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” which maintained the representation, respect, and benefits for all our members at their work locations. We have been steadfast in our commitment to negotiate for wage increases, significant language changes, and the development of a Safety and Workers Compensation Department. Unfortunately we have also lost members on the job but that lead to the creation of the best workplace safety language in the public sector. In 1985, a ratification agreement was approved by the membership to affiliate with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Throughout our history, CEUI has been a steadfast workplace advocate for our members which is a tradition that we continue to this day.