CSEA has expressed concern that it is frequently unaware of the local level of Staff Assistant position vacancies. The Staff Assistant title is within SUNY Professional Services (unclassified service) and within the Professional Services Negotiating Unit. CSEA has also expressed concern that the duties and responsibilities assigned to such positions at the supervisory level, the required educational level, and required skill set, are in some cases, the same as those identified by the Civil Service Commission for specific titles in the classified service that have been certified by the Public Employment Relations Board, to be in bargaining units represented by CSEA. In such cases, it is CSEA’s position that the use of the SUNY Professional Services (unclassified service) is inappropriate. The University recognizes the legitimacy of these concerns, and has agreed to put in place the following procedures at each State-operated campus of SUNY:
1. A paper copy of the vacancy shall be provided to the local President of CSEA, concurrent with a provision of such, to the local chapter of UUP.
2. Within 10 working days of the vacancy receipt, the local President of CSEA may request and shall be granted, a meeting with the campus Director of Human Resources, or the College President’s designee, for the purpose of discussing similarities of the requirements of the vacancy that may be represented by classified CSEA titles. Within 10 days of the meeting, the “Reviewer” shall notify the local President of CSEA, of how the Campus intends to proceed to filling the vacancy.
3. CSEA may, at anytime, contact SUNY Office of Employee Relations, to request a review of a specific Staff Assistant vacancy announcement. The request, the announcement and specific documentation must be in writing when submitted. Employee Relations shall seek a review and determination from the SUNY System Administration Office of University-wide Human Resources, regarding this issue. The Office of Employee Relations, within 10 days of the outcome, will notify CSEA in writing, of the action that will be taken.
4. The above procedures do not prohibit any party from commencing an action before PERB. In the event an action is commenced, the above procedures regarding a specific at-issue vacancy announcement may be terminated at the discretion of the Campus or University dependent upon the level of review at the time such action is commenced.
4. This program shall remain in full force until the close of business on March 31, 2020 and shall terminate unless continued by mutual written agreement of the parties.
Thanks to the “State-wide Labor-Management Committee” for their diligent work. This is the type of cooperation that can result in successful results for all CSEA Members, in the future. LJ