COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT

STATE OF CONNECTICUT

NANCY WYMAN
COMPTROLLER
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1775
MARK OJAKIAN
DEPUTY COMPTROLLER

INTERDEPARTMENTAL MEMORANDUM

June 5, 2009

To: Chief Administrative and Fiscal Officers, Business Managers, and Payroll and Personnel Officers
Subject: Education Professionals (P-3B) Contract Amendment and Extension July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2012

I. AUTHORITY

This memo addresses the economic provisions and language changes contained in the concession agreement. Refer to Comptroller's Interdepartmental Memorandum dated May 8, 2006 for other contract provisions.

II. DURATION (Article 60)

The duration of this Collective Bargaining Agreement is extended to June 30, 2012.

III. COMPENSATION

A. General Wages (Article 19.1)
General Wage Increases will be effective as follows
Effective Date Increase
July 1, 2009 0%
June 18, 2010 2.5%
July 1, 2011 2.5%
B. Annual Increments (Article 19.8)
 
There will be no annual increments during the 2009 - 2010 contract year.
 
The annual increment for the 2010 - 2011 contract year will be delayed by three months.
 
The annual increment for the 2011-2012 contract year will be delayed by three months.
 
C. Lump Sum Payment
 
State School Teachers (12 month), Pupil Services Specialists (12 month) and Correction Department Vocational Instructors (12 month), who were employed as of July 1 and remained employed through October 1, will receive a lump sum payment of $500.
 
D. Longevity

Employees will continue to be eligible for longevity payments for the life of he contract in accordance with existing practice. An employee's total length of state service, including war service, will be utilized to determine longevity eligibility.

E. Daily Pay Rates for Substitute Teachers and Substitute Instructors
 
The daily pay rates for substitute teachers and instructors shall be increased by the same percentage as any subsequent general wage increase in the P-3B bargaining unit.
 
F. Teacher Pay Plan
 
For employees hired after July 1, 2009 to be eligible for a higher pay plan, credits used for pay plan advancement must be earned after the Bachelor's degree. Prior to hire, the agency will review the educational credits and degrees of the potential employee and disclose in writing to the potential employee both the agency's position as to the appropriate salary schedule and the additional credits, if any, beyond the Bachelor's degree.
 
Effective July 1, 2009, bargaining unit members with a sixty (60) credit Masters in Social Work (MSW) shall be placed on the Sixth Year salary schedule. The salaries of employees shall be calculated into the higher salary group using the round up method. There shall be no retroactive payments and this shall only pertain to Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW).

IV. SHIFT AND WEEKEND DIFFERENTIAL

Mental Retardation Adult Services Instructors, State School Teachers, Correctional Recreation Supervisors and Correction Department Vocational Instructors are eligible.
Differential Hourly Rate
Night Shift $.85/hr
Weekend $.75/hr

V. ANNUAL SKILL PREMIUM (EMT'S)

Emergency Medical Technicians who are regularly assigned E.M.T. duties are eligible to receive a $475 stipend on or about October 1 of each contract year.

VI. TUITION REIMBURSEMENT

The State will allocate for tuition reimbursement each contract year the following:
2009 - 2010 $75,000
2010 - 2011 $75,000
2011 - 2012 $75,000

VII. PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP FUND

The State will allocate to the Professional Conference and Workshop Fund each contract year the following:
2009 - 2010 $40,000
2010 - 2011 $40,000
2011 - 2012 $40,000
These funds are to be used for defraying expenses incurred for attendance by permanent employees at professional seminars, workshops, or conferences. Unspent funds from one fiscal year will carry over into the next fiscal year. The conference fund will expire at expiration of the contract. Applications submitted and approved within the final six months of the contract may be paid with available funds up to three months following expiration of the contract.

VIII. TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT

Meals
 
When authorized, in accordance with the Standard State Travel Regulations, any employee who is required to travel on employer business will be reimbursed at the following rates:
Current
Rates
Breakfast $ 8.00
Lunch * 10.00
Dinner 20.00
* Applicable to out-of-state travel or when authorized in accordance with the Standard State Travel Regulations issued by the Commissioner of Administrative Services.
 
(1) Taxes on meals will be fully reimbursed.
 
(2) Gratuities will be reimbursed to a maximum of 15% of the allowable maximum.

An employee who is required to remain away from home overnight in order to perform their regular duties of his/her position may be reimbursed for lodging expenses in accordance with the Standard State Travel Regulations issued by DAS.
 
Personal Vehicle
 
Employees required to utilize a personal vehicle for State business for 50% of the assigned monthly work days (which must be at least nine work days) will be paid a daily auto usage fee of $4.50 for each day of required usage, in addition to mileage reimbursement.
 
