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Denise Berkley

President

Local 447

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Local 447

Background Information

Employment History

Black Foundation of Community Networks' Scholarship Directory


Affiliations

CSEA Inc

Statewide Secretary


Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

National Women's Committee Chair and CSEA Statewide Secretary


Statewide

Secretary


The PEOPLE

Statewide Secretary


Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME

Member of Local 1000


Brooklyn Developmental Center

Founder


St. Paul Community Baptist Church

Member


Web References(36 Total References)


AFSCME - Swelling the Ranks

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Denise Berkley, president of Local 447 and a 31-year member of CSEA, got involved because the workers were "totally disrespected."During the organizing campaign, Berkley, a developmental assistant II supervisor in Brooklyn, says that QSAC employees were envious of the benefits that state workers enjoyed on the job.The victory has invigor-ated activists, and more members are signing on as VMOs.In fact, Berkley and other organizers have focused on another unit in Queens.She says the organizing momentum has "absolutely" given the union "a more powerful voice, along with recog-nition," that can be leveraged to organize similar groups in the future.


CBTU - Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

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Information for this program is available from any committee representative or from Denise Berkley, the National Chair of the women's committee.
National Chair Denise Berkley (CSEA/AFSCME)


CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO - CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO

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Statewide Secretary Denise Berkley
In committee photo: Back row, CSEA Statewide Women's Committee member Sabrina Mitchell, Statewide Secretary Denise Berkley, Women's Committee member Delphine Moultrie, AFSCME UDW Local 3930's Johanna Hester, Women's Committee member Sally Heater, Women's Committee member Michele Martin, CSEA Acting President (and Women's Committee Officer Liaison) Mary E. Sullivan, Women's Committee member Bernadette Giambra and Women's Committee member Faye Wilkie-Fields.


2011 News Releases

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Statewide Secretary Denise Berkley
Testifying at a hearing of the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, CSEA Statewide Secretary Denise Berkley, who has more than 30 years of experience in the system as a front-line, direct care worker at the Brooklyn Developmental Center, said abuse of clients under any circumstances is unacceptable and never to be tolerated. However, she said the portrayal the Times articles have put forth to the public is not representative of the system as a whole. Berkley said her union represents 18,000 workers who care for nearly 40,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. She said only a tiny fraction of those employees have ever been brought up on disciplinary charges of any nature, let alone client abuse. "On behalf of all the compassionate and caring individuals who care for people with developmental disabilities here in New York, I am here to tell you that we are angry and saddened," Berkley said. "Most state developmental disabilities employees are some of the most caring and dedicated professionals you will ever meet." Berkley told lawmakers it takes a very special individual to work with people with developmental disabilities. She said the jobs are challenging physically and emotionally because many of the people in care have multiple disabilities, medical and behavioral issues and a wide range of special needs. She said despite the additional pressures placed on employees due to short staffing and excessive mandated overtime, they become friends and even family with the individuals they care for. "When they aren't planning social activities or outings that add to the quality of life, it isn't uncommon for workers to reach into their own pockets to buy a newspaper or other small items to bring a smile to the consumers' faces," she said. Berkley said OPWDD management is ultimately responsibility for any abuse that occurs in the system. She said management must do a better job of screening potential employees and said when workers witness inappropriate behavior and report it to supervisors, those supervisors have a duty to investigate thoroughly and take appropriate action. "Workers who blow the whistle must know that their attempts to intervene on behalf of consumers are not in vain," she said. Berkley said CSEA believes there should be much more vigorous oversight of OPWDD operations and private-sector, not-for-profit agencies as well by the agency charged with protecting people with developmental disabilities - The Commission on Quality Care and Advocacy for the Persons with Disabilities. Unfortunately, she said, the Commission on Quality Care has been undermined by budget cuts and limited authority in recent years. "The Commission on Quality of Care should be the agency that investigates and provides oversight on the care that is provided to consumers," Berkley said. "Given that, it is crucial that the Commission on Quality of Care regain the authority and the funding it once had to do the job thoroughly." Berkley told lawmakers no matter how dedicated or compassionate direct care workers may be, they all need a break from the responsibilities of what can be a very stressful job. As is the case in many of the state's 24/7 facilities, employees are forced to work endless mandatory double shifts without vacations and with no hope of relief. "There have been a number of headlines lately about employees getting excessive overtime pay. I am here to tell you that the reason for such overtime is inadequate staffing - not employee greed," she said. Berkley said CSEA supports limits on the amount of excessive overtime workers face routinely in OPWDD. In fact, there are some limits in the union's state contracts now along with procedural parameters only on how overtime is offered and/or assigned. However, she said the only way to truly bring overtime down to levels that are safe for employees and those in their care is to hire enough staff so that excessive overtime becomes unnecessary. Berkley reminded lawmakers that CSEA has a proud history of working in partnership with New York state to improve care for people with developmental disabilities and CSEA members remain committed to that goal.


2012 news releases

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Statewide Secretary Denise Berkley
Also returned to office for four-year terms without opposition were CSEA Executive Vice President Mary E. Sullivan and Statewide Secretary Denise Berkley. Berkley was first elected CSEA statewide secretary in 2008. Berkley's union activism began at the Brooklyn Developmental Center. A longtime union activist, Berkley remains committed today to the ongoing struggle for social, racial and economic justice for workers and communities.


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