The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition
The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) serves to unite all 15 unions representing approximately 40,000 Connecticut State public service workers together to address issues of common concern. The coalition was recognized in 1986 by Public Act 86-411 to negotiate with the State on healthcare and retirement security, which impact its individual unions’ active members, as well as retirees.
Members of individual unions are covered by more than thirty contracts, as well as a long-term healthcare and pension agreement SEBAC negotiated in 1997, which is effective through 2022. Over the past 25 years, the coalition has helped to save hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars while providing quality, affordable care through its work with the State on the Healthcare Cost Containment Committee.
Each union and its individual bargaining units have internal ratification processes requiring votes to reach agreement on contract issues. Some of SEBAC’s unions require lengthy voting timetables, and each determines its leadership decision authority.
While most of SEBAC’s decisions are made by consensus of the coalition, there are formal procedures that determine how votes are cast, and allocates them based on the membership of individual unions. All agreements must be voted upon and ratified under each individual union’s democratic rules.
Members of the coalition’s individual unions work in a wide variety of State agencies, serving Connecticut citizens in many areas that affect all of our daily lives; public health, social services, education, public safety, environmental protection, criminal justice, transportation, corrections, and services for the blind, and developmentally disabled.
Members of SEBAC’s unions share the same values as the public they serve, because they are taxpayers and recipients of these same services, too. State public service workers know the value of working together as a collective force, and amplify their voice when joining forces on common issues. That’s why SEBAC also carries its members’ message to legislators and decision-makers at the State Capitol, and coordinates joint activities to advocate on broader issues that are important to all of Connecticut’s working families.