WE’RE PROUD OF ALL THAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED & WE LOOK FORWARD TO ACHIEVING NEW GOALS IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

 

WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?

NEGOTIATED IMPORTANT INCREASES & PARTNERSHIPS

  • Spearheaded the advancement of the salary grade increases outside of negotiations. Singularly responsible for the proper implementation of those increases without detriment to any Officers statewide.
  • Executed the “Campaign for Safer Courts”- a long-term, multi-tiered advocacy campaign centered on driving public awareness of safety issues created by a massive staffing shortage several years ago. This campaign was driven by rallies held in every county and a media blitz that resulted in the unprecedented hiring of 650 Court Officers.

  • Partnered with new benefit providers, opening up accessibility and convenience for all members and their families.

  • All fees waived on home loans through CrossCountry Mortgage.

  • Developed a Legal Services Program to provide telephone advice or in-office consultations, document review, Legal letter, Real Estate sales, purchase and mortgage refinance, uncontested divorce/separation. All free to active members plus many other reduced fee legal services.

FORMED RELATIONSHIPS WITH CRUCIAL BENEFITS PROVIDERS

  • Instituted preventative health programs which have saved dozens of members’ lives by identifying presymptomatic diseases.

  • Brought in a national dental plan paying 100% on in-network claims. Increasing family allowance from $2500 to $6500, and doubling the orthodontic benefit.

  • Brought in Davis Vision, increasing the eyeglass benefit and allowing retirees to receive the benefit once a year from every two years. Receiving 98% approval from users. Discount on Lasix surgery.

  • Provided a free will for every active member.

  • Partnered with Heart Scan services to each courthouse to provide medical screenings for every interested member.

  • Provided discount on hearing aids through GHS.

  • Secured preferential treatment for SCOA members with Lodi/comp claims at Central Medical Services.

  • Introduced inner imaging body scans for members.

 

MADE SMART FINANCIAL & COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS

  • Created and managed the first-ever Supplemental Benefit Fund Trust, an annuity program for members who retire from the SCOA.

  • Completely restructured benefit offerings eliminating third-party administrators, saving the fund hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • Created an SCOA app for members to update personal information, submit forms & receive important notifications.

  • Developed and produced SCOA’s first-ever original radio program, highlighting the essential services performed by Court Officers and the challenges we face.

  • Created the dedication of new memorials for our Heroes of 9/11.

  • Awarded $400,000 in college scholarships to our members’ children funded by Union-run events and activities.

WHAT DO OUR GOALS FOR THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE?

  • Negotiate a new contract for all SCOA members.
  • Address the Increasing staffing shortage by advocating for the hiring of 400 more officers.
  • Launch an Advocacy Campaign against OCA’s proposed Court Consolidation Plan, ensuring that our union and our members’ needs are addressed.
  • Focus on further adjustments and corrections to Tier 6 and pursue other pension reform legislation.
  • Prioritize the integration of the Court Officer Unions through all avenues.
  • Engage and educate Lawmakers and other Elected Officials throughout the State.
  • Strengthen our occupation and its standing in NYS.