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Civil Service Employees Association - Unit 9200 - Our Union
Since
1947, CSEA Unit 9200 proudly represents approximately 3,000 Westchester County government professionals working in all County Departments. Professional CSEA members, working together, make Westchester a success every day. 
CSEA represents nearly 300,000 municipal employees throughout New York State. 
CSEA Inc. celebrates over 104 Years of being one of the Most Influential Unions in the U.S.
Our CSEA 9200 Union Workforce:  We Make Westchester Work !

 
Having a union and the right to bargain collectively with your employer is not an old-fashioned idea. Top executives of every major corporation negotiate their own compensation, retirement and severance packages with the companies for which they work.
One page in a contract is worth more than a thousand promises.

 
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2014 College Year Tuition Reimbursement Application and Rules   Deadline: Monday,  Jan 12, 2015 


 

Dec 18 2014  Anti Union Forces Try Their Luck in County Laws  JP-KENTUCKY1-articleLarge-v2.jpg (41635 bytes) right_to_work_gag_ap.jpg (111087 bytes)  Conservative groups are opening a new front in their effort to reshape American law, arguing that local governments have the power to write their own rules on a key labor issue that has, up to now, been the prerogative of states.   Beginning here in the hometown of Senator Rand Paul and the Chevy Corvette, groups including the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Heritage Foundation and a newly formed nonprofit called Protect My Check are working together to influence local governments the same way they have influenced state legislatures, and anti-union ordinances are just the first step in the coordinated effort they envision.   A carefully devised plan began to unfold last week, when the Warren County Fiscal Court met here and preliminarily approved, in a 6 to 1 vote, a “right to work” ordinance that would allow employees represented by a union to opt out of paying union fees. This week two more Kentucky counties, Fulton and Simpson, followed suit, and a dozen more are expected to do the same in the next six weeks.   “There are literally thousands of targets for the initiative,” said Brent Yessin, an anti-union consultant and lawyer who is on the board of advisers for Protect My Check, said at a recent meeting in Washington. “Doing this county by county, city by city is more time consuming, but it’s also more time consuming and draining for the unions to fight.”  

Dec 16 2014    New York City Teachers Score Highly Under New Evaluation System    UFT_mulgrew_dm_17.jpg (101702 bytes)  Nine out of 10 New York City teachers received one of the top two rankings in the first year of a new evaluation system that was hailed as a better way of assessing how they perform, according to figures released on Tuesday.   The system, enacted into state law in 2010, was created, in part, to make it easier to identify which teachers performed the best so their methods could be replicated, and which performed the worst, so they could be fired. Although very few teachers in the city were deemed not to be up to standards, state officials and education experts said the city appeared to be doing a better job of evaluating its teachers than the rest of New York State.  “Two percent is worrisome,” Sandi Jacobs, the vice president and managing director for state policy at the National Council on Teacher Quality, said of the number of teachers found to be “developing” in the rest of the state. The council has pushed for states to do a better job of identifying ineffective teachers.

Dec 13 2014     View: Astorino's 'borrow for tomorrow' budget    Catherine Borgia and Ben Boykin   pdf version  The Westchester Board of Legislators recently passed a $1.76 billion budget for 2015.This budget is bad for the people of Westchester because it contains excessive borrowing for operating expenses that will yield big tax hikes, which will be paid with interest, for taxpayers in years to come. Borrowing for operating expenses is like using your credit cards to pay your rent. It should only be done in the direst of circumstances. Holiday spending is the perfect metaphor for this type of budget: it feels good now but will cost dearly in the near future.       Independent watchdogs like the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee noted the structural imbalance in this "borrow from tomorrow" budget when it was first submitted to the Board of Legislators in November by County Executive Rob Astorino. Their report cautioned that an unprecedented reliance on borrowing and "one shot" revenue sources to fund current year operating expenses was leading Westchester County to a dangerous, fiscally irresponsible future. 

Dec 12 2014   Why I voted "Yes" to the 2015 Westchester Budget.    2015_Rep_Budget.jpg (87772 bytes)  by John Testa, Bernice Spreckman, Sheila Marcotte     On Tuesday December 9th, the Board of Legislators passed a bipartisan coalition budget for 2015 by a vote of 10-7. The 2015 budget keeps taxes flat, does not raid the County’s reserves, and increases funding to many social safety net programs. Here are the some of the highlights of that budget and why I voted “yes.”    This was a tough budget that required us to make difficult decisions, but at the end of our negotiations with the County Executive and Democrats on the Board, we were able to craft a plan that keeps taxes flat, protects the County’s favorable credit rating, and provides a strong social safety net for our low income families. Some legislators have criticized and complained about this budget throughout the negotiation process, but at the end of the day, those same legislators never offered their own solutions until after the fact, when they said we should have raised taxes. Adding to the tax burden of Westchester families was something we were not willing to do.

