The Connecticut Employees Union Independent began in 1967 when Salvatore Perrucio started an Independent Union with 350 members from the Connecticut Valley Hospital. From that small beginning, CEUI grew to over 8,000 employees in the 1980’s that covered all corners of the State with members in nearly every State agency. In 1977, the union was able to negotiate and win the “Master Contract”.....

Dear CEUI Brothers and Sisters,
Please click the video above to see an important

Public Service Announcement from Governor Lamont and members of UConn Health Labor Coalition.

In Solidarity,
Carl Chisem


Founded in 1967, Connecticut Employees Union Independent is a member run organization of over 7,000 active and retired blue collar maintenance and service State workers. CEUI members can be found at every State facility. We cook, clean, repair, maintain and deliver in Connecticut’s State buildings, hospitals, campuses, airports, roads, bridges, and parks. Our mission is to work together to continually improve the quality of life for all working families through collective bargaining, workplace representation, and political action.

Care Compass

Care Compass is the website for State of Connecticut health benefits information.  Benefits communications from the state will also display the Care Compass logo.  You can access the Care Compass website at to get information about medical, prescription drug and dental coverage and rates.  The Health Navigator is a resource available by phone at

1-866-611-8005.  You can also connect to the Health Navigator via email or online messenger chat from the Care Compass website.  The Health Navigator can help you find in-network providers and answer benefits questions

COVID-19 Update March 23, 2020

Who We Are

Executive Board

We have received a lot of calls from members concerned they were going to be subject to the new Connecticut Paid Family Leave Program tax that begins in January 2021. Unionized employees of the State of Connecticut and employees of the federal government, a local or regional board of education, or a non-public elementary or secondary school, are not covered under this program and therefore no tax is applied. Unionized State employees would only be subject to this tax if it was negotiated into a collective bargaining agreement.
If you have further questions about this program for your family or friends who may be included in this program, you can visit the CT Paid Family Leave page at  



Carl Chisem, President

Michael Ercoli, Vice President

Leslie Maddocks, Secretary-Treasurer

John Birtwistle, Trustee

Tina Griffith, Trustee

Karen Martin, Trustee

Greg Graham, Trustee

CT Paid Family Leave Program & Payroll Tax

​CEUI will be pushing for work zone safety enforcement legislation in the upcoming General Assembly session.

January Membership Meeting

Thursday, January 14 at 7:00pm 

*registration required*

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we will be holding our January membership meeting via the Zoom Webinar platform on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.  The link to register for the meeting is as follows:

Register in advance for this webinar: