7/21/14 Lump Sum Salary Payments - Pensionable when earned, not when paid News Page ►►

7/03/14 Payroll Bulletins Issued - +2% M/CSalary Increase, Performance Advances and Longevities News Page ►►

7/03/14 State to Appeal PERB Decision Moving M/C Jobs to PEF-represented Unit News Page ►►

6/27/14 Latest Media Coverage: OMCE in the News News Page ►►

6/09/14 Movement of M/C Positions to PS&T Bargaining Unit News Page ►►

6/09/14 Legislators Standing Up for M/Cs - An Example News Page ►►

6/03/14 Listing of Political Party Designated Candidates for 2014 Elections CLICK HERE for info ►►

8/20/14 - Ethics Reminder for State Employees: Looking for a New Job? Remember the 30-Day Rule! CLICK HERE for Important Information ►►


8/19/14 - The OMCE Board of Directors gives notice that the 2014 Annual Business Meeting of the Organization of NYS Management/Confidential Employees, Inc. will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the OMCE offices, 5 Pine West Plaza, Suite 513, Albany, NY 12205.


8/15/14 - Here's a clip of Barbara Zaron's interview with Liz Benjamin on Time Warner Cable's Capital Tonight program, which was broadcast statewide Thursday evening, August 14. The video is provided courtesy of Time Warner Cable News - Capital Tonight.

http://images.capitalnews9.com:80/media/2014/8/14/video/16940542_WEB_CT_Barbara_Zaron.mp4

The discussion focused on describing the M/C salary inequality issue and efforts to obtain enactment of the M/C Salary Commission bill. Capital Tonight’s lead anchor, Liz Benjamin, indicated that she and her team of reporters and producers will be following the issue closely. We anticipate that we will return to the program in the near future to discuss additional efforts, actions, and strategies to obtain positive resolution of this longstanding salary inequality problem.

We continue working very hard, through various channels, to sustain our efforts. These include: ongoing discussions with the Governor’s most senior staff and budget officials; paid advertising; earned media; aggressive member engagement; and support of our allies, such as the AFL-CIO.

The Salary Commission bill has not yet been sent to the Governor's Office, so it's important to keep your letters coming. Our memo to the Governor's Counsel's Office in support of the bill is included here.


8/11/14 - Now is the Time:

Following payment of the 2014 salary increase to M/C employees, today, the Organization of New York State Management Confidential Employees (OMCE) unveiled the next-steps in its advocacy efforts to address salary inequality issues on behalf of 9,000 M/C employees.

An OMCE sponsored digital advertising campaign aimed at Governor Cuomo is underway designed to underscore the urgency of the issue, and encouraging MC employees to write to the Governor and urge him to sign the MC Salary Commission bill approved by the legislature earlier this year.

Write the Governor HERE - Send your Letter TODAY!

 ▼  Click on Image  ▼

 

Reminder: DO NOT use your NYS work email to send any electronic correspondence.


8/7/14 - Legislative Update:

M/C Salary Commission S.7072/A.9344 - Passed Assembly and Senate, pending transmittal to Governor

M/C Salary Restoration S.6571/A.8813 - In Assembly Ways and Means, on third reading in Senate

M/C Pension Service Credit S.7074/A.9494 - In Assembly Government Employees Committee, recommitted to Rules in the Senate

Retirement Credit for Military Service S.7839/A.6974B - Passed Assembly and Senate, pending transmittal to Governor

The date for transmitting the 2014 M/C Salary Commission bill to the Governor's Office has not yet been determined. Transmittal dates for legislation are determined by the legislative leader of the controlling house, in this instance the Assembly.

Last year, Comments on the M/C Salary Commission bill were requested by the Governor's Counsel's Office in July; the bill was not sent to the Governor's Office until September and the veto was dated September 17, 2013. This year, the Governor's Counsel's Office requested comments on this year's M/C Salary Commission bill early in July; if last year's pattern is followed this year, the bill could be sent in September. We are continuing our efforts to determine the actual scheduling for transmitting the bill.

Discussions with Division of the Budget staff are continuing, but no decisions have yet been made. We continue to push for a specific, detailed payment implementation plan for achieving pay parity and for action to be taken now.

The next phase of our public awareness plan begins the week of August 11, with ads on the Times Union's Capital Confidential website that will direct blog traffic to the OMCE website for additional information and action.

Keep your letters coming, they do make a difference!

The NYS Board of Elections recently posted on its website, www.elections.ny.gov, candidate certifications for the September 9, 2014 state primary election. There are primary contests for Governor, Lt. Governor and some Senate, Assembly and Judicial Delegate seats. Also posted on the Board's website is Ballot Proposition Language for three issues that will appear on the November 4 ballot: Proposal One, Revising the State's Redistricting Procedure; Proposal Two, Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills; and Proposal Three, the Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014.

We have received several inquiries about an OMCE blog. While we do not currently have one, we call your attention to specific email addresses we set up to receive your comments and suggestions about how to fix NYS government. These email addresses are currently available and we welcome your comments: LetsFixNY@gmail.com and Savings4NY@gmail.com (case sensitive).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2014

M/Cs to GOVERNOR: Why Won’t You Fix Our Salary Inequity?