Dec 10 2014   Bipartisan Coalition Passes 2015 Budget         The Westchester County 2015 operating and capital budgets were passed by the Board of Legislators (BOL) on Tuesday afternoon (Dec 9) . The $1.75 billion bipartisan compromise budget keeps taxes flat for the fifth consecutive year, protects the County’s favorable credit rating and strengthens social programs for lower income families and individuals. County Executive Rob Astorino is expected to sign the Budget Act into law this week.   The BOL received the County Executive’s proposed budget on November 10th. Since that time the BOL has met almost daily with commissioners, department heads and budget staff to craft a budget that restores or increases funding to a number of programs like legal services, youth shelters and many other of our social safety net programs.  The County Executive’s proposed budget called for an approval to borrow $8 million to cover the cost of tax certioraris. The BOL was able to identify savings throughout the budget that lowered the figure to $5 million.  The BOL budget also creates four new positions within the County Department of Public Works for minor repairs and maintenance to the 130 plus miles of county-owned roads in Westchester. This work had previously be done through bond acts and is anticipated to save millions of dollars in repair costs and financing.   Full Press Release

Dec 9 2014   Westchester passes $1.8B budget; no tax hike    Spreckman.JPG (20434 bytes)     No Layoffs of workers   Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's $1.8 billion no-tax-hike budget was passed Tuesday by the county Board of Legislators in a bipartisan agreement that saw three Democrats join seven Republicans to ratify the spending plan.   The board eliminated borrowing $5 million for road repairs. It added $700,000 in county funding for child care and provided $60,000 to fund a position at Child Care Council of Westchester to help families with the application process for county subsidized child care.   "It's a balanced opportunity to protect the families of Westchester County," said board Chairman Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers.  Legislator Catherine Borgia, D-Ossining, called the budget "irresponsible," citing Astorino's decision to borrow for ongoing expenses.   
"We're on an unsustainable road, and heading for a brick wall," she said.
Joining Kaplowitz and Republicans to approve the budget were MaryJane Shimsky, D-Hastings-on-Hudson, and Virginia Perez, D-Yonkers. Shimsky said she came on board after legislators provided $800,000 for routine road repairs on the county's 132 miles of roads and set up full-time four-person crews to carry out the work.   "While I think it was a bad budget in a bad year, it's substantially less bad than it was when it was presented," she said.

 

Dec 5 2014   Hundreds attend Garner protests in Nyack, White Plains    GarnerWPProtests.jpg (55889 bytes)     pdf version  On a frigid, rainy Friday night, more than 150 people held a candlelight vigil outside the Nyack Center in memory of countless black men across the nation who, they said, have been killed by police without justification.   It was a solemn protest — peaceful, with few speeches and songs, lasting only 30 minutes — but charged with a call for change.   Kristin Walsh said she was in "disbelief" after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.   "Racism and the issues of race in our country have to be on the table and we all need to talk about it," the Nyack woman said.   Hours before the Rockland vigil, some 40 to 60 peaceful demonstrators waved signs, chanted and laid down on the frigid Renaissance Plaza concrete in a lunchtime protest against the Garner ruling and what they deemed the lack of justice in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Dec 4 2014    Renewed Protests Over Garner Case In New York, Beyond      GarnerCasketProtests.jpg (171503 bytes)      Frustration about two recent cases in which unarmed black men were killed by police brought new protests and road closures to New York City, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Cleveland and elsewhere Thursday.    Many of the demonstrators timed their marches to disrupt rush hour traffic. In New York, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge was shut down, and protesters crowded the terminal for the Staten Island Ferry. 
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Dec 2 2014  Westchester Legislators Announce Progress Toward Bipartisan 2015 Budget      The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Budget and Appropriations Committee made their additions to County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposed 2015 budget. The Budget and Appropriations Committee will make their corresponding deletions to the budget and then release the final budget report on Friday.    In what Legislators described as a productive and bipartisan, all-day negotiation, a number of important issues were hammered out including an increase to the subsidized childcare program, added capital projects to improve infrastructure and the restoration of some Curator positions at the County’s nature preserves.

Nov 2014   Unions Are Among the Very Few Interest Groups that Represent the Middle Class      The efforts of unions and other groups that represent the interests of the middle class and the poor are critical for making democracy work. Few individuals have the time or resources for sustained engagement with the political system, especially among the poor and middle class. Interest groups provide the structure for individuals to pool their resources on behalf of their preferred policies, provide legal and regulatory expertise, and ensure effective implementation of policies—working not only to help pass legislation but also lobbying for implementation once policies have been passed. They also can mobilize members, and often the general public, at key points throughout the legislative process.

Nov 28 2014   Democrats criticize $1.76B Astorino Westchester budget     pdf version   The Democratic majority on the board has criticized the budget on several fronts, including:  •Borrowing: Astorino proposed borrowing $15 million to cover pension costs, along with $8 million to pay refunds to property owners who get their assessments reduced. "This budget is paid for with our children's credit card," said Legislator Peter Harckham, D-North Salem.   •Capital project backlog: The projects are worth $1.36 billion and little spending is scheduled for 2015, according to Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky, D-Hastings-on-Hudson. Delaying repairs will end up costing taxpayers more, she said.

