(James Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, 10/2/11)
Some CSEA members working for the court system are asking why the Empire Plan is changing before we have completed negotiating a new contract. The reason is that Article 8 of the CSEA-UCS contract specifies that CSEA-represented court employees receive the same health insurance benefits (including co-pays, premium contributions, etc.) as our fellow NYS Executive Branch State empoyees do. Now that we have made some changes in the Executive Branch, they become effective for our court employees pursuant to Article 8 of the contract. And the expired agreement stays in effect until a new contract is completed.