The 6,500 layoffs proposed by Gov. Dannel Malloy to balance the state budget – in addition to their impact on state government – will also cut into the budgets of the unions that represent state employees.
The State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition and its member unions recently failed to pass a tentative agreement with Malloy, which led him to propose the layoffs.
Under the tentative agreement, state employees would have faced a wage freeze, which for some unions would have slowed the growth of their income.
But most unions would not have faced serious revenue cuts because they collect flat fees from their members each pay period.
Last year, the state collected $31.8 million in dues on behalf of public employee unions.
Spread over about 50,000 state employees, the average state worker pays their union roughly $637 each year.
The 6,500 layoffs will cost the unions about $4.1 million in revenue or 13 percent last year’s total.
Larry Dorman and Matt O’Connor, spokesmen for SEBAC, did not respond to emails requesting comment.
Depending on which unions face the most layoffs, the actual number could vary. Some employees pay little or no union dues because they are managers or object to portions of the dues they are charged. Prosecutors and some judicial marshals pay half the average amount.
Other employees pay more than average. A state university professor earning six-figures, for example, would pay more than $1,000 in annual dues. School administrators, correction officers who belong to Local 387 and state police also pay more than the average ($24.48 per pay period).
Union dues are deducted from state employee paychecks in one of three ways: a flat fee, by percentage or according to a formula.
The flat fees range widely from $1 for a non-bargaining unit to $32.85 for full-time teachers at vocational schools. Only the non-bargaining unit and one for part-time teachers at vocational schools pay less than $10.
Many employees at community colleges and state universities pay 1 percent of their income to their union. At the University of Connecticut faculty members pay .75 percent and other employees pay 1.06 percent.
The state Comptroller describes the formula-based dues in memos issued periodically. Comptroller’s list of how much each union charges.