The Organization of New York State Management Confidential Employees (OMCE) congratulates the MTA and LIRR unions in reaching a contract agreement. We note the reported involvement of Governor Cuomo in bringing the parties together to work out their differences.

However, while the Governor has played some part in a number of recent region labor negotiations, such as those involving the Long Island Rail Road, and earlier this year the City Transit Workers Union, he has consistently failed to address a long-standing salary inequity issue affecting state managerial and confidential (M/C) employees who are responsible for managing state government including implementing Cuomo Administration policies and directives. These employees had their 2009 and 2010 statutory salary increases withheld so that many of them are paid less than their subordinates and co-workers and no action has yet been taken by the Governor to fix this problem.

“M/C employees are outraged that the simple resolution of this problem---to pay these employees what was taken away from them has not taken place. M/C employees despite their long-term commitment and service have been repeatedly discounted, and the long-term financial security of their families damaged,” said Barbara Zaron, President of the Organization of NYS Management Confidential Employees, which advocates on behalf of and represents the M/C employees.

Governor Cuomo, the time is now to pay what was promised and is owed to the state’s M/C employees.
 


Write the Governor HERE - Send your Letter TODAY!

 


We do not have a date for when the Assembly will send the M/C Salary Commission Act bill (A.9344/S.7072) to the Governor's Office. When it does, the Governor will have 10 days (excluding Sundays) to act, from the date of receipt of the bill in the Governor’s Office. He can veto the bill, sign it into law, or allow it to become law by doing nothing.

In the meantime, we are continuing our dialogue with the Administration and Division of the Budget and focusing our efforts on bringing the M/C pay equity issue to a positive conclusion. We also will work to obtain legislative support for an override, should it be needed.

We have prepared a letter for you to send to the Governor, urging him to sign the M/C Salary Commission Act into law when the bill comes to him for signature.  As we have seen both this legislative session and last, your calls and letters to legislators have worked. Now it’s the Governor’s turn to act!

We have a new letter for you to send:

Keep the pressure on – TELL the GOVERNOR

Click Here ►► "FIX OUR PAY!"

Reminder: DO NOT use your NYS work email to send any electronic correspondence.


  

 M/C ALERT

The Organization of New York State Management Confidential Employees Inc. (OMCE) has recently been informed that M/C employees may be the target of an online scheme professing to secure financial support for state M/C employee advocacy and legal maneuvering. 

OMCE is known as a leading voice for public employee advocacy, and the recognized representative of nearly 9,000 state Management / Confidential employees.  It is our practice to make our identity well-known, and we do not seek to engage members through anonymous websites or third-party solicitations.

OMCE is committed to fixing the M/C salary mess and has used a wide variety of strategies including litigation in Federal and State courts, legislation and direct contact with the Cuomo Administration as well as mutual support from other labor and employee organizations.  OMCE also provides excellent representation services for M/Cs who are subject to interrogations, disciplinary charges or other complex personnel matters.

OMCE has earned its reputation and is trusted by its members as a respected public employee organization across the state.

We urge caution to anyone contemplating a relationship or supporting an unknown entity.


7/3/14 - Update: The Office of State Comptroller has issued payroll instructions to agencies (#1332 M/C Salary Increase, #1331 Performance Advances and #1330 Longevities) providing for payment of the Fiscal Year 2014-15 M/C 2% Across-the-Board Salary Increase, Performance Advances and Longevities, as authorized by the Division of the Budget (Budget Bulletin D-1129). Performance Advances (steps) will be paid, using the following . . . . more ►►


6/25/14 - Update: OMCE and Budget representatives met today. We agreed it is important to achieve M/C pay parity and to continue to discuss the options and mechanisms to achieve such parity. No specific items were agreed to at this meeting. Talks will continue. 

There is no announced timetable for the Assembly to send the M/C Salary Commission bill to the Governor.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

June 20, 2014

Statement from Barbara Zaron, President of The Organization of New York State Management/Confidential (M/C) Employees (OMCE)

"For OMCE members, the last week has been a series of highs and lows. Thanks to legislative action, the M/C Salary Commission bill passed. In addition, the Division of the Budget (DOB) released the Budget Bulletin providing the guidelines for payment of the statutorily authorized 2014 M/C salary increases of two percent, performance advances and longevity payments.

However, as the week and the legislative session ends, these positive steps were followed by an inexplicable failure to advance other measures . . . ." more


6/20/14 - Update: The 2014 legislative session ended on June 20 with passage of the M/C Salary Commission bill, but without passage of the M/C Salary Restoration and M/C Service Credit bills. These bills were alive until the final moments of the session, but passage was apparently stymied by resistance from the Governor's office. While our legislative focus was on M/C Pay Equity, OMCE also supported the "Cold War Veterans" Buy Back bill, which passed.

