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Letter: CSEA disrupts lives in Nassau

Members of the Nassau CSEA at a meeting.

Members of the Nassau CSEA at a meeting. (June 28, 2011) Credit: Howard Schnapp

A nonprofit organization has well served the most needy population in Nassau County for the last 20 years ["Nonprofit loses $2M county pact," News, July 5]. Nobody disputes the quality of the work, the efficiency of the operation or the low cost to the people of the county.

There doesn't seem to be a problem.

Along comes the Civil Service Employees Association and yells foul, saying the county didn't give the union enough time to respond to a bid request for another, unrelated program. The union's lawyers took it to arbitration, which resulted in a preordained judgment in favor of the union. Services to children will be disrupted, and the lives of the Family & Children's Association's employees will be disrupted.

Nonprofits will be discouraged from entering a union-dominated, highly politicized arena. There will be no outcry from those with no voices, no outcry from those who don't know or don't care. Hooray for the union.

Bernard Kram, Plainview