July 18, 2017 Nyack Library workers face opposition to unionizing
In June, workers organized the Nyack Library Staff Association, which is open to all staff and has about 50 members. In a blog post, the group said it was “excited to form an organization which will improve their jobs and enable the library to continue to attract and retain the most qualified and dedicated staff for years to come.”
They also designated as a parent union the NYSUT, (New York State United Teachers) which is made up of more than 600,000 people employed in education, human services and health care. Shortly after, a petition signed by 80 percent of workers was submitted to the National Labor Relations Board, requesting the federal agency conduct a secret ballot election. More
July 13, 2017 Why Millennials Should Lead the Next Labor Movement “At a time when the government wants to disembowel public and private health care and when wages are on the decline, our best recourse to these threats is to join existing unions or unionize ourselves.
We show higher support for unions than previous generations, and with good reason: Unionized employees typically enjoy better benefits and have made about 27 percent more than their non-unionized counterparts for roughly the last 15 years.”
June 21, 2017 New York State CSEA members will vote on proposed 5 year contract settlement. pdf version below CSEA is New York’s largest state workers union with about 60,000 mostly blue collar workers, has been without a contract since their last agreement expired at the end of March 2016.
While neither side was speaking publicly about details of the contract … union members would get 2 percent annual raises for five years….. Additionally, the bill spells out increased automatic longevity increases and bonuses. One new feature is a bonus for 15 years of continuous service which starts at $2,500 per year to $4,500 by April 1, 2019. Additionally, overtime for those working in institutions such as psychiatric hospitals will rise from 1.5 to 2 times the hourly rate. CSEA HQ story
June 12, 2017 Unions Come into the Supreme Court Crosshairs, Again
Unions again have reason to be nervous. Having already determined that the issue in the case warrants the court’s attention, the justices will probably agree to hear it. And if Justice Gorsuch votes with the court’s more conservative members, which seems likely, millions of government workers in more than 20 states could be allowed to opt out of paying for collective bargaining, depriving unions of vast sums of money and making them less powerful and effective.
May 26 1937 May 26 2017 Today is the 80th anniversary of The Battle of the Overpass. The United Auto Workers president Walter Reuther and union members were attacked, bloodied, and injured by hired Pinkerton private security guards from Ford Motor Co. as they tried to hand out union leaflets to workers at the Ford factory in Michigan. Front page photos of the beatings appeared in all newspapers and the popularity of unions grew strongly.
May 19 2017 $14M budget deficit projected for Westchester by Astorino administration through spokesman McCormack. Each year the administration talks deficits, each year the books close with a surplus.
May 17 2017 Strong odor prompts Labor Department visit to Westchester Board of Elections CSEA 9200 contacted NYS Labor Dept PESH unit to conduct a safety inspection due to worker complaints re ill effects from fumes and odors.
April 14, 2017 2017-18 Enacted New York State Budget Summary from CSEA headquarters
Mar 17, 2017 Video: CSEA workers on the job for Winter Storms
Dec 29 2016 Story: Plow Drivers Provide Vital Service