SEBAC Statement 12-29: New Year’s Day – Or Groundhog Day

New Year’s Day — Or Groundhog Day?

During this time of giving and reflection, a new opportunity has emerged to help our state move toward a more prosperous future for all. Most Connecticut politicians have for the past two years refused to ask millionaires and corporations to pay their “fair share” to protect and preserve our state’s quality of life. But passage last week of permanent and massive federal tax cuts for the nation’s rich and powerful offers hope for reclaiming needed resources on behalf of Connecticut’s working families.

The legislation Congressional Republicans in Washington just rushed through and the president has since signed into law has been aptly called “the greatest theft in American history.” The final package is a tax cut heavily skewed to the ultra rich and the largest corporations — and actually increases in value for earners and companies as their wealth grows.

Click below for an analysis of the new federal tax law by the editor of Popular Economics.

“Here in Connecticut, our wealthiest neighbors will be the prime beneficiaries of these tax cuts,” said Council 4 AFSCME Executive Director Sal Luciano. “It makes sense that they be asked to shoulder a bit more of the burden to shore up the future for our state’s working families and children. It’s an opportunity to restore some balance and lift some weight off the middle class,” added Luciano, who previously served as a social worker in the state’s children and families department.

Luciano’s comments refer to the inequality gap that continues to plague Connecticut’s revenue structure nine years after the Great Recession of 2008. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), our state’s middle class contributes twice the percentage of their income as compared to the top 1%.

Click below for the latest data on Connecticut’s unfair tax system from ITEP.

“As state employees, we more than did our part — and without a sweetheart deal from Congress to entice us,” said CEUI/SEIU Local 511 President Ron McLellan. “We’re less than one half of one percent of Connecticut’s population. Yet, we stepped up to provide nearly a third of the savings needed to close the state’s current deficit and preserve vital public services,” added McLellan, previously a lead power plant operator at Central Connecticut State University.

McLellan’s comments refer to agreements reached this past spring with the Malloy Administration projected to yield $1.57 billion in labor cost savings during the current biennium. In exchange for securing their jobs and benefits, state employees in July ratified contracts that save $24 billion over the next 20 years to strengthen the services they provide.

Click below for our report-back on ratification of the 2017 State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) agreements.

Despite the outsized contribution of union members, legislators this past fall chose to reduce the remainder of current and future budget deficits by further burdening working and middle class families. A toxic package authored by Republican leadership passed in September threatened to gut collective bargaining rights and slash public safety, health and education services. While it was vetoed by the governor, many of its harmful policies resurfaced in a compromise budget that in October was ultimately signed into law.

“For Connecticut’s elected leaders, the question now is whether we are celebrating a New Year’s Day — or Groundhog Day,” said AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel. “Will they seize the opportunity to ask those benefiting from a huge windfall to resolve to give back to help those most in need in 2018? Or are they instead going to repeat the policies of the past two years and let the donor class prosper at the expense of the rest of us?” added Hochadel, previously a physics and science teacher in the state’s technical high schools.

Adding to the urgency of Hochadel’s call for action is the emergence of a growing deficit in the current biennial budget less than two months after its passage. Republican lawmakers this past summer voted in lock-step opposition to state employees’ cost savings — and then pushed through policies that punished union members for doing the right thing.

We can hope Republican legislative leaders will avoid a Groundhog Day-like repeat of their open hostility to working families in 2017. Anyone concerned about the quality of life for the vast majority of Connecticut residents should be prepared as we enter the new year to mount an effective resistance.

At the same time, it is important to remember that several Democratic lawmakers openly supported legislation rolling back collective bargaining rights during last year’s legislative session. Nine — including three in the state Senate, where the parties are evenly divided — then broke ranks to vote in favor of the toxic state budget authored by Republican leadership.

In the spirit of the holidays, elected leaders from both parties should instead foster an atmosphere of working together to protect Connecticut’s quality of life. That will only happen if active and engaged union members demand that their representatives and our governor partner to prioritize a fair share approach.

This new year, let’s all resolve to work for policies that reform outdated wealth and income tax laws, repeal failed corporate welfare schemes and prioritize relief for working families.

