Labor Day Walk and Rally

Labor Day Walk and Rally

Sponsored by-  UUP

Contact Person-  Sandra Lewis  UUP Membership Development Officer /Sandra.Lewis@fredonia.edu

Purpose-  To show our solidarity to Campus and Community.

Time-  September 7, 2015.  9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Registration cost-  At least 1 canned good for each participant.

Place-  University Commons, then the walk to Barker Commons/Gazebo, Fredonia.  (.8 miles).

If you have a CSEA shirt/SUNY Fredonia shirt, please wear it.

There will be refreshments, available after the Walk.  There will be a basket raffle and Sunshine Fund 50/50, sponsored by UUP.

Further information will be posted as it is available.  LJ

 

Political Action Committee Agenda Joint Meeting August 2015.

img011Left Click Article.  LJ.  This meeting was held in Batavia, New York.

State issues were updated on the issues regarding the decimation of the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities.  Governor Cuomo would like to reform this Department by privatizing state-run facilities and closing of said facilities.  CSEA would continue this viable option for the “Consumers”/Residents, as they were previously known.  It is a mandated option as of this time, but it is  not being brought to light during the presentation to the Consumer.  During September, 2 forums will be held at the listed locations.  CSEA is seeking Parents and Guardians who would care to tell their side of the story, of how these facilities greatly enhance the lives of their affected Love Ones.  Any interested parties, please let me know.  Larry

All endorsements were put to vote.  They all passed.

Presented the existence of csealocal607.com website.  Asked other Locals to view it and any suggestions would be appreciated.  They were invited to offer submissions of interest to the Union.

 

New York State Jobs Report

img038img039To all Members:  You’re expected to do more…with less…and less…and less.  It’s about time to voice your concerns to “The Powers to Be”.  If enough of our Members make some noise, just possibly, the politicians in Albany might be inclined to listen to us.  Please do your part.  It’s Your’s and Your Family’s Investment in your livelihood.  Left Click Articles.  LJ

New York State Pension Fund

The N.Y.S. Pension Fund for State and Local Government Workers returned less then 1% for the last quarter.  The estimated value is at $182.5 billion.  State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the fund trustee, says the quarter that ended June 30th, had a challenging investment climate.  He reiterated that the Fund remains strong.  Its estimated value, $2 billion lower then 3 months ago, reflects benefit payments made to retirees and beneficiaries.  The contribution rates paid by State and Local Governments toward Employee’s Pensions, are 18.2% of your salary for the majority of Public Workers and 24.7% for Police and Firefighters.

With the Supreme Court’s decision due by June 30, 2016, in regards to the “Mandatory Union Dues Legality/Right to Work”, the issue of how your N.Y.S. Pension will be affected, deserves further research.  CSEA Local 607 will pursue this blatant attack on Unions and post those findings in the foreseeable future.  LJ

Understanding Legionaires’ Disease.

New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

A Fact Sheet for Workers and Unions.

 

Legionaires” Disease is an infection of the lungs that is a form of pneumonia.  There are over 25,000 cases of Legionaires’ Disease Bacteria ( LDB), each year in the U.S., with more then 4000 deaths.  This has been brought to light by the 12 deaths in the last week, in NYC.  The fatality rate is 15%.  However, fewer then 5% of people exposed to LDB, develop the disease.  LDB is primarily transmitted by inhaling water mist that is contaminated with elevated levels of LDB.  Certain conditions promote amplification of high concentrations.  Such as, man-made water transport, distribution, and heating and cooling systems.  Equipment that can amplify LDB include: cooling towers, evaporative condensers, humidifiers, holding tanks, potable water plumbing systems and heaters, and pipes that contain stagnant warm water.  Legionaires’ Disease is not contagious.

Symptoms usually appear in 2 to 10 days.  Early symptoms can include low fever, headache, aching joints and muscles, fatigue and lack of energy, and loss of appetite.  Later symptoms include high fever (102*-105*), cough, difficulty breathing, chills, chest pain, and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Legionaires” Disease usually attacks individuals with weakened immune systems.  Certain groups of workers who maintain, clean, decontaminate, or work in close proximity to water systems and system components, as previously mentioned, are at an increased risk to exposure.

Legionaires’ Disease is difficult to diagnose.  It is quite similar to other forms of pneumonia.  Chest x-rays and lab work are needed to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment requires the use of antibiotics.  Early treatment can reduce the severity of the symptoms and improve the chances of recovery.

The best method of prevention is to eliminate water conditions that allow the bacteria to grow to high levels.  Regular maintenance and the cleaning of cooling towers and evaporative condensers, twice yearly, and the use of chlorine or another effective biocide, is required.  Also, prevent the discharge air from towers or condensers, not be drawn-in to the outside air intakes of air handlers and make-up supply air units.  Ensure drift eliminators on towers and condensers are maintained.  Speed drives that reduce the fan rates of towers and evaporative condensers, on low load conditions,  decrease the discharge air plumes, that you normally see rise high into the atmosphere.  Keep air filters for outside air dry.  Also, when maintaining equipment, use the proper personal equipment (PPE).  The proper respirator protection, although not mandated, is recommended.

Preventative Maintenance should not be an after-thought.  Lack of… does have its consequences, that affect us all.  LJ

 

Local Grievance Representatives

CSEA Local 607

State University of New York College at Fredonia

Fredonia, New York 14063

Duane Blakely- President

 

Your Local Grievance Representatives are:

Duane Blakely

Ray Bogue

Tammi Dahl

Jeffrey Jakse

Rosemary McCune

Bobbi Peck

Mason Riggle

John Schmidt

If you believe you have a grievance that merits filing, contact any of the Representatives of your choice.  LJ

Local Shop Stewards

CSEA Local 607

State University of New York College at Fredonia

Fredonia, New York 14063

Duane Blakely- President

 

Your Local Shop Stewards are:

Duane Blakely

Ray Bogue

Jeffrey Jaske

Rosemary McCune

Bobbi Peck

John Schmidt

Any issues you may have, contact the Steward of your choice.  LJ