Posts tagged Civil Service Employees Association

    Storm King Workers Push to Unionize Amid Art Center’s $45 M. Revamp

    November 23, 2022 // Employees at the Storm King Art Center, a sculpture park in upstate New York, announced plans to unionize late last month, the Art Newspaper reported Tuesday. The move follows the non-profit’s announcement in August of a $45 million revamp of its campus. Staff organizers, who come across numerous departments of the outdoor destination, detailed their plans to join the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), an affiliate branch with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

    Utica Zoo workers take steps to unionize citing high turnover rates, feeling unheard

    October 7, 2022 // A group of more than two dozen zookeepers, veterinary technicians, animal specialists, groundskeepers and other employees are concerned over staffing issues and high turnover rates, which is why they sought union representation. “We are having CSEA represent us in that, to create a collective bargaining agreement to give us a bigger voice at the table and better representation for what we need from the zoo,” said Kallen Muste, education ambassador at the zoo. “There's been some dissatisfaction with feeling unheard by management, feeling underrepresented and not respected, we have had some issues with high staff turnover of people…leave to go to another zoo," he said.

    And Now the Union Would Like a Word in Private-Under Janus, government workers don’t have to join or pay. But behind closed doors it’s hard to say no

    September 13, 2022 // Four years after Janus, plenty of government employers haven’t explained to workers that union membership is not a condition of employment. Some employee handbooks still say workers must pay the union to keep their jobs. And many—if not most—public employees don’t know that a contract negotiated by the union applies to them whether they pay dues or not. Government-worker unions enjoy outsize influence over government. Governors, mayors, county executives and school superintendents facing demands for private access to their employees must remember how the unions wound up with the privileges that make them so powerful.

    Still-Unreleased Union Deal Rains Cash on State Workers

    June 28, 2022 // The still-unreleased deal between the Hochul Administration and the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), state government’s largest group of unionized workers, would award bonuses, backpay, and guaranteed raises the next three years, documents sent to union members show. The tentative agreement, which was negotiated behind closed doors, covers about 56,000 blue- and white-collar state employees in executive branch agencies, including SUNY.