Thursday, December 30, 2010


With all the venom directed at public employees these days, it’s hard to separate the facts from the attacks. Here’s a guide to common claims made about government spending, taxes, and public employees.

The Claim: Government employees are overpaid.

The Facts: The Economic Policy Institute measured state and local public workers against their private sector counterparts with the same age, experience, and education. They found that public workers earn about 11 percent less. (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REPORT)

Public workers had better benefits on average, but even when health care and retirement were included, public workers were still 4 percent behind private sector counterparts.

Claims that state and local government workers are overpaid often fail to account for their education and experience. Fifty-four percent have at least a four-year college degree, compared to 35 percent in the private sector.

The Claim: The federal deficit is out of control.

The Facts: It’s true that this year’s budget deficit—projected to be 10.3 percent of U.S. economic activity—is the highest since World War II. Whether it’s a problem depends on your time frame and how we address it.

Short-term government spending was the only thing that kept the economy from cratering in 2008. It staved off a second Great Depression.

With no private sector investment in sight, public spending will be the only engine for job creation in the foreseeable future. Aside from the pain created by high unemployment, no jobs means no recovery for tax collections and therefore a widening deficit.

The deficit is a long-term problem if we do nothing, but before doing something we have to look at spending and revenues. The bulk of federal spending is on the military (22 percent) and health care, including Medicare, Medicaid, and children’s health programs (21 percent).

The obvious place to start trimming is today’s military budget, which is two and a half times what it was 10 years ago. Health care costs are also skyrocketing, because they are driven by for-profit health care. A single-payer system like “Medicare for all” would correct that.

The Claim: Taxes are too high.

The Facts: Depends whose taxes you mean. According to Citizens for Tax Justice, overall taxes in the U.S. are the third lowest among industrialized countries (only Turkey and Mexico are lower). Corporate taxes are also lower than in most other industrial nations.

But there are inequities—and they favor the rich. People at the bottom of the income ladder, the lowest 20 percent, pay almost twice as much of their income in state and local taxes as the top 1 percent. The poor pay 11 percent, the rich just 6 percent.

At the end of World War II corporations paid more than a third of all taxes collected by the federal government. Today they pay only 10 percent. The burden was shifted to individuals, and as taxes on the wealthy were cut over the last 30 years, the liability has been transferred to working people.
The Claim: The private sector is more efficient than government.

The Facts: Advocates claim outsourcing will save money. But after more than two decades of experience, reality isn’t so clear-cut.

Cost overruns combined with the cost of contract monitoring and administration often makes privatization more expensive than in-house services. According to a 2007 survey by the International City/County Management Association, more than one in five local governments had brought previously outsourced services back in house.

In most cases insufficient cost savings were cited as a primary reason. And where contracting out does produce savings, they typically come from lower wages and benefits for workers—not some supposed inherent superiority of business.

The Claim: Government waste, fraud and abuse are rampant.

The Facts: Government-bashers love to talk about overpaid, do-nothing bureaucrats, but if you’re looking for misused tax dollars your best bet is to scour the Chamber of Commerce’s membership list. Defense contracts and construction projects like the “Big Dig” in Boston hold taxpayers hostage with wildly inaccurate, often fraudulent cost estimates.

According to the Project on Government Oversight’s database of federal contractor misconduct, the top five defense contractors have racked up 156 instances of misconduct since 1995, totaling $3.57 billion in fraud and waste.

Mobilization at MCH

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A simple guide for talking unions this holiday season

by Zoe Bridges-Curry

It’s no secret: Not everyone sees unions as key to rebuilding America and the middle class. It’s easy to tune out the misinformation about unions and the workers who make them strong when you hear it on the news, but what should you do when the same misinformation comes from your friends and family? We’re here to help with some simple facts so you can speak up the next time you encounter someone attacking unions, and help shed light on what unions are really all about!

MYTH: Unions are run by big, overpaid bosses.

FACT: Unions are run by workers.

A union is simply a group of employees who join together to address workplace issues, so they can improve their working conditions and have a fair shot at a better life for themselves and their families.