While we wait for the Assembly to forward the Salary Commission bill to the Governor, we will be focusing our efforts on bringing the dialogue with DOB to a positive conclusion, and we will work to obtain legislative support for an override should it be needed. Although some members of the legislature appear to have given up the fight for now, we have not. We will continue to fight until this issue is successfully resolved.


Albany Times Union renews its call for the Governor to sign the M/C Salary Commission Act bill (READ HERE)


 

LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS JUNE 19 ►►► YOUR CALLS NEEDED NOW!

In these closing days of the regular legislative session, we must press our individual legislators to move the final pieces of the M/C Salary Equity Campaign. Specifically, call them, thank them for the passage of A.9344/S.7072 (MC Salary Commission Act) and urge passage of:

A.8813/S.6571 The MC Salary Restoration Act This bill proposes a replacement 2014 MC Salary Schedule, reflecting a 9.12% increase over the 2008 schedule (incorporates the recently announced 2% increase) and, for 2015, a new schedule, reflecting an additional 2% applied to this bill’s proposed 2014 schedule.

Status: Senate - Ready for a vote. Urge your Senator to get it placed on an “Action Calendar” and passed before recess. Assembly - Urge your Assembly member to push this bill from the Ways and Means Committee to the floor for a vote before recess.

A.9494/S.7074 The MC Service Credit Act This bill would provide an MC, who had salary withheld in 2009-2011, a retirement benefit calculated upon retirement of an additional month of service credit, but not in excess of 24 months, for each month of employment from April 1, 2009, who is in active service as of April 1, 2014 and retires on or before March 31, 2015.

Status: Senate - In Finance Committee. Urge your Senator to get it moved to the floor and placed on an “Action Calendar” and passed before recess. Assembly - In Government Employees Committee. Urge your Assembly member to push this bill out of all committees to the floor for a vote before recess.

OMCE urges you to call and press your representatives to move these two bills to a floor vote.

phone blue icon 1.877.255.9417

Your calls in these closing days are MOST IMPORTANT!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

June 13, 2014

Statement from Barbara Zaron, President of The Organization of New York State Management/Confidential (M/C) Employees (OMCE)

"The Organization of NYS Management Confidential Employees (OMCE) received confirmation today that M/C employees will soon receive their statutorily approved pay increases for 2014. For six years, M/C employees have struggled seeing their wages fall behind those of their co-workers and subordinates. Today is a positive step forward and OMCE acknowledges the steadfast advocacy of its members, the strong support of the legislature and attention by the administration in making this first step a reality. However, work remains to be done to fully resolve the remaining seven percent salary inequity. We will continue to work with the administration and legislature to satisfactorily implement a complete and timely resolution of this issue."


Newspapers graphics

NOW OFFICIAL!

 

2014-2015 Fiscal Year 2% Across-the-Board M/C Salary Increase, Performance Advances and Longevities to be paid!

 

YOUR calls and letters . . . your advocacy . . . have brought results!

 

In recent positive conversations with Director of the Budget Robert Megna and DOB staff, OMCE was advised that the Budget Bulletin authorizing the 2014 2% across-the-board M/C salary increase, performance advances and longevity payments would soon be issued.

 

Budget Bulletin (D-1129) has been issued honoring that pledge. The overdue 2014-2015 Fiscal Year 2% across the board salary M/C salary increase, Performance Advances and Longevity Payments, retroactive back to the April 1st onset of the fiscal year (Budget Bulletin D-1129) are scheduled for payment, as follows:

Administration Payroll employees will receive payment on July 30, 2014

Institution Payroll employees will receive payment on August 7, 2014

When asked, Director Megna admitted that it was necessary to ". . . fix the equilibrium (in the salary structure) . . . .” We will continue to push both the administration and the legislature for a complete resolution of the M/C pay equity issue through whatever means necessary.

 

Meanwhile, OMCE Pay Parity Legislation continues to move forward as follows:

A.9344/S.7072 (MC Salary Commission Act) has passed both houses and is awaiting transmittal to the Governor for action.

A.8813/S.6571 (MC Salary Restoration Act) is on the floor calendar ready for a vote (Action Calendar) in the Senate; Assembly Ways and Means is expected to discharge the bill for action in the full Assembly.

A.9494/S.7074 (MC Service Credit Act) is awaiting discharge to the Senate Rules Committee and to Ways and Means in the Assembly.

The OMCE Board and leadership team thank our members for their continuing support to fix this salary mess and urge all MCs and their families to keep up the pressure. It is working! This struggle is far from over! As Winston Churchill once said: “This is not the beginning of the end . . . it is merely the end of the beginning . . . .” This fight will continue until pay parity is achieved and using MC employees as fiscal scapegoats is ended.


