The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 22-13 along party lines to approve the contracts, which cover about 46,000 workers.
The Democrat-controlled House voted 96-52 to approve the contracts after a 4-hour debate. The Senate is expected to ratify the deal Friday.
Top legislative leaders announced they expect to wrap voting on a major new package of raises and bonuses for state employees by week’s end.
The Appropriations Committee endorsed raises and bonuses that would boost compensation for most state employees by 7% this year.
The Appropriations Committee hearing will address an issue that has polarized the General Assembly, labor and taxpayer advocacy groups.
The package, which would force CT to draw almost $300 million from its reserves, is expected to come under fire from Republican lawmakers.
The deal allows state workers to collect 70% of their bonuses and still retire before more stringent pension benefits kick in July 1.
The ‘silver tsunami’ was billed as a golden opportunity to streamline state government. But now, Gov. Lamont wants to keep workers on the job.
The tentative deals are “strong agreements” that “will proudly be reported” to the rank-and-file for ratification, according to SEBAC.
Essential workers were recognized in Gov. Ned Lamont’s latest state budget, but they would receive much less aid than they sought.
With thousands of retirements expected later this year, unions braced Monday for an uphill fight to preserve public services in 2022.
State employee unions and their allies are moving preemptively to stop Gov. Ned Lamont from accelerating the public sector’s decline.
State social services field staff can telework about 70% of the time through December under a new ruling.
The state has agreed to pay for at least four COVID tests for employees who aren’t vaccinated.
The coronavirus didn’t hinder Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration from keeping a lid on hefty overtime costs.