Mileage reimbursement will be paid at the GSA rate (currently $.55) subject to readjustment with the U.S. GSA rate

IX. QUALITY OF WORK LIFE FUND

The State will allocate to the Quality of Work Life Fund each year of the contract the following:
2009 - 2010 $60,000
2010 - 2011 $60,000
2011 - 2012 $60,000
Unspent funds will carry forward into the next contract year to be added to that year's allocation. The quality of work life fund will expire on expiration of this contract. Applications for funds which are submitted and approved within the final six months of the contract may be paid with the remaining available funds up to three months following expiration of this agreement.

X. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING - DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION MEAL MONEY

Employees in the Vocational Instructor job classification in the Department of Correction are eligible for the Department of Correction meal allowance in those correctional facilities in which the employees have opted for the meal allowance. The meal rate will be applied to each shift actually worked. The per meal rate will be the rate provided to the majority of the correctional employees and will be adjusted in accordance with the rate provided to the majority of the correctional employees. Employees hired on or after July 1, 2009 shall not be entitled to the correctional meal allowance except in the cases where the vocational instructor provides educational or other inmate-related services during the meal period.

XI. OTHER ECONOMIC PROVISIONS

The provisions of the original Collective Bargaining Agreement remain in effect. Economic provisions such as, but not limited to, tuition funds, conference funds, shift differential and weekend differential shall continue for the terms of this Agreement at the same rates as established for the 2008 - 2009 contract year

XII. FURLOUGH DAYS

There will be mandatory furlough days for all members of the bargaining unit that will take place prior to June 1, 2009 (1 day), prior to June 1, 2010 (3 days), and prior to June 1, 2011 (3 days). Furloughs are defined as scheduled days off from work without pay in accordance with the voluntary schedule reduction program covered by Section 5-248c of the CT General Statutes. Refer to Memorandum of Agreement between the State of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Employees Association Education Professionals for specific details.
 
Core-CT has issued furlough day processing instructions in the HR Daily Mails dated May 19, 2009 and May 21, 2009.

XIII. SCHEDULED PAYMENT DATES

A. General Wage Increase

Effective Date Pay Period Check Date
June 18, 2010 06/18/10 - 07/01/10 07/16/10
July 1, 2011 07/01/11 - 07/14/11 07/29/11

B. Annual Increments

Effective Date Pay Period Check Date
October 2010 (delayed 3 months) 09/24/10 - 10/07/10 10/22/10
April 2011 (delayed 3 months) 03/25-11 - 04/07/11 04/21/11
October 2011 (delayed 3 months) 09/23/11 - 10/06/11 10/21/11
April 2012 (delayed 3 months) 03/23/12 - 04/05/12 04/20/12

C. $500 Twelve Month Lump Sum Payments

Effective Date Pay Period Check Date
October 2009 09/25/09 - 10/08/09 10/23/09
October 2010 09/24/10 - 10/07/10 10/22/10
October 2011 09/23/11 - 10/06/11 10/21/11

D. Annual Skill Premium for EMT's

Effective Date Pay Period Check Date
October 2009 09/25/09 - 10/08/09 10/23/09
October 2010 09/24/10 - 10/07/10 10/22/10
October 2011 09/23/11 - 10/06/11 10/21/11


XIV. PAYROLL PROCEDURES

A. Implementation of the General Wage Increase
 
New pay plans will be implemented centrally with the new hourly rate and bi- weekly salary effective with the pay period, at the proper time.

B. Annual Increments
 
Annual Increments will be entered centrally at the proper time.
 
C. EMT Stipend Lump Sum
 
On the Timesheet Page: Amount; Time Reporting Code XSKPA
On the Additional Pay Page: Amount; Earnings Code SKP
 
D. Longevity
 
Core-Ct will provide notification at the proper time for the payment of longevity.

E. Shift Differential
 
On the Timesheet Page: Hours; Shift1; Account 50180 or Hours; Shift2; (Time and a Half); Account 50180 or Amount; Shift3; Account 50180.
 
On the Additional Pay Page: Hours or Amount; Earnings Code SD1 (Shift1); Account 50180 or Hours or Amount; Earnings Code SD2 (Shift2); Account 50180 or Amount; Earnings Code SD3 (Shift3); Account 50180.

F. Auto Usage
 
On the Timesheet Page: Amount; Time Reporting Code XAUTA
On the Additional Pay Page: Amount; Earnings Code AUT
 
G. $500 Twelve Month Lump Sum Payment
 
On the Timesheet Page: Amount; Time Reporting Code XMISA
On the Additional Pay Page: Amount; Earnings Code MIS

XV. GENERAL
 
Questions may be directed as follows:
Payroll Procedures: Office of the State Comptroller
Payroll Services Division, 702-3463;
Memorandum Interpretation: Office of the State Comptroller
Fiscal Policy Division, 702-3440;
Contract Interpretation: Agency Human Resource Officers.



NANCY WYMAN
STATE COMPTROLLER

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