Governor Lamont Submits SEBAC Agreement to General Assembly

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Governor Lamont Submits SEBAC Agreement to General Assembly

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that following the ratification of his administration’s settlement of 35 collectively bargained contracts with the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC), his administration forwarded the contracts and accompanying details to the Connecticut General Assembly for review.

“I would like to thank our partners at SEBAC, the 35 bargaining units and our staff for negotiating a responsible and fair agreement for our unionized state employees,” Governor Lamont said. “The parties entered these discussions knowing what was at stake. The state must live within its means, as must the families and businesses we serve and represent, but this is also a unique situation where state employees have done an extraordinary job during a pandemic that has changed the paradigm, inflation simultaneously increased and the state workforce could potentially undergo significant changes due to retirements and uncompetitive salaries. Through this agreement, we have been able to achieve these goals in a realistic way that does not compromise our future prospects and honors the excellent service that has and will continue to benefit our residents. This agreement sends a clear message to our state employees that we value their contributions to our residents while providing a solid platform from which to recruit the next generation of public servants into our ranks.

The wage contracts were provisionally concluded in early March and ratified by the respective unions this week. By law, contracts are now subject to the state legislature.

These salary agreements include general salary increases of 2.5% and step increases retroactive to July 1, 2021, and then prospectively for each of July 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023. In year four, the parties will meet at again to negotiate salaries. . Additionally, these agreements include special lump sum payments ($2,500 for active employees who were with the state prior to March 31, 2022, $1,000 for those employed on July 15, 2022, and a prorated bonus for employees part time). Cost estimates for these new salary contracts are still being developed as eligibility determinations are being finalized for all affected funds. These estimates will be reviewed by the Office of Budget Analysis when the final package is submitted to the legislature.

For unrepresented staff, a law was enacted last year that governs equity in salary adjustments between represented and unrepresented employees. Action to designate the extension of these salary increases to unrepresented staff will require an item approved by the Office of Policy and Management. Additional reviews related to compression and inversion issues for unrepresented personnel will be carried out over the coming months. These reviews will be carried out in collaboration with the executive agencies.

In addition, the issue of risk or pandemic pay was not part of these negotiations and will be resolved in another agreement.

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