2021 Scholarship winners

Please join us in congratulating your 2021 Mary E. Donahue Scholarship Winners.

Hannah Gomula, daughter of Rebecca Gifford will be attending Cazenovia College this fall. While being involved in clubs and volunteer services Hannah was able to participate in honors classes and maintain an excellent GPA.

Yasemin Knott, daughter of Brendan Knott will be attending Siena College this fall studying Biology and Psychology. Yasemin aspires to become a Forensic Criminologist or Forensic Psychologist.

Christopher Schulman, son of David Schulman will be attending Siena college this fall studying Biology. Christopher is a well rounded student who was able to maintain his grades while being active playing hockey. Christopher will continue playing on his local hockey team while attending college.

Samantha Siciliano, daughter of Margaret Siciliano will be returning to the University of Lynchburg this fall. She has been studying Criminology and Philosophy. Samantha achieved a 4.0 her freshman year.


Unified Court System budget update

The unions representing UCS employees met with the Office of Court Administration this morning via Skype.  With the Governor’s 10% reduction to the Unified Court System’s budget for this current fiscal year resulting in a $300 million dollar shortfall,  OCA has been taking steps to make up for the shortfall and it was related today that of the $300 million shortfall, they have been successful in reducing it to $28 million.  OCA had proposed several options today to the unions some of which could possibly involve workforce reductions and/or an agreement on the 2 percent salary increase and retroactive monies. We are scheduled to have a follow-up meeting with the other court unions to discuss these proposals further on Monday, October 5th.  We are also scheduled to meet again with OCA in December to get further information on what the future may hold and any other progress on the shortfall.  As always, CSEA is committed to the best interest of our membership and as further information becomes available, we will share it with you.

Budget Cuts

On Friday August 28th 2020, OCA had a conference call with all the unions statewide. We were informed of the fiscal constraints OCA is facing for the rest of the year. The unions were not given any hard numbers or facts, just generic comments without any specifics. CSEA and the other unions are waiting for specific information regarding budget constraints. CSEA is committed to our membership and will keep you posted as more information comes available.

CSEA Workforce May 2020

We encourage you to read the CSEA Workforce Issue May 2020

Some Articles to be sure to read:

  • Expansion of Telehealth and Telemedicine
  • Flex Spending Account Update
  • Care for you mental health during pandemic
  • EBF extends dependent eligibility to age 26



New Safety Guidelines

All of the counties represented by Local 333 will be open as of tomorrow. As our members return to the workplace, we wanted to share some of the guidelines that will now be in place. These new protocols have been put in place to protect you and your coworkers. We are all expected to be the example that the public will follow. The ​state shutdown did a good job of pounding down the curve and slowing the spread of COVID 19. The following safety precautions are being implemented in the courts to continue to stop the spread of the virus. There is a real possibility of a spike in infections as we start reopening and we must be diligent as we continue to protect ourselves and the people around us from infection.
The union has done safety and health walkthroughs in every courthouse we represent. Working with management we were able to mark the spacing needed for social distancing and identify where plexiglass needs to be installed. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available in every facility and buildings will be cleaned daily. We have full cooperation from the 3rd and 4th Judicial Districts. They will be working with the union to make sure that all of the safety protocols and guidelines are being followed by all employees of every title. To assure as much protection as possible the following protocols are being implemented.

Masks should be available for all the employees. Go to security is you need a mask and they will provide one for you. All employees are mandated to wear a mask at all times while at work. Only employees alone in a private office are allowed to be in a facility without a mask. We have already started distributing washable reusable masks to all of our union members. We are trying to have them distributed to all of our members this week. If you are not scheduled in work this week we will leave on your desk or with you coworkers.

Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer should be available at multiple location throughout the facility. If you do not have any at your workplace, please let us know. All members are encouraged to wash their hands several times a day. Our Local was able to get 4oz bottles of hand sanitizer to distribute to our members. We were disappointed when we received them because they have an unpleasant disinfectant smell. It will take weeks to replace them, so we have decided to distribute them to you. We apologize for the less than pleasant smell, but they are still 100% effective.

Social Distancing
We have spent the last two weeks visiting facilities with management and measuring the space needed to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Temporarily there is tape marking the six feet apart distance. OCA has ordered adhesive signs that will be used as soon as they are delivered. Chairs have been marked and/or removed and limits are being put on how many people may be in the facility at one time. Cases are being scheduled in adherence to the new capacity guidelines. It will be a little hectic at the beginning as we figure out how to schedule appropriately, but we are confident our members will rise to the challenge, as they always do.

There are some areas where six feet of distance is not available. All of these identified areas are having plexiglass, or some form of barrier installed. Magnetometer posts and clerk widows/counters are the priority for these barriers. They are also going to be installed in courtrooms where they are needed. Court Officers that are using hand scanners will have to operate within six feet without a barrier. That is why N95 masks should be available to them and we encourage those officers to wear these masks while performing this function.

Disinfectant Wipes or Spray Cleaner and Paper Towels
Cleaning supplies should be available in all work areas. We encourage all of our members to sanitize all common areas and equipment prior to using them. The cleaning personnel will not be able to clean individual workstations during the day. We must collectively work together to help stop the spread of COVID 19.

Please let us know if any of these guidelines are not being followed in your facility. It is important that we all work together to keep each other as safe as possible. As we begin to return to work, it is important that we all remember most of us are very visible to the public. We are going to set the tone on how important these safety guidelines are. Now more than ever, it is important for us to present ourselves as professionals. Let us remind OCA just how vital and important we are.

Stay Safe
Scott Gartland
CSEA Judiciary Local 333


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