State workers will receive an average of $1,500 bonuses under the arbitration award, higher than the $1,000 bonuses awarded to some private sector workers earlier this year.
CT legislators endorsed nearly $50 million in pandemic bonuses for state workers, but Republicans want more hero pay for the private sector.
A labor arbitrator has awarded bonuses of about $1,200 to CT public sector workers, with payments ranging based on a job’s risk level.
CT will begin issuing pandemic bonuses to private-sector workers on Feb. 1. More than 150,000 essential workers will receive payments.
CT pandemic bonuses for essential workers are to be slashed. Comptroller-elect Scanlon is calling for another $100 million for the program.
Connecticut lawmakers may call a special session after elections to extend the gas tax holiday and add money to the Premium Pay Program.
Soaring demand for the COVID bonuses for essential private-sector workers could cut them from a promoted $1,000 to $200 or less.
Demand for the Premium Pay Program far outweighs what the state budgeted, leading some lawmakers to call for increased funding.
Connecticut has launched the Premium Pay Program and COVID-19 Relief Fund for essential workers during the pandemic. Here are the details.
CT Democrat comptroller candidate Sean Scanlon says $1,000 grants for essential private-sector workers shouldn’t be reduced.
Pandemic bonuses for CT private-sector essential workers will likely be reduced as surging demand tests the program’s budget.
The number of applications for pandemic bonuses for CT private-sector workers in the first days of the program crashed the program’s website.
Essential CT private-sector employees who staffed vital services during the pandemic can now apply for up to a $1,000 bonus from the state.
The state has awarded just 1.1% of the $34 million budget for the Essential Workers COVID-19 Assistance Program since it launched.
Labor advocates fear the state’s pandemic pay program for essential private workers may not have enough funds for all who risked their lives.