GOSHEN On Thursday afternoon, Orange County CSEA workers addressed the legislature, requesting fair compensation and benefits.
Numerous people sat in the chambers holding signs endorsing the union and its goals.
The CSEA members raised two complaints, one of which was salary. According to Marie Murray, who works for the county Department of Social Services, senior county managers receive raises of up to 28 percent, or double the yearly income of a rank-and-file member.
The message from the county is very clear: you don’t respect or regard us. Although you do not negotiate the contract as legislators, she said, you do have the ability to persuade Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus to treat all employees fairly, not only management, which regularly receives annual raises in the double digits at its discretion.
Tisa Hanshaw, a county probation officer for 17 years, raised the topic of essential worker compensation for pandemics.
We worked at the PODS during the pandemic. More than 88,000 people were vaccinated with our aid. We are essential workers; the director classified us as such, the woman stated. We performed crowd control, transportation, crisis intervention, and interpreting while we were employed by the PODS.
Following the union employees’ statements, the legislature adjourned Thursday’s typically routine monthly meeting without making any comments.