2011 SEBAC Agreement :WTF? Voo-doo?

Why do we need unions  if an entity like SEBAC can simply change the rules, and act as a legislative extension of the Malloy administration???

As I wrote in my last blog…the 2011 Agreement  is Dead in the land of OZ…but watch for the possibility of reincarnation! Or perhaps voo-doo!  Check this link:

http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/politics/state-union-leaders-press-conference

Anyone who watches the above news video please pay attention to the deflection and non answers by SEBAC union leaders to reporters questions…this is very similar to responses ( or lack of responses) union members received in the union information sessions about the 2011 Agreement!

When you were a kid did you ever “not play with someone'” any longer because every time you played a game they changed the rules when they were losing midway through the game? We called them “cheaters’.

It seems that the SEBAC leadership thinks that when you lose you just change the rules of the game so you win.

Bottom line…The current SEBAC Union By-Laws are the Union By-Laws and were the rules of the game when  Union members voted. End of Game! 80% approval is required to protect union members interests when negotiating for health and pension benefits under the current ByLaws. 14 of 15 unions needed to vote yes to ratify the agreement…only 11 of 15 did…the vote fell far short of the 80% requirement!

Should SEBAC “cheat” and attempt to change the bylaws to suit their needs…they will lose ALL credibility with ALL union members regardless whether they  individually voted yes or NO! IF the current unions are not decertified, any  negotiations on future agreements will be met with a 99.9% NO VOTE!

Again….why do we even need unions if an entity like SEBAC can simply change the rules, and act as a legislative extension of the Malloy administration???

 Here’s a  fun clip from  “Weekend at Bernies” that reminds me of this whole deal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRMlvBfSBYQ

2011 SEBAC Agreement: Near Death ! ! !

As reported this morning… the 2011 SEBAC Agreeement is near death!

See links below…

http://www.ctmirror.org/story/13028/afscme-unit-rejects-concessions-making-ratification-unlikely#comment-6806

http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/concession_package_on_life_support_after_no_vote/

2011 SEBAC Agreement: Crisis in Connecticut- The SEBAC Scandal.wmv — VOTE NO!

 Info available  to all on line … get informed through your own research!…  Union leaders/execs have their own interests in all of this!  VOTE NO!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CvZVVDaKiM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 we have Leo Canty’s Agenda here:

http://canty2010.wordpress.com/health-care/

for info on Dan Livingston, Bob rinker and Sal Luciano see this blog post https://wisdomovertime.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/sebac-2011-and-possible-conflicts-of-interest-of-union-negotiators/

http://ctpeoplebeforeprofits.blogspot.com/2009/05/dan-livingston-accepts-merrilee.html

 

and other agendas here:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/afl-cio-leader-gladly-accepts-communist-party-award/

http://www.golocalprov.com/politics/Unions-Democrats-and-Communists-One-Big-Angry-Family/

2011 SEBAC Agreement: You’ve got to be kidding…the numbers don’t add up? updated 6/7/11

Any state employees suprised by this?…check out these two articles…guess we’re not the only ones without enough information!  Read the link to the SEBAC _Chart.pdf …if you had questions that went unanswered by union reps …the  Ct.OFA is asking the same questions!

Legislative analysts lack details to confirm full concession savings

By Keith M. Phaneuf

http://www.ctmirror.org/story/12836/legislative-analysts-lack-details-confirm-full-concession-savings 

” With the legislature poised to effectively pre-ratify the tentative concession deal with state employees, their nonpartisan fiscal analysts say they are unable to verify that the $1.6 billion in projected savings is fully achievable.” 

OFA Drops Bomb On Lawmakers by Christine Stuart | Jun 6, 2011

http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/ofa_drops_bomb_on_lawmakers/

http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/upload/SEBAC_Chart.pdf

“The fiscal note compiled by the Office of Fiscal Analysis says it can’t verify the savings and concessions estimated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration because it doesn’t have enough information.”

If the legislature doesn’t have enough details to make an informed decision on their vote, how do we?

 Updates 6/7/11

Malloy Defends Labor Agreement Estimates; Warns Of Layoffs  by Christine Stuart

http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/malloy_defends_labor_agreement_estimates_warns_of_layoffs/

“Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday morning that it doesn’t really matter what the Office of Fiscal Analysis says about the $1.6 billion union concession package”

Republicans Question Cost-Savings Estimates In Union Deal; Experts Cannot Verify Numbers

http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-senate-sebac-0608-20110607,0,3099592.story

2011 SEBAC Agreement: “Power to the People”

Black Eyed Peas, Mary J Blige, and John Legend perform “Power to the People.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUbvYMweQy0

or if you prefer John Lennon’s  original…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppCt-ZwEN1s

you have the  freedom to choose!

