When it came to extra money in the state paycheck this month, most of the Connecticut news coverage related to the 21 Board of Regents employees who received illegal pay raises.
However, although state employees are going another year without any pay raise, longevity payments were made as part of the Malloy-SEBAC State Employee Agreement.
Among the recipients were thirteen (13) of Malloy’s commissioners and deputy commissioners. In two cases, commissioners collected longevity payments of $5,600. Remember that these longevity checks are issued twice a year, so those two commissioners actually received $11,200, this year, in addition to six figure incomes. The average longevity payment for the thirteen commissioners and deputy commissioners was $3,500 this month.
To those that complain about the state employee unions, note that there were 163 non-unionized employees who received longevity payments in excess of $4,000, while there were only 4 unionized employees in that range – all four being unionized, non-faculty professionals with the Connecticut State University System.
For those state employees with at least ten years of state service, the average unionized employee received a check for $459, while the average non-unionized employee got more than 4 times that amount, collecting an extra $1,909 as a longevity payment, on average.
The Governor’s Chief of Staff received a longevity bonus of $4,800, while one of the Governor’s top legislative advisers collected an extra $1,800.
A total of 52 elected and appointed state officials received longevity checks this month, sharing an average of over $2,600 or nearly 6 times more than the average unionized employees.
Considering that this year’s state budget is already in deficit, why the Governor didn’t, at least, demand his commissioners, deputy commissioners and personal staff forgo their longevity payments is a bit of a mystery.