Message from President George Bloom
Dear members, your contract that is out for ratification now is one of the best in the industry. Over the last several contracts we have made significant gains that will help you and your union sisters and brothers into the future. As always we were not able to obtain all of our demands but did achieve a significant number of them. This was done through the work of all of you, and your bargaining team. I would like to thank all of you for your courageous work in a difficult environment and the bargaining team for their work and endless efforts. I would also recommend that everyone vote "YES" for this contract and whatever we did not achieve this time we will go after in 15 months.
Ballots are due September 22nd
Message from Mia Jorgensen, EVP
I would like to apologize as I made a mistake by sending you our June issue of the Journal with your ballots. This statement that was mailed was created after a verbal agreement before we had the MOU. Some of our initial understandings were a little off the mark as you will see below in the contract summary. I may have assumed that it was a document that everyone agreed on as it was open for discussion, also forgetting that we had not updated this from the MOU. This is my fault, and I am sorry for any confusion that this may have created. This will not happen again. In light of this, a new contract summary has been drafted and sent to the entire negotiating team for comments and edits within a 24 hour time frame due to the time sensitivity of ratification.
The Communications Workers of America Local 1104: Graduate Students Employee Union endorses this settled deal with its associated wage increases, improvements to health care, funds to help off-set costs associated with technology and transportation fees, and the Professional Development Fund. As you will see below there is some room for improvement(s), but we will be back at the negotiating table in one year's time, and will use this time to see where we need to focus most going forward.
Ballots are due by September 22, 2014 at 9am. If you have not received a ballot please call the American Arbitration Association at 1-800-529-5218. For any comments, questions or concerns please contact me by calling (585) 766-4156 or President George Bloom at (516) 420-1104, and remember that your vote counts.
In order to be eligible for any of the payments listed above, whether retroactive or current, an employee has to have been employed on the effective date and at the time of payment.
The funds listed above represent a 2% increase from previous fund levels for each year (i.e., 2% for 2014, 2% for 2015). The Parties shall meet at the executive level to discuss the reallocation of these joint labor management funds, to be distributed accordingly across all campuses in the bargaining unit.
Discipline and Discharge
After five (5) days of receipt of the written decision by the President's Designee, the employee may file a demand for review of such written decision by the SUNY System Administration Office of Employee Relations. Please see the 2007-2009 Agreement athttp://www.goer.ny. gov/Labor_Relations/Contracts/Current/gseugsnu/GSEU_2007_09_Agreement.pdf.
Additional employment is available with prior written approval of the Campus President or Designee.
The state agrees to begin the negotiations process with GSEU, upon receiving written request, prior to the expiration of the 2009-2016 Agreement between the State and CWA Local 1104/GSEU. Please refer to the 2007-2009 Agreement to view unchanged terms and conditions of the agreement at http://www.goer.ny.gov/Labor_Relations/Contracts/Current/gseugsnu/ GSEU_2007_09_Agreement.pdf