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DATE: Unit Holiday Party: Saturday December 13, 2014
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.
Aug 15 2014: More Good Pension News: 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.
Jun 6 2014 Obamacare: The Cause for Almost 1 Million New USA Healthcare Jobs Forbes Story Obamacare was once called “The Job-Killing Health Care Law.” But the latest jobs report suggests that the broader economy—and the health care sector, specifically—is adding jobs at a healthy rate. Booming growth in the heath care industry shouldn’t come as a surprise. The health care sector was gaining about 25,000 jobs per month in the years before the Affordable Care Act, and the law’s infusion of newly insured patients will help bolster providers’ bottom lines.
May 12 2014 NY pension fund estimate reaches $176 billion New York's pension fund for state and local government workers has reached a record high of $176.2 billion, with a 13 percent return on investment last year, riding a bull market for stocks, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Monday. The Common Retirement Fund also paid a record $9.7 billion to beneficiaries in the fiscal year that ended March 31, according to DiNapoli, its sole trustee. The fund for some 650,000 government employees pays benefits to about 400,000 retirees and beneficiaries. Last 2012-2013 fiscal year, the fund earned a 10.4 percent return on investments and was valued at $160.7 billion. It paid out $9.45 billion in benefits. 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. BloombergBusiness story
Apr 25 2014 Federal housing fight to cost Westchester $5.2M in grants pdf version Westchester Communities Also Lose Getting Back Portions of Taxes sent to Washington The community development grants, which go from the county to local governments and nonprofits to help low-income communities, were awarded in 2012 but have been withheld along with all the other rounds of funding since 2011. More than $7 million in grants from 2011 were lost last year. In order to receive the community development grants, the county is required to analyze impediments to fair housing, including zoning barriers. The analysis has become the longest-running dispute in the implementation of the settlement. The agreement requires the county to build 750 units of affordable housing in 31 mostly white communities and take several other steps to remove barriers to housing choice, such as local residency preferences for affordable housing. After submitting volumes of information to HUD and the monitor over several years, the county has stopped working on the zoning analysis. Instead the county is pursing a federal court case challenging the loss of the grants. Astorino had wanted to sue over the 2012 and 2013 grants but the Board of Legislators refused to authorize a lawsuit.
ay 13 2014 Rye legislator withdraws support for Sustainable Playland pdf version Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker, who represents the area around Playland Park, has withdrawn her support for Sustainable Playland's proposal to overhaul the park and bring in new attractions as it takes over the management. “Rye residents living near Playland have been worried, and rightly so, that SPI’s plan poses detrimental problems to the surrounding community in terms of traffic and a lack of parking, as well as environmental issues and a change in the character of the park with the proposed construction of a large field house. As SPI’s plan evolved, and details regarding the size of the field house and green space were made apparent, the plan has lost many supporters. “All these factors point to the Playland plan being buried in litigation, if approved. This was confirmed during today’s meeting of the Board of Legislators’ Labor/Parks/Planning/Housing Committee with SPI’s attorney and representatives of the Astorino Administration. “The County has two other potential partners for the revitalization of Playland waiting in the wings. It’s time to hear more about their proposals, both of which put more emphasis on Playland’s amusement park with respect to its great history.”
Apr 7 2014 DiNapoli’s no “sacrificial lamb;” opts out of public financing (Blog Open for Comments) DiNapoli has been skeptical of the proposal since it was quickly put into the state budget, which was approved by the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The pilot program for public financing of the comptroller’s election is a poor excuse to avoid real reforms New Yorkers deserve. At this point, I cannot participate in this pilot,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “I was always willing to have reform start with the comptroller’s office, but I will not be a convenient sacrificial lamb. I hope that before the legislative session ends, there will be a comprehensive campaign finance reform, as well as a reconsideration of the proposal I advanced, with realistic time frames for successful implementation.”
IMPORTANT ARBITRATION WIN IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY CSEA Announcement
Dec 20 2013 Arbitrator rules former Westchester CSEA president must be reinstated to job (Blog Open for Comments) Karen Pecora, the former president of the CSEA unit representing the majority of Westchester County workers, who was laid off at the end of 2012, will have to be reinstated to her former county job, according to an arbitration ruling issued Dec. 13. Pecora, a secretary in the Parks Department, was laid off because she was working outside the department on union duties, as allowed by the contract, the arbitrator ruled. The ruling, which is binding, says she must be reinstated with back pay and benefits. “The County’s reason for eliminating the Grievant’s position was not due to a lack of work,” said the arbitrator, Jay Siegel. “Rather, the County decided the Grievant’s position could be eliminated because she was on full-time union leave.”
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