Unions are democratic institutions. At the local, state, and national level, all union leadership is elected by majority votes—just like elections for public office.

MYTH: Unions only care about their members.

FACT: Unions are fighting to improve the lives of all workers.

It’s easy to forget that we have unions to thank for a lot of things we take for granted today in today’s workplaces: the minimum wage, the 8-hour work day, child labor laws, health and safety standards, and even the weekend.

Today, unions across the country are on the frontlines advocating for basic workplace reforms like increases in the minimum wage, and pushing lawmakers to require paid sick leave.

Studies show that a large union presence in an industry or region can raise wages even for non-union workers. That means more consumer spending, and a stronger economy for us all.

So it’s no wonder that most Americans (61%) believe that “labor unions are necessary to protect the working person,” according to Pew’s most recent values survey.

MYTH: Union workers are lazy, and unions are bad for business.

FACT: Unions and profitability go hand in hand.

Actually, unions make the workplace more efficient – despite the stereotype that we all hear.

Unions raise productivity on average by up to 24% in manufacturing, 16% in hospitals, and 38% in the construction. Union workers have higher professional standards because unions increase opportunities for worker training. Many even offer their own training programs.

Union workers are employed in some of the most respected professions. They’re nurses, firefighters, teachers, day care providers, engineers, and NASA scientists. Union members are responsible for building nuclear subs, the space shuttle, The Smithsonian, the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, and even the American flag.

Even small business owners think that unions are good for workers—and the economy. In fact, over 80% agree “strong unions make the free market system stronger.” They’re right. Unions exist at some of the most successful companies out there, including AT&T, Costco, UPS, and Southwest.

MYTH: Unions ask for too much. In this economy, people should be thankful for any job.

FACT: Good jobs mean a stronger economy, and that means more jobs.

This idea is coming straight from the same corporations that ran our economy into the ground. Now they’re taking advantage of our financial worries to grab an even bigger slice of the pie.

It’s just plain wrong to make working Americans foot the bill for Wall Street’s party. And it’s also bad for the economy. Because when workers can’t afford the products they produce, consumer spending takes a serious hit, and the economy does, too.

But when workers can bargain for family-sustaining pay and benefits, consumer spending increases. The result is a stronger economy—one that creates jobs and enables people to work their way into the middle class.

MYTH: Public employees are to blame for our budget woes.

FACT: Public employees earn less than private-sector workers in similar jobs.

You’re going to hear this a lot more soon. But we can’t afford to have extremist policymakers get away with scapegoating civil servants like teachers, fire fighters, and police officers.

Private-sector workers should be angry about the inadequate benefits they receive, but the solution isn’t to take hope away from the public sector workers who keep our communities strong. We have to make the economy work for everyone.

Recent studies show that public employees make significantly less than private-sector workers with comparable education and experience, even when you factor in benefits. And according to Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman, state and local employees’ pensions make up only 6 percent of non-federal public sector spending.

Still not convinced? It turns out that what’s bad for public workers is bad for the economy, too. The Center for Economic Policy Research reports that freezing federal workers’ pay will mean a loss of $2.5 billion in consumption by 2012—18,000 private sector workers stand to lose their jobs as a result.

And don’t forget, it was Wall Street’s recklessness that caused budget shortfalls in states across the country—not public service workers. Making public service workers pay for Wall Street’s wrongdoing won’t create jobs, and it won’t save the public services we all depend on.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Mobilization inundates the Monroe County Legislature Meeting on 12/14/10!

Despite the snow storm members of CSEA Unit 7400 flood the Monroe County Legislature Tuesday 
December 14, 2010. CSEA members are asking the Legislators to assist CSEA in getting a fair contract!
Click on this picture to enlarge!

Members of CSEA Unit 7400 attend the Monroe County Legislature on Tuesday December 14th.  CSEA members from across the Monroe County travelled through a blizzard (parts of 390 and 490 were closed) to communicate to the County Legislature that we need a fair contract.

A number of CSEA members spoke directly to the Legislature outlining the important contributions Monroe County Employees make to maintain a high quality of life in Monroe County.

