Marilyn Moore


Marilyn Moore



April 13, 2023

Sen. Moore Joins In Bipartisan Senate Approval Of Arbitrated Pandemic Payments For State Employees Working During Covid Crisis

HARTFORD – State Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport) joined a bipartisan vote in the state Senate today to approve an arbitrated award granting 35,500 state employees an average of $25 a week for the year they spent working closely with others at a time when there was no COVID-19 vaccine and the COVID-19 infection process was largely a mystery.

Senate Resolution 26 passed today on a bipartisan voted of 32-3.

“The covid-19 pandemic placed a fear upon thousands of people across our state but that did not deter those who knew there was a critical need for their services by protecting vulnerable populations,” said Sen. Moore. “These essential workers risked their lives and the lives of their families and are deserving of this recognition. I voted to thank them for facing the unknown and making the sacrifices they did in order to take care of others. It is the right thing to do.”

The pandemic payments were ordered by a neutral third-party arbitrator who noted that in March 2020, when Governor Lamont declared an emergency and urged people in Connecticut to “stay safe and stay home,” that did not apply to nearly 36,000 essential state employees who continued to report to their workplaces from March 20, 2020, through March 27, 2021. These employees enforced law and order, cared for the sick, the disabled, responded to emergencies and maintained the equipment and infrastructure that allowed state services to continue during a year in which there were 7,832 COVID deaths and 29,916 COVID hospitalizations.

The average award per-person is $1,333 for the year – about 62 cents an hour – though payments vary widely by position.

Other New England states providing similar pandemic pay stipends to their state employees include New Hampshire ($2,400 to $6,300 per-person), Massachusetts ($1,500 to $2,000 lump-sum payments per-person), Maine (hourly pay increases which exceed the Connecticut arbitration award) and Vermont (premium pay for corrections officers only).