2014-15 Fiscal Year M/C Pay Increases are "In the Works"

OMCE has had discussions with DOB Director Robert Megna throughout this week. We've now been assured that a budget bulletin granting the 2014-15 FY 2% across the board M/C raises, performance advances and below G-18 longevity awards will be issued this week. The bulletin has not yet been "officially issued," but we will publish it as soon as it is. The official bulletin will include payment dates, eligibility guides, etc, as is the norm for such a bulletin. Meanwhile, the Legislature continues to focus on MC Pay Parity. With the passage of A.9344/S.7072 The MC Pay Commission Act (no date yet for transmittal to Governor) and with the MC Salary Restoration Bill A8813/S6571 placed on the Senate Floor Calendar and in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, this too could pass quickly before the session recesses. Your calls, cards, letters, e-letters are working! This fight continues and OMCE will continue to press on until complete pay parity is achieved for MCs.

See Casey Seiler's Albany Times Union article ►► "M/C Workers in Line for Raises"


6/10/14 - Update: MC PAY COMMISSION ACT (A.9344/S.7072) PASSES LEGISLATURE!

The MC Pay Commission Act has now passed both houses and the bill has been returned to the Assembly, the first house that passed it. Just like last year, the Assembly will control the sending of the bill to the Governor. There are no time constraints on them as to when they will send it. Once sent, the Governor will have 10 days (excluding Sundays) to act. Meanwhile, our discussions with the administration will continue regarding this bill and other possible solutions to the MC pay parity issue. It is premature to entertain questions about what the Governor will do. We will continue to advocate for a complete resolution of the M/C pay parity issue.

See Nick Reisman's State of Politics/Capital Tonight article ►► "Senate Passes M/C Pay Commission Bill" 


6/9/14 - Update (4:43 PM): The Assembly just passed A.9344, the M/C Salary Commission bill. The Senate version of the bill (S.7072) is "on the floor" in the Senate and awaiting scheduling for a vote by the full Senate. 

6/9/14 - Update: S.6571, the M/C Pay Restoration Act bill, third reading, now ready for a vote in the Senate!


Newsday "Long Island Senators Pressure Cuomo to raise pay . . . ," by Michael Gormley, Newsday, 6/3/14

NY State of Politics "Long Island Lawmakers Raise M/C Pay Issue," by Nick Reisman, State of Politics, 6/3/14

 

6/3/14 - Long Island GOP Senate Delegation advocates for M/Cs!

Click on Letter to Read►Click on Letter to Read

 


6/3/14 - Update: The Senate Finance Committee moved S.6571, the MC Pay Restoration Act bill, to the Rules (Floor) Committee and it is on its second reading today. Upon the third reading, it will be ready for a vote when assigned to an action calendar in the Senate. The Assembly version of the bill (A.8813) remains in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.


5/30/14 - Weekend Update: OMCE Legislation Continues to Move!

A.9344/S.7072 The Assembly Rules Committee has now moved the MC Pay Commission Act (A.9344) to Third Reading Calendar #855. This means that the Assembly could be voting on this bill shortly.

Last year, the Assembly controlled the bill by passing it first. Whichever house passes a bill first controls it and then determines when it will be sent to the Governor. Bills passed in the last 10 days of a legislative session must be sent by the controlling house to the Governor within 30 days after adjournment. However the Assembly never adjourns-they recess, which allows them to send bills to the Governor at their discretion. Once sent, the Governor will have 10 days (Sundays not included) to act.

The Senate version of the bill (S.7072 DeFrancisco) is already "on the floor" in the Senate, where it awaits scheduling for a vote by the full Senate.

A.8813/S.6571 The MC Pay Restoration Act (replaces the Civil Service Law Salary Schedule by adding 9% + for FY2014-15 and by 2% additionally in 2015-16) is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Finance Committee on this Monday, June 2, 2014. It is anticipated that they will send it to the Rules Committee for final action/calendar/vote in the Senate. The Assembly Ways and Means Committee (chaired by the bill's co-sponsor, Herman Farrell) has not scheduled this bill for action as of this posting.

A.9494/S.7074 The MC Service Credit Act remains in the Assembly Government Employees Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. The next step for this bill will be to send it to the respective leaders/Rules Committee for calendar scheduling and ultimately a vote. The strategy remains to seek immediate salary equity, provide for future salaries through a commission and to offer some pension relief to those who will not be working long enough to recoup a significant portion of their lost earnings credits through any immediate salary enhancements.


5/29/14 - Update: M/C Pay Commission Act Moves Forward!

Today the M/C Pay Commission Act (A.9344 Farrell) was passed by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee chaired by the bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Herman Farrell.  This bill is now in the Rules Committee, chaired by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. It will then be assigned to a floor calendar for consideration and eventually a vote by the full Assembly. 

Meanwhile, the Senate version of the bill (S.7072 DeFrancisco) is already "on the floor" in the Senate, where it awaits scheduling for a vote by the full Senate. Last year, the Assembly voted before the Senate did and, then, sent its bill on to the Senate, which substituted the Assembly's bill for its own, voted on it and returned the passed bill to the Assembly for transmittal to the Governor.


