(Updated 2:54 p.m.) This week, 28,584 state employees who have worked for the state for more than a decade will each be rewarded with a “longevity” bonus in their paycheck.
An estimated $11.7 million will go to 25,433 union employees, and about $5.98 million will go to 3,152 non-union employees and political appointees.
Longevity bonuses were negotiated as part of the 2011 state employees’ contract for the 25,433 union employees, but 3,152 non-union state employees and political appointees will no longer receive the biannual bonuses. That’s because they were partially eliminated in the December deficit mitigation package.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean those employees will see a drop in their annual paychecks or that the state will reap any savings in 2014.
Non-union employees and political appointees will have the amount of the annual longevity bonus included in their base pay, so the savings for the state will be minimal in the short term. But in the long term as those employees retire, the state will see some savings since it is no longer providing longevity bonuses to new hires.
In 2014, there are no savings associated with the elimination of the longevity bonus, but the bonuses will not be included as part of the retirement package of any employee who retires between April 1 and June 30, 2013, according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis.
On Friday, the union employees who will receive the largest bonuses include Carol Williams of Eastern Connecticut State University and Kimberly Chagnon of Central Connecticut State University, each of whom will receive $4,046. Edward Farrington, director of Athletics at Western Connecticut State University, will receive $4,005, and William Aust Jr., who works for the Connecticut State University System, will receive $3,945.
The non-union employees who will receive the largest bonuses include James Blake, provost at Southern Connecticut State University, who will receive $6,769; Rhona Free, a provost at Eastern Connecticut State University, will receive $6,419; and Walter Bernstein, vice president of student affairs at Western Connecticut State University, will receive $6,122.