Unit 7400 President Cris Zaffuto reminded the legislators that Monroe County Works Because We Do. To read Cris's comments CLICK HERE. 

Region President Flo Tripi called on the legislature to get involved in the current contract dispute, and help us work towards a resolution.  Here is a full text of Flo Tripi's speech before the Monroe County Legislature:

Honorable Legislators, I am Flo Tripi, president of CSEA’s Western Region.

I would like to thank you for the proclamation earlier tonight recognizing CSEA’s 100th anniversary. You have recognized our importance, our strength, and our dedication to public service. You have honored our past, and wished us well for the future. We hope that CSEA and the Monroe County Legislature can continue to work well together in the years to come. Even more importantly, we hope we can count on you to work with us right now as we continue to pursue a contract that is fair and respectful, and that recognizes the importance of the work we do.
Flo Tripi, CSEA 
Western Region President
Almost every Monroe County resident would agree that the services we provide are an important addition to the outstanding quality of life in this county. Legislators, wouldn’t you also agree that “Monroe County Works Because We Work?” Take a look at the men and women here tonight wearing the yellow shirts. They are the backbone of this county. They work tirelessly every day for the good of all.  They provide essential services to residents of Monroe County every single hour of every single day.

CSEA Unit 
President Cris Zaffuto 
addresses the County Legislature

Young or old; city, suburban or rural; we are there when you need us.

Today alone, our members worked to protect children and the elderly from abuse and neglect. We worked to keep criminals off the streets and to monitor those sentenced to probation.

We provided mental health care to those in need and protected crime victims.

Today, we also made sure the water from your tap is clean and healthy. We made sure restaurants safely prepared your food and that the scales in grocery stores weighed your purchases accurately.

We helped residents register their vehicles, and access vital records.

Today, we helped families receive the help they need to heat their homes, to put nutritious food on their tables, and to acquire medical coverage.

This is just the beginning. There is so much more that hard-working, dedicated CSEA members do, every single day, to protect and serve.

But, honorable legislators, it is important to note that these same hard-working, dedicated CSEA Monroe County Unit members have been working without a contract for almost two years.

Christmas Tree in the Monroe 
County Office Building.
We know you agree that our work is important and essential. We know you agree that the work we do makes Monroe County a better place. We know you agree that Monroe County Works Because We Work.

We know you agree that after almost two years, CSEA members need a fair contract. A contract that recognizes the importance of the work we do.  A contract that treats the workforce with dignity and respect. We ask that you join us in our effort to negotiate that fair contract.

Legislators, you count on US to provide essential services. Now we need to be able to count on YOU to do whatever you can to help us. Tonight you recognized our history, our strength and our dedication to public service. Tonight, we hope that you will also commit to helping us reach a fair agreement with the county. I am asking you to get involved. I am asking you to work with us toward a resolution.

Two years is far too long to go without a contract.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to working with you in the future.

Flo Tripi
President, CSEA Region 6

Sue Newman and Don Wallace
Pictures by CSEA LRS Robert L. Leonard.

Monday, December 13, 2010


Come to the Monroe County Legislature Meeting on Tuesday December 14th at 5:45pm. Stand with your negotiation team as we advocate for a fair agreement. Hard working Monroe County employees have been working without a contract for nearly two years. That is just too long! 

Also, join the facebook cause for a fair contract by clicking here!

Happy Holidays from CSEA

Yes, my dear friends, once again 'tis the season,

We're sending this letter for more than one reason.

A gift from "YOUR UNION", to wish you good cheer,
But also to tell you of gifts throughout the year!

Our dues are all taken right out of our pay;
But what do we get for those dues, some may say.
So, along with glad tidings, we're sending this letter
To reassure some, just to make you feel better.

Here are some things from the dues that you pay.
These are items you use, from your Union, each day.
We'll give a brief rundown and do it real quick.
These are gifts from YOUR UNION, not from St. Nick.

Your dental and medical, and much more.
Sick Leave and Drug Plan, to name just a few.

The raises you get (although sometimes too small)
Your CSEA reps negotiate for them all.