Newsletter 12-1-17

UConn-AAUP Newsletter

December 1, 2017


  • Message from the President
  • A Change in Bargaining Strategy Demands A Stronger Union
  • Growing Your Membership: Why it’s Important, Especially Now
  • Political Organizing
  • The Power of Asking Questions to Build A Stronger Chapter

Bulletin- 11-30-17 Furlough Days, PTR Process & Representation, & Dept. Governance


UConn-AAUP Statement on Furlough Days


Article 19.10 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states the following regarding furlough days:


“As per the SEBAC 2017 Agreement, bargaining unit members shall be required to take (3) unpaid furlough days between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The furlough days shall be administered as follows:”


Article 19.10.A.IV

“Employees may schedule their furlough days as they choose, before June 30, 2018, balancing competing responsibilities of teaching, service, and research, subject to the approval of their supervisors in accordance with University business needs and staffing requirements.”


UConn-AAUP wishes to clarify what the new contract language says. Faculty may schedule their furlough days before June 30, 2018 as THEY choose. They have to balance their competing responsibilities of teaching, service, and research and their choice of furlough days is subject to the approval of their supervisors in accordance with University business needs and staffing requirements.


Nothing prohibits faculty from taking a furlough day on a teaching day or a group of faculty members from voluntarily coordinating their furlough days.  If taken on a teaching day, faculty members are encouraged to ensure that overall learning objectives of their courses are not compromised.


We believe that UConn faculty members are responsible professionals who will exercise their best judgment to ensure that their choice of furlough days will balance their competing responsibilities of teaching, research, and service. We also believe that supervisors are best suited to evaluate whether a faculty member’s choice of furlough days fails to balance the competing responsibilities, and any difference of opinion regarding this matter should be resolved within the department.


Supervisors have the authority not to approve a furlough day proposed by the faculty member.  In that case, the faculty member should have a dialog with their supervisor to explain the rationale behind their choice of furlough day and address any concerns. Faculty members can also contact the UConn-AAUP for advice and support.



UConn-AAUP Representation for Members in the PTR Process


The UConn-AAUP can work with our members who are in the process of promotion, tenure, and re-appointment (PTR). The union can get involved when a member believes the process as laid out by the Provost’s office has not been followed. We do not get involved over issues of substance involving the peer evaluation of a faculty member’s work or the criteria used. That said, we can always discuss with our members in the PTR process their concerns and how they can respond.


As we move into the PTR cycle, the Deans and the Dean’s PTR Advisory Committees are now looking at and evaluating faculty going up for promotion, tenure, and reappointment. The next step in in the process is for candidate’s PTR files to go to the Provost’s office for review. When this happens it is possible faculty will be contacted by the Provost’s office and asked to meet with the Provost to discuss whether the candidate would like their PTR file reviewed by the Faculty Review Board (FRB). This is a group of six tenured full professors who advise the Provost on PTR related questions. The FRB may recommend that a candidate by promoted, tenured, or re-appointed, but the Provost is not obligated to change their decision.


Normally, faculty receive an invitation in January or early February to meet with the Provost to discuss whether they want their PTR file sent to the FRB for review. If you receive such an invitation, the UConn-AAUP can go with you to provide representation. Our strong advice to faculty who receive such an invitation is to first contact our office to discuss your situation and second, to have a representative from our office accompany you to that meeting.


Please contact Michael Bailey or David Amdur at 860-487-0450 if you have questions or concerns.


You Have a Right to Access and to Copy Materials in Your PTR File


It has come to the attention of the UConn-AAUP that a few of our members in the PTR process have been given limited access to materials in their PTR files and/or not allowed to make copies of what is in the file. We want to clarify with the following from Article 12 Personnel Files of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Article 12.1 of the UConn-AAUP CBA states that:

“For the purposes of this article, personnel file shall mean any file that may be used in evaluating the performance or conduct of any member of the bargaining unit. The personnel file includes, the Promotion, Tenure and Reappointment (“PTR”) file.”


Article 12.2 states that:

“Bargaining unit members are entitled to see any materials used to support personnel actions.  Nothing in this article shall preclude the maintenance of other personnel files.  In the presence of a staff member, and at a time convenient to both parties, but not later than five (5) working days after the request is made by the faculty member, a faculty member shall have access to his/her personnel files, or PTR files at all levels. “


Finally, Article 12.3 states that:

A faculty member may at any time obtain a copy of material in the files, for which the faculty member may be charged at cost.  If requested, copies shall be authenticated by an appropriate administrator.


Faculty in the PTR process have access to all materials in their PTR file; they may add materials to the file at any time, and they can obtain copies of anything in their PTR file, although they may have to pay for the cost of copying. Please contact Michael Bailey or David Amdur if you have concerns or questions.


