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Post PAY RAISE AND RETRO! Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:20 pm
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I heard through the grapevine that an offer has been made, but we can't let the membership know exactly WHAT is ON the table. The Contract Committee will be up in ALBANY next Wednesday to meet again. We shall see what happens, but hopefully that long NINE year wait will finally end and our PAY rates will be UP for 2012 the 84th Year of the JONES BEACH LIFEGUARD CORPS?
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Post Re: PAY RAISE AND RETRO! Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:08 pm
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Has anyone heard what the latest offer by ALBANY is? The Park Police contract is out in the media, but the New York State Lifeguard Contract is a big mystery. It is almost February, and we will be getting our rehire papers soon. It would be nice to have a rough Ball Park figure on what exactly we are asking for, or better yet what the State Negotiating team has offered.
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Post Re: PAY RAISE AND RETRO! Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:18 pm
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Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated when United University Professions contract expired. The union's contract with the state expired on July 1.


ALBANY -- Along with college professors, social workers, laborers, engineers, clerks and nurses, New York has nearly 1,000 unionized lifeguards on the state payroll.

Stationed during the summer at beaches from Long Island to lakes and pools upstate, the lifeguards have been working under a contract that expired in 2003, according to state records.

They are not alone.

As members of the state's two largest unions, the Civil Service Employees Association and Public Employees Federation, prepare in the coming weeks to vote on five-year contract offers from the Cuomo administration, thousands of employees of other smaller bargaining unions are chugging along under expired contracts.

PEF and CSEA represent more than 100,000 employees whose contracts expired at the end of March.

Other contracts, including those for United University Professions, with some 35,000 SUNY employees, also expired and negotiations have yet to begin. (UUP's contract expired on July 1.)

If the PEF and CSEA contracts are rejected by union members, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he would lay off up to 9,800 people as a "last resort" in efforts to meet a goal of $450 million in workforce savings.

But something else could happen, too: PEF and CSEA members would continue working under the existing contract.

And if a look at these other unions is any indication, that could go on for a long time.

"We're still in arbitration," said Chris Hickey, vice president at the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOBA) which represents some 20,000 prison guards.

They've been working with a contract that ran out in 2009, Hickey said there may soon be some closure since they are now in binding arbitration with the state.

When the two sides in a contract dispute reach an impasse, they eventually go to arbitration in which a three-member panel -- one from each side and one who is neutral -- works toward a compromise on the sticking points, which usually revolve around raises.

"It's up to them now," Hickey said, referring to the panel.

In one case, the failure to agree on a contract led to a change in union representation.

The law enforcement officers represented by Council 82 earlier this year rejected an offer from the administration that would have updated a contract that ran out in 2005. Members include forest rangers, SUNY police and park as well as conservation police.

These employees, known as the Agency Law Enforcement Services unit, then moved to leave Council 82 and start their own union, the Police Benevolent Association of New York State.

The new union still needs approval of the state's Public Employment Relations Board, which will vote on the matter next month, said Dan De Federicis, director of the PBA of NYS.

Assuming they are certified as the officers' new union, the contract arbitration would start again.

Time is also an issue with these contracts.

Some contracts haven't yet expired, meaning their members received raises this year -- even as the Cuomo Administration has offered PEF and CSEA a deal that goes three years with no increases.

That's the case with CSEA members who work for the state Thruway Authority.

Because their four-year contract doesn't expire until next year, they have received 4 percent raises agreed upon earlier, Thruway spokesman R.W. Groneman said.

Their contract runs out on June 30, 2012.

"The Thruway (contract) lagged by a bit more than a year," he said.

Regardless of the timing, representatives of these other unions are watching carefully to see if the PEF and CSEA contracts are approved or shot down by members in the coming weeks. That's because the Cuomo administration has said they view those deals as a template for talks with other unions.

"We're certainly paying attention to everything that was going on in state labor negotiations,'' De Federicis said.

Reach Karlin at 454-5758 or rkarlin@timesunion.com.



Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article ... z1kzTAqCct
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Post Re: PAY RAISE AND RETRO! Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:22 pm
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UPDATED OCT. 30, 2011
October Negotiations Info

The Negotiations Landscape: UUP and Other State Employee Unions

UUP’s Negotiations Team completed preliminary discussions with the State’s negotiators in August and September and is now focused on the details of its contract proposals. UUP’s proposals cover a broad array of issues involving 25 contract articles and seven appendices. The State’s proposals involve compensation, health benefits, duration of a new contract, and furloughs.

Other NYS employee unions have been engaged in contract discussions as well. CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association), which represents 66,000 state employees, recently ratified a new contract. In a ratification vote announced on September 27, the members of PEF (Public Employee Federation), which represents 56,000 state employees, rejected a contract with compensation, health benefits, and furlough provisions similar to those accepted by CSEA.

The PBA of NYS (Police Benevolent Association), which recently replaced Council 82 as the collective bargaining unit for 1,100 Forest Rangers and University, Park, and Environmental Police, has begun contract talks. A tentative agreement accepted by the former Council 82 was voted down by the membership and a decertification vote led to the replacement of Council 82 with the new PBA. NYSCOPBA (New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association), which represents over 23,000 state employees, will also be negotiating a new contract.

It’s important for UUP members to keep in mind that no group of state employees is exactly alike and each union negotiates its own contract.

As contract talks continue, please be wary of anything about the UUP contract that is presented in the press or discussed on campus. No one but UUP’s Negotiations Team and President Phil Smith knows what’s going on at the table. Details are not released to the public so anything you hear is purely speculation. Nothing is final until a tentative agreement on the entire contract is reached.

Stay informed

As negotiations proceed, UUP members will be kept informed through regular website postings, mailings from President Phil Smith, and articles in The Voice. Periodic updates and other information will be sent to chapter presidents for distribution via chapter websites, newsletters, fliers, and meetings.

Members are encouraged to periodically check the UUP website (www.uupinfo.org) for postings at the "2011 Negotiations Information" link under Latest Information on the right hand side of the home page. Feel free to contact UUP Chief Negotiator Jamie Dangler at contract@uupmail.org for further information or to submit questions or comments.
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Post Re: PAY RAISE AND RETRO! Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:26 pm
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State responds to UUP’s counterproposals

UUP’s Negotiations Team met with state negotiators on Jan. 26. At this meeting the state responded to a comprehensive counterproposal presented by UUP on Jan. 11. UUP’s counterproposal covered all items on the table for consideration. The state’s response to UUP did not lead to agreement on any items.

UUP continues to press for a contract that is fair, meets the needs of all UUP members, and is acceptable for ratification by our diverse membership. The UUP bargaining unit includes professional and academic part-time and full-time employees who work in a range of settings across different types of SUNY institutions, including public hospitals and health science centers, university centers, specialized and technical colleges, and comprehensive colleges.

UUP’s Negotiations Team continues to spend long hours at work before and after every meeting with the state. A typical workweek for the Team begins with a 6-10 p.m. Wednesday night work session and continues with full days of work and/or meetings with the state on Thursday and Friday, often including a Thursday evening work session.


Though contract talks have advanced well beyond preliminary phases, the negotiations process is a dynamic one. It is necessary to analyze and reassess information and data as the proposal-counterproposal procedure unfolds. As UUP and the state address contract items and respond to each other’s proposals with new potential agreements, the Negotiations Team must assess all items under consideration with regard to their impacts on our diverse membership. The Team appreciates the support and encouragement extended by our colleagues from across the state and will continue to do everything necessary to reach an acceptable agreement.

UUP’s next negotiations session with the state is scheduled for Feb. 9.

Stay informed

As negotiations proceed, UUP members will be kept informed through regular website postings, mailings from President Phil Smith, and articles in The Voice. Periodic updates and other information will be sent to chapter presidents for distribution via chapter websites, newsletters, fliers, and meetings.