Your unused sick leave credits enhancing your pension,
Co-pay reimbursement and Oh, did we mention
due process and arbitration
These are some things worth bargaining for.

Our sick leave, annual leave and lest we forget,
Those wonderful holidays off that we get.
We can't take them for granted, they're not given free.
Our union reps fight for these - for you and for me.

We have our own elves, who work long into the night,
Negotiating for us, so we all get what's right.
They bicker and bargain and put up a fuss,
But they always try to do what's best for us.

Now, before we conclude,
We've just one more thing to say,
If Santa were union, he'd be CSEA!

By: Gina Sciortino, CSEA Member (Modified)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Public service workers are under attack everywhere — on the front-page, cable news, the radio —
 every day. It's time for us to fight back. 

Wall Street CEOs — with the help of their political friends in Congress and the media — are trying to divert attention from the simple fact that they caused our economy to collapse by blaming public employees. And we're not going to let them get away with it.Today, we announce our campaign to Stop the Lies.

Our "Stop the Lies" campaign will let no attack against us, or the vital public services we provide, go unanswered. We will use every tool at our disposal: hard-hitting videos; rapid responses to attacks; advertising in national and local media; online actions targeting those who seek to harm us with their hypocrisy and lies; ground actions in state capitals across the country and more. And we will do it for as long as it takes to win.

Of course, the most critical element of our campaign is YOU. AFSCME members at all levels of our union must actively participate in our Stop the Lies campaign in order for us to really make a difference. Those who attack us may have big money and big mouths, but we have the power of our 1.6 million members.

The first thing you can do is watch our new video and add your name to our Stop the Lies open letter. 

Wall Street CEOs and their greed caused 15 million Americans to lose their jobs, and caused unprecedented state budgets shortfalls and services to get slashed everywhere.Public service workers are not the problem. Attacking public service workers won’t create jobs. It will not solve the problem of states trying to save vital public services that so many rely on.

But with so many anti-government politicians and friends of Wall Street about to take office, the lies are only going to get worse and the threat of cuts more severe. Over the coming weeks and months we will be asking you to make calls, send letters, talk to your co-workers, tell us your stories, and more. Are you in?

The first step is to add your name to our open letter and ask your friends and co-workers to join us: http://AFSCME.org/StopTheLies

Thanks for everything that you do to keep our communities running and to make America happen. We'll keep you updated in the coming weeks and months with campaign news and next steps.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A proclamation will be read at the next Monroe County Legislature Meeting

CSEA  received a letter last week from Monroe County Legislator  Harry Bronson that there will be a proclamation read at the Monroe County Legislature meeting for CSEA's 100th anniversary. Please join us at the Monroe County Legislature meeting on 12/14/10 at 5:45pm to hear the proclamation and to show support for your Union Negotiation Team.

Our union has had a great impact on New Yorkers' lives since a group of state employees formed the Association of State Civil Service Employees on Oct. 24, 1910. Nearly 100 years later, the Civil Service Employees Association (as the association was renamed in 1946), is one of the largest, most influential unions in the United States.

Monday, November 29, 2010


We have had a great November! We have met with hundreds of CSEA Members throughout Monroe County to discuss the contract mobilization. All over the County CSEA members are getting involved in our just effort to get a fair contract.

Since the beginning of the year, every meeting your CSEA Negotiation Team has had with the County was initiated by CSEA. Not once has the County initiated a negotiation meeting or any contact that is negotiation related. One has to wonder if the County even wants to be a true partner in these negotiations. The last offer by the County (click here) with it draconian increases in out-of-pocket health insurance co-pays was presented in a “my way, or the highway” manner. While the Union clearly indicated the reasons their proposal was unacceptable, the County turned a blind eye to the reasonable proposals made by the union.

The mobilization continues and we need your involvement. See below for important upcoming dates for December.

IMPORTANT: Please mark your calendars for December 14, 2010 to attend the Monroe County Legislature Meeting. Please be there by 5:45pm. Call The Unit 7400 Office for additional information.
A look back through the Mobilization effort in pictures: CLICK HERE!!


Get involved in the mobilization: Call the CSEA Office at 328-5250 to volunteer or CLICK HERE!

