Hartford, CT, July 31, 2017 - Today Connecticut’s State Senate voted to approve the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) concession agreement.
The vote was 18-18, with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman casting the tie-breaking vote.
“The Connecticut state employee concessions package will help us get control of pension costs and build a more sustainable budget now and well into the future. I thank them for coming to the table and for their ongoing partnership,” Wyman commented.
The SEBAC agreement provides $1.57 billion in savings over the biennium, and $24 billion over the next 20 years.
The House of Representatives passed the agreement 78-72 on July 24.
(Click here to read the CT Mirror article that includes comments from Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano.)
Below is the statement by SEBAC coalition members on the Senate vote:
“We commend the State Senators who voted yes and Lieutenant Governor Wyman for doing the right thing on behalf of Connecticut and its working and middle-class families.
"The passage of the SEBAC agreement and its 34 companion bargaining unit agreements secures $1.5 billion in savings in the biennium and $24 billion over the next two decades while protecting vital public services, that all Connecticut residents depend on. We urge the Senate to build on today’s momentum to develop a budget that serves the interest of all of Connecticut’s residents.
"Today’s vote is a clear rejection of the right-wing, out of state money that sought to influence the direction of our state. Their campaign was based on false claims and misinformation and did not win in Connecticut today. There is no doubt that these special interest groups will continue their efforts in the upcoming budget debates but hopefully like today the voices of middle-class families will prevail.
"In Connecticut, the very wealthy pay a lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than working and middle-class families do. This is a level of unfairness that our state just can’t afford and we hope the General Assembly passes a fair and moral budget for all Connecticut residents."
Scroll down to Additional Resources for more background and ongoing links to the SEBAC agreement and individual AFSCME bargaining unit agreements.