Nov 25 2014  Republican Legislators See Good News in 2015 Budget Review          The Republican caucus of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) announced on Friday that based on their review of the 2015 Westchester County Budget thus far, the BOL will pass a budget that delivers no tax increase for the fifth straight year, does not draw down the reserve fund and increases aid to non-profits and protects social services. One week into the review of the proposed 2015 budget, the BOL Budget and Appropriations Committee, Chaired by Legislator Sheila Marcotte (R) Eastchester, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe, have met every day with Commissioners and Department Heads to discuss operations and planning related to the 2015 budget.

 

    Tom DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller endorsed by both the CSEA and PEF unions, talks about the value of the credentialed and qualified CSEA workers in his office, the record high NYS Pension System fund balance, and, at the 10 minute mark, defends the importance of keeping the current Defined Benefit pension system we all contributed to as municipal workers.  

Tom DiNapoli: NYS Pension  Fund Rises to Estimated $180.7 Billion    The New York State Common Retirement Fund’s (Fund) value grew to an estimated $180.7 billion in the first quarter ending June 30, 2014, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The Fund had ended the state’s Fiscal Year 2014 on March 31 with a value of $176.8 billion. The net growth in the value of the fund reflects earnings over the quarter, offset by benefit payments.   In August, it lowered contribution rates by 0.8 percent for most municipal and state workers and 1.3 percent for police and firefighters.    Seventy eight percent (78%) of retirees with a NYS pension stay right here in New York after retiring.  Those retiree funds keep adding to the local economies.  

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Sept 24 2014  Rye Playland Rides Summer Profit, Attendance Increases  Rye Playland reported increases in attendance and revenue for 2014.
Rye Playland reported increases in both revenue and attendance over last year during a recent meeting with the Westchester County Board of Legislators. The park announced attendance had increased by more than 77,000 and revenues had jumped by $1.7 million. Both are spikes of more than 20 percent over 2013 numbers.
Board of Legislators Story      BOL Press Release

Aug 20 2014  12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining      AFSCME President Lee Saunders announced that the union has organized more than 90,000 workers this year, nearly doubling its 2014 goal of 50,000.

   12 Recent Victories for Workers in Raising Wages and Collective Bargaining

 

   

 

Meet Maria: Helping her Community in New York Every Day as a CSEA Member      
 "Caring about people is what I do. It's in my blood. If we can get someone functioning outside in the community, then we did our job."   


  

Why Hourlies Need Unions Also: 98 Minute Wait for Medical Care   audio report also
The laborer, assigned to the Chicago plant that afternoon in November 2011 by a temporary staffing agency, was showered with the solution after it erupted from the open hatch of a 500-gallon chemical tank he was cleaning. Factory bosses, federal investigators would later contend, refused to call an ambulance as he awaited help, shirtless and screaming. He arrived at Loyola only after first being driven to a clinic by a co-worker.


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Tom DiNapoli: N.Y. pensions are worth defending  
    
New York State Controller Thomas DiNapoli warns policy makers not to “knowingly push future 
     generations toward inadequate retirement security.”  

NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's Fall 2014 NYS Pension UPDATE

 
Pensions Strengthen Middle Class and Economy:   pdf version 

Tom DiNapoli's Video Re: the Strong Condition of the NYS Pension System Fund 
The NYS Pension system is fully funded and in excellent financial condition. 


Nov 19, 2011: Women Becoming Unions' New Voices   3 page NY Times article on powerful women in unions 


   By cutting jobs, local govt's do opposite of what is needed to stimulate economy  (CBS video)

 

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Job and Test Postings Grievance Validated:  
The requirement to post ALL job and test opportunities (regardless of the department offering the opportunity) 
on bulletin boards, by Westchester County, in a conspicuous place, in ALL departments, for ALL employees,
 is per page 9 of our current contract, Art IV, Sec 1, Part G.   
If you don't see Job and Test Postings in your department, and later learn that people have been given 
promotions, please notify the CSEA Unit Office at (914) 995-2151 or stop in and tell us the information. 
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Read This:  Why is The Triborough Amendment Important to ALL Public Service workers?  

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Public service workers are not the problem. Attacking public service workers will not create jobs. 
Attacking public service workers will not solve the problem of trying to save 
the vital public services that so many rely on.
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Jan 5, 2011 Letters to the NY Times Editor in Support of Public Employees (quick reads)  



What it means to have a union; a perspective from the West coast of the US:  
To be a union member is to be a "caretaker of a great inheritance," .... "We're lucky we've had people come before us who built something out of nothing. We're watching over what someone else built and keeping it strong so we can pass it on to our kids."   "When 100 people are pulling on that rope, it's easier than with 10 people." 
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 The Executive Board of CSEA Unit 9200:
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President:  Kwabena Manu  

1st Vice President: Junio Ismael Alvarado   

 2nd Vice President: Elio Giuliani   

 3rd Vice President:  Anthony Savastano  

 4th Vice President:  Sal Sgro

 Secretary:  Teri Rella

 Treasurer: Hattie Adams 

Sgt at Srms: Israel Rosa
 


 


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Civil Service Employees Association
 
CSEA Unit 9200  - Westchester Employees Union 
112 East Post Road, Suite 428 4th Floor 
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