COMPTROLLER'S SEAL STATE OF CONNECTICUT
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER
Kevin Lembo
State Comptroller
55 ELM STREET
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
06106-1775
Martha Carlson
Deputy Comptroller

INTERDEPARTMENTAL MEMORANDUM

June 26, 2012

To: The Honorable Reuben F. Bradford, Commissioner
   Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
   1111 Country Club Road
   Middletown, Connecticut 06457
   
Subject: Connecticut State Employees Association (NP-9) Contract January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016

I. AUTHORITY
Collective bargaining agreement between the Connecticut State Employees Association and the State of Connecticut effective January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016

II. HOURS OF WORK (Article 14)

Bargaining unit members will work a five day on, two day off, four day on, three day off schedule with the work days generally falling on Monday through Friday on the day shift.
 
The regular work day will be nine hours or nine and one-one-quarter hours with one-half hour at the beginning of the day and the end of the day for travel to and from work.  Bargaining unit employees will average forty hours a week of work over an eight week period.
 
Bargaining unit members will not be entitled to any overtime pay and may only earn Compensatory Time as provided for in a separate Article under this agreement.

III. COMPENSATORY TIME (Article 15)

All bargaining unit members will be deemed to be exempt from overtime payments. See contract for details.

IV. COMPENSATION (Article 17)

Effective first day of pay period following January 1, 2012:
Step  Class  Years in Grade Total Annual
1 Lieutenant 0-3 as Lieutenant $113,600
2 Lieutenant 3-5 as Lieutenant $117,600
3 Lieutenant 5+ as Lieutenant $121,600
1 Captain 0-3 as Captain $128,000
2 Captain 3-5 as Captain $132,000
3 Captain 5+ as Captain $136,000
Movement to the next step which is based on years in grade or rank will take place the first day of the pay period following the date the individual officer reaches the time in grade based on his or her own date of appointment anniversary as either a Lieutenant or Captain.
 
Effective with the first pay period after July 1, 2014:
a.  3% General Wage Increase
b.  2% Lump sum to Lieutenants and Captains calculated on the annual salary.
 
Effective with the first pay period after July 1, 2015:
a.  3% General Wage Increase
b.  2% Lump sum to Lieutenants and Captains calculated on the annual salary.

V. TUITION REIMBURSEMENT (Article 18)

Tuition reimbursement is for up to nine credits per semester. The reimbursement rate will be 100% for tuition and lab fees for credits at a community college and up to 85% of the per credit rate at the University of Connecticut for any undergraduate and/or graduate credits.
 
The State will allocate for tuition reimbursement the following:
2011-2012  $5,000
2012-2013
2013-2014 $5,000
2014-2015 $5,000
2015-2016 $5,000
If funds in any year are not sufficient, distribution to eligible employees will be on an equal pro rata basis. Funds will carry over from contract year to contract year but the funds will expire upon the termination of the contract.

VI. MILITARY LEAVE (Article 26)

A full time permanent employee who is a member of the armed forces of the State or any reserve component of the armed forces of the United States will be entitled to military leave with pay for required field training, provided such leave does not exceed two (2) calendar weeks in a year. Additionally, any such employee who is ordered to active duty as a result of an unscheduled emergency (natural disaster or civil disorder) will be entitled to military leave with pay not to exceed thirty (30) calendar days in a calendar year. During such leave the employee's position will be held, and the employee will be credited with such time for seniority purposes.

VII. VACATION LEAVE SCHEDULE (Article 30)

The vacation leave accrual schedule will be as follows:
0-10 years of state service 15 days
11 years 16 days
12 years 17 days
13 years 18 days
14 years 19 days
15+ years 20 days
Vacation leave beyond 15 days is awarded each January 1st for the coming year. This means the employee is entitled to one additional vacation day beginning with January 1 of the year following the time she/he obtains 11 years of creditable service for the purpose of vacation accrual. The maximum accrual will be 120 days.
 
Employees promoted into the bargaining unit after January 1, 2012, the following vacation leave will apply:
0-5 years 1 day per month
over 5 years and under 20 1-1/4 days per month
over 20 1-2/3 days per month
The maximum accrual will be 60 days for such employees.

