Friday, September 17, 2010


Michael Ottaviano, CSEA Mobilization
Specialist explains how a
mobilization campaign can be effective.
September 17, 2010 – CSEA Monroe County Unit 7400 Stewards, Executive Board and Negotiation Team members attended a vibrant Negotiation Update/Mobilization meeting last evening. Michael Ottaviano, CSEA Mobilization Specialist led the meeting and described in detail how Unit Member involvement can improve the chances for a positive outcome in negotiations. Region President Flo Tripi, Region Director Roger Sherrie, Labor Relations Specialist Robert Leonard along with the Unit 7400 Officers participated in the program. The discussion was lively and all in attendance agreed it was time to get more member involvement in the collective bargaining process. The Negotiation Team has been working tirelessly for two years in an attempt to get a fair agreement. However, the Negotiation Team is only effective when the entire Union Membership get involved.


Stewards listen attentively .
NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE: Your CSEA Negotiation Team will be meeting with the County and a PERB appointed Mediator on September 29th in yet another good faith effort to get a fair agreement. To get the most up-to-date information on what is happening with negotiations; please make every effort to attend the Negotiation Update/Mobilization meeting on Thursday, September 30th from 7pm-9pm at the Diplomat Banquet Center, Lyell Ave Rochester, NY 14606. At this meeting you will also learn how the rank and file union member (YOU) can become part of an effective support system for the Negotiation Process presented by CSEA Mobilization Specialist Michael Ottaviano.

Negotiation Team Member Angela Muscianese urges the union
stewards to always keep the mobilization efforts positive.

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.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Labor Day 2010 has special meaning as CSEA marks its centennial year

ALBANY - CSEA - New York's leading union - is marking Labor Day 2010 with an important recognition of its centennial anniversary. CSEA was the first known organization of state employees when it was founded at the state Capitol in 1910. Since then, it has grown to represent every kind of worker in every part of New York, including a growing private sector division.

"A benchmark event like a centennial anniversary provides an opportunity to look back at where we've come from and how we got to where we are today," said CSEA president Danny Donohue. "More importantly, it provides a chance to look forward and try to become better."

"CSEA has never been bigger, better, stronger at any point in our history, but the challenges we face today have never been greater," Donohue said. "We wouldn't be here for 100 years if not for the ability to grow, change and adapt to new circumstances and that must shape our future moving forward."

"People who bash CSEA don't know CSEA," Donohue said. "The vast majority of our members are dedicated to doing the best work possible and adding value to their communities on and off the job. The strength of CSEA is in our members and they are some of the greatest resources in all New York. No one should take that for granted."

Donohue has issued an op-ed article about CSEA's history for Labor Day 2010 use. It complements a CSEA book released earlier this year. A Century of Service: The Story of CSEA's First 100 years chronicles the history of CSEA and growth of New York decade by decade through the 20th century and into the present day. The limited-edition book can be ordered online through the CSEA e-store. There is a link from the home page of the CSEA website at www.csealocal1000.org. Soft cover editions are $20.99, while hardcover editions are $34.99 plus tax. The prices include shipping and handling. Order yours today while they last!



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