Thursday, February 25, 2010


Pictured are CSEA 2010 UCAN
graduates with Region 6 President Flo Tripi (center)

left to right: Holly Gudonis, T. Judith Johnson, Flo Tripi
P. Angela Muscianese and Roland Gray
photo by Ove Overmyer

Rochester, N.Y.-- Four CSEA Local 828 Unit 7400 Monroe County employees and WNY Region 6 President Flo Tripi were honored at the 2010 United Way AFL-CIO Community Services Partnership Labor Recognition Dinner at the downtown Hyatt Hotel on February 23.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A New Message From Your President

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As promised, your CSEA negotiation team is back at work trying to come up with solutions that will be satisfactory to everyone. We have begun to brainstorm and discuss the issues that are important to our members. As of now we do not have a date to go back to the table with Monroe County, but believe that will be forthcoming. Please check on the website and blog spot for updates.

CSEA fights for you even after you retire. Last year Monroe County changed the health insurance benefit for retirees who reached the age of 65. This had an adverse impact on many retirees, especially with their prescription drugs. CSEA filled a court challenge that is currently making its way through the legal system. If anyone ever asks you where your dues money goes, the answer is easy. It goes to protect your benefits even after you retire.

Please turn to this website for current updates on the lawsuit as well as other issues.

Yours in Solidarity,



Monday, February 15, 2010

CSEA Monroe County Unit 7400 participates in the Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics

-- photo by Ove Overmyer
CSEA members from all over Region Six help raise thousands of dollars for the NYS Special Olympics Sunday February 21, 2010. For more information on this event see the CSEA Local 828 Voice Reporter (Click Here).

Friday, February 12, 2010


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The second tentative agreement has been voted down, so as promised your negotiating team is back to work. We have had a brain storming session to discuss the issues that have come to our attention from the meetings that we had around the county. We have been in touch with the PERB Mediator as he will be back in another attempt to facilitate an agreement. As we said in our meetings we will move forward to try and get a contract that YOU as union members can accept.

On that note I would like to just let everyone know that your negotiating team takes their job seriously when it comes to obtaining a collective bargaining agreement. Always keep in mind that each member of the team is also a county employee and what affects the membership, affects the team.

We do not know how long it will take to get another agreement, but we will be keeping you up dated as we always have.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Yours in Solidarity,
Cris Zaffuto, President

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Rochester, N.Y.-- Ove Overmyer, Local 828 VP and Unit President of the City of Rochester Library Workers 7420, fired off a letter to Rochester's City Newspaper describing what he calls unfair and untrue claims by Governor Paterson directed toward CSEA. The article appeared in the February 10th, 2010 edition of the weekly newspaper.

Here is the article:

The Paterson administration and my union, the Civil Service Employees Association, have been publicly trading barbs at one another. We are at different ends of the spectrum over how we can improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. What particularly disturbs me is the lack of civility of the debate.

In an "Answering to Upstate" meeting in Rochester on January 26, Paterson said state employees' unions have refused to cooperate with his efforts to reduce the state's expenses. This is not true. He also stated, "There are those who are so self-absorbed ... that they thumb their nose at the public's face."

To set the record straight, last summer CSEA membership agreed to the creation of a Tier V system for new hires, long-term employees took an early buy-out on retirement, and we offered several solutions to help reduce the deficit. In turn, the governor revisited the idea of laying off more than 8,900 workers after he had said he wouldn't just four months earlier.

The governor's recent anti-union comments also gave license to others in our community to unleash a barrage of insults and nasty rhetoric about our character and even our relevancy.

This is who we are. We are your tax-paying neighbors who deliver the public services you rely on every day. We are not a special interest. We are your investment. We plow the roads so you can get to work on time. We take care of your aging parents, teach your children, get criminals off the street, and assist you when you need help finding that best seller at the public library.

The majority of public employees who are union members do not have inflated salaries or pensions. We live paycheck to paycheck like most people and are just trying to provide for our families. Union officers are democratically elected workers who represent the best interests of their members, their employer, and the greater community. For starters, my fellow union workers donate countless hours to the membership drive at WXXI and to the Special Olympics.

It deeply saddens me that our community sees public employee unions as the cause of Albany's budget problems. Laying off workers who are already overburdened will not improve the quality of life here in the Empire State. We don't need smaller government. We need smarter government.


Overmyer is president, CSEA City of Rochester Library Workers Local 828, Unit 7420.