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With primary season on the horizon, Capital Region leaders of the Civil Service Employees Association union endorsed candidates for key Albany County offices on Tuesday.

Orange County, CSEA Reach Tentative Agreement

May 5, 2015
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A Hudson Valley county and union have reached a tentative agreement after four years without a contract.

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and CSEA President Sabina Shapiro Monday announced that a tentative contract agreement has been reached between the county and the Civil Services Employees Association. The previous CSEA contract expired in 2011. CSEA is Orange County’s largest employee union representing about 1,550 county and college employees. The terms of the tentative contract include a 1.75% wage increase this year; 1.5% in 2016 and in 2017; and 1.25 % in 2018.

WCC CSEA Pickets Over Lack Of Contract

May 22, 2013
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VALHALLA – Some 60 members of the Westchester Community College CSEA picketed at the Valhalla-based school late Tuesday afternoon over the lack of a new contract for four years.  The union represents 300 support personnel.

Unit President Carol Ann Zavarella said county government and college administration are “playing politics” with the union members and said they are frustrated.

“It has been since 2009 that we have had a cost of living increase, we’ve had any new staff, all of our college lines vacated by early retirement have been left vacant,” Zavarella said.

One of the state's largest unions has accused the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation of threatening layoffs to get union officials to agree to contract concessions.

Complaints have been filed with the New York State's Public Employment Relations Board. CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz confirms the union has charged the Cuomo administration with Taylor Law violations. The Taylor Law grants public employees the right to organize and elect their union representatives.