May 23, 2017 -- Leaders of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) today met with officials from the governor’s administration as part of ongoing exploratory talks.
We have voted to move forward with formal negotiations, based on an agreed-upon framework for providing job security and protecting benefits for members, while producing cost savings for taxpayers.
Highlights of the agreement include protection against layoffs and privatization, as well as a 5-year extension of the health and pension agreement through 2027.
This is but the first step in what will be a weeks-long process in which you and all state employees will have the opportunity to make your voices heard. The next step will be for members of local unions' negotiating committees to finalize individual bargaining unit agreements covering wages, job security and working conditions over the next five years.
Then there would be a two-part vote by all dues-paying members of SEBAC unions in good standing.
The first would be on the framework's proposed changes to the coalition's health and pension benefits agreement. The second would be on individual contracts, which would include the remaining provisions in the guideline, plus any unit-specific issues.
In the meantime, Council 4 and our state employee locals are setting up informational membership meetings.
As union leaders, our collective decision to move forward with asking members to consider a cost-savings agreement is based on the need to protect principles fundamental to our movement.
This is about defending your rights to collective bargaining and maintaining our historic role as advocates for the American middle class in these uncertain times.
Thank you, and stay tuned for more. We will get provide our members with information in a variety of ways, including worksite visits with Council 4 staff, Facebook live feeds, a web-based question-and-answer, podcasts.
Sal Luciano, Executive Director
P.S. -- If you have immediate questions, contact your Council 4 Staff Representative or Local Union Leadership. You can also email us at Council 4 or call us at (860) 224-4000.