Members are encouraged to periodically check the UUP website (www.uupinfo.org) for postings at the "2011 Negotiations Information" link under Latest Information on the right hand side of the home page. Feel free to contact UUP Chief Negotiator Jamie Dangler at contract@uupmail.org for further information or to submit questions or comments.
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Post Re: PAY RAISE AND RETRO! Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:28 pm
James Rooney
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I am finding some information online about the UUP negotiations, but very little concerning the NY STATE LIFEGUARDS. Any information we can find on the contract issues would be helpful.
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Post Re: PAY RAISE AND RETRO! Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:15 pm
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Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated when United University Professions contract expired. The union's contract with the state expired on July 1.
ALBANY -- Along with college professors, social workers, laborers, engineers, clerks and nurses, New York has nearly 1,000 unionized lifeguards on the state payroll.
Stationed during the summer at beaches from Long Island to lakes and pools upstate, the lifeguards have been working under a contract that expired in 2003, according to state records.
They are not alone.
As members of the state's two largest unions, the Civil Service Employees Association and Public Employees Federation, prepare in the coming weeks to vote on five-year contract offers from the Cuomo administration, thousands of employees of other smaller bargaining unions are chugging along under expired contracts.
PEF and CSEA represent more than 100,000 employees whose contracts expired at the end of March.
Other contracts, including those for United University Professions, with some 35,000 SUNY employees, also expired and negotiations have yet to begin. (UUP's contract expired on July 1.)
If the PEF and CSEA contracts are rejected by union members, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he would lay off up to 9,800 people as a "last resort" in efforts to meet a goal of $450 million in workforce savings.
But something else could happen, too: PEF and CSEA members would continue working under the existing contract.
And if a look at these other unions is any indication, that could go on for a long time.
"We're still in arbitration," said Chris Hickey, vice president at the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOBA) which represents some 20,000 prison guards.
They've been working with a contract that ran out in 2009, Hickey said there may soon be some closure since they are now in binding arbitration with the state.
When the two sides in a contract dispute reach an impasse, they eventually go to arbitration in which a three-member panel -- one from each side and one who is neutral -- works toward a compromise on the sticking points, which usually revolve around raises.
"It's up to them now," Hickey said, referring to the panel.
In one case, the failure to agree on a contract led to a change in union representation.
The law enforcement officers represented by Council 82 earlier this year rejected an offer from the administration that would have updated a contract that ran out in 2005. Members include forest rangers, SUNY police and park as well as conservation police.
These employees, known as the Agency Law Enforcement Services unit, then moved to leave Council 82 and start their own union, the Police Benevolent Association of New York State.
The new union still needs approval of the state's Public Employment Relations Board, which will vote on the matter next month, said Dan De Federicis, director of the PBA of NYS.
Assuming they are certified as the officers' new union, the contract arbitration would start again.
Time is also an issue with these contracts.
Some contracts haven't yet expired, meaning their members received raises this year -- even as the Cuomo Administration has offered PEF and CSEA a deal that goes three years with no increases.
That's the case with CSEA members who work for the state Thruway Authority.
Because their four-year contract doesn't expire until next year, they have received 4 percent raises agreed upon earlier, Thruway spokesman R.W. Groneman said.
Their contract runs out on June 30, 2012.
"The Thruway (contract) lagged by a bit more than a year," he said.
Regardless of the timing, representatives of these other unions are watching carefully to see if the PEF and CSEA contracts are approved or shot down by members in the coming weeks. That's because the Cuomo administration has said they view those deals as a template for talks with other unions.
"We're certainly paying attention to everything that was going on in state labor negotiations,'' De Federicis said.
Reach Karlin at 454-5758 or rkarlin@timesunion.com.


Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article ... z1lzpLqtju
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Post Re: PAY RAISE AND RETRO! Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:17 pm
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Has anyone called this guy about the contract update?
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Post Re: PAY RAISE AND RETRO! Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:19 pm
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