Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

Health Care Premium Increase for non-union Employees

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.  This represents a near two-fold increase. Dental coverage premium share will remain the same, only 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.


Rowland Settlement Update

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.

Layoff Notices Issued At Dept of Labor

UPDATE 8/13/15
CTDOL is expected to re-issue the "bumping" options offered to the employees noticed for layoff. The initial bumping options omitted statewide lateral displacement and omitted use of comparable classes. The State has now acknowledged its misinterpretation of our contract and will be re-issuing the "bumping options".on Thursday August 13 or Friday August 14.