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Court Officers’ Head: Won’t Take Furloughs Or Health-Cost Hikes

Says Court Unions Unwilling To Make the Givebacks Accepted by CSEA

Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 5:00 pm | Updated: 12:19 pm, Wed Feb 22, 2012.

Dennis Quirk doesn’t like it, but he thinks upcoming contract talks with the state court system could result in a wage freeze for his Court Officers and other union employees. But he won’t accept furloughs, which were part of the deal ratified by the largest state-employee union to avert thousands of layoffs, or increased health costs. “Over my dead body,” he said in a recent interview.

Mr. Quirk, president of the New York State Court Officers Association for more than 30 years, said he is not alone in feeling this way. He is part of a bargaining coalition with several other unions among the 12 that represent the court system’s 15,000 non-judicial employees, and he said the unions in his group are united on this.

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  • Ebbet posted at 7:44 pm on Fri, Sep 9, 2011.

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    I think that most of us in this union are in agreement with our president. The Governor engaged in unfair labor negotiations with the other unions that accepted this unfair deal by threatening them with layoffs if they didn't take what was offered. How is that negotiating?

    The Unified Court System has already had layoffs, and our budget haphazardly slashed. Why should we accept this awful 5 year deal that gives us 3 years of no raises, increases the cost of our benefits AND forces us to take unpaid days off?

    As it is the governor cut the budget to the point where UCS felt forced to cut security across the board. While every agency across NYC was heightening their uniformed security presence, the court system has been cutting it- and continues doing so even with the current heightened state of alert.

    Cutting public services and security is doing something far worse than hitting us in the pocket: They're not only endangering our lives, but the lives of the elected officials, litigants, attorneys and all courthouse personnel.

    Getting back to the original point, the contract being offered is an insult to the uniformed officers that put our lives on the line to protect the judiciary AND the public, as well as an insult to the other negotiating court labor unions.

    We understand the financial constraints of the state Mr. Governor, but SHAME ON YOU.

     

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