Article 30 – Faculty Participation in Department Governance


In negotiating the current collective bargaining agreement, the administration and UConn-AAUP came to agreement that department or school faculty shall develop and maintain governance documents for the governance of their departments. Those document to include Bylaws, Merit Criteria, Promotion and Tenure, and Workload Policies. Many departments already have these documents in place.


There are templates for you to follow and examples of other departments to review. In addition, the department governance documents must now be consistent with your existing school/college documents and the UConn-AAUP contract.


Please contact UConn-AAUP for assistance.




Michael Bailey

UConn-AAUP Executive Director

Anthem – Hartford Healthcare Dispute Update – Agreement Reached (11-18-17)


Anthem/Hartford Healthcare agree on new, retroactive contract


Public Forum on the Hartford Healthcare/Anthem Dispite sponsored by the Office of the Healthcare Advocate

OHCA – Session Five – Northeast CT

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Generations Family Health Center

40 Mansfield Ave.

Willimantic, CT 06226

(Local Co-Sponsor: Community Health Center Assoc. of CT & Generations Family Health Center)


Register here for Wednesday, November 15th in Willimantic



In response to UConn-AAUP members and retirees caught up in a dispute between Anthem and Hartford Healthcare and who are facing the loss of access to their doctors and mounting medical costs, SEBAC on 11/3/17 sent a letter to Hartford Healthcare CEO Elliott Joseph.

In the letter, SEBAC urges Harford Healthcare to stop using its patients – and our members – as pawns in a power grab to rake in even more profits and gain even more market share in the healthcare arena at the expense of patients and their families.

“Our members’ disappointment in such an attitude from an organization whose mission it is to care for people and their families cannot be overstated,” Daniel Livingston on behalf of SEBAC writes in the letter.

“Indeed, we doubt that many of Hartford Healthcare’s dedicated doctors and health care professionals support this cavalier approach to their patients…Hartford Healthcare’s patients are its life blood, and its moral responsibility.”

SEBAC leaders specifically questioned Hartford Healthcare’s refusal of Anthem’s offer to pay Hartford Healthcare reimbursements under the current rates, with a commitment to retroactively compensate HartfordHealthcare for any increase in the rates that is agreed to in the next contract.

Click Here to read the full letter from SEBAC Chief Negotiator Dan Livingston


Per the 2017 SEBAC Agreement, the adoption of a design structure that encourages treatment choice of high quality, high value providers includes a listing of preferred providers, preferred sites of service and a smart shopper program. Please see below for links that members can use to determine those services.  Note, however, that if an Anthem member selects a Hartford Healthcare Provider, until the dispute ends that member should confirm coverage by calling the number on the back of their card, and following the prompt that allows them to check with a live person immediately and make sure the physician is still in network.

From the Comptroller’s Office:
For United you should not have to login, don’t know why that is happening.  To avoid the login issue, they should go here, which describes the tiering and how to find the docs, so it might be better anyway:

For Anthem the lists are here:
There is also a link to their provider lookup tool within the PDF as well as a listing of all tier 1 providers and preferred site of service facilities.
United folks should use the Oxford lookup tool and look for the two blue hearts “premium” designation – see description below:

Visits to “Preferred”/Tier 1 PCPs and Specialists (those with 2 full blue hearts) in the state of Connecticut will have a $0 copay; visits to non-“Preferred” (less than 2 full blue hearts) specialists not in one of the above specialties, or visits to Participating providers outside of the state of Connecticut will have a $15 copayment.
*Note: Non-HEP members utilizing a Tier 1 provider will be required to meet their $350 In-Network deductible prior to services being covered at $0 copay.
It’s easy to find a “Preferred”/Tier 1 provider. Just click the Local (Tri-State) Network Provider Search link below, and then click on “Find a Physician or Facility.” In your search results, simply look for the blue hearts.
You can also look up site of service locations on our website by clicking here:

From Office of the State Comptroller to CT Health Plan Members ( 10/19/17)


Connecticut Members Of Congress Urge End To Insurance Dispute (10/14/17)

From the Office of the State Comptroller To Affect Members (9/27/17)

11/16/17 – Gathering in honor of Professor Osvaldo Pardo

Dear Colleagues;

