This article has been updated with details and a link to the arbitration agreement and cost analysis of the ATIA. Lawmakers voted on March 27 in favor of a collective agreement for Connecticut`s assistant attorneys general, which included an 11 percent pay increase and bonuses, and on April 1, the Appropriations Committee approved a similar contract with state tax lawyers. According to Fae Brown-Brewton, Under-Secretary of State at the Office of Policy and Management, salary increases for assistant attorneys general were based on the SEBAC agreement, although she argued that the 2% increases were a “significant change” in SEBAC, since the pace increases would generally be closer to a 3% increase. 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. 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. Click here for a copy of the Official Bargaining Agency (SEBAC) agreement, which runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2027. Under the SEBAC agreement, the state must provide the same wage increases and job security for any other bargaining unit that “aims to protect the job security of the 2017 SEBAC agreement,” regardless of whether or not the bargaining unit falls under the Connecticuts Office of Labor Relations. The arbitrator wrote that the increases were in accordance with the SEBAC agreement and sided with the union with respect to progressive wage increases, but he sided with the state by not giving a lump sum bonus to supervisors at the higher level. But while the rate of wage increases seems shocking, it`s not: the increases were based on the 2017 SEBAC concession contract, and other employment contracts are coming, including an arbitration agreement for controllers at the State Correctional Department. The Connecticut State Police contract did not expire until after the 2017 SEBAC contract was signed. The NP-1 bargaining unit is under the jurisdiction of the Office of Labor Relations, but its wage negotiations were not included in the 2017 SEBAC agreement.
The Department of Assistant Attorneys General, established in 2016 only, had a specific report in the SEBAC agreement, in which it stated that the unit “will negotiate and communicate the provisions of its collective agreement” and will be “governed by the other parts of the SEBAC 2017 agreement.” Any SEBAC agreement can be downloaded from the SEBAC website. . State tax lawyers – a small six-member unit of the Revenue Services Department, which was added to the P-5 state administration and bargaining unit – received a 11 percent pay increase, combining two general salary increases of 3.5 percent with two 2% increases and a bonus.