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CSEA Has ‘Multiple Concerns’ With Proposed Early Retirement Incentive

Published Sunday, July 12, 2020
by Mark Kotzin/CSEA News
CSEA Has ‘Multiple Concerns’ With Proposed Early Retirement Incentive

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) says a recently-proposed Early Retirement Incentive (ERI) in the State Legislature excludes too many Workers to allow it to earn the Statewide Public Employee Union’s support.

“Let it be clear that CSEA ‘does not generally oppose early retirement incentives, however, we have serious concerns about this incentive, which leaves too many Workers out,’” CSEA President Mary Sullivan said.

Unfortunately, the current proposal is too narrowly targeted, only covering certain State Employees and excluding too many others, including numerous Front-Line Workers who have provided essential services during the Coronavirus Pandemic, CSEA said.

And the retirement incentive is also only available to local Government Workers whose employers choose to opt into the program, leaving many Workers ineligible, the Union said.

Furthermore, the Bill doesn’t allow vacated jobs to be replaced, meaning Workers already overburdened doing the work of several Workers would have to shoulder the unfair burden of even more work, the CSEA said.

Finally, there is a significant up-front cost to implementing any ERI, and without needed Federal Stimulus Aid that is still not yet forthcoming, New York State currently doesn’t have the money pay for it, the CSEA also pointed out.

According to CSEA’s Political Action Department, that alone means that the Bill - A.10595, won’t move ahead in the State Legislature and at this time, no ERI is imminent.

However, should that change, CSEA’s Leadership maintains that it will have a seat at the table for those discussions.

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