecks, the next 2.5% GWI will kick in on July 1, 2022.  This increase will begin on July 1 but won't be reflected in your paycheck until July 29th (the July 1 thru July 14 payperiod will be paid on July 29)...the July 29th paycheck will also include the $1000 lump sum. 

Those trying to keep this all straight:

  • the June 17 paycheck contained the GWI/Step increases from 2021 + $2500
  • the July 1 paycheck will not have medical premiums withheld
  • the July 15 paycheck will include any backpay from the 2021 GWI and Step increases
  • the July 29 paycheck will include the next 2.5% GWI + $1000
  • the January 27, 2023 paycheck will include a Step increase from December 30, 2022
  • retirees: your backpay will be reflected in your August pension payment.

Paycheck Update Friday 6/17

FRIDAY 6/17 UPDATE

We are aware of at least two agencies that are addressing paycheck errors. At DRS many employees did not have their Top Step Payments processed, and at DOI some rate increases were not effected. We also have sporadic reports of isolated errors from other agencies. In each of the instances we are aware of, the agency has committed to correcting the errors by the next paycycle.

If you suspect your paycheck is inaccurate, please notify your HR department to correct the discrepancy. 

If you have questions about the paycheck, please feel free to contact the union office via phone (860 953 1316) or via email directed to one of the A&R Officers or to the general email address of office@andr.org.

- posted 6/17

Paycheck Update

We understand that there are many questions and that there may be a few isolated problems regarding the recent paycheck.  The State is looking into a few of the potential issues. 

  • If you suspect your paycheck is inaccurate, please notify your HR department to correct the discrepancy. 
  • If you have questions about the payout, please feel free to contact the union office via phone (860 953 1316) or via email directed to one of the A&R Officers or to the general email address of office@andr.org.

Upcoming Paychecks

We want to remind members of what to expect in their paychecks and how the year one & year two monies of the successor contract are to be implemented.  If you note an error, notify your HR rep immediately.

June 17 Paycheck:

  • $2500 Lump Sum
  • 2.5% GWI
    • year 1 rate increase kicks in, associated back pay expected in July 15 check
  • *Step increase/Top Step Payments
    • this is the year 1 step increase, associated back pay is expected in the 7/15 check

July 15 Paycheck:

  • Backpay on year one GWI (2.5% from 7/1/21 thru 5/19/22)
  • *Backpay on the year one Step Increase (12/31/21 thru 5/19/22)
    • *assumes January anniversary date

July 29 Paycheck:

  • $1000 Lump Sum
  • 2.5% GWI (year 2 increase kicks-in on time)

December 30 Paycheck:

  • Step increase/Top Step Payments (year 2 on-time / assumes January anniversary)

- posted 6/15

Aetna to be Retiree Medicare Advantage Plan Administrator

As you may already be aware, the Comptroller's Office has awarded Aetna the right to administer the Retiree Medicare Advantage Plan - to be the Plan Administrator for retiree health benefits.  This change will in no way impact benefits under the plan.  No changes to doctors.  No changes to network.  No financial impact to retirees.  The plan will cost the State about $130 million less per year, the result of competitive bidding, with no impact to retiree benefits.  Collective bargaining provided SEBAC the opportunity to review the changes, and to voice labor's opinion about the changes at t