A&R offers 15 scholarships to dependents of A&R members. If you have a graduating High School senior or a child who is already in post-secondary school and would like to apply for an A&R Scholarship our deadline is March 28, 2024. There are also two AFT-CT scholarship programs available which are open to all A&R members as well.
AFT-CT is holding 6 Regional Legislative Meetings in March. The events are free to A&R members and they give attendees the opportunity to sit and meet directly with their local State Reps/Senators. Great events and a perfect opportunity to let them know that you expect them to support our Wage contract which will be on the floor for a vote in just a months.
Every year, A&R awards scholarships to qualifying children of A&R/AFT Local 4200 members or children of former A&R members who are now members of the A&R Retiree Chapter.
Nine scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each will go to 2024 high school graduates or seniors who have been accepted to and will be entering a post-secondary educational institution. These are one-time only awards.
Four awards in the amount of $1,500 each will go to post secondary students who are continuing their education. The continuing student awards are also one-time only, but the recipient may previously have
Recently, the Comptroller's Office sent notice to all employees regarding changes to the HEP requirements. Basically, the new requirements are far easier to remember and make it easier to obtain compliance with your healthcare requirements. Some of the changes will be implemented for 2024 and some will become effective calendar year 2025.
In 2024, dependent children (up to age 26) will only be required to have 1 dental cleaning per year starting at age 6+; there will be no other HEP requirements for dependent children going forward. Employees and Spouse
The risk-sharing provision of the Tier IV pension plan – which covers most state employees hired after 7/31/2017 – was implemented for the first time on July 1, 2023 and will run through June 30, 2024. That provision permits the State to increase employee contributions by half of the amount by which the plan’s investment returns failed to reach the projected average amount of 6.9% in the prior calendar year, up to a maximum of 2%.
In calendar year 2022, the SERS fund’s investment income was far below the 6.9% annual benchmark with a net
Have you ever had a chance to sit down with your State Rep or State Senator? AFT-CT has set up Lunch Meetings with local State Reps/Senators. These are low-pressure meetings where you and many other union members in your area get to grab a meal and talk to or listen to their State Legislators. The meeting and lunch are free to all A&R members and we actually have a very important item that we need the legislature to support this session: our wage increases!!!
One of the worst things we can put forth is a message to the legislature that we really don't care enough to show up and tell them
Everyone is aware that the Governor closed Executive Branch offices due to the snowstorm...unfortunately, he also continued his streak of improperly applying the State's Telework agreement with the Unions.
The Governor's written directive states:
All level 2 executive branch state employees whose job duties can be completed remotely should telework, or they may request use of accrued leave
The actual Telework Agreement states in item 8.3.2.:
In addition, teleworkers may be requested to telework on non-telework days as operational needs dictate or in the event of an
This isn't new news, but we can confirm that the state employee pension fund did hit its target of a 6.9% return rate for calendar year 2023. As such, the 2% surcharge that went into place on July 1, 2023 will cease on July 1, 2024. This means that all Tier 4 employees will not have the 2% pension surcharge deducted from their paychecks starting July 1, 2024.
The next evaluation period for the pension return rate will be at the end of calendar year 2024.
A&R is still conducting discussions related to a General Wage Increase for July 1 as well, we will keep you posted as this process moves along. If you want to have a say/vote in the July GWI for A&R, you must be signed up as an A&R member...if you are a fairly new hire into state service and haven't signed up with A&R, the process is simple, just follow this link