(Jim Hennerty, Dep. Director of Contract Administration, July 7, 2009)
CSEA has agreed to the UCS proposal on a Separation Payment. As noted already, UCS would have the sole discretion to target specific positions and offer $20,000 to employees in those jobs to leave State service. For judicial districts 3-8, offers to targeted positions will be made based on seniority on a county basis, with the exception of the Analyst series, where offers will be made based on bargaining unit, jurisdiction (county), function and then seniority. Offers will begin to be generated on July 8, 2009 (through July 28) on a rolling basis via overnight mail and through Groupwise. Employees who are offered the payment are under no obligation to take it and will have seven calendar days to respond. The payment would be subject to taxation and would not be added into salary.
Naturally, this is a difficult decision to make, and employees will have little time to decide. CSEA urges members who are faced with the choice to ask UCS for all possible details of how such an offer would affect them if they take it, especially in regard to health insurance coverage and other benefits.