What the members of the Union obtained in exchange for these concessions, the State extended the contract for the benefit of unionized civil servants by five years. The July 2017 SEBAC contract, which was due to expire in 2022, extends the contract until June 30, 2027, a step opponents of the agreement have deemed too generous. For bargaining units that voted in favour of the wage concessions contained in the agreement, their members are exempt from redundancies until 30 June 2021. Bargaining units representing the State Police and Assistant Attorneys General were the only entities that did not authorize wage concessions and are therefore not protected from layoffs. Any SEBAC chord can be downloaded to the right button. Since the first SEBAC agreement – a 1989 arbitration decision – SEBAC and the State have negotiated eight agreements that have changed public servants` health and pension benefits, created new levels of benefits for workers, changed public contributions to the public employee pension plan (SERS) and/or achieved budget savings through staff concessions. Prior to the SEBAC agreement, approved by the General Assembly in February 2017, the government`s projected annual contributions to SERS would have increased dramatically – with a peak in 2032 – before falling to a level of only $438 million in fiscal 2034. However, under the agreement, the government`s contribution to SERS would increase more slowly before stabilizing with a projected annual contribution of approximately $2.5 billion between fiscal year 2023 and fiscal 2032. After peaking in 2032 at $2.55 billion, the government`s projected annual contribution would fall to about $2 billion by fiscal year 2047 and remain close to that level. The State police will not be guaranteed the same increases as those described in SEBAC because they did not accept the wage changes, but there is still a pending employment contract that will bring a potential increase in costs to the state, as it addresses budgetary challenges. There are critics who are already opposed to this framework because they think it does not hurt working families enough. These criticisms would undoubtedly be opposed to any agreement with SEBAC.
These people need to be reminded that public servants continue to save the state $1 billion a year by making concessions. Approval of the agreementIn the case of SEBAC, 85% of unionized civil servants voted in favour of the wage stoppages outlined in the concession contract, while 83% of the votes were in favour of an increase in workers` contributions for pensions and health care. The agreement was approved on July 24 by the House of Representatives by 78 votes to 72, and then by the Senate on July 31 with an 18-18 draw by Deputy Governor Nancy Wyman to give the final agreement.