Thursday, September 9, 2010


This is the Monroe County 7400 Unit Blog. We have a story to tell and here is where you can read it. Our LRS often tells me the one thing we need to improve on is letting people know what we do. Your Union Officers, your Union Negotiation Team, CSEA Attorneys, our Labor Relations Specialist and Stewards are engaged every day in an effort to improve your terms and conditions of employment and to guarantee union representation when YOU need it. First off: We have two to four arbitrations a month. These arbitrations involve contract violations that range from denial of time off to work load issues in the Probation Department and everything in between (for more info on the arbitration process read Article 47 of you Collective Bargaining Agreement*). Many arbitrations also involve disciplinary actions (Article 48 & 48A*) taken against CSEA members that we feel are unfair or have a penalty that is too severe. In addition we are involved in a lawsuit that has been filed to protect your benefits when you retire. The list above is far from complete but it gives you an overview of what CSEA is doing on your behalf.

As I am sure you know, negotiations have been long and tenacious. Despite our setbacks, your negotiation team remains committed to getting a fair and equitable agreement. We know in tough economic times that it will be hard to get everything our members deserve, but your negotiation team is committed to making progress. We meet with the County again on September 29th along with the PERB Mediator. To find out the specifics on how the Negotiations are proceeding, come to the Negotiation Update Meeting scheduled on September 30th (click here for more details). Our resolve is firm in that we need to get a fair contract and we are ready to move these negotiations along. We will enter the next negotiation/mediation session willing to compromise as long as our members are not adversely affected. We call on the County to have an open mind and hope they will consider our many ideas and reasonable proposals. It is not in anyone’s interest to have a “my way or the highway” attitude at this point in the negotiations.

On behalf of the Union Leadership, I would like to thank each and every one of you for the great job you do for the taxpayers of Monroe County. As a workforce, you are second to none. We know that you deserve a fair contract for the hard work you do every single day, and we are committed to getting an agreement we all can be proud of.

                                                                                                                                          - Cris

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• To get your copy of your Collective Bargaining Agreement – See your Steward or contact the Union Office.

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