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Westchester Community College

Membership - Political Action
Congratulations to Tom DiNapoli - NYS Comptroller

Tom DiNapoli was elected state Comptroller Tuesday, with strong support from CSEA. This election is a victory for working families, as DiNapoli will fight hard to protect our pensions against corporate interests that would jeopardize them.

Become a PEOPLE member

CSEA's PEOPLE program protects and improves our jobs, benefits and pensions in Washington, Albany and in your community. Your support and participation in PEOPLE strengthens CSEA's clout in the workplace, in the legislature, in your community and in the labor movement.

What does PEOPLE stand for?
Organized to

No matter what you give through payroll deduction or direct contributions, it will be an important investment in your future. Your contribution can make a difference. It's also desperately meeded to save us from politicians who are anti-union and anti-working people.

Applications are available in the CSEA Unit 9202 office. All applications for payroll deduction must be returned to the Unit Office for submission to WCC's Payroll Department.
Local 860 Political Action Committee (PAC)

Unit 9202 is seeking a member in good standing to participate on the Local 860 Political Action Committee. It is recommended that the member be familiar with town, village, and school board candidates and can help with sound advice for endorsements.

If interested, please contact Carol Ann Zavarella Vasta or Gina Pelliccio at 606-3732.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators last night announced that the
special election to fill a seat vacated in the 12th County Legislative
District will be held Tuesday, February 15.

The seat was vacated when Assemblyman Tom Abinanti was elected to the New
York State Assembly; he resigned his seat with the county board.

So far, two Democrats have announced their interest in running. William Greenawalt, a lawyer from Hartsdale and MaryJane Shimsky, a Hastings resident who is vice chairwoman for the Westchester Democratic Committee, have announced their candidacies.

No word yet from the GOP, but they'll likely put somebody up for the run.

The seat is especially important to both parties as it now represents the
twelfth vote, which is especially important in any veto override.
With Abinanti on the board, there was 12 Democrats and five Republicans.

The 12th district in central Westchester includes Irvington, Dobbs Ferry,
Hastings on Hudson, Ardsley and Greenburgh.

MARCH 1, 2011

Gather with your AFSCME brothers and sisters at our state capitol
and hear several speakers discuss issues impacting public employees, and
then lobby your district Senate and Assembly members. This year, it is
more important than ever that we make our voices heard in Albany!
A message from President Danny Donohue

An urgent message from CSEA President Danny Donohue

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will unveil his proposed state budget on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The governor has kept details under tight wraps, but CSEA expects there will be enormous and devastating cuts to state and local governments, health care and education.

There are enormous challenges in front of New Yorkers at all levels of government. The new governor has stated that he wants new approaches to how needs will be met and essential services are delivered. It remains to be seen if Gov. Cuomo's proposal will truly match his rhetoric.

CSEA has consistently stated that we are looking for fairness in his approach. Where we agree that his proposals are good for the people of New York, we will be supportive and where they are not, we will make our case.

Let's be clear, however, that massive layoffs of front-line working people who deliver necessary services will be devastating to the families involved and harmful to New York's economy and communities that depend on those services. Politicians cannot talk about economic recovery while pursuing layoffs.

CSEA is prepared for whatever may come with a ground and air campaign to deliver the facts to the public. We will make our voice heard. We cannot succeed however, without the involvement and mobilization of CSEA members at the grassroots level - standing up for what is right and delivering a reality check to family, friends and neighbors, as well as elected officials.

A series of training sessions for activists are scheduled in every CSEA region in the next several weeks. Plans are also developing for a statewide series town hall style meetings, lunch and learns and other opportunities to deliver information to the rank and file in your work sites and local communities. These plans are being coordinated through your CSEA region offices with the involvement of your region presidents and region directors.

All CSEA members should check the CSEA website regularly for updated information and resources. Members should also sign in to the members only area of the website as well for additional resources, including the opportunity to register for the CSEA Action Alert network to receive e-mails and other notification about breaking developments.

Make no mistake, there are difficult days ahead. CSEA is only as strong as all of us together. Now is the time for us to come together and demonstrate that strength like never before.


Report: Cuomo proposes 15,000 state layoffs

The New York Times reported Jan. 21 that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was considering laying off up to 15,000 state workers.

CSEA received no advance information on this plan, which was leaked to the media. The administration did not offer any additional detail.

CSEA has repeatedly made clear our interest in working constructively with the new governor to address New York's challenges. CSEA has also made it clear that the union will challenge proposals that are not in the best interests of New Yorkers.

"There is going to be no doubt a period of short-term pain as we make these adjustments," Cuomo said on Thursday. "When you talk about layoffs, you have to remember, that every time you talk about a layoff you're talking about a family, you're talking about a person's job, you're talking about a person's life, so this is a very difficult situation all around."

"When we have the budget done, you'll know exactly what we're talking about and we'll put out the numbers then," Cuomo said.

Cuomo's proposal would mean a substantial reduction in state services, which are already in many cases cut to the point that delivery of services is already being affected. (See related stories in the February Work Force).

Pay freeze report misleading

Some media reports about Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeking a pay freeze for state employees have been extremely misleading. There has been no formal proposal for such a plan, only vague political rhetoric. CSEA has made clear for months that there is a significant difference between issues brought to the bargaining table for negotiation in good faith and extraordinary unilateral actions that may not be legal. The new Cuomo administration stated it intends to bargain with CSEA in good faith.
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