On November 12th 2020 Scott Gartland, President of CSEA Local 333 and Diane Hansen, President of CSEA Local 330 spoke about Budget Cuts in the Judiciary Branch.
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.
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.
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
ALBANY – CSEA members throughout New York State have voted to elect current union president Mary E. Sullivan to continue to lead the statewide union for the next four years.
Sullivan’s term will begin March 1, 2020 and will continue through February 29, 2024. Last November, Sullivan assumed the position of CSEA president following the retirement of longtime president Danny Donohue.
Also winning election to CSEA statewide office were:
- CSEA Executive Vice President – Denise Berkley, Brooklyn Developmental Center
- CSEA Secretary – Richard Bebo, NYS Department of Transportation
- CSEA Treasurer – Nicole Meeks, City of Syracuse
(Susan Radosh, CSEA Dep. Director of State Operations, July 29, 2019)
CSEA Judiciary members across the state overwhelmingly ratified a one-year contract extension with the Unified Court System. The contract extension runs from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. Extension highlights include annual salary schedule increase for all employees in the unit, increases to longevity payments, location pay increases, Security and Law Enforcement Differential (SLED) payment increases and an increase in Family Sick Leave, line of duty leave, bereavement leave, increased contribution to the Employee Benefit Fund and more. (See the link below for Highlight Sheet)