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Longevity Bonuses Go Out One Last Time For Some

by Christine Stuart | Apr 17, 2013 12:05pm
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Posted to: Jobs, Labor, Legal, State Budget

(Updated 2:54 p.m.) This week, 28,584 state employees who have worked for the state for more than a decade will each be rewarded with a “longevity” bonus in their paycheck.

An estimated $11.7 million will go to 25,433 union employees, and about $5.98 million will go to 3,152 non-union employees and political appointees.

Longevity bonuses were negotiated as part of the 2011 state employees’ contract for the 25,433 union employees, but 3,152 non-union state employees and political appointees will no longer receive the biannual bonuses. That’s because they were partially eliminated in the December deficit mitigation package.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean those employees will see a drop in their annual paychecks or that the state will reap any savings in 2014.

Non-union employees and political appointees will have the amount of the annual longevity bonus included in their base pay, so the savings for the state will be minimal in the short term. But in the long term as those employees retire, the state will see some savings since it is no longer providing longevity bonuses to new hires.

In 2014, there are no savings associated with the elimination of the longevity bonus, but the bonuses will not be included as part of the retirement package of any employee who retires between April 1 and June 30, 2013, according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis.

On Friday, the union employees who will receive the largest bonuses include Carol Williams of Eastern Connecticut State University and Kimberly Chagnon of Central Connecticut State University, each of whom will receive $4,046. Edward Farrington, director of Athletics at Western Connecticut State University, will receive $4,005, and William Aust Jr., who works for the Connecticut State University System, will receive $3,945.

The non-union employees who will receive the largest bonuses include James Blake, provost at Southern Connecticut State University, who will receive $6,769; Rhona Free, a provost at Eastern Connecticut State University, will receive $6,419; and Walter Bernstein, vice president of student affairs at Western Connecticut State University, will receive $6,122.

Click here for the list of union employees and here for the list on non-union employees.

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posted by: DrHunterSThompson | April 17, 2013  7:29pm

How many times do you need to be informed that they are not bonuses. They are a part of every employees salary, as evidenced by the legislation.


posted by: rankandfile | April 18, 2013  2:19pm

Why are university employees always at the top of these lists, both union and non-union?

posted by: martyfran | April 18, 2013  7:18pm

University employees are at the top of the list because 20 years ago the fatcats who run the union nearly tripled longevity payments.  It was a way to give an extra helping of pay to the people who had been there a long time.  And they were the one negotiating the contracts.