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Executive Board

 NP-2 Custodians Packed the UConn Town Hall on Thursday,

November 17th

NP-2 Custodians had the opportunity to address President Maric and Mike Jednak directly about the decision to replace NP-2 Custodial Staff with C&W contracting staff in the Athletics Department in August, displacing 24 dedicated hardworking union members from the third shift to the first shift across the campus.

Union members packed the room and stood in solidarity to address the rumors of further reduction of NP-2 custodial positions and shifts, the cost of parking, the lack of equipment and supplies, and how they are expected to do more with less every day. CEUI raised the issue that many NP-2 departments see a reduction in positions, vacancies are not being filled, and jobs are being performed more and more with student labor.  

Members talked about their long-term commitment to UConn and how they were once treated with dignity and respect, but not anymore. They spoke of how they were concerned if their jobs would be there ten years from now. They talked of how the students, faculty, and staff all have written letters of recognition for their hard work and dedication to UConn. Union members spoke about winning the Team Spirit Award for excellence in service, but now feel their jobs are not secure.     

President Maric listened and promised to work towards a solution but stressed that we must go to our legislators and demand that they fully fund our colleges and universities in Connecticut. Our legislators need to understand that budget cuts are hurting our students and staff, and the importance of a dedicated public service workforce to our community.  The NP-2 Custodial Staff packed the room to demand that President Maric and Mike Jednak treat the NP-2 custodians with respect and dignity because they are committed to the success and well-being of every single person at UConn.

ALL NP-2 Union Members across all college and university campuses are feeling the stress of budget cuts. We need members to join us at the state capitol to address our concerns, and fully fund higher education recognizing the dedication and excellence of our NP-2 public service workforce.

Click the link to get notified to a part of upcoming opportunities to demand legislators fully fund public higher education in 2023!

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 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.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Ballots for the 2023 CEUI Executive Board Election have been mailed and may have already been received by many of you.  Please be advised that we have discovered a typo on the ballot.  For the position of Trustee, the ballot states that you can select up to four (4) Trustees.  However, it should state that you can select up to five (5) Trustees.  Please note that when completing your ballots, you can select up to FIVE (5) Trustees.
The Federal Moderator overseeing the opening and count of the ballots will be provided with the corrected instructions to ensure ballots are all tallied correctly.  
Please pass this information on to your fellow members, and we will also be posting this information on our website today.  
We apologize for any confusion this may have caused to those receiving their ballots.  Any questions can be directed to Cara O’Sullivan at

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Carl Chisem, President

Michael Ercoli, Vice President​

Leslie Maddocks, Secretary-Treasurer

John Birtwistle, Trustee
Tina Griffith, Trustee
Karen Martin, Trustee
Greg Graham, Trustee

Luis Diaz, Trustee

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