1359 Contract Update #6
the Local and the state of New York on a successor agreement to the one which
expired on April 1, 2007 has intensified in light of the recent agreement between
the Employer and the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA).
is meeting with the state through-out the week of November 12, 2007 with the hope
of reaching an agreement at the earliest possible date. The employer is expected
to withdraw most, if not all, of its extremely onerous health care proposals which
would have resulted, if enacted, in huge increases in health care costs to our
members. In light of such withdrawals, the path has become much clearer and the
possibility of reaching a collective bargaining agreement much brighter.
employer must still, however, provide a much more specific response to the Local's
comprehensive list of contractual demands, which includes many non-monetary proposals.
Further information gathering and discussions between the parties concerning all
proposals are ongoing.
As previously indicated, the Local's negotiating
committee has worked diligently to date to achieve a beneficial new agreement
on behalf of all members and is prepared to work as rapidly as we can with the
employer to achieve a mutually satisfying successor agreement.
on the status of negotiations will be periodically provided to all members as
relevant information becomes available. If you are unable to attend a general
membership meeting, please check the Local's website at www.local1359.org
and look under the "News Headlines" column for the latest information.
Local 1359 Negotiating Team consists of President Ralph F. Carbone, Vice-President
Dennis Ifill, Treasurer Darryl Adams, Secretary Charmaine Hardaway and Executive
Board member Mushtaq Ali. From District Council 37 are negotiator Michele Trester,
legal counsel Alan Brown and benefits expert Willie Chang.
Ralph F. Carbone