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P-4 Council Blog Aug 09, 2023
Member Win: P4 Trainees AI
by Drew Stoner
Hot Labor Summer has been in full swing here in Connecticut with the latest cause for celebration coming out of the P4 Council.  Following a long fight, CSEA members scored a major victory affecting newer members in trainee classifications such as Connecticut Career Trainee (CCT), Engineer Trainee, Transportation Engineer Trainee and Environmental Trainee.  For a few years now, the State has taken the misguided position that employees in these trainee classifications are not entitled to Annual Increments (AIs) during the training period.  The Union fought back, arguing that trainees are entitled to AIs just like any other employee and that to withhold such AIs is a violation of the P4 Contract.  Some employees in the CCT classification, which has a two-year training period, improperly missed out on two AIs.  Other employees with one-year training periods and who were hired in the first half of a calendar year, improperly missed out on one.  The dispute covered contract years starting in 2020 up to the current year.  Several P-4 stewards, led by Dawn McKay of DEEP and Alex Finch of DOT, fought relentlessly for this inequity to be corrected, culminating in a full capitulation from the State.  Per the settlement agreement, the employees covered by this dispute should see a retroactive make-whole remedy before the end of 2023.  Congratulations to all involved!  When we fight, we win!
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