Cell Phones for Soldiers


Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2008. To do so, Cell Phones for Soldiers expects to collect 50,000 cell phones each month through a network of more than 3,000 collection sites across the country.

The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad.
“Americans will replace an estimated 130 million cell phones this year,” says Mike Newman, vice president of ReCellular, “with the majority of phones either discarded or stuffed in a drawer. Most people don’t realize that the small sacrifice of donating their unwanted phones can have a tremendous benefit for a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers.”

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers started as a small way to show our family’s appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “Over the past few years, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of others. But, we have also seen the need to support our troops continue to grow as more troops are sent overseas for longer assignments.”

Through increased fundraising efforts, the Bergquist family hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones with prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.


Sunday, November 28, 2010


Monroe County workers have been on the job and working without a contract for nearly two years! This is the story (IN pictures) of their struggle for a fair contract!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Don't blame pension obligations for budget crisis


Rochester Business Journal
November 12, 2010
No doubt about it, public employees have targets on their backs.
But one can make a powerful argument that the problems facing state governments are due to the failure of Wall Street and a horrible economy-not retirement funds for public employees. Research published a few weeks ago by the Economic Policy Institute and recent reports from several reputable news agencies also support this notion.

Ove Overmyer is president of CSEA Local 7420, City of Rochester Library Workers.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sign the Petition: Extend Unemployment Insurance

For many job-seekers, unemployment is the difference between total hopelessness and access to a car, a place to live and food on the table during the toughest job search of their lives. Congress is only in town for a few days before leaving for Thanksgiving. 

Please add your name to our emergency petition. Tell Congress to take urgent action to renew these critical unemployment benefits now.
To Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate:

Your action is urgently needed to renew the federal unemployment insurance programs before they expire Nov. 30. These benefits have a significant, positive impact, not only helping millions of job-seekers in a tough economy, but also providing support for communities striving to achieve a sustained economic recovery.

When Congress reconvenes after the elections, its first priority must be to renew and continue the full federal unemployment benefits program. As the holidays approach, don't turn your backs on America's unemployed workers and their families!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Mobilization Continues to Gain Steam in Monroe County

Mobilization @ Monroe Community Hospital

CSEA members collected signatures and handed out mobilization information all day at Monroe Community Hospital on Thursday October 28th. The enthusiasm for the mobilization is clearly growing. Worksite meetings will continue through November and on. This web site is the best place to get updates on the negotiations and to see what is happening with the mobilization. This web site has been viewed over 16,000 times. We continue to get an average of 40 to 70 individual visitors per day. Since the County has blocked this site on most County computers, that number is very encouraging.

Now is the time to join the effort to get a good contract for all employees in Monroe County. Here is how you can get involved:

  • Get updates to your e-mail address by filling out the online form by CLINKING HERE  (Confidentiality guaranteed)

  • Attend the Negotiation Update/Mobilization Meeting on November 16th. For information (CLICK HERE).

Keep the faith; If we all get involved, we WILL get a good contract with the County. Always remember:

United we Bargain 
Divided We Beg!


Thursday, October 28, 2010


At numerous Contract Negotiation/Mobilization Meetings the union has talked directly with many of you about the County’s last offer. This draconian set of proposals along with the county proposed health insurance changes was rejected by your CSEA Negotiation Team.

The proposal below was handed out by the County to your CSEA Negotiation Team on September 29th, 2010. This is a County proposal:

Don’t be mislead by the heading as CSEA had nothing to do with the development of this proposal.
Call the CSEA Office for a fresh copy of the County issued proposal.

The Marrion-Webster Dictionary defines what we are now doing as:

  • Mobilization - to marshal (as resources) for action <mobilize support for a proposal or cause>

At our last Mobilization Meeting, we chartered a number of committees to initiate some specific tasks. These committees will be dealing with communication, community outreach and internal organizing. If you would like to participate in some of the committee work, please contact the CSEA Office at 328-5250.

