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CSEA SEIU Local 2001
P-3B Council
Updated On: May 08, 2024


The P3B Council Elections will take place at the May 15, 2024, P3B Council meeting via the Zoom platform.

NOMINATIONS REPORT (nominations closed as of 4:00 p.m., April 13, 2024).   By this notice, and in accordance with P-3B by-laws, the Nominations Committee hereby issues the nominations report for the following P-3B Offices:

President (also automatic delegate to the CSEA Exec. Council):  

  • Pam Armstrong
  • Jennifer Corti
  • Stephaine Darden-Smith

Vice President: 

  • Pam Armstrong
  • Danielle Spadaccino


  • Jocelyn Ocelik


  • Jeremy Wampler

P3B Council Auditors (up to three): 

  • Tiffany Bacote
  • Brenda Matta

CSEA Executive Council Alternate: 

  • Dora Bennett
  • Danielle Spadaccino

Trustee to the CSEA McCusker Scholarship Committee: 

  • Janet Brutcher


Hereby reported, the CSEA Convention Delegates and Alternates:

  • Jean-Claude Ambroise
  • Pam Armstrong
  • Wendy Bannon
  • Dora Bennett
  • Lisa Bennett
  • Karen Brandt
  • Janet Brutcher
  • Roxanna Ceballos
  • Erin Conran
  • Jennifer Corti
  • Stephaine Darden-Smith
  • Kevin Devery
  • Erik Jones
  • Jocelyn Ocelik
  • Danielle Spadaccino
  • Josh Thompson
  • Andrea Wallen
  • Jeremy Wampler

According to our P-3B by-laws, members elected to office will serve a two-year term. Descriptions of officers’ responsibilities may be found in the P-3B by-laws located on CSEA’s website at  


P-3B Council Elections and Brief Meeting

Wednesday, May 15, 2024  ---   5:30 p.m.   ---   via Zoom


Under Article 27 of the P3B Contract, you have an important benefit -- you can apply for a sabbatical of either one or two semesters.  The applications go to your manager and to me as your Union Representative.  The sabbatical must provide a benefit to the candidate and to the employer.  

You become eligible for this benefit after seven years of continuous State service but you may submit an application prior to the completion of the seven years.

The application must include a written plan of study, and normally you must take twelve credits per semester or the equivalent.

Written applications must be sent in to your designated manager (State will send out a notice soon of which manager you should send to).   When you submit your application please copy me on the application email.   

If you apply for and are awarded a sabbatical, here's how the compensation works:   For one semester, you continue to receive your full pay.  If you take two semesters, you receive seventy-five percent of your regular pay.

Please review the Sabbatical Article, Article 27, of the P3B Contract for questions.  You can also contact your Union Steward with any questions about how this process works.

A reminder, the deadline to submit applications is February 29, 2024.   I hope you will consider this opportunity.

Tuition Reimbursement, Workshop, and Conference Fund, 
Professional License Fee Reimbursement and Travel Reimbursement

Use this guide to help you process your request for reimbursement.  It contains all the up-to-date information including forms, links to outside resources, and contact information.

P-3B CONTRACT Here is your latest contract.

A Note From P-3B President Stephaine Darden-Smith:

I am honored you took time out of your busy day to view our P-3B webpage. It is definitely worth your while to scroll through it since you’ll find everything you need to know about our council right here! From council leadership, meeting dates, calls to action, and notices of anti-union legislation; you’ll find it all here. We provide you with all the tools to be a knowledgeable and involved member on all things P-3B.

Let’s start with who we are. P-3B is the state’s Education Professional’s Council. We consist of teachers, instructors, advocates, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and administrators. We exist in the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Developmental Services, and last but not least, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction. 

What do we do? We provide adaptive, behavioral, communicative, developmental, educational, financial, social, and vocational training/assistance to any and all in Connecticut who qualify. 

Although noble and necessary, our positions are often viewed as expendable. For all we do and all the lives we touch, there are times when those within our administration and legislature choose to devalue the work we do and us as Connecticut citizens. When the state is looking for ways to save money it is often through cutting the direct services our council members provide to the differently abled citizens of this state. As despicable as it is, it is a tactic used many times over to cause harm to our membership and that’s where you come in.

To keep up on these fronts, WE NEED YOU to be involved and we need you to TAKE ACTION! Whether it’s writing a letter, making calls, door knocking, attending meetings and rallies, making donations, becoming a union leader, or talking to others about the good of the union, we all need to find a way to be active within the union. 

As your President, I commit to fighting not only to retain current benefits but to enhance them. And I believe WE CAN DO IT, BUT I CAN’T DO IT ALONE. In order to maintain our dignity as professionals through collective bargaining, contract negotiations, and beyond, we need the help of the entire membership. There’s power in our numbers!

Thank you,

Stephaine Darden-Smith 
P-3B President

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