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The Core Issue Alliance

Fellow Court Union Members,

As you may know, for the past three years, we have all met the challenge of having to work harder with less and less resources, and we have all demonstrated OUR dedication and commitment to keeping the Courts functioning well. Instead of being met with appreciation for our efforts, the State is attempting to force us to accept major contractual givebacks. In response, several unions lobbied hard to reach members of CSEA (mostly upstate union members) to vote down their contract; however, the vastness of New York State hindered our efforts in the short time period. Our resolve strengthened and we rallied once again to unite the downstate unions. We were successful in persuading the members of the Suffolk county union, SCCEA, to vote down the State's proposal, and the contract was defeated by a proportion of 6 to 1.

Now, nearly every major remaining Court union is in agreement that the proposed givebacks are unacceptable.

While the below Court Unions have individual issues which will be negotiated separately,
WE HAVE COME TOGETHER IN SOLIDARITY TO OPPOSE THE FOLLOWING DEMANDS PUT FORTH BY OCA:

1. We oppose any diminishment of our current pay plan that includes elimination of our two longevity pay lines on the salary schedule and our judicial longevity bonus.

2. We oppose the health insurance increases while our lawsuit is pending.

3. We oppose a payroll lag of two days per year.

4. We oppose a delay in a percentage pay raise from April 1, 2014 to October 1, 2014.

5. We oppose changes in layoff procedures to the proposed workforce reduction language and agree that it should be applicable to all non politically appointed employees.

6. We oppose a zero increase in location pay and are seeking parity with other State employees like Troopers and Nurses.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR PATIENCE DURING THIS PROCESS. This will be a difficult contract negotiation, but we will work together to provide you with a contract that YOU DESERVE.

SUPPORT US IN OUR FIGHT TO PRESERVE THESE CORE CONTRACTUAL ISSUES!

NYS Court Officers Assoc. * C.O.B.A.N.C. * Assoc. of Supreme Court Reporters * C.W.A., AFL-CIO, Local 1180 * NYS Court Clerks Assoc. * Citywide Assoc. of Court Attorneys * NYS Supreme Court Officers Assoc. * 9th J.D. Court Employees * Court Attorneys Assoc. of the City of New York

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President's Message

As you may know, the President of the Suffolk County Court Employees Union, Mr. Chris Manning, has agreed to accept the same bad contract that C.S.E.A. Judicial just ratified. He seems intent on shoving this terrible deal down his Members' throats -- and they don't seem happy about it.

But, here's what's strange: he was part of our Court Union Coalition to stop C.S.E.A. from ratifying their terrible contract.

He agreed with all of us that it was a terrible offer. So much so, that he spent over $14,500.00 of his Members' money to join our Public Relations ad campaign.

Imagine how I -- and all the other Union Presidents -- felt when we heard he agreed to this O.C.A. offer.

I feel his actions sold out the coalition and sold out his Members.

Manning called a mandatory meeting to present this offer to his Members in Suffolk County yesterday, and we were there to tell the truth about how bad this deal is for everyone.

Dennis Quirk (Court Officers), Brian Degiovana (Court Reporters), Billy Imandt (C.O.B.A.N.C.) and myself were outside handing out flyers and talking to Members.

I think it would be an understatement to say that they were very unhappy.

At the meeting, motions were made to allow us to address the Membership. Not surprisingly, all those motions were denied.

The Court Union Presidents will be out at all the Suffolk Courthouses Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

Also, we have rented our own space to hold a meeting:

DATE: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION:
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT
LONG ISLAND MACARTHUR AIRPORT
5000 EXPRESS DRIVE SOUTH
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NEW YORK

We all know people who work in Suffolk County, so please spread the word.
Fraternally,

Joe Walsh

Dinner Dance College Scholarship Application

The drawing will be held at The Court Clerks Association Dinner/Dance on October 25th. The application must be returned no later than October 3rd and must include a copy of the Bursar or registration receipt. Click here to download application and details.


Final Delegate Position Results

Alan Lapkin beat challenger, Ada Dejesus-Milam, in a run-off election for the remaining delegate slot representing the Kings County Senior Court title. The count was 46 to 39. Tina Carolei ran un-opposed filling the Bronx Civil Court position vacated by Mariel Quiles.


Trustee & Delegate Election Results

There were three challenged positions for delegate and one to be filled due to a resignation and another due to expected retirement. The incumbents won two, one is yet to be decided due to a tie. Bronx Criminal Court Senior Court Clerk, open due to a resignation, was won by Joseph Scruggs. Queens County Criminal Senior Court Clerk, open due to expected retirement was won by Wycinna Atkinson. A run-off between Alan Lapkin and Ada Dejesus-Milam is necessary to fill the remaining Kings County Senior Court Clerk position. Kevin McCormack, who retired, position as trustee was won by Kenneth Molloy. Click here to view complete results. Positions are effective July lst.


CSEA Judiciary Contract Ratified


On June 11th it was announced that the contract was ratified by a count of 2,094 Yes, 968 No. There are approximately 5,700 members which account for about 40% of the court system's work force.

Contract Negotiations


As many of you may have heard, C.S.E.A. has accepted a tentative contract offer.

I want everyone to understand that even if this offer were to be ratified by their membership, it in no way obliges us to accept a similar offer.

We want a fair contract that will protect our economic future, not one with so many give backs that we actually fall further behind.

Our Contract Negotiating Committee will be meeting on April 25, 2014 to discuss and further develop our Demand Package.

Click here to view the names of the members of that committee. Please feel free to contact any one of us to share your ideas.

