As of June 24, the Union-backed Assault Bill passed the Senate and still on hold in the Assembly. Gov. Cuomo is expected to call the Legislation back into session to vote on the rest of the bills, including the Assault Bill.
SSEU Local 371 encourages members to keep the pressure on and call their Assembly Members and urge tem to pass it in the lower house.
SSEU Local 371 members—including three victims of a workplace assault—went to Albany with Vice President of Legislation & Political Action Michelle Akyempong June 7 to lobby lawmakers about the Assault Bill, which would make assaults on social service workers a felony.
ACS has given the Union a list of workers who are at risk of layoffs, and the Union has met with the agency to discuss ways to avert cuts, including ways to utilize the targeted staff. The Union has also met with City Council Finance Chair Domenic Recchia and Council Speaker Christine Quinn; the Council was able to avert these same cuts in last year’s budget.
The Union has filed a lawsuit on May 27 against the City, challenging the Supervisor II and III (social services) exams. The basis of the challenge is that the point system created by DCAS gives an unfair advantage to provisional employees.
We believe this violates civil service law and creates and uneven playing field for the taking of the exam.