1. The Political Landscape and the SAG Award

    Posted: May 7th, 2018

    The Political Landscape and the SAG Award

    by Les Berstein

    Dan Livingston, lead negotiator for the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC), addressed a crowd of over 60 faculty members on April 25 about the upcoming SAG award and the political landscape that affects collective bargaining.  He began his presentation by providing an overview of collective bargaining and its history in our state.  He explained how the results of SEBAC’s negotiations with the state are responsible for the healthcare and retirement benefits provided to us all.  He reminded the group that success in maintaining our benefits relies on active, effective, and functioning unions.

    Dan provided a rather detailed, factual, and sobering account of the ways that the current national and local political climate has led to substantial attacks upon and attempts to erode the protections afforded to state employees by collective bargaining.  Those include efforts to weaken unions in general and attacks upon the defined benefit retirement plans that have been in place for decades.  Dan’s comments resonated with many who have witnessed the vilification of state employees in the face of the state’s failures (since 1939 and before there were unions to fund the state employees’ pension plans.

    Dan explained how the current trends have manifested themselves nationally with, for example, the dismantling of public sector unions in Wisconsin and the expected decision in the Janus case currently before the United States Supreme Court.  The expected decision in that case could cripple unions by allowing people to receive the benefits of union representation without paying any dues or fees.  Alas, there is no free lunch.  Being forced to provide representation to members of a collective bargaining unit at no charge to them would diminish greatly the strength of unions.  Dan discussed how current trends threaten to roll back many of the gains made over the years, including, potentially, the gains made with regard to our own pensions and health insurance.  Our only recourse seems to be to remain united and committed to maintaining strong individual unions.

    The second part of Dan Livingston’s presentation focused on a history of the retirement plans offered to Connecticut State Employees, the general benefits and drawbacks of various options, and important changes that are occurring.  Those changes stem from the SAG award.  Briefly, the terms of that award are being implemented in a manner that affords many state employees the option of switching the retirement plan in they choose to participate.  Suffice it to say that the decision regarding whether or not to change plans is complex and must be made on an individual basis.  There is no “one size fits all.”  An FAQ on this topic can be found here. The FAQ attempts to answer common questions.  If you have a question not found in the FAQ, please feel free send it along to us.

    If you have not already done so, protect your current and future union benefits by signing a new membership form today!

     


  2. State Budget

    Posted: Oct 30th, 2017

    As you may know, the General Assembly passed a new and vastly improved budget.

    Your phone calls, emails, meetings with legislators, presentations, and attendance at rallies were impactful!

    This is what we can accomplish together!

    Thank you.

    Kevin Claffey
    UCHC-AAUP President

    Cindy Polinsky
    UCHC-AAUP Executive Director


  3. Union Dues Reduced

    Posted: Dec 3rd, 2016

    Dear Colleague,

    We are excited to announce that your dues/agency fee will be reduced. Our investment committee and treasurer made a recommendation to our executive council that this year’s budget could be executed with a lesser dues amount. As such the new budget, that was proposed at our annual meeting and overwhelmingly adopted by the membership calls for a reduction from 0.7% to 0.63%. Please check your paychecks dated February 3, 2017 (corresponding to the pay-period, January 6, 2017 through January 19, 2017) to make sure it reflects the reduction. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    The UCHC-AAUP Team


  4. Volunteers for Government Relations Committee Needed

    Posted:

    Dear Colleague:

    We are inviting you to become part of an exciting opportunity! Article X II of the UCHC-AAUP constitution establishes the formation of a Government Relations Committee. “Government Relations” involves enhancing communication between elected officials and the union. It involves advocacy and monitoring of legislation that affects bargaining unit members. Most importantly, when ready, the new committee will focus on the legislature’s adoption of our new collective bargaining agreement. However, we would like to emphasize that government relations is distinct from political activity in that union is not endorsing candidates, contributing or campaigns, or serving in any electioneering capacity. Please let us know of your interest.

    Thank you.

     


  5. Latest SEBAC meeting

    Posted: Nov 28th, 2016

    · The administration requested to meet informally with SEBAC Leaders, and that discussion occurred

    · The parties plan to meet informally again

    · Union leaders will brief their leadership bodies and negotiating committees.

    · Further briefings and information will be available if discussions continue.


  6. Now Part Of Med School — Studying The Health Care System

    Posted: Nov 17th, 2016

    A study by the American Association of Medical Colleges concluded that nearly all medical schools in the country require coursework about the health system and how it is financed. Also in the news, a study by Rand the finds retail clinics haven’t triggered a reduction in ER visits for low-acuity illnesses.

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  7. ABP Payments and Patient Satisfaction Scores

    Posted: Nov 2nd, 2016

    Dear ABP Colleagues:

    We would like to highlight a recent issue that the union was successful in resolving to the benefit of faculty on ABP. We are attaching the the MOU with the administration that we negotiated. Please pay special attention to paragraphs 4 and 5. Thank you for your support and as always the AAUP works hard for your interests. Please do not hesitate us the union office with any questions concerning the changes to the patient satisfaction metrics or your ABP. See signed-moa-patient-satisfaction-abp-amendment10-2016


  8. Dues Decrease Approved!

    Posted:

    This is to inform the payroll department that, commencing with paychecks dated February 3, 2017 (corresponding to the pay-period, January 6, 2017 through January 19, 2017) the UCHC-AAUP is reducing the rate of member dues from 0.7% to 0.63%.


  9. Yale Medicine could leave Anthem’s network Oct. 7

    Posted: Sep 21st, 2016

    Yale Medicine, the medical practice that includes more than 1,400 Yale School of Medicine clinical faculty physicians, could leave Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s network next month if the two organizations don’t reach a contract agreement.

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  10. School of Medicine Bylaw Amendments Election

    Posted: Jul 6th, 2016

    Don’t forget to vote in the SOM election going on now through July 11th!!

    There will be specific changes to the SOM Bylaws presented that will have a significant impact on the ability of faculty to be promoted. These proposals are:

    1)A proposed change in the by-laws to amend the criteria for promotion and tenure in the Investigator and Clinical Investigator professional categories. The proposed changes would add grant support as an indicator either as a principal investigator or as key personnel on grants with collaborators.

    2)A proposed change in the by-laws to create a new professional category to be called “Medical Researcher”, which is designed to be parallel to the Medical Educator professional category in that it will be available only to in residence faculty and will have no mandatory promotional clock.

    3) Adding  “Community Engagement” to the promotion and tenure criteria in all professional categories.

    Click on the link for the amendments and more information.

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