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.
Up to date Information regarding the Rowland Layoffs settlement can be found at the website of Silver, Golub and Teitell, where a SEBAC Class Action Home Page has been established.
A settlement of the lawsuit with the Connecticut Attorney General has been reached and subsequently approved by the General Assembly. The Court presiding over the case has also preliminarily approved the settlement and has scheduled a hearing to consider whether to give final approval for the settlement. That hearing will take place at 1 pm, October 1, 2015at the federal courthouse in Hartford:
In accordance with Article 24 of the A&R contract, a 3% general wage increase for all A&R members became effective July 1, 2015. The increase will be reflected in the July 23rd paycheck. Annual increments and lump sum payments (Top Step Bonuses) will be recieved on time, which is late December, 2015 for most members.
In accordance with the SEBAC 2011 agreement, contributions to the Retiree Health Care Trust Fund made its final increase of 1%, going from 2% to 3%. Employees who began paying into the fund in 2013 will continue to contribute the full 3% through June 30, 2023 (or retirement).
Active members who successfully complied with the requirements related to any of the 5 chronic illnesses listed under the HEP (Health Enhancement Program) during 2014 will receive $100 in their August 7th paychecks. Retirees in compliance will see the same amount in their checks on August 31.
To receive the HEP rebate, plan members must have been diagnosed with one of the 5 chronic conditions listed in the Health Enhancement Plan (Asthma/COPD, Heart Failure/Coronary Artery Disease, Diabetes types I & II, High blood pressure, and High cholesterol) and all plan participants must have complied
The SEBAC lawsuit concerning the Rowland layoffs is nearing the final stagtes of settlement. There are two steps remaining: (1) The Connecticut General Assembly must review the settlement. If the General Assembly takes no further action by June 1, 2015, the settlement will be deemed approved. (2) The Court must approve the settlement. The Court will schedule a hearing in the early fall in which it will consider whether to give final approval for the setlement.
New guidelines have been issued by the Comptroller's Office which now require that, under our health plan, prior authorization be obtained for compound medications containing non-FDA approved ingredients. The issuance of the new guidelines was made by the Comptroller's Office without the consent of SEBAC. As a result SEBAC has filed a grievance contesting the state's right to unilaterally establish guidelines without SEBAC's consent. Follow the link to an FAQ issued by the Comptroller's Office regarding the new guidelines.
Compound drugs, which are largely unregulated, may contain non-FDA