CSEA members from throughout Monroe County continue to express outrage at the County’s new approach to negotiations. We work hard for the people of Monroe County and we deserve to be treated better by the Brooks Administration. After all, the County Executive looks good to the voters in Monroe County because of the quality WORK we do.

Another mass Negotiation Update/Mobilization meeting has been scheduled for November (click here for more information). If you would like to get involved in the mobilization, or be kept informed, CLICK HERE to fill out an online registration form. If every Monroe County employee does a little, we can accomplish great things in Monroe County.

If you have a Facebook account CLICK HERE to join the fair contract cause page. Please get involved, speak up, as what we get in our contract depends on YOU.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Monroe County Works Because WE do!!!!!

Across Monroe County, excitement has been building for the mobilization. With a number of well attended workplace meetings, a common goal has emerged;  we deserve a fair contract. One nurse who attended a recent mobilization meeting at Monroe Community Hospital stated "we just don't feel valued by Monroe County anymore". Monroe County employees are coming forward in record numbers to get involved.  October has seen numerous informational meetings held throughout the County. CSEA members are enraged at the County's draconian bargaining position and want to know how they can help us get a fair contract. Support for the CSEA Negotiation Team appears at an all time high as the momentum for our coming campaign spreads throughout the county.

Meetings were recently
held at MCH.
Keep your eyes on this web site for announcements and future meetings and events. November promises to bring increased activism by CSEA members as the mobilization gains momentum. Another mass Negotiation Update/Mobilization meeting has been scheduled for November (click here for more information). If you would like to get involved in the mobilization, or be kept informed, CLICK HERE to fill out an online registration form. If every Monroe County employee does a little, we can accomplish great things in Monroe County.

Mobilization Meeting
If you have a Facebook account CLICK HERE to join the fair contract cause page. Please get involved, speak up, as what we get in our contract depends on YOU.

The Union's negotiation goals remain simple; protect our members benefits and get a fair pay increase. We realize the difficult economic situation we are in, our proposals are very reasonable and take into consideration the needs of the County.

As we mobilize throughout the County in our just efforts to get a fair contract, we remain willing to meet with the County at any time or any place if they want to truly negotiate. However, as much as we want to  negotiate; we will not accept being dictated to.


Divided We Beg

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Dress Code policy not negotiated!!!!

The new Dress Code policy was not negotiated with CSEA. Anything agreed to by your union would have a signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) attached to it. CSEA did not sign any MOA in regards to the new Dress Code. While a copy of the proposed dress code was sent to CSEA, and it was discussed, it was not negotiated.

If a CSEA Member is directed to sign a new policy of any kind, we would recommend that you not be insubordinate. If directed to sign something it does not mean you agree with it. It would be appropriate to sign and state "Receipt Only" and this does not demonstrate anything other than the employee has received the document.

CSEA has informed the County they are not to claim anything is negotiated with CSEA unless it was negotiated and there is a signed MOA. We will be addressing this issue further with the County in the very near future.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Negotiation Update/Mobilization Meeting

"Something Big Is Happening in Monroe County"

Your Union is Mobilizing to get us a fair contract! You need to be part of it.

WHAT: Negotiation Update/Mobilization Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 @ 5:30pm

WHERE: Diplomat Banquet Center - Lyell Road - Rochester

Since we will be providing food (Pizza & Wings) Please RSVP to (585) 328-5250. 

Divided We Beg

Friday, October 8, 2010

TO: Stewards/Negotiation Team Unit 7400 Executive Board & CSEA Activists

The mobilization of our members continues. The next meeting for Stewards/Negotiation Team, Unit 7400 Executive Board and CSEA Activists is October 14th at 5:30pm at the CSEA Rochester Satellite Office.

It is imperative that you attend these meetings as all hands are needed to rally our members behind the Negotiation Team. Now that we have met with so many members, this session will be to develop our specific strategy for the mobilization. This meeting will again be facilitated by CSEA Mobilization Specialist Michael Ottaviano.
Please make every effort to attend. If for some reason you can not attend, please call the union office and let us know.
What we end up with through the current negotiations now depends on you. 

If you would like to become more active in the mobilization, please call the CSEA Office at (585) 328-5250.