On October 30, 2017, Professor Osvaldo Pardo passed away unexpectedly at his home. He had been a faculty member at UCONN for the past 20 years. His only direct family is his mother, Adelma, an elderly woman who lives in Argentina.  Adelma does not have the resources to pay for Osvaldo’s funeral arrangements. Uconn-AAUP is assisting Adelma in having Osvaldo’s remains and belongings sent to her in Argentina. If anyone else would like to assist, a “gofundme” page has been set up at the following link:

A gathering has been organized to pay homage to Osvaldo’s life, which will take place on Thursday, November 16th from 5 – 7:00 PM in the South Reading Room of Wilber Cross Building. It will be a simple event for friends and colleagues to share memories of Osvaldo, celebrate his life and accomplishments, grieve together, and pay him tribute. All are invited to participate and share their memories of Osvaldo at the event. If you are unable to attend, we invite friends and colleagues to send us a brief note about their memories of Osvaldo to Gustavo Nanclares ( and it will be read at the event.

Thank you.

Michael Bailey


So you think you are a member of AAUP?


Many faculty members assume that they are active members of the Chapter because the University deducts a portion of their paycheck for AAUP dues. Your title makes you part of the bargaining unit covered by the UConn-AAUP contract but it does not make you a member.

One must opt in if they wish to become a bona fide member of the Chapter and of National AAUP. You can opt in by filling out the form below.

As a member, you are entitled to attend all UConn-AAUP social functions, vote for Chapter officers, run for Chapter office, and vote on the Chapter Bylaws. In addition, National AAUP offers numerous benefits including a subscription to AAUP’s Academe magazine, and exclusive access to faculty webinars, toolkits, and publications. At the National level membership includes standing for a national office position, participating in committee work, and voting and participating in national meetings.

Most importantly, the number of members is a major factor in Chapter strength and higher membership numbers result in better contract negotiation outcomes. This is a simple and easy way to improve your Chapter.

There is no additional fee for joining as the amount deducted in dues is the same whether you or a member or not.

If you are uncertain if you are actually a member, reach out to your Department/Unit Representative or contact the UConn-AAUP Office


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    UConn-AAUP Statement Regarding Charlottesville

    Dear Colleagues;

    Those events that took place in Charlottesville last weekend on the University of Virginia campus have no place in this country or any place on the campuses of the University of Connecticut. We condemn not only the violence but also the bigotry, and we will stand with and defend anyone in our community who is at risk of becoming a target.

    UConn-AAUP will not remain complacent in the face of such hatred that affects many of our members and their families.  We join with the National AAUP and other AAUP Chapters across the country in speaking out against the expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and hatred that were witnessed in Charlottesville.

    UConn-AAUP encourages our community to take the time to address these events in the classroom and in small organizations. We applaud the response from the UConn President’s Office but call upon the UConn President to respond with action by hosting a metanoia on race relations in our University, in our State, and in our Nation.  We will work with faculty members, students, and other community leaders to resist hate and are prepared to offer support to those that experience it.

    Michael Bailey

    UConn-AAUP Executive Director

    Tom Bontly

    UConn-AAUP President

    The following statement was issued by the American Association of University Professors president Rudy Fichtenbaum and AAUP first vice president Henry Reichman following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. 

    “Our hearts broke this weekend as we watched expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and hatred on the University of Virginia campus result in violence. We are especially saddened by the death of one activist and the wounding of others. Expressions of racism and hatred paired with violent actions are not new in our country. Our history shows that marchers armed with guns and sticks, carrying shields and torches, and chanting Nazi slogans have but one purpose: to strike fear and terror in the hearts of people of color, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, and all who believe in a more inclusive America.

    “To remain silent in the face of hatred is to be complicit in that hatred. Therefore, we will not remain silent while white supremacists, emboldened by the rhetoric of the Trump administration, perpetrate violence and incite bigotry. After equivocating, the President has finally denounced the KKK, the Nazis and other white supremacist groups. But he and his administration must do more. We call on the Trump administration to use all of the forces at its disposal to bring to justice those involved in fomenting violence and terror. Further, we call on the President and his administration to denounce all attempts to equate nonviolent protests like Black Lives Matter with violent hate groups.

    “We decry the violence, the discrimination, and the attempts to intimidate, silence, and harm our students, educators, and community members. We reject racism and white supremacy.  We stand with students, educators, their families, and communities across the country working for equitable and welcoming environments where it is safe to exist, learn, and peacefully disagree and debate. Our members, chapters and state conferences will work with faculty members, students, and college leaders, uniting and organizing with allies and in our communities to resist hate and fight for a just society.”