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Civil Service Employees Association - Unit 9200 - Our Union
Since
1947, CSEA Unit 9200 proudly represents 3,200 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 102 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 a thousand promises.

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SAVE THE DATE! Our PLAYLAND FAMILY DAY event 
is coming up on SATURDAY, JUNE 7, 2014.

Tickets are now on sale in the CSEA Unit 9200 Office 
(112 East Post Road, Room 420, White Plains).
The cost is $20.00 per person for Adults and Children 3 Years Old 
and over for tickets purchased now through Thursday, May 22, 2014, 
and includes unlimited rides and lunch.
Please see the Events page.


Apr 16 2014   Sustainable Playland Inc Backs Out         On April 1st, Sustainable Playland Incorporated (SPI) announced that they would be suspending their participation in the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) review process for their proposed Playland Improvement Plan (PIP). Legislator Catherine Parker (D) Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, who's district is home to Playland and is a member of the LPPHC also expressed disappointment at the news of SPI's letter, saying, "I'm sorry to see SPI backing out of the process at this point. We were making good progress in the committee deliberations. My responsibility in the legislative review process is to ensure that the concerns of my constituents on the sound shore are being addressed and that ultimately we approve a plan that is best for all the residents of Westchester County. Playland is not going anywhere and I remain committed to the vision that Playland can operate in a more successful and profitable way. I will also continue to be a conduit for communication between the county, the Rye community and any organization that brings us fresh ideas on how Playland can be a better county asset and a better neighbor."   Kaplowitz went on to say, "The County Executive, in good faith, brought SPI and their vision for Playland to the BOL for Legislative approval and we remain eager to work with the County Executive, the City of Rye and all other stakeholders on any viable plan that is presented to us."

Apr 15 2014   Playland Park takeover plans may be derailed    pdf version    Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, the chairman of the Board of Legislators, which had been vetting the plans through its parks committee, said Sustainable Playland has given nothing but excuses since it pulled out of the review.   "Maybe it's really best at this point if they in fact do drop out," he said, adding that it was Sustainable's role to come up with the vision and the board's role to ask tough questions about the finances, environmental impacts, parking and other issues.   "This is a letter of every reason why they're looking for a reason to get out," he said.   Regardless of what happens with Sustainable's plans, the park will open May 10 under county management.

Apr 15 2014   Reuters Poll Americans increasingly prefer Democrats on healthcare     Nearly one-third (33%) of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats' plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans. This marks both an uptick in support for Democrats and a slide for Republicans since a similar poll in February.  One-fifth (20%) of respondents said they did not know which party had a better plan, and another fifth said neither party did.

Apr 7 2014   DiNapoli’s no “sacrificial lamb;” opts out of public financing     DiNapoli  (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.”

Apr 4 2014  Visitors see Playland as more than just an amusement  playlandcoaster Video Also    (Blog Open for Comments)     But the reinvention process that Astorino launched in 2010 is now in limbo after the city of Rye hired a high-powered environmental lawyer and said the plans of Astorino's hand-picked operator, Sustainable Playland, fall under the city's review authority. The county Board of Legislators had been expecting a vote as early as May on Sustainable Playland's plan to bring in private companies to run different zones of the park and to add new activities and amenities to attract visitors year-round, with the biggest change being the construction of a field house and two turf fields in the main parking lot.    Whatever happens, the park will open this year on schedule on May 10 under the management of the county Parks Department.   pdf version

Mar 13 2014   Westchester applies for 2014 community development grants; future of program in doubt   (Blog Open for Comments)   Westchester is applying for 2014 funding through the Community Development Block Grant, HOME and Emergency Shelter Grant programs even though the federal government has withheld three years of the grants over the county’s compliance with a 2009 fair housing settlement.  But, at a legislative committee meeting this week, there was discussion about the possibility of ending the county’s participation in the program in an effort to allow some of the 36 communities that apply through the county to get grants other ways.  The town of Greenburgh is considering whether to apply on its own, like Westchester’s larger cities already do. But Greenburgh is the only town large enough to qualify as a separate entitlement community. Smaller communities could potentially apply through the state but there may not be as much funding available.

Feb 11 2014  GOOD News: New York State Pension System Achieves 5.14% Rate of Growth in Oct Nov Dec 2013   The New York State Common Retirement Fund's (Fund) estimated rate of return for the third quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013 was 5.14 percent, increasing the Fund's value to an estimated $173.2 billion, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The Fund ended its fiscal year on March 31, 2013 at $160.7 billion. "The New York State Common Retirement Fund enjoyed a robust third quarter that saw continued strong performance in domestic and developed international equities markets," DiNapoli said. "Our investment strategy is geared toward consistently achieving long term results but we watch the markets closely to capitalize on emerging opportunities.” The Fund has 37.6 percent of its assets invested in publicly traded domestic equities and 17.1 percent in international public equities. The remaining Fund assets by allocation are invested in cash, bonds and mortgages (27.6 percent), private equity (7.8 percent), real estate (6.6 percent), absolute return strategy (3.1 percent) and opportunistic strategy alternatives (0.2 percent). In 2009, DiNapoli initiated quarterly performance reporting by the Fund as part of his on-going efforts to increase accountability and transparency.

