Leaders of the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) issued this response to Gov. Lamont’s proposal to reduce future pension benefits:
Feb. 19, 2019 – State budgets now and into the future include nearly $2 billion a year in savings provided by state employee union members through three savings agreements negotiated over the past decade. By agreeing to hard wage freezes, reduced pension and healthcare benefits, higher employee contributions and higher premium share costs, our members have done far more than their fair share to improve Connecticut’s fiscal health.
Our latest agreement in 2017 will save taxpayers $25 billion over the next 20 years. That’s an average of $17,500 per state employees to help close chronic budget deficits that imperil vital public services.
Meanwhile, our union members, like all working and middle-class families, pay an effective local tax rate nearly double what Connecticut’s richest few get away with paying.
To be clear; we will not be part of asking for still more sacrifices from state employees, who have already given so much for the people they serve.
We will, however, continue working with the Lamont Administration and the General Assembly on “win-win” solutions for achieving efficiency and that will benefit everyone. Additionally, we will continue fighting for a fair budget that empowers all to thrive together here in Connecticut.
SEBAC represents 15 State Employee Unions on bargaining over retirement and healthcare benefits, and other issues of mutual concern.