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Milestones and Announcements

Newsday Article:  Brian Macri Resigns as Chief of AME 

Benefit Fund Update

Early Retirement Incentive Rumors

AAA has completed counting the ballots the results are as follows:

Yes – 1,975 ( In favor of giving loan from the Benefit Fund)

 No – 1,134 ( No loan from Benefit Fund)

3 blanks/voids

2 empty envelopes

For a total of 3,114 eligible ballots

On March 29, 2016 the Supreme Court issued a tied decision in Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association. The 4-4 decision leaves the laws in place in 25 states and the District of Columbia that allows unions to compel non-members to pay “agency fees” to support the union’s collective bargaining work.

Friedrichs Decision 3.29.16

Notification of New Executive Board as of 3.25.16

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Since 1984, the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees, Inc. has been the voice of over 8,000 Suffolk County workers.

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“The county is on course to spend at least $100 million more than it brings in annually for the next several years. To deal with that, Suffolk each year commits to various one-time budget-saving moves: It essentially borrowed $70 million on the county’s Dennison office building in 2013, and will repay $4.8 million annually for 20 years. Since 2011, it has borrowed $317 million from the state to pay annual pension costs that ballooned after the stock market crashed, with repayment spread over the following 12 years. From 2014 to 2017, it has or will borrow about $30 million a year from a reserve fund intended to stabilize sewer rates… Each of these moves crushes the budget twice. In 2018, for instance, the money from the stabilization fund will run out, leaving a $30 million hole in the budget. But, and this is often overlooked, there will be additional multimillion-dollar holes caused by repayment with interest of the previous borrowing.”  

Excerpt from NewsdaySuffolk budget needs more fiscal discipline, editorial dated November 23, 2015.  Full article: http://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial/suffolk-county-budget-needs-more-fiscal-discipline-1.11156758 

NewsdayBrian Macri resigns as chief of AME, Suffolk’s largest union, editorial dated March 23, 2016 6:36 PM.  Full article: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/brian-macri-resigns-as-chief-of-ame-suffolk-s-largest-union-1.11611184