2011 SEBAC Agreement revised: CVS Caremark privacy violations and more bad news

 

 

 

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2011 SEBAC AGREEMENT: More thoughts on voting (heck) NO ! ! !

2011 SEBAC AGREEMENT: More thoughts on voting NO!

So this week the Malloy Administration and Unions did their utmost to show State Employees that we are not getting a healthcare plan by the name of SustiNet. (you can read of the name changes in other entries in this blog) In a move to squelch the SustiNet information read about by State Employees on State Websites and other blogs. the House, on June 3rd, 2011 “recommitted” the SustiNet Bill HB 6305 to the Human Services Committee. This essentially takes the Bill “off the table” for the rest of this Legislative session(which ends June 8th….and thereby “technically” it’s out the picture during the SEBAC voting process. There is no word how quickly this can resurface next session

Read it here Journal of the House 06/03/2011

http://cga.ct.gov/2011/jnl/h/2011HJL00603-R00-JNL.htm
BUSINESS ON THE CALENDAR

MATTER RECOMMITTED

On motion of Representative Sharkey of the 88th District, the following matter was recommitted to the committee indicated:

HUMAN SERVICES. Substitute for H. B. No. 6305 (RAISED) (File No. 341) AN ACT CONCERNING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUSTINET PLAN.
… here .. http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/wyman_seeks_to_clarify_sustinet_rumors/ http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/wyman_seeks_to_clarify_sustinet_rumors/
and here…

 http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=6305&which_year=2011&SUBMIT1.x=0&SUBMIT1.y=0

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/TOB/H/2011HB-06305-R00-HB.htm

(In the meantime…while I write this ( on Sunday morning) ads sponsored by the Universal Healthcare Foundation of Ct. are running  every half hour on WTNH, encouraging people to contact their Legislators to support the SustiNet Bill.)

What are dealing with? HB6308 , which combines aspects of the former SustiNet bill with the Connecticut Healthcare Partnership Bill http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=6308&which_year=2011&SUBMIT1.x=7&SUBMIT1.y=6

 This is meant ” To allow nonstate public employers, municipal-related employers, small employers and nonprofit employers to join the state employee health plan.” according to the Bill Status Report

see also : Health Care a site from the House Democrats of Ct.

http://www.housedems.ct.gov/healthcare/index.asp

Bottom line….The healthcare partnership “pooling plan” needs pool of people to start with so others can dive in…. State Employees are it!

In other action this weekend not reported by Ct. TV News Channels:

CT News Junkie | House Gives Final Passage To Insurance Exchange Bill http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/house_gives_final_passage_to_insurance_exchange_bill/

“The House on Saturday gave final passage to a bill to create a health insurance exchange that creates a quasi-public agency to develop and run an exchange where individuals and small businesses can buy health insurance.

Here is the Bill:  http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=921&which_year=2011&SUBMIT1.x=0&SUBMIT1.y=0

Now I’m not saying the media is “hiding this info”…but they did report on The change in the “possession of marijuana law” http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archive/entry/senate_votes_to_decriminalize_small_amounts_of_cannabis/

 and the mandatory sick leave law passage. http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/paid_sick_days_passes_house_after_x_hours_of_debate/

…yet they reported nothing about the Health Insurance issues going on.  Why? or Why Not?

So nothing else has changed regarding my thoughts on Voting NO on this sham of a deal!

A mass meeting regarding the Agreement was held at the State Armory Saturday 6/4/11. From other blogs I have read …only preselected questions sent in beforehand were dealt with.  Many “answers” given were conflicting, or didn’t really answer the question asked. …I was not there myself and can not verify this information.

IMO…NOW is the time to hold the line! State employees have not broken the law…why are we being asked to accept a “plea deal”?

State Union members were never consulted or asked for what they might be willing to give up! Malloy is bullying the membership and essentially saying “my way, or the highway”. Threatening to lay off State employees and then scapegoating and projecting the fault onto us for program closures.  Malloy is spending over a billion on a useless busway, and an unnecessary NEW medical center in this economy, all while allowing huge tax breaks to corporations and banks,this is insane!
Some of what he is asking for yes, there are some good concepts….all of it …NO WAY!.

What will we be giving up next time when the State is “short of funds”? With the passage of the sick leave bill do we need to be concerned the next time we are asked for concessions we will be asked to give back some of our current sick leave to make our benefits the same as the private sector? …Just a thought…Just saying….

Holding the line this time isn’t just about this Agreement. it’s about future Agreements! Administrations will feel free a few years down the line to tap into “the State employee fund” with a yes vote this time around.

The State was supposed to make deposits into the pension fund for years and never deposited a dime., and SEBAC allowed this to happen through years of concessions. State Employees didn’t create the problem…why should the “cure”  be focused on our backs? VOTE NO!

fyi…For those who think this page might be the work of the “outside forces” claimed by SEBAC…I can assure you that it is not…. I am a state employee, and it is a compilation of research I have done on the issues surrounding the SEBAC Agreement.

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!

2011 SEBAC Agreement: Thoughts on Voting (heck) No ! ! !

Maybe it’s time for “the stuff to hit the fan” for everyone…not just State Employees. The economy of this state will  not change until the whole picture is taken in and analyzed. Specialized long term donations from 45000 will not resolve the problems Connecticut faces….but only placate a public that already has a negative perception of State Employees. No matter which way the vote goes the public view of State Employees will remain the same, and in fact, a yes vote could make it worse by having the public thinking that we don’t even deserve our jobs. That’s the consequence of public service for everyone involved!  
Carefully made cuts  to programs where money is wasted  are what is needed. Please …did anyone know that one of the plan B cuts at DSS is the continued elimination of the “casino bus run” see here (http://www.andr.org/New_Folder/News/MallCuts050611.pdf) . (think your own thoughts on that!)
 
IMO…Special Interest Groups like the Universal Health Care Foundation of Ct. should not be allowed to influence State Policy (SustiNet/Healthcare Pooling), whether SEBAC considers this a conflict of interest or not, from my perspective it is. 
SEBAC apparently doesn’t see having Dan Livingston, Chairman of the Board of CHART ( The parent organization of the Universal Healthcare Foundation of Ct.) performing State Employee Union negotiations on our health benefits  as a conflict of interest, as unions in SEBAC support Universal Healthcare, and have received grants to support the education and promotion of universal healthcare   through “Organizing and Advocacy Grants”  http://www.universalhealthct.org/grants-grants.php  to”Inform and engage individuals, small businesses, health care providers, and communities of faith, advocates, labor, and other key constituencies to participate in a collective call for quality, affordable health care for every Connecticut resident. The main focus of these groups was on state health reform, with some grantees also providing education and mobilizing individuals and groups regarding federal health care reform” from their website.
 
However….As individual union members,you or I may not think that way or support universal healthcare, or any other organizations with political motivations that may be supported by SEBAC. So specifically applied to this scenario….SEBAC’s interests might clash directly with the interests of many union members!
 
Real “concessions” are temporary…. meaning  jobs cut by lay offs, that later can be refilled, furlough days assigned, that can be removed and a 35 hour work week, that can be extended and funds restored to programs that are cut  … when (and if) the economy improves.
 The long term structural changes requested to our pensions and health benefits have resulted  from the “borrowing” by the past administrations who did not make the required deposits into our pension funds, in order to replace money from tax breaks handed out to banks and corporations, this money was never replaced  
Do not open the 2017 Agreement! It is  extremely unlikely ( I don’t like the word “impossible” but… ) that any Governor or adminstration will come in and offer us “more” in the future.
We may get hammered in 2017, or perhaps by then we will have less impulsive administration, but that is 6 years from now. I see no rational reason to give that up now.
 While my heart goes out to those who may suffer (including us!)…this decision has to be made on business level, using a logical thinking process….the Governor is making his decisions based on that model…you might want to do so as well.
 
I will be voting no … heck NO!
see update 6/5/11
https://wisdomovertime.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/1431/  for  more thoughts on voting heck NO!