Saturday, April 27, 2013


Week ending April 26, 2013

Help Save SUNY Downstate

CSEA, PEF, and UUP have joined together to launch a postcard campaign aimed at Governor Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to save SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

The State Budget requires the SUNY Chancellor to submit a viability plan for the hospital to the Governor by June 1, 2013. We must fight to keep SUNY Downstate Medical Center a viable, strong PUBLIC teaching hospital.

If you would like to help with our postcard campaign, please contact Region 2 Political Action Coordinator Matt D’Amico at (212) 406-2156.

There will be a rally for SUNY Downstate on Thursday, May 9th. Rev. Al Sharpton will be attending a pre-rally press conference at SUNY Downstate (470 Clarkson Avenue) at 3pm. At 4:15 pm, participants will meet at Mt. Zion Church of God (203 East 37th Street) and march to the hospital at 5pm to join workers.

Campaign Finance Reform Talk Continues

Campaign finance reform continues to be a major topic of discussion in the post-budget session. Advocates, including the Governor, continue to push for the public financing of campaigns. It is estimated that public financing could cost the state over $220 million per election cycle once fully implemented. CSEA is strongly opposed to the public financing of political campaigns. Considering the state has lost nearly 60,000 public sector jobs since 2010, we should be focusing on ways to help real New Yorkers instead of funding more dinner time robo-calls and television commercials. 

Oppose the Attack on Overtime Pay

Congress has proposed the “Working Families Flexibility Act” (H.R. 1406) that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow paid overtime to be replaced with employer-controlled compensatory time off. The legislation would allow employers to pay nothing for overtime work at the time the work is performed in exchange for a promise of future paid leave.

Because H.R.1406 makes overtime less expensive for employers, it would counteract the impact of the 40-hour workweek and encourage employers to demand more overtime from fewer workers at a time when the economy is already losing jobs. This bill is not about providing employees with greater flexibility, but rather about providing employers with greater flexibility to not pay overtime.

Call Congress today and tell your representative to oppose H.R. 1406. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Senators’ and Representative’s office.

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