Updates March 18, 2009

(Donald Lynskey, Local 334 President)

SALARY INCREASES & INCREMENTS
CSEA has been informed that the salary increases and increments will be in the April 29th, 2009 paycheck.

SENIOR COURT REPORTER EXAM RESULTS
UCS has found that the computers used in calculating the scores for both the open competitive & promotional Senior Court Reporter exams given last April made some sort of grading error. The faulty lists have been withdrawn by UCS. No appointments have been made from the faulty lists to date. The old lists will continue to be used for the time being. UCS expects to have the corrected lists established "within the next several weeks."

"CONFIDENTIAL" EMPLOYEES
"This is just a reminder about court employees who are designated 'confidential.' UCS designates many non-competitive and some exempt employees with this label. Legally, any employee who is in a confidential position has NO disciplinary due process rights and has NO layoff rights. ALL Court Analyst titles are non-competitive and confidential. That means anyone who is a Junior Court Analyst, Court Analyst, Senior, principal, or whatever kind of Court Analyst can be dismissed or disciplined without charges and a hearing. If there were to be layoffs, no Analyst would have any seniority to use in the layoff process.
"Please remember that other job titles are non-competitive but NOT confidential. Those employees do not have disciplinary or layoff rights for their first five years in non-competitive service, but once they have five years they DO get these rights.

"I know this gets very complicated, but it is important to remember that any 'confidential' employee can be dismissed summarily."
(Source: Jim Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)


CSEA LEGAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - FIREARMS ENHANCEMENT
As announced in the latest edition of the CSEA newspaper "The Workforce," CSEA has introduced a pilot program to provide legal services to CSEA-represented employees who carry firearms as part of their job. In the event of an occurrence where the member needs legal assistance based on the use of a firearm or other use of force in the line of duty, legal assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our CSEA Region 5 attorney is Edward Dunn, Esq., of Syracuse. See the document below for more information. You may contact the CSEA Legal Department at 1-800-342-4146, extension 1443 for further questions or comments. 

CSEA Legal Pilot Program - Firearms

 

EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT
You've undoubtedly heard of the Employee Free Choice Act, proposed federal legislation that gives workers more freedom to join unions and limits an employer's ability to intimidate workers trying to join a union. If you would like to learn more about this important legislation, go to www.csealocal1000.org to view a video that explains in further detail the background of the legislation.

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