Halstead Bar and Grill in Harrison, NY – Friday February 6, 2015, to celebrate the retirement to Ralph Straface – Congratulations Ralph!!
For 20 years our beloved Anthony Lotto has been the Head Custodian at the Fox Meadow School in Scarsdale. For some time now, Anthony has courageously been fighting a serious illness. He is now at home undergoing further treatment. As you can imagine, Anthony and his family have been through a tremendous ordeal physically, emotionally and financially. Whether you know Anthony as a friend, coworker, or just that loud guy down the corridor, we ask that you keep Anthony and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
To assist Anthony and his family as he continues his fight and to help defray some of the medical costs and other expenses they have incurred, any help we can provide would be greatly appreciated.
We know Anthony has many people around him who love and care for him so lets all band together and help him fight this battle!
2015 has begun! Below is an important ask of Joe Mayhew, WPCLB VP, CWA 1103:
President Obama in his State of the Union address clearly told us he is going to pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership the worst trade deal for Labor since NAFTA. We can stop it, please call Nita Lowey and Eliot Engel on the numbers below (they will direct you automatically to their offices) and give them this message:
Thank you for fighting against FAST TRACK and the TPP, and please stay strong and do not change your vote against this bad trade deal that hurts American Jobs.
Calls to Eliot Engel 1-855-980-2306
Calls to Nita Lowey 1-855-980-2338
Need more info? Here is a quick summary of what is going on:
The President’s plan
Ram the TPP through using a process called FAST TRACK that limits debate, does not allow amendments and forces the bill through committees and finally to an up or down floor vote. We will lose if this happens.
How We Stop TPP
Stopping the FAST TRACK process kills TPP. History is on our side because FAST TRACK has been stopped before (during the Clinton administration) we can do it again.
- FAST TRACK will pass the US Senate we do not have the votes to stop or even filibuster the bill; we lose here.
- We can stop FAST TRACK in the House of Representatives. There are 435 votes in the house,. 218 votes are needed to pass FAST TRACK.
- 150 Dems have signed on to letters against FAST TRACK, 26 Ultra Right wing Republicans have also signed on to letters against FAST TRACK. That gives us 176 votes.
- Our people in Washington believe we will get 32 more Dems to vote against (6 Dems are supporting. That gives us 208 votes.
- We need to ensure we do not lose any of our confirm and leaning Dem votes and gain 10 more Republican votes and we stop FAST TRACK.
- In Westchester our job is to ensure Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey do not change their vote under Obama pressure.
THANKS IN ADVANCE. PLEASE MAKE THE CALL!
Union Beers for 2015
Assembly Leadership Change
In what can only be described as two days of political wrangling, the Democratic members of the Assembly decided that the current Speaker, Sheldon Silver, must resign his position by Monday or they will present a resolution to oust him.
This decision began a mad dash as to who would replace Mr. Silver, who has held the post for over 20 years. Initially, Assemblymembers Cathy Nolan, Joe Morelle, Joe Lentol, Keith Wright, and Carl Heastie all declared that they would run for the top spot. As of this writing, members Wright, Lentol, and Morelle have withdrawn from the race, leaving Ms. Nolan and Mr. Heastie.
Mr. Heastie, who is from the Bronx and is currently the Chair of the Assembly labor committee, would become the first African-American to hold the position. Ms. Nolan, Chair of the Assembly education committee from Queens, would become the first woman. As of this writing it appears that Mr. Heastie is in the lead.
A formal vote is expected on February 10, but the vote could happen sooner. In the interim, Majority Leader Morelle will be the acting Speaker. Stay tuned.
Joint legislative hearings on the proposed Executive Budget began this week as legislators held hearings on the topics of environmental conservation and transportation. Wednesday’s scheduled hearing for local government officials was pushed back to the end of February due to weather concerns.
For the budget to be considered on time, the Governor and legislature must reach an agreement by the start of the state fiscal year on April 1.
Check the Legislative and Political Action Department’s webpage for budget updates as they become available.
At a Glance
The legislature will be in session for two days and hold four days of public budget hearings next week.
The hearings scheduled for next week will cover health and Medicaid, elementary and secondary education, human services, and housing.
CSEA will testify at the Workforce Development hearing on Friday, February 27.
Grievance Rep workshop: Tuesday March 24 (5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m) & Wednesday March 25 (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) CSEA Local 860 Office 595 W. Hartsdale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607
Honoring Diversity Training on Saturday, February 7th. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3 Executive Blvd. Suffern, NY 10901.
News of the Day
Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship applications now available
CSEA is accepting applications for the Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship. The union awards 18 scholarships (three in each region) annually to members’ eligible dependents. The scholarship deadline is April 15, 2015.
Download the application