Janet Knott
CSEA Unit President

Monday - January 29th, 2018.

We were able to resolve the few final details of the contract prior to 2/6/18. As a result, I am pleased to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with the County. I am in the process of setting up 2 informational sessions for membership. Once those meetings are confirmed, we will schedule a ratification vote for all members in good standing.  I want to thank the negotiations committee and our Labor Relations Specialist, Howard Baul for their efforts. Stay tuned for further details. 

Janet Knott
CSEA Unit President

11/13/17  We met with the County again. We were able to present the rest of our proposals and listened to the county proposals.
Our next negotiations is scheduled for Thursday, December 14th, 2017. We will be getting into more serious discussions as we enter into the real working phases of negotiations.

We continue to work hard for all CSEA members.

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 Negotiations Post

We met again with the County, both sides are digging in with their proposals. There is push back in both directions, but we continue to negotiate in good faith. I am sure that many CSEA members are becoming impatient, but I ask you to respect the process, as we continue to represent everyone's best interest. We are making progress!
Our next session is Tuesday, January 9th, 2018.

Happy Holidays to you and your families.

Janet Knott

CSEA Unit President

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  • Howard Baul:  CSEA Labor Relations Specialist (LRS)
  • Pat Carroll:  Security, County Office Building
  • Chris Gillespie:  Unit Vice-President, Buildings and Grounds Division
  • Kathleen Harrison:  Shop Steward, DSS
  • Janet Knott:  Unit President,  Mental Health/Health
  • Tom Stange:  UCCC

The Ulster County Legislature approved the 2017-2019 contract.

10/10/17 The CSEA negotiations team met with the County. We exchanged proposals, but there is nothing further to report. Our next negotiation is set for Thursday, 11/2/17. Please contact anyone on the negotiations team if you have any questions.

Janet Knott
CSEA Unit President


The County Legislature is set to vote on the contract 3/20/2018

CSEA Contract Update FROM 2018 

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 Negotiations Post

We met again with the County and have made significant progress.  We are very close to reaching an agreement but still need to work out a few additional details. We should have those issues resolved at the time of our next meeting on 2/6/2018. Once we have reached an agreement, one or two informational sessions will be scheduled to discuss the details with membership. After this, a ratification vote by  membership will occur. I am extemely proud of the committee's efforts to stay the course in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for all of membership.
If you have any questions, please contact any member of the negotiating committee.

Previous Contract Update Posts

CSEA membership ratified the Memorandum of Agreement for a new 3 year contract - by a margin of 15 to 1 (93% Yes, and 7% No).
The next step in the process is for the County Legislature to put it on their agenda for a vote. Hopefully, it will be on the agenda for March.
The wage increases and retroactive pay will not be processed until after the Legislature ratifies the Memorandum of Agreement.
Thanks to all those members who voted!


11/02/17  The CSEA negotiations team met with the County.  We presented arguments/justifications for half of our proposals.We ran out of time to get through all of them, but are scheduled to meet again on Monday 11/13/17. There is a lot of work to be done as we remain in the early phases of negotiations.
The team and I continue to work hard on your behalf.

CSEA Unit 8950, Kingston, NY 12401

‚ÄčPhone: 845-706-9620   

Email: president@cseaunit8950.com

Janet Knott
CSEA Unit President

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 Negotiations Post

The meeting we had on January 9th, 2018 with the County, continues to make progress as we debate our positions. Unfortunately, we do not have anything to bring back to membership at present. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018.

Janet Knott
CSEA Unit President

8/1/17 The contract negotiations team met with the County.  The County was not prepared to exchange contract proposals, but ground rules were discussed, and dates for upcoming negotiations have been scheduled. Our next meeting is September 18, 2017, at which time we expect to exchange proposals with the County. We will be updating the website and facebook page with any contract news at that time."  

      Janet Knott

         CSEA Unit President

9/14/17 The County of Ulster notified us on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017, that they are still not prepared to exchange proposals. That said, our negotiation meeting scheduled for Monday, September 18th, 2017 - has been cancelled.

Our next meeting will be on October 10th, 2017.

 Janet Knott
CSEA Unit President

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 Negotiations Post

We met with the County as planned. There was a more detailed discussion regarding contract proposals, as compared to previous sessions.
We continue to forge ahead and ask for your continued support and patience while we negotiate on your behalf.
The next session is Tuesday, December 19th, 2017.

Janet Knott

CSEA Unit President