Fraternally,

Joe Walsh

The benefit is free and available to active and retired members and their spouses. HeartScan Services conducts a battery of tests to assess possible heart and stroke risks that may prevent an event through early detection by initiating lifestyle changes and early treatment. The tests take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The benefit is in lieu of the annual physical with Affiliated Physicians or in the year an EBT Body Scan is conducted. The EBT Body Scan may be conducted once every 5 years (see below). Click here to view pamphlet. For more information visit heartscanservices.com Call 1-866-518-1112 to make an appointment.



EBT Body Scan

Active Members and their spouses may choose to receive the EBT Body Scan through Inner Imaging and the Continuum Heart Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center.

Hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 6:30 pm, with some Saturday hours available. The phone number is 212-991-5445. The exam cost for Member and/or Spouse is $150 for the Heart, Lung scan and $175 for the Heart, Lung, Abdomen, and Pelvis screening. The $200 balance will be paid by the Court Clerk Benefit Fund.

The public pays upwards of $1,000 for the procedure. This benefit is available once every five (5) years and is counted toward your eligibility for Affiliated Physicians screening in the year that it is utilized.


Prescription Drug Benefit

Once annually, up to a maximum of $150 per family, the fund will reimburse active and retired members co-payment costs. Click here to download additional information and application. Members may scan any claim form to Rocco at rdesantis1vp@aol.com or fax to the union at 212 941-5705.


NYS COURTS SHOW CONTEMPT FOR OVERTIME IN VIOLATION OF CONTRACT AND FEDERAL FAIR LABOR STANDARDS - UNION REPRESENTING COURT CLERKS FILE SUIT IN FEDERAL COURT

NEW YORK, OCTOBER 30, 2013, The New York State Court Clerks Association today filed a lawsuit against the New York State Unified Court System for encouraging and allowing court clerks to perform work after-hours without compensation in clear violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The suit has been filed in United States District Court Southern District of New York.

In the wake of severe budget cuts and staff reductions of as much as 15%, Court Clerks along with the other Court employees have been asked to do more with less. Now faced with an ever increasing workload, and OCA’s ignoring our constant request for additional staffing, our members ability to keep pace with the workload has long since reached and surpassed critical mass.

“During a meeting with OCA to discuss the problem OCA acknowledged it would be improper to work off the clock. Yet, OCA refused to do anything to help us stop it. In fact, they sent us a letter to “assure” us that it was not occurring.

“Rather than address the problem the OCA response was to look the other way; even as dedicated, but zealous clerks ‘volunteered’ to work extra hours and on scheduled off-days all without pay – and in violation of Fair Labor Standards Act,” said NYSCCA president Joseph Walsh.

“What is more outrageous is that OCA was not only aware of the illegal activity court managers were complicit in altering records to cover-up the illegal activity.”

“Court administrators dealt with their budgetary problems by simply choosing to ignore the law. The shame is that the Judges who run the Court system, whom we entrust to protect the law, have flagrantly violated the law.

“We believe that no one is above the law and our lawsuit is an effort to hold them accountable,” said Walsh.

Click to view/download copy of complaint

Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City

Ready New York: Hurricanes and New York City includes general tips on how to prepare for any emergency, instructions on how to develop a hurricane disaster plan and secure your home before a storm, and a map of New York City hurricane evacuation zones. Find out what zone you live in and the location of your nearest evacuation center/shelter.


Become a Member of the The New York State Courts Pipes & Drums

The New York State Courts Pipes and Drums was formed by Court Officers from the New York City Courts in 1976. The Band is composed of Court employees from multiple Judicial Districts who continue to proudly perform at events and ceremonies throughout the State.

No musical background is needed, we have the finest instructors for bagpipes and drums. Classes start in September. Consider being a part of a long standing tradition. Contact Rob O'Connor at 845-661-9025 for more information. See the downloads section for flyer.


Job Sharing

Any Senior Court Clerk looking to job share should contact the Association office for more information.


Claims Submitted to the Union

All claims that are submitted to the Union for payment must have a complete reimbursement form and itemized legible receipt with PROOF of PAYMENT otherwise your claim will be rejected. This applies to all credit card and cash reimbursements submitted for payment.


Purchase Court Clerk Logo Items Online

All items come with a money back guarantee, less shipping charges. Visit cafepress.com/nyscourtclerks


Dentists May file Claims Electronically with Cook Associates.

Members and Retirees let your dentist know that they may file your claim electronically with Cook Associates. By filing electronically your claim will be processed faster. The average turnaround time for a claim filed electronically is about a week. The dentist must register with Cook Associates by calling their office at 212-505-5050 please ask for Edward. This procedure is available to all dentists whether they are a Participating Provider or not.


Treasurer's Report

There are three separate and distinct accounts under the supervision of the Union's Treasurer. The first and main account is where your bi-weekly dues are deposited. This account covers all general operation expenses such as legal expenses, lobbying expenses, officer and delegate stipends and political expenses to name a few. The second account is the Dinner Dance account. This account is funded entirely by the sale of dinner dance tickets and journal ads taken by various law firms. The monies from this account are used to fund ten annual $1,000 scholarships and to pay for any expenses relating to the dinner dance. The third account was set up for the annual Court Clerk Golf Outing. Again, these monies are generated from outing sponsorships and golf reservation sales and are used exclusively for the Golf Outing. At no time have these accounts ever been co-mingled.


Security Benefits Update

The Security Benefits Funds, (The Welfare Fund), are under the direct supervision and managed by the Trustee Board. Unlike the accounts mentioned in the above paragraph, the Welfare Fund Accounts receive their money not from the member dues but from annual contributions from the State of New York as negotiated through the contract bargaining process. All of the accounts are in excellent financial condition with more than adequate reserves. The annual income and expense reports will be mailed to each member in May.