5/28/14 - Update: The M/C Pay Commission Act (A.9344 Farrell) has been placed on tomorrow's (Thursday, May 29) agenda of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee chaired by the bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Herman Farrell.  Once it is acted upon in this committee, the bill will be sent to the Rules Committee, chaired by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. There, it will be assigned to a floor calendar for consideration and, hopefully, a vote by the full Assembly. Meanwhile, the Senate version of the bill (S.7072 DeFrancisco) is already "on the floor" in the Senate, where it awaits scheduling for a vote by the full Senate. Last year, the Assembly voted before the Senate did and, then, sent its bill on to the Senate, which substituted the Assembly's bill for its own, voted on it and returned the passed bill to the Assembly for transmittal to the Governor.


5/27/14 - Update: The M/C Salary Commission bill is on the Assembly Government Employees Committee's meeting agenda tomorrow (Wednesday, May 28), where it is expected it will move to the Ways and Means Committee. The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union workers, as well as retirees and their families, has submitted a memorandum of support to the Committee urging passage of the bill. (READ HERE Memorandum of Support: A.9344 Farrell/S.7072 DeFrancisco)


5/19/14 - Update: Today, the Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee voted for S.7074, the Pension Service Credit bill, and referred it to the Senate Finance Committee.


5/16/14 - Update:

S.7072, the M/C Salary Commission bill has moved to third reading in the Senate, which means it can be brought to a vote on any future action calendar.

S.7074, the Pension Service Credit bill is on next week's agenda for the Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee.

A.8813/S.6571, the M/C Salary Restoration bills are in the legislative finance committees. The chairs of these committees are the bill sponsors.

For background on the progress of these bills, refer to the earlier 5/13, 5/9, 5/5 and 4/25 updates below.▼

Your letters and phone calls to your legislators keep our pay parity issues alive and advancing towards a resolution - Keep them coming!


5/13/14 - Update: Assembly Moves M/C Salary Restoration Bill to Ways and Means; Senate Moves MC Pay Commission Bill to Floor Calendar - 1st Report

Today, the Assembly Government Employees Committee, chaired by Assembly Member Peter Abbate, moved the MC Salary Restoration Bill (A.8813, amending Civil Service Law Section 130, M/C Salary Schedule, by 9.12%) to the Ways and Means Committee, chaired by the bill's sponsor, Assembly Member H. Denny Farrell. The Senate version (S.6571) awaits action in the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by the bill's sponsor, Sen. John DeFrancisco.

The Senate Finance Committee moved Senator DeFrancisco's Senate version of the MC Salary Commission bill (S.7072) to the Rules (Floor) Committee. There, it was placed for its first report today (5/13/14) Calendar # 731. Upon the third report, it will be ready for a vote when assigned to an action calendar in the Senate. The Assembly version of the MC Salary Commission Bill (A.9344) remains in the Assembly Government Employees Committee.

The bills granting 2 years of additional service credit without any penalties to those MCs retiring during fiscal year 2014-15 (A.9494/S.7074) remain in the Assembly Government Employees and Civil Service & Pensions committees.

We anticipate that all of these bills will be advanced shortly. Your letters and phone calls to your legislators keep our pay parity issues alive and advancing towards a resolution.


5/9/14 - Update: The M/C Salary Commission bill (S.7072) is on the Senate Finance Committee May 13 meeting agenda. We anticipate it will be moved to the Rules (Skelos) (Floor) Committee

A.8813, the M/C Pay Restoration bill, is on the Assembly Government Employees May 13 meeting agenda (the Senate companion bill, S.6571 is already in the Senate Finance Committee). It is anticipated that the Ways and Means Committee (Farrell) will receive this bill from the Government Employees Committee.

Conversations with Administration staff indicate that they are working on a plan to address the M/C Pay Equity issue. THERE ARE NO DETAILS AVAILABLE.

Discussions with legislators are ongoing.

We continue to contact the folks who indicated an interest in talking to the press, and we are reaching out to reporters in various geographic areas of the state.

Keep your calls and letters going - they keep the pressure on.


 

5/6/14 - Assemblyman John T. McDonald III, a Capital District legislator who has taken a stand on behalf of Pay Equity for M/Cs, spoke about the issue Friday night in his May 2nd appearance on Time Warner Cable's Capital Tonight program. The news program airs weeknights from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Time Warner cable channels statewide, including New York City's New York One. A link to Assemblyman McDonald's interview with Capital Tonight host Nick Reisman is available (CLICK HERE to view - allow time for video to load), courtesy of Time Warner Cable News-Capital Tonight.

 


5/5/14 - Update: A.9494, the Assembly counterpart to S.7074, our 2-year pension service credit bill, was introduced in the Assembly today by Government Employees Committee Chair Peter Abbate . . . . more.


5/2/14 - Assemblyman John T. McDonald III, a Capital District area legislator, will be appearing this evening on Time Warner Cable's Capital Tonight program. We believe Assemblyman McDonald, who is among Capital District legislators who have taken a stand on behalf of Pay Equity for M/Cs (See 4/29/14 letter to Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz below ▼), will have an opportunity to speak about the Pay Equity issue during his appearance tonight. Available to Warner Cable TV Subscribers, Capital Tonight airs weeknights from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Time Warner cable channels statewide, including New York City's New York One. Consult your local Time Warner Program Guide for channel assignments in your area.