VIII. LONGEVITY (Article 33)

The uncapped longevity methodology in SEBAC 2011 will apply. Service levels frozen for the same period as other uncapped bargaining units (rip van winkle) as well as other eligibility provisions.  Payments are to be made semiannually in April and October.  No employee hired after July 1, 2011 will be eligible for a longevity payment in this bargaining unit. See contract for details.

IX. VACATION AND PERSONAL LEAVE (Article 35)

For employees in the bargaining unit who were lieutenants and captains as of January 1, 2012, the maximum accumulation of vacation leave will be 120 days.  For any employee entering the bargaining unit after January 1, 2012, the maximum accrual will be 60 days.
 
In addition to annual vacation, each full-time employee who has completed six months of continuous service will be granted 3 days of personal leave with pay in each calendar year.  Personal leave will be for the purpose of conducting private affairs, including the observation of religious holidays, and will not be deducted from vacation time, sick leave credits or any other leave time.  Personal leave not taken in a calendar year will not be accumulated.

X. HOLIDAYS (Article 36)

Holidays are as follows:
New Year's Day Good Friday Columbus Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Memorial Day Veteran's Day
Lincoln's Birthday Independence Day Thanksgiving Day
Washington's Birthday Labor Day Christmas Day
The holidays will be celebrated on days as determined annually by the Department of Administrative Services.  Each employee whose job does not require him to work on a holiday will ordinarily receive the holiday off and will receive his regular week's pay for the week in which the holiday falls.  When such employee is scheduled or called in to work on a holiday, he will receive compensatory time for the hours worked on the holiday in addition to the holiday pay for the days.

XI. SICK LEAVE (Article 37)

Each full-time eligible employee will accrue one and one-quarter (1 1/4) days sick leave per completed calendar month of continuous service in accordance with existing practice.  Eligible employees will have unlimited year-to-year accrual of sick leave.

XII. SICK LEAVE BANK (Article 38)

There will be an emergency sick leave bank to be used by full-time permanent employees.  See contract for details.
 
The fund has been established through contributions of hours from both the State and employees.  Effective on the first day of the payroll period following legislative approval of this contract, each full-time employee employed for two (2) or more years will contribute nine (9) hours toward the sick leave bank.  Said contribution will be deducted from their individual sick leave balance on such date.  Effective that same date, the Employer will contribute an additional 300 hours to the fund.  Nine (9) hours will be deducted from the sick leave balance of any full time employee who has not made the above contribution when they become a member of this bargaining unit.

XIII. RETROACTIVE STEP INCREMENTS AND RETROACTIVE LUMP SUM PAYMENTS

Payments will be separately identified and subject to mandatory deductions only; i.e., federal withholding tax and state income tax annualized, social security tax, retirement contributions, and garnishments (if applicable).
Effective Date Period Covered Check Date
January 13, 2012 01/13/2012 - 05/17/2012 06/01/2012

XIV. SCHEDULED PAYMENT DATES

A. General Wage Increase

Effective Date Pay Period Check Date
July 11, 2014 07/11/2014 - 07/24/2014 08/08/2014
July 10, 2015 07/10/2015 - 07/23/2015 08/07/2015

B. Lump Sum Payments

Lump sum payments will be entered centrally at the proper time as follows:
Effective Date Pay Period Check Date
July 11, 2014 07/11/2014 - 07/24/2014 08/08/2014
July 10, 2015 07/10/2015 - 07/23/2015 08/07/2015

XV. PAYROLL PROCEDURES

Implementation of General Wage Increases
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.
 
Payment of Lump Sum(s)
On the Timesheet Page:  Amount; Time Reporting Code XMISA
On the Additional Pay Page:  Amount; Earnings Code MIS
 
These lump sum payments are subject to mandatory deductions; i.e., federal withholding and state income tax annualized, social security tax, retirement contributions, and garnishments (if applicable).

XVI. GENERAL

Questions may be directed as follows:
 
Contract Interpretation: Agency Human Resources Officers;
 
Memorandum Interpretation: Office of the State Comptroller, Budget and Financial Analysis Division, (860) 702-3440;
 
Payroll Procedures: Office of the State Comptroller, Payroll Services Division, (860) 702-3447;
 
Tuition Reimbursement: Office of the State Comptroller, Management Services Division, (860) 702-3334.

 

KEVIN LEMBO
STATE COMPTROLLER

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