While we appreciate that the Governor has accepted the demand presented by the Board of Education Union Coalition to develop a school-based vaccine rollout for our education community, we are deeply concerned that other essential workers who have continued to risk their health and the health of their family members remain left behind in the Administration’s age-based rollout.

How can the Governor forget about the DOT road maintainers, social workers, on-site higher education teachers, and nearly 12,000 other dedicated public service employees -- not to mention our private sector counterparts, like grocery store workers, manufacturing workers, and delivery drivers and many others -- who, for the past year, have selflessly endured health and safety risks to provide essential services to the people of Connecticut in our collective time of need?

We urge the Governor to continue to fight to put as many vaccines as possible  into the arms of Connecticut workers and residents, but we encourage prioritization of the dedicated essential workers who have worked throughout the pandemic to  include all of the dedicated essential workers who have worked through the pandemic to provide vital services to Connecticut’s residents.

Drew Phelan, February 22

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”.....


Recovery for All Rally -- April 17th

This year Open Enrollment is from May 3 – May 28, 2021 

You can review plan information and rates on the state’s Care Compass benefits website at https://carecompass.ct.gov/openenrollment/ 

 The Care Compass Open Enrollment page also includes information on virtual events from the carriers:

CVS:  Thursday, April 15th noon – 1 p.m.
Anthem:  Tuesday, April 20th noon – 1 p.m.
Cigna:  Tuesday, April 27th noon – 1 p.m. 

You can join any or all of the events right from the Care Compass Open Enrollment page.  Learn more from the carriers about plan options and coverage and ask questions directly to their representatives. 

If you do want to make benefit changes during Open Enrollment, contact your agency personnel responsible for benefit changes.



Rally with members of the Recovery For All coalition to demand a fully funded labor department that can properly assist community members experiencing wage theft and unemployment. Greater investment in the DOL will put CT workers and our state on better financial footing and help address long-term economic recovery for ALL, not just the privileged few. 

The pandemic has revealed the deep cracks in our healthcare system.  Over the last 12 months, dozens of healthcare workers have gotten sick and died because of lack of appropriate PPE -- all while making poverty wages and themselves lacking the appropriate health care. 

 At the same time, we have seen the need for mental health and addiction services skyrocket while the Governor's proposed Budget continues to slash critical services the community needs now more than ever.

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.

Who We Are

Carl Chisem, President

Michael Ercoli, Vice President

Leslie Maddocks, Secretary-Treasurer

John Birtwistle, Trustee

Tina Griffith, Trustee

Karen Martin, Trustee

Greg Graham, Trustee

SEBAC Responds to Governor's Age-Based Vaccine Rollout

​CEUI will be pushing for work zone safety enforcement legislation in this

General Assembly session.

Executive Board