4/29/14 - Capital District Legislators write Larry Schwartz, Secretary to the Governor, on behalf of M/Cs!

Click on Letter to Read►Click on Letter to Read


4/29/14 - Update: The Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee has acted upon our M/C Salary Restoration bill (S.6571) and sent it on to the Senate Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is chaired by the bill's sponsor, Senator John DeFrancisco. We are awaiting action in the Assembly by the Government Employees Committee on the Assembly counterpart bill, A.8813.


4/25/14 - Update: Despite contacts with the Division of the Budget and Executive Chamber staff following-up on our M/C pay equity issues, there remains no budget authorization to implement the April 2014 2% M/C salary increase, performance advances and longevity payments or any of the 7+% withheld.

THIS IS NOT A FIGHT WE ASKED FOR, BUT ONE WE WILL CONTINUE TO WAGE.

The Senate and the Assembly leadership have introduced an updated version of our Pay Commission Bill (A.9344/S.7072). Obviously this is an issue that they will not drop and we are grateful for their support. The Governor did little to honor his words that this issue "should be addressed within the context of the state budget." So the legislators are once again seeking to force the issue to some form of satisfactory conclusion.

Other good news!

The Senate and Civil Service Pensions Committee will act on S.6571/A.8813, our M/C Salary Restoration bill, on Monday, April 28, 2014. This bill proposes a new salary schedule, amending Section 130 of the Civil Service Law (increases by 9.12%).

Also, the Senate (Thanks, Senator Golden, Chair of the Civil Service and Pensions Committee!) has introduced our 2-year pension service credit bill (S.7074). This is a first step to offset the pension loss for M/Cs retiring prior to 4/1/15. Regardless of any possible salary fix, these individuals will not have enough time left for any improved income to have any positive pension effect. Under provisions of this bill, State MCs retiring between 4/1/14 and 4/1/15 will be given 2 years additional service credit to their official NYSERS service credit (+4%) (without any penalties being applied). This bill will soon have an Assembly counterpart, introduced by Government Employees Chair Peter Abbate (Thank You, Chairman Abbate!). Update: A.9494 introduced 5/2/14 - counterpart bill to S.7074.

We are continuing to work with all - Executive Chamber, legislators and legislative leaders - to get resolution of the M/C pay equity issue and we are in active discussion with our attorneys on potential legal options now available. Meanwhile, all M/Cs need to be engaged. Keep the pressure on - keep your letters coming! Obviously, the Legislature gets it and is working with us to resolve this situation. (CLICK HERE)


4/15/14 - Press corps wants to talk to YOU: Statewide and national press are looking for MCs who will speak out "on the record" (means they want to name you) about the MC Salary Injustice and our quest for parity.  If you are willing to talk to the press about how this salary injustice has harmed you, your family, your pension etc., please email OMCE with your desired contact (non-work of course) information and we will share it with the press who have contacted us. They are not interested in anonymous sources. They are looking at this issue as both a public policy and a human interest story on how a "progressive" incumbent Governor treats his managers and confidential employees.


 

Since Day One of 2014-15 Budget - No Action on M/C Pay Parity

 

Plug-in not supported on mobile devices..


For Immediate Release - April 8, 2014

 

Click on thumbnail to enlarge

OMCE CALLS FOR EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK FOR M/C EMPLOYEES

The Organization of New York State Management/Confidential (M/C) Employees (OMCE) joined today?s nationwide call for a change in policies affecting women?s economic success and equity as part of Equal Pay Day.

Equal Pay Day is recognized nationally to seek an end to workplace wage disparity among women and men.

OMCE called on Governor Cuomo and members of the Legislature to make equal pay for equal work a reality in New York, starting with restoring the M/C salary structure that has been frozen since 2008 and ensuring all state M/C employees are paid the two-percent salary increase that became effective on April 1, 2014.

"How can it be on Equal Pay Day, thousands of women working in the Cuomo Administration and throughout state government are economically disadvantaged while their counterparts sitting at the next desk, and holding the same grade and title are receiving larger paychecks," said Barbara Zaron, OMCE president. "This isn't an episode of Mad Men, this is 2014. If you aren't outraged by this disparity, you should be!"

Approximately 70 percent of those serving in a position designated M/C in Grades 18 and below are women and other minority groups. . . . more


4/3/14 - Budget Update:

On Wednesday evening (April 2), Secretary to the Governor Larry Schwartz appeared on Time Warner Cable News? Capital Tonight TV program. Asked by host Liz Benjamin about issues that were not addressed in the budget, specifically the M/C Pay Raise issue, Mr. Schwartz said:

"On the M/C raises, it's a ministerial initiative which will be done administratively. We're working to implement it and can make it retroactive to April 1."

http://albany.twcnews.com/content/politics/capital_tonight_interviews/722987/article

Copyright protected - available to Time Warner television subscribers - go to 4:51 sec of video clip.

That same day (April 2), we wrote Governor Cuomo, urging him to make resolution of these issues a top priority and to direct his staff to meet with us.

On April 1, we called Mr. Schwartz's office and Fran Reiter, Executive Deputy Director of State Operations, to continue discussions on resolving the outstanding M/C salary issues. Governor's Office staff advised us that they are working on the issues. We plan to talk more next week.


4/1/14 - Budget Update:

WE ARE READY . . . WE HAVE BEEN READY! At the Budget signing today, the Governor was asked why there was no salary fix for M/Cs in the budget. The Governor deferred to Larry Schwartz, Secretary to the Governor, who stated for the record that this issue will be discussed, now that the budget is passed.

The approved budget does not include the M/C Salary Commission or any alternate proposal to address the withheld M/C salary increases, but it does include funds for payment of the April 2014 M/C 2% general salary increase, performance advances and longevities. The Division of the Budget first needs to issue a budget bulletin authorizing payment.

We have talked to Budget staff, most recently on March 31, about payment of the April 2014 2% general increase, performance advances and longevities, as well as payment of the withheld M/C salary increases.

The "4 men in the room," who made the agreements and final decisions on what was included in the budget, and their contact information, are:

Governor Andrew Cuomo (518.474.8390 ~ 212.681.4580)

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (518.455.3791 ~ 212.312.1420)

Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos (518.455.3171 ~ 516.766.8383)

Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey Klein (518.455.3595 ~ 718.822.2049)

We began discussions, also on March 31, with legislators on "next steps" and expect to meet shortly with Senator DeFrancisco and Capital District legislators Fahy, McDonald, Steck and Santabarbara, all of whom remain steadfast in their support for us. The Assembly Government Employees Committee is scheduling action at its April meeting on our M/C salary (A.8813) and proposed pension service credit bills.

We will continue to work with legislators and legislative leaders to get some resolution of this issue, regardless of Executive Action. We are also exploring with our attorneys potential litigation options, based on claims that may now be available.

The Senate is adjourned until April 23; the Assembly will be in session through April 9. You can find your legislative contact information at the Senate and Assembly website by clicking on the links below:

Senate (http://www.nysenate.gov/ and go to Find My Senator on the left side of the page.)

Assembly (http://assembly.state.ny.us/ and scroll down to Who is My Assemblymember? in the center of the page.)


3/30/14 - Budget Update:

The budget does not include the M/C salary Commission bill or an alternative proposal to fix the M/C salary issue. WE ARE NOT GIVING UP THE FIGHT FOR EQUITY AND PAY PARITY.

On Saturday, we had initial discussions with our attorneys and AFL-CIO leadership. We will begin more intensive discussions with them on Monday regarding our strategy going forward - we will be examining ALL options. We will also contact the legislative leaders to identify why the budget doesn't include any resolution of the M/C salary issue and what they are prepared to do that will result in a successful outcome.

Also, we will be contacting the Division of the Budget and the Governor's Office about this and a date for release of a budget bulletin and payment of the 2% April 2014 salary increase.

THIS IS NOT A FIGHT WE ASKED FOR, BUT ONE WE WILL CONTINUE TO WAGE. We need all M/Cs to continue to be engaged. Updates will be posted as our discussions continue.


3/14/14 - OMCE M/C Salary Commission Proposal Advances:

 

Our efforts to hold the Governor to his word that the M/C salary issue should be fixed within the "context of the State budget" have taken a major step forward with the Senate's inclusion of the language of our M/C Salary Commission bill in its amendments to the Executive budget. This is the beginning of negotiations toward adopting the final State budget. The Assembly has pledged its support toward resolving the M/C salary issue. Just like last year, the Senate took the lead and, we expect, the Assembly will continue to work with the Senate to resolve the issue within the "context of the State budget."


2/26/14 - "Second-class Employees," Editorial, Albany Times Union:

Excerpts: "Creating a pay commission for the state's management confidential employees is a matter of simple fairness. For nearly five years, the state's non-unionized management-confidential employees have been caught in financial limbo - their pay frozen even as co-workers received raises, with no clear end in sight. These aren't politicians (or) . . . political appointees . . . nor are they unionized workers. They are career civil servants, often the most trusted and valued people in an office, who have been relegated by the long freeze into second-class workers. If there's a segment of the state workforce that has good cause to feel demoralized, they are it . . . ."


 

For Immediate Release - March 19, 2014

CAPITAL DISTRICT ASSEMBLY MEMBERS JOIN SENATE BY STANDING-UP FOR M/C EMPLOYEES

Members of the State Assembly's Capital Region delegation are lending their voices of support for the restoration of wages withheld administratively since 2009, and to bring equity to the salary structure to a statewide group of approximately 8,900 Management/Confidential employees. The Capital Region is home to approximately 4,100 M/C employees.

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, Assemblyman John McDonald, Assemblyman Phil Steck and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara are calling on their legislative colleagues and Governor Cuomo to ensure that the M/C salaries promised by statute be included in the enacted 2014/15 budget.

