FINAL REMINDER - TIOGA & TOMPKINS COUNTY DINNER MEETING
We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, March 15th, 2018, at Tioga Downs, Route 17, Exit 62, Nichols. The meeting is open to all members of the Local. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of business March 7th. Vendors have been invited to attend. Visit with vendors between 4:30-5:45, dinner meeting to start at 5:45.
SAVE THE DATES – MORE INFO TO FOLLOW
April 12, 2018, - St. Lawrence/Franklin Counties dinner meeting in Norwood.
July 21, 2018 – Our annual Enchanted Forest/Water Safari outing, Old Forge.
EBF RETIREE BENEFITS
UCS Retirees are entitled to certain benefits in retirement, but they are somewhat different from active employee benefits. The major difference is that retirees are not in the participating dental program. Instead, retirees are treated by their dentist, pay the bill and then submit for reimbursement in accordance with the schedule of dental benefits set forth in the EBF Retiree booklet. There are other differences in their benefits as compared to active employee benefits, so if you are approaching retirement soon, be certain to familiarize yourself with the UCS Retiree booklet on the EBF web site, www.cseaebf.com.
Whether you are required to swipe in through Kronos or not required to swipe in, your certified time sheet should accurately reflect the hours/times that you were/were not working. If you were not present during working hours and certify that you in fact were present, you risk investigation by the Inspector General’s office and facing very serious disciplinary charges. This includes time out of office for lunch hours. Your time sheet must accurately reflect your hours worked, with no exceptions.
U.S. SUPREME COURT CASE: JANUS v. AFSCME
In view of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments this week in the Janus v. AFSCME case, a review of the subject matter and likely result of the expected decision:
Janus v. AFSCME - What the case is basically about is the ability of all unions to charge agency shop fees (dues) for non-members of the union. With the new conservative majority on the US Supreme Court, every indication is that that decision will not be in our favor and we (the Unions) will not be allowed to collect non-members’ dues. So technically, at first glance, you could leave the union, be a non-member not paying dues and still be entitled to the same representation, contract, etc. Basically, a free-loader. But the full story is that if members took the attitude of “Why pay for something I can get for free?,” then ultimately any Union would falter in its capability to adequately provide representation due to lack of staffing, lack of resources, etc.
If a member believes that they will save $500, $600 or $700 a year by not paying Union dues, they are sadly mistaken as the losses that they will eventually incur would be far in excess of that amount. And if Union membership falls just one person below 50%, the Union may be decertified. And then you not only could be working without a contract, you also would have no Union representation and the employer can change everything from work hours to health insurance contributions to stopping salary increases and longevity payments – and the non-represented employees would have no recourse.
CSEA and AFSCME have been working to inform our members about the “Never Quit” campaign. If you’ve been at a Local dinner meeting in the last year or two, you have heard about “Never Quit” and the importance of being a Union member and keeping our Union strong. And now it is becoming a reality – the Supreme Court has heard arguments in the Janus case and will be issuing a decision most likely in June of this year.
OUT OF OFFICE
I will be out of the office March 6 through and including March 13th, with limited access to email. Please contact a Local officer as listed on our web site if you need assistance.