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New Time & Expense
It is obvious that the newly instituted T & E methods are not fulfilling all the needs of our reporting, especially hours worked and Comp Time accruals/calculations. We can give this a little time for the bugs to be worked out. But I wish to offer some advice..... Under Section 5.01 of our CBA it states that we work 8 hours per day inclusive of meal period, which is 1 hour (unpaid)..... 1. So if you work a normal workday of say 9am to 5pm You will enter 8 hours of work time .... 2. If you took benefit time as a whole day you will make that selection and then put in 7 hours..... 3. No matter what model you are on enter all the hours you worked for record keeping purposes. ..... 4. If you worked 7am to 7pm, enter 12.00 hours If you worked 7am to 715 pm enter 12.25 hours and so on..... 5. Also, on your expenses you must enter the hours you worked if you charged a meal or meals. Please make certain that the entries on both reports match to eliminate any problems..... If you have any problems or concerns contact HR with them! 
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Recognizing that the United Steelworkers is a strong labor organization dedicated to the advancement of my interests and the interest of all working men and women and that the strength of the Union depends on the commitment which its members make to it and to each other,... I do sincerely promise, of my own free will, to abide by the laws of this Union; to bear true allegiance to, and keep inviolate the principles of the United Steelworkers; never to discriminate against a fellow worker on account of creed, color, sex, or nationality; to defend freedom of thought, whether expressed by tongue or pen, to defend on all occasions and to the extent of my ability the members of our organization, and never to reveal to any employers or their agent a member’s name without proper authorization.... I will cease work when authorized and approved by the organization to do so. That I will look upon my fellow members of this Union as my brothers and sisters and will never knowingly wrong a member or see a member wronged if I can prevent it. That I will assist all members of our organization to obtain the highest wages possible for their work; that I will not accept a member’ s job who is idle for advancing the interest of the Union or seeking better remuneration for the member’ s labor; and, as the workers of the entire country are competitors in the labor world, I promise to provide my solidarity and support whenever I am called upon by the organization to do so. And I further promise to help and assist all members in adversity, and encourage all workers to organize and join our Union in order to enjoy more fully the fruits of their labor.... To all this I pledge my honor and I further pledge that at every opportunity I shall “ Say A Good Word About My Union”  
Boss can Read Your Texts!
It is important for everyone to know that management can and is monitoring your work emails. Plus did you know that they can also record your keystrokes on devices they provide! Think you text messages are safe? No they are not! If the management pays the fee they can read your texts and maybe more on your work phone! Read this article and it will open your eyes!...........http://www.livecareer.com/careers/workplace-privacy.........You need a private phone! 
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Welcome to the Official Website of USW 9544 representing the field and program staff of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). We are the union staff members that negotiate and administer the collective bargaining agreements, as well as providing education, research, organizing and other vital functions. 
Our Story-USW Local 9544
The NYSNA Staff was previously represented by Unite Here (Local 19) up until 2010 when, due to internal Union conflicts, Unite Here did file a letter of disinterest. This left the NYSNA Staff unrepresented and having to review the options. The NYSNA Staff chose to organize with the United Steel Workers (USW). Prior to the certification election being held, the Employer (NYSNA) sent letters to each staff member notifying them of drastic changes in their terms and conditions of employment. Representatives of NYSNA Staff informed the Employer (NYSNA) of this decision and requested recognition of the Union by the Employer. This request was refused and the Employer insisted that an NLRB certification election be held. The NYSNA Staff were not deterred by any tactics and the certification election was held in 2010. The NYSNA Staff overwhelmingly voting YES to USW! Bargaining for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) lasted for over one (1) year with very little progress. During most of the negotiations the NYSNA Staff kept the facts regarding the bargaining confidential and did not let it interfere with representing the NYSNA Members. It was reluctantly determined that there was little choice left, but to STRIKE!. This was due to the fact that the Employer would not reinstated the previous terms and conditions of employment that the Staff had under the Unite Here Local 19 CBA. The STRIKE lasted for just three (3) days (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) as the Employer finally agreed, in June 2011, to reinstated the terms and conditions of employment that are currently in the USW Local 9544 CBA. In the Fall of 2011, after the USW 9544 CBA was ratified, the internal conflict within NYSNA had most of NYSNA Leadership on administrative leave, with many being eventually terminated, the NYSNA Staff fought along with the membership to maintain NYSNA Benefits and NYSNA Pensions for the members during this period. Strike votes were held at the BIG 4 and agreements were eventually reached for so many open contracts. Agreements that did not “giveback”, and also improved terms and conditions of the NYSNA Membership. The NYSNA Staff continued to act professionally and kept the organization on track. The terms and conditions contained in the USW Local 9544 CBA is a cummulation of the many benefits that have been enjoyed by the NYSNA Membership and were hard bargained by NYSNA Staff over decades. These current terms and conditions were hard fought and won on behalf of NYSNA Staff. We would never think of letting any NYSNA LBU give up their hard fought benefits and we, USW 9544, deserve to maintain and move our terms and conditions of employment forward too. USW Local 9544 Terms and Conditions of Employment Include; Post Probationary discipline A grievance and arbitration procedure Holidays Sick Leave Personal Days Vacations Days (20 days, 25 days after 5 years of employment) Staff Development monies Tuition reimbursement for college Experience Steps College Degree Differentials A defined workday and work week Meals times and breaks Reimbursements for work related expenses Car Allowance  
USW9544 Election Results
Thank you to the Election Committee for their service. Please click on the Executive Committee link to the right to view the newly elected officers. Also see the events to the left as on May 30 there will be an LBU meeting and the Elections Committee will provide their official report. 
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USW 9544 members Need to be added? Email USW9544 AT gmail DOT com or contact one of your Executive Committee Reps 

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 "We don't let those we represent giveback and neither should we!" 
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