Legislators Ratify CSEA Agreement

The measure passed 14-2


The Rockland County Legislature voted in favor of ratifying the final settlement between the county and the Civil Service Employees Association, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"more-details-shared-of-union-agreements-with-county"} --> (CSEA) at Wednesday’s meeting.


Rockland County Legislator Ed Day September 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Mark: Obviously I have no problem detailing that information but as I said, it is relatively lengthy and will be a bit much here. That is why I shared a link. This is a matter of record now, but it will take some time for it to find it's way onto the legislative minutes section which is - http://www.rocklandgov.com/departments/county-legislature/legislative-agendas/ My position is available for anyone to see, either now unofficially or later as a matter of record. I recognize that, unlike others who have accessed that information, you do not use FaceBook and in the interim, I would be happy to e mail you the text of my comments, much of which will share some of the details you are looking for. Simply share an e mail address, or e mail me at "LegislatorDay@yahoo.com" and I'll be happy to get that off to you promptly! Look forward to hearing from you!
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day September 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM
In keeping with my pledge that I would always immediately and publicly detail rationale for taking a particular position in cases of legislative matters of significant public interest and importance, below you will find a link to my Facebook page that contains my full statement (it will not fit here at this forum) as part of my vote on the CSEA and other workforce contracts at last night's meeting of the Legislature. Fact is the details that were very important to both the debate and the public understanding of the entire matter just will not fit in a news story, and I hope my words contribute to a better understanding of all the details. Agree or disagree, it is important that all those details are available to all. Thank you. www.facebook.com/edwin.j.day1
Randy September 22, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Hi Ed, I don't remember Governor Cuomo guaranteeing that State workers will not have any layoffs. But, more importantly, Governor Cuomo balanced the state budget. When the County Legislature accomplishes that they no longer have problems with credit rating agencies.
Rockland County Legislator Ed Day September 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Randy, thanks for the observation and am presuming you read my statement and I do believe the State CSEA contract did have certain job protections built into it when the governor threatened them with layoffs. The negotiators on both sides agreed to a five year contract with three "zeroes" for the first three years. You forgot to mention that the Governor Cuomo signed that contract that also contained two 2 % raises for years four and five. Not so here. And again, the "county legislature" does not "accomplish" the negotiations - the executive branch is charged with that and we are not afforded input nor involvement. Do you really think sending it back after seeing this result after nearly two years would change anything? At the end of the day, the legislature's job is to decide on the end result of the process, and when one steps back and looks at the totality of the agreement that includes a three year agreement, with three years of a zero % increase; salary and wage freeze other than longevity; a 15% health insurance contribution ; a deferral of 10 days pay, which as a footnote we should understand that an across the board 10 day pay period in our county has a value in the $6 to $7 million range, it certainly is not a giveaway by any stretch. What was secured by CSEA was only a 14 month layoff protection. Is it perfect? Of course not, and negotiations never are ... that is the nature of the beast.
Robin Traum September 25, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Mark - The article has been updated and the three-page Memorandum of Agreement is now attached. - Robin


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