In January, 2012, CSEA filed an Improper Practice Charge with the New York State Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) with regard to contract proposals that UCS deemed non-mandatory when we met with them in September 2011. This charge had to be filed within four months of UCS declaring these proposals non-mandatory and, since no additional meetings were scheduled before then, we had to file the charge to preserve timeliness. This put negotiations on hold, since we couldn't move forward until this charge was resolved. In August, CSEA and UCS settled the charge.
CSEA is currently in the process of scheduling the next negotiation session with UCS and will provide updated information as we move forward.