Congress of Connecticut
Community Colleges
January 6, 2016
HCC & the 4Cs Mourn the Loss of Jose Labrador
The Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges (4Cs) extends its deepest sympathies to the Housatonic community about the tragic death of Jose Labrador and his wife,  Gisela Gil-Egui, a member of Fairfield University faculty

Jose had served as the Acting Director of Educational Technology for a year and had been a member of the Housatonic community for over eight years. Jose also served his colleagues as a delegate to the 4Cs. He was a beloved member and he will be missed.

SEBAC's Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity, Equality & Democracy Event 
In Connecticut, where the middle class is shrinking, where huge corporations make billions in profits while paying workers less than $10 an hour, and Koch Brothers-funded front groups attack workers for having unions, where critical public services are repeatedly cut and the richest among us pay the lowest tax rates, and where unemployment for Black and Latino people is two to three times higher than for white people, there is a path forward.

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).

Did You Receive a $100 Check or Additional Personal Leave Time?
Several members inquired about the receipt of a $100 check over the holiday break. If you were the member of a state employee union on November 17, 2002 , you are most likely due a settlement in the SEBAC Class Action lawsuit against former Governor Rowland for targeting union members for layoffs.  
"Class members will receive different compensation from the settlement depending on whether they were laid off from their State employment, bumped to a different position in the State workforce, or suffered some other adverse job consequence as a result of the layoffs. In addition, all members of bargaining units will be entitled to receive compensation for the chilling of their union membership rights as a result of then-Governor Rowland's targeting of union members for layoff" (emphasis added, read full document here). 

If you did not suffer any economic loss and you are no longer employed by the State of Connecticut or your job is not eligible for personal leave credit (i.e, retirees or part-timers), you should have received a check for $100. (

If you did not suffer any economic loss and you are still employed by the State of Connecticut, you will be credited with an additional 1.25 personal days. You should have been credited with that leave effective January 1, 2016. You must use that additional personal leave in calendar year 2016. (


MLK Quotes on Unions

"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right-to-work.' It provides no 'rights' and no 'works.' Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining... We demand this fraud be stopped."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

 "The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair
into hope and progress."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.