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January 14, 2016
SEBAC's Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity, Equality & Democracy Event 
More than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. articulated a powerful vision for Unity, Equality & Democracy - a vision that challenged us to fight for genuine equality - for racial justice and economic equality - and to strengthen our democracy. We want to ignite this call for justice within the hearts and minds of families and communities across our state. 

Join us on the Saturday of Martin Luther King weekend, January 16th, at 10am as we celebrate that vision and talk about concrete ways to move it closer to realityLabor and Civil Rights - one movement for a better tomorrow (location: Bethel AME Church, 1154 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield).

Supreme Court Hears Important Case for All of Us
You will be hearing a lot about Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association in the coming months. 

4Cs Staff Bob Fernandez and Bob Reutenauer attend the rally in front of the Supreme Court in D.C.
"On January 11, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association. The case pits the right of public employees to band together and form effective unions to pursue the common interests of workers against the free speech rights of dissenting public employees to abstain from funding collective bargaining efforts with which they disagree.  

A decision by the Court against the teachers association could not only significantly weaken public sector unions, but also endanger the nation's core democratic values . " (More here ). 

Link to full text of oral arguments from Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Supreme Court hearing.

We will be sharing much more information about this important case and how it could impact you in future newsletters, on social media, and on our website.

Attention Full-time CCPs! Please read the following on the Willis Process
The Willis process of job evaluation for 2016 is starting now! What does this mean? You have the opportunity to make a case that your position should be reclassified. If it is determined to be "sufficiently substantial," your position would be reclassified and in return, you would increase your salary.

To determine "sufficiently substantial," please see the "Change of Duties Worksheet."  A valid change of duties claim will have to demonstrate, in relation to as many of these criteria as possible, the substantial difference between what your job requires now and what it required previously. Bear in mind that Willis ratings are not  based on the  amount  of work an individual has to do, but on the  level  of that work.

Also, please see the overview of the "Willis Job Evaluation Systemfor more information about this process. 

To make a claim, use the worksheet. For each of the six criteria, please either state, "no change," or list the duties added. It is not necessary to show a change in every area if none has taken place. What is important is to focus on the most demanding aspects of your job. The goal of the worksheet is to determine whether enough change has taken place that the union should initiate a formal claim on your behalf.  A much more detailed and lengthy job content questionnaire will then need to be filled out for further review.

Submit the  worksheet to the 4Cs office (907 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114) by Thursday, February 11, 2016. Any questions call the office at 860.296.5172 or 1.800.822.2363. Our fax number is 860.296.6219. You could also  e-mail the worksheet to


4Cs Calendar

January 16
MLK Event: A Celebration of Unity, Equality, and Democracy
Time: 10am-noon 
Location: Bethel AME Church, 1154 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield 

January 28
Manchester Chapter Meeting
Time: 3:45pm
Location: TBA

Watch a quick primer on the Friedrichs case by the Minnesota Education Association. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech