A day after the state Civil Service Employees Association officially approved a 5-year contract that avoids layoffs by imposing furloughs and increasing health-care contributions, the union’s president said he hopes the deal is the “beginning of the process” of its rocky relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“The governor has 3 1/2 more years to go,” Donohue said at a news conference this morning. “We’ll be here with him, working hopefully—as we showed this time—together on these issues. We’re not the whipping boy, we didn’t cause the problems, so we can help with the solutions, we believe.”
Cuomo and the union still don’t see eye to eye on the governor’s proposal for a new, trimmed-down pension tier, as well as whether or not to extend a tax on New Yorkers making more than $200,000 annually, which is set to expire at the end of the year.
CSEA approved the deal by more than a 60/40 margin, the union announced late last night. The final tally was 16,896 in favor with 11,856 opposed.
The union represents more than 66,000 members. 28,752 returned their ballot, which Donohue said is a little better than average compared to previous votes.
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President Obama came face-to-face with the Tea Party last night in Iowa, clashing with a member during and after a town hall last night.
Ryan Rhodes, a group leader in the Hawkeye State, stood up and shouted a question during a town hall asking the president how he can call for more civility when “your vice president is calling people like me, a Tea Party member, a ‘terrorist.’”
Obama, who had not called on the man, said the town hall wouldn’t work “if you just stand up when I asked everybody to raise their hand … I didn’t see you. I wasn’t avoiding you. Please.”
After calling another person, Obama circled back to address Rhodes’ question: “First of all, in fairness to this gentleman who raised a question, I absolutely agree that everybody needs to try to tone down the rhetoric.”
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he Tea Party has three core values: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. It consists of citizens from all walks of life who love this country and want to take it back from an inept, corrupt, non-governing government that ignores our Constitution and the wishes of the people.
Anyone can sit around and complain and point fingers, but what is needed is action! The Tea Party is hated and feared by those in power who disrespect the American people, and that is a good thing.
If you want to do something for your country and have any pride or patriotism at all, then turn off MSNBC and join us at a meeting some evening. You may even leave feeling like a proud American. I know that I sure do.
Members of the state’s largest public employees union approved a new five-year contract that freezes wages for three years, increases health-care contributions and requires unpaid furloughs, the union announced late Monday.
Under the contract, the Civil Service Employees Association avoids layoffs, but agreed to some of the largest givebacks by a public-employee union in state history.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who had vowed to lay off up to 9,800 state workers this year if their unions didn’t agree to $450 million in concessions, called the contract “a win for the union and a win for the people of the state.”
“The union avoided layoffs and the state is financially stronger,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I’m pleased that our approach of labor and management working together is vindicated. Mutual respect and honest negotiations work.”
(Here’s a summary of changes from the former CSEA contract to the current one.)