Barbara Zaron, President of the Organization of New York State Management / Confidential Employees (OMCE) said, "Last Thursday, the Senate took an important stand on behalf of M/C employees . . . more


For Immediate Release - March 10, 2014

Click on thumbnails to enlarge

M/C EMPLOYEES SEEK TO RESTORE WAGES AND FIX SALARY STRUCTURE IN LEGISLATIVE BUDGET DETAILS

The Organization of New York State Management / Confidential (M/C) Employees (OMCE) today called on members of the Legislature to include the restoration of wages statutorily approved but administratively withheld since 2009, and to bring equity to the M/C salary structure as both houses prepare their budget priorities for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

"Before members of the Legislature sit down to negotiate this year's budget details, they must remember that state Management /Confidential employees and their families are counting on them to stand up and restore lost wages and fix the M/C salary structure," said Barbara Zaron, OMCE president . . . more


 Click on thumbnail to enlarge

OMCE testifies at Legislative Hearing - seeks equity and fairness for M/Cs!

 - Read Here  For immediate Release

 - View Video Presentation of Oral Testimony (runtime: 12:30 min.)

 - Read Here  ► Written Testimony (submitted following oral presentation)

 

2013 Performance Advances and Longevities to be paid!

 

The overdue 2013 M/C Performance Advances and Longevity Payments have been announced (Budget Bulletin D-1128) and are scheduled for payment, as follows:

- Institution Payroll employees will receive payment on March 20, 2014

- Administration Payroll employees will receive payment on March 26, 2014

OMCE M/C Pay Parity Bill introduced in the Senate and Assembly!

Senator John DeFrancisco, Senate Finance Committee Chair, and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair Herman Farrell have introduced OMCE legislation (S.6571/A.8813) to restore, effective April 1, 2014, the across-the-board M/C salary increases that were withheld administratively in 2009 and 2010. The legislation will amend the April 2014 M/C salary schedule to reflect compounded crediting of the 3% and 4% raises that were withheld in 2009 and 2010 respectively, as well as the 2% increase currently scheduled for 2014.

The legislation is being proposed as a legislative addition to the pending 2014-15 State Budget.


For Immediate Release - February 26, 2014

 Click on thumbnails to enlarge

MAKE PAY EQUITY A BUDGET REALITY FOR MANAGEMENT/CONFIDENTIAL EMPLOYEES

State Salary Withholdings from M/C Administrative Professionals, Secretaries and Clerks Total More Than $20,000 Each! The Organization of New York State Management/Confidential (M/C) Employees (OMCE) today continued its advocacy efforts on behalf of career public servants such as administrative professionals, secretaries and clerks by calling on members of the Legislature and the Governor to make pay equity a reality in the 2014-15 state budget by restoring the M/C salary structure. "Hearing elected officials proclaim 'Equal pay for equal work' is hollow political rhetoric when the person at the next desk, with the same title, has been receiving raises," said Barbara Zaron, President of the Organization of New York State Management Confidential Employees. Since 2008, OMCE administrative professionals, predominantly women, have had more than $20,000 individually withheld from their salaries. Cumulatively, almost $500 million has been withheld . . . more ►►►


For Immediate Release - January 22, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 ◄ Click on thumbnail to enlarge

 

OMCE TO GOVERNOR CUOMO: RIGHT A WRONG BY RESTORING THE M/C SALARY STRUCTURE

 

The Organization of New York State Management/Confidential (M/C) Employees (OMCE) today released the second in a series of communications reminding Governor Cuomo of the commitment he made last year to include a long-delayed compensation adjustment for M/C employees in the 2014-15 Executive budget. This year, tens of thousands of state employees will receive a modest raise under current agreements and pay bills with the Cuomo administration. However, salaries for the state's management confidential (M/C) employees--a group representing less than six percent of the state workforce . . . more ►►►


For Immediate Release - January 13, 2014

  Click on thumbnails to enlarge

 

OMCE CHALLENGES GOVERNOR TO KEEP HIS WORD IN 2014-15 EXECUTIVE BUDGET

 

The Organization of New York State Management/Confidential (M/C) Employees (OMCE) today released the first in a series of communications urging Governor Cuomo to honor the commitment made last year to include a long-delayed compensation adjustment for M/C employees in the soon to be released Executive Budget proposal. Last year, the State Legislature voted overwhelmingly to create a commission to develop a salary schedule for M/C employees that ensures fairness and equity . . . more ►►►


OMCE at work for fairness and equity for M/Cs! We have begun meeting with the legislative leadership to get the M/C pay issue fixed. OMCE President Barbara Zaron, Executive Director Joe Sano and OMCE Counsel John Black are shown meeting with (left to right) Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco, Chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee Herman Farrell, and Senator Diane Savino of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference.

Click on thumbnails to enlarge    

Welcome to the Organization of NYS Management/Confidential Employees Website. We hope you will find it interesting, informative and helpful.

OMCE is the statewide membership organization which advocates exclusively for management/confidential employees before government agencies, the legislature and the courts.

OMCE is committed to preserve, protect and enhance the rights and benefits of M/C employees in New York State.

Barbara Zaron, President                                                Joseph B. Sano, Executive Director

Copyright NYSOMCE

Disclaimer & Privacy Statement