CSEA Wins Court Order Preventing Planned Layoffs, Charges Governor Paterson Broke No-Layoff Agreement
(ALBANY) - The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) has won a temporary restraining order that prevents New York State from laying off workers at the Bernard Fineson Developmental Disabilities Services Office in Queens and other downstate Office of Mental Retardation and Office of Mental Health facilities, Union Representatives announced.
State Supreme Court Judge Thomas McNamara put the layoffs on hold pending the outcome of a lawsuit CSEA filed, which claimed the layoffs were in clear breach of Governor David Paterson's agreement that reached with the Union last July not to lay off employees through December 31st, 2010. CSEA had agreed not to stand in the way of the recently-enacted Tier V Retirement Legislation in exchange for the governor's promise of no layoffs.
"It's a shame we have to go to court to get the governor to keep his word," said CSEA President Danny Donohue.
Besides preventing the layoff of 18 workers, the order also prohibits the state from slashing in half the hours and pay of a half-dozen OMRDD and OMH workers also affected by the planned reduction in force, Union Representatives said.
CSEA represents nearly 300,000 public and private employees across New York State, including 25,000 members who provide mental health and developmental disabilities services.