    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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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.


                                       AFSCME:  A Force to Be Reckoned With
 

Vice Pres. Joe Biden at AFSCME Convention June 19, 2012

                                           


  May 13 2013:  NY pension fund nets 10.38% return   (Blog Open for Comments)  
The pension fund is the third-largest public pension fund in the country. Analysts have found it to be one of the best-funded pension plans in the nation.  The state pension fund grew to a record $160.4 billion in the fiscal year that ended March 31 and earned an estimated 10.38 percent rate of return, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. The increase in the pension fund, which provides retirement benefits to 1 million retirees and state and local government employees, is good news for the state and municipalities. The governments have struggled with growing pension costs amid the decline on Wall Street.    Pension System Web Site 

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.”  

Spring 2012 Labor New York Newsletter 

NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's Spring 2012 NYS Pension UPDATE
Read all of it to become aware regarding our Defined Benefit Pension in NY.
Knowledge is Power; Know the Facts about our Pension and less favorable 401K plans
being touted by others in politics and in business.  

This brief page from PEF explains more.

 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. 


Think Again: Middle Class Taking a Beating 


Video of the 2011 AFSCME Women's Conference in Wisconsin
 

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


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Sick BankBenefits Albany HQ Newsroom, and Events Pages   Union Office Address


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

 

Identify your Elected Representative in Albany, NY
This quick web page from CSEA requires your zip code to see your Albany representatives.   Click for details Check  Albany

        White Plains We Are One Story 

 

Identify your Elected Representative in Washington, DC  
This quick web page from Contacting the Congress identifies your representative.  
All you need is your full zip code (some areas need Zip + 4).  
Click for details Check  Wash, DC.

Lobby Day Report from Region 6 CSEA Activists
Good Info in this story; the last paragraph needs to be repeated over and over.


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. 
Full Story on this link


Read This:  Why is The Triborough Amendment Important to ALL Public Service workers?  

 Click to add your voice TO STOP THE LIES
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.
Click the button above to see the video.

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." 
Story    Story as pdf file


CSEA Awareness Campaign: Electronic Notices in Westchester
CSEA electronic billboard 3   CSEA electronic billboard 2   CSEA electronic billboard 4   CSEA electronic billboard 1
Spotted on Electronic Ad Signs at White Plains Parking Garage Entrances
Click for Large Views; See Photos/ Labor Walk page for more info


Comment made in Summer of 2010 becomes true in Autumn of 2010: (from one of our CSEA member co-workers):
I have been paying property taxes since 1976. My taxes go up every year (they tell you that at the assessor’s office).
My Fire District, Town and school taxes are all higher than the county tax.
My school taxes are 3 times the amount of my county tax. I have no children in school.

My county tax for 2010 was 4.5% higher than my county tax for 2009.
That’s $56.00 or approximately $1.00 per week.
I cringe at the thought of someone (including myself) being laid off so I can save a dollar a week.

I am sure people with more property pay more but I doubt I make anything close to what they make.
I just wanted to add my 2 cents.  Thank you.  


CSEA Union Site Visit Info   
Please call the CSEA office at 914-995-2151 
or email csea9200@westchestergov.com with this information:
A day of the week that might have the most CSEA members available.
A contact person and phone # or email so that we can reserve a room.
Any concerns/topics you think need to be addressed.  The best time to reach the most members. 

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Click for Information ! Reminder:  You are the Union
Not the Union Office, Not the Union Officers,
It is YOU, the 3,800 Real County Workers that are the Union

Buddy, Are You Union ?  Click for Information ! Become a CSEA Union Member 
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Click for Information ! Weingarten Rights  (your rights to union representation
 when being questioned by management)


Click for Information ! NY State Employee Retirement System

     Click for Information ! County Sick Time/Lateness Policy  


 The Executive Board of CSEA Unit 9200:
Each name is a clickable email address

President:  Kwabena Manu  

1st Vice President: Junio Ismael Alvarado   

 2nd Vice President: Elio Giuliani   

 3rd Vice President:  Teri Rella  

 4th Vice President: Anthony Savastano  

 Secretary: Kimberly Gotzen  

 Treasurer: Hattie Adams 
 


 


Union Office Address:

Civil Service Employees Association
 
CSEA Unit 9200  - Westchester Employees Union 
112 East Post Road, Suite 428 4th Floor 
White Plains, New York, 10601-3311 

Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM  (if visiting; call first to make sure)
Phone (914) 995-2151     Fax (914) 995-5629

               

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NYS Pension Fund Balance at All Time High

36 Reasons to Thank Unions in the US

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What If: A Country Without Labor Unions
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March - June 2014 Defensive Driving Workshops

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Danny Donohue:
 
Public Employees are Not the Cause of Economic crises 
 
CSEA Union Facts 
(check it out; short & concise)


Pension Facts: Know the Truth and Counter the Repeated False Distortions 

 


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ATT Service Discount Including  iPhones


Good Health Habits re: Colds and Flu

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Stay Home Poster 

 
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The Ugly Face of Union-Busting

  Unions Lift Wages

Unions & Poverty

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