CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH UCS
(James Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, March 1, 2013)
The CSEA Negotiating Team met with UCS's team in Albany last week. For the first time in these negotiations, management gave us some idea of how they see the process. They believe they do not have enough money in the upcoming budget, and probably won't have enough in the budget after that, to fully fund the current number of employees. They are taking measures to reduce costs, including the reassignment of employees from administrative offices to court rooms, more hiring freezes, etc.
In short, they are planning to make "no growth" budgets into a "no growth" contract. We will need to counter their arguments, especially with respect to the numbers. CSEA will be able to get down to the specifics of their ideas soon, as UCS recently told us that they would finally be presenting their written proposals to the Team at our next session. Once we have these details, we will be able to argue that our members need a fair agreement that meets the needs of both sides, not just those of management.
We plan to meet next in early May and hope to be meeting more often following those dates for some meaningful negotiations.