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Legislative Hearing To Discuss CSEA Contracts Held Wednesday

The meeting will take place in the Old Schoolhouse at 6:30 p.m.

A legislative determination hearing will be held Wednesday night to discuss ongoing contract negotiations between the Village of Greenport and Civil Service Employees Union members.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Old Schoolhouse.

According to Greenport Village Clerk Sylvia Lazzari Pirillo, the hearing is the next step of the process in contract negotiations between the village and the CSEA.

The open meeting has been discussed at prior village board work sessions and meetings, and was noticed in the paper.

William Swiskey, who is running for a trustee position on the Greenport Village board in the coming election, questioned why the meeting was not noted on the village's website.

The website was updated Wednesday to remedy the situation; the meeting was listed accordingly.

At the last village board meeting, Swiskey asked if the village board was planning to impose a 0 percent increase on its membership with the new contract.

When asked at the meeting if a 0 percent increase were to be imposed, Greenport Village Mayor David Nyce said, "I can't answer that question at this time."

Swiskey said the village board had never imposed a 0 percent increase on its membership in the past; the law states that it is possible, he added.

"If you are imposing a 0 percent increase, you are using the club of your peers to hit the poor little workabees in the head," he said. "If that's your plan, Mr. Mayor, I can't do anything much about that."

Nyce decline comment on Wednesday.

Peggy Richards March 06, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Municipal workers can 'share the pain' of the rest of us. However, the salaries in the village are so ridiculously alloted with some making way to little and others being paid way beyond what they bring to the table.
William Swiskey sr March 06, 2013 at 09:55 PM
There are about 25 workers involved here, some making less then $25,000 a year. A 0ne dollar an hour raise for all would amount to about $50,000 (the same amount two trustees working less the 20 hours per MONTH cost the village. ) How about a little sacrifice on the part of leadership. I said it before Peggy over 40% of the village salary structure goes to management. Time for this board to consider the people who plow your streets and keep your lights on for once.
John March 06, 2013 at 10:16 PM
There is an advertisement on the Village website for a laborer in the road department. The salary is $13 an hour for a 40 hour week. Hey Peggy whether you want to admit it or not, the guy who gets that job and his co workers are "sharing the pain".
William Swiskey sr March 07, 2013 at 01:37 AM
It was amazing to sit at the meeting and watch the steely eyed silence of at least two trustee. This as the villages' labor berated the local union membership for declining a contract proposal that called for no raises and an average payment of over $2,000 per worker contribution to there health insurance costs. The steely eyed were Trustees Hubbard and Murray who recieve these benefits for what amonts to less then 6 hrs per WEEK of work on village business. Village labor counsel stated a 4% increase for the 26 members would cost the village$45,000 per year, $5,000 less then the estimated $50,000 it cost to insure these two trustees. I guess the great liberal concern for the working man ends at the door to village hall.
J-Bone March 07, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Bill does that mean they instituted the contract on them with no raises? They can afford a director of utility for over 100,000 grand a year and what good is he? The board can get paid and collect benefits but the workers, screw em. This is terrible. Thanks for your work Bill.
William Swiskey sr March 07, 2013 at 01:53 PM
They choose not to impose it last night, instead they want to discuss it at the next meeting in executive session, then they'll impose it. After listening to there Labor Counsel and watching the boards reaction, it will most likely be zero. My feeling is they didn't want to do it before the election. Never in the history of contract negotiations in the village has this happened, The $50,000 worth of trustee benefits was never discussed. If you see a village worker shake his hand, say thank you , show them someone cares.
Sterling Girl March 07, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Instituting a contract is just another way to thank the worker bees for all their hard work. shame on them
mike edelson March 07, 2013 at 07:25 PM
We can all thank Obamacare for accelerating the increase in healthcare costs for employers and other people that have to pay for it. While expanding the "net" to give more benefits to many in the underground "cash economy". And adding many government appointment jobs for high priced bureaucratic titles that help no one who is sick. And then tax the insurers to pay for the govt. jobs so the insurers pass the cost on to the premium payers. Get rid of these bums in DC
William Swiskey sr March 07, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Mr. Edelson most of the people in this unit and that's not the $80,000 a year clerk or the $100,000 DOU make less then $40,000 a year that's ( WELL) below the medium wage the goverment tells us that's needed just to live on long Island around $50,000. These people are not the cause of any financial distress on the village. To find out the real reason perhaps a trip from your favorite coffee shop to village hall to find out the answer to this question. Why two trustees feel there entitled when working less then 25hrs amonth on village business feel they're are ENTITLED to $50,000 a year in health benefits. That sum Mr. Edelson would fund a $1.00 an hour raise for each of the 25 employees. I implore you get the real facts and come back,
EE March 07, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Thank you Mr. Swiskey for highlighting the real facts. Unfortunately, Mr. Edelson is patently incorrect re. healthcare. Having been in the medical profession my whole life, it is not Obamacare that has raised healthcare costs. So wrong, so misinformed. Healthcare costs have increased thanks to insurance companies with petty lawsuits and the crux of the problem, hospitals charging astronomical prices for bandages and Tylenol. Read Time Magazine's article "Bitter Pill" to get a real idea of the rampant abuse of the state of our healthcare costs. And this has been going on for years and years. By the way, did you know that a when a Medicare/Medicaid patient goes to the hospital, the hospital must accept a cap for each service performed; so whatever the doctor/hospital charges for a test or a bandage, the doctor/hospital only gets what the government pays. I am tired of all this government bashing. Government exists for a reason. If it wasn't for government (or unions) for that matter, the abusive would wreak havoc on the less fortunate. And that brings us back to our tiny microcosm of society; Greenport. Village employees work hard and get paid little. Most of the employees fall under the poverty line, making less than $38,000 a year. But management makes triple. And the trustees and mayor have such disdain for their employees that they should want to make a little more money (or just break even!) to feed their families and pay for skyrocketing fuel prices.
John March 07, 2013 at 10:50 PM
"Professor", way to stay on topic, better yet, way to support the rank and file. Your reference and emphasis on the buzz phrase "cash economy" shows your true color. You lump hard working village employees with the generally accepted racist description of undocumented aliens. You would begrudge a village worker health insurance, a person whose base pay borders on the poverty level but have no qualms about giving full benefits to part time Trustees. I guess someone who has fully paid health insurance after retiring from his state job can afford to opine about the cost of coverage, coverage denied them but afforded to you and your family..

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