SEBAC Agreement 2011: 2 billion dollar giveback revealing itself Connecticut State Employees ???

Is the  2 Billion dollar amount State employees are being asked to giveback really only a deficit due to the implementation of SustiNet???

SustiNet not in Gov. Malloy’s original budget http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/malloy_administration_moves_forward_with_exchanges/

from the article by Christine Stuart | Feb 25, 2011

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said that he considers SustiNet, the state’s best shot at a public health insurance option, a legislative initiative. Because he views it as such he didn’t include it in his budget, which has some health care advocates wondering exactly where his administration will come down on that proposal and possibly federal health care reform.

and the request from Ct. Unions for $2 billion on givebacks….

http://www.yankeeinstitute.org/2010/03/obamacare-for-ct-to-bust-budget/

HARTFORD – The Connecticut version of Obamacare called SustiNet could add more than $2 billion in new annual spending to the state budget with no means to pay for it, a new study by the Yankee Institute finds.

Dr. SustiNet’s Prescription for Big Government Healthcare” rings the alarm about how much the ambitious government-driven heath care plan passed over Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto in 2009 is likely to cost Connecticut taxpayers. The report finds SustiNet’s backers significantly overstated the number of uninsured in Connecticut, dramatically understated the likely costs of SustiNet, and ignored many of the effort’s likely negative side effects.

Highlights of the report:

• Connecticut spends $4.1 billion a year on its existing taxpayer-funded state health care
programs, including Medicaid and three state health insurance programs
• SustiNet will cost Connecticut taxpayers at least $2 billion more in new, annual government
spending
• 90 percent of Connecticut residents have insurance coverage.
• Of the 343,000 people who do not have health insurance, most are either eligible for existing
government-sponsored health insurance programs, can afford some form of health insurance and choose to forego it, or are only temporarily without coverage.
• SustiNet underestimates the cost of expanding the HUSKY program; understates the cost of subsidizing insurance; ignores the tendency of taxpayer-subsidized insurance plans to cause those with existing private insurance to switch to government plans; and ignores “adverse selection,” by which new enrollees have higher medical expenses than current enrollees.
• SustiNet’s unpleasant side effects will include higher taxes, reduced employment, longer waits, higher costs, fewer choices, and rationing.

“Connecticut residents who are worried about the big government health care bills being debated in Washington should be just as concerned about SustiNet,” said Fergus Cullen, executive director of the Yankee Institute

Connecticut State employees need full disclosure on the SEBAC agreement before voting

Yes and No Voters…There is not a health plan that has been “created” yet  …  read the framework agreement.
 If you call Anthem Insurance (as I did today) they will tell you there is no “value added” or “value based” program for State Employees to send you information about. This agreement allows the Malloy administration and Union leaders to “create” whatever they want. If you vote yes… you are voting for something that does not exist yet….there is no  plan ….only a concept! This plan could end up costing you thousands “out of pocket” and you are not being told that!
 
 
Can you answer these questions based on the info you have been provided in the framework?
 
Is your family covered? or only the State Employee? If so, are they also required to sign a binding “commitment contract” and comply? How much does it cost per family member? Are family members held to the same standards as employees?
What is the cost for a family plan where the employee decides for the opt out and pay the $100 fee instead of the joining the compliance plan? Is it $100 for each family member?
Other than preventive care….what is covered?
What is the reimbursement rate and how much are the co-pays for diagnostics not related to preventive care?
Do they pay for MRI’s or Ultrasounds…what is your share?
Surgery room expenses?
Would they pay for a  needed knee replacement or tell you that what you get is a cane and pain meds?
Do they pay for psychotherapy or are you required to take psych meds instead….or would you be forced to take them to comply with the health management team?
Will your children/family members be mandated to take “needed” vaccinations because your Doctor recommends them as part of their health care plan( ie . will your daughter be forced to receive the Guardasil Vaccine which still is being studied for it’s long term effects?
Define non-compliance with the plan completely.
 
These questions need to be answered before the vote is taken. “Value Added” and “Value Based” Healthcare is a whole different concept than what you are used to dealing with! Call the number on your insurance card  and ask the representative  for information for the announced “State Employees Value Added plan”
As I was told earlier today…they have no information about it, yet this plan is supposed to start up July 1, 2011….???
 
We do not have enough info to vote on this package!