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2018 leave accrual sheets now available
Leave accrual sheets for state employees and other CSEA members are now available. Leave accruals are an important contractual benefit that we negotiate for you. You can help guarantee the accuracy of your individual accruals by tracking your leave activities throughout the year.
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Click on the photo to view this chart to cold and heat-related illnesses in a larger size.

Stay safe while working in extreme weather
As most of New York state continues to face extremely cold temperatures and severe winter weather conditions, many of you are facing working for extended periods in cold environments, including those of you who serve as highway crew members, sanitation workers, maintenance and grounds employees, parks workers, public works employees and emergency/first response employees. If you work in a cold environment, you may be at risk of cold stress.
Here are some links from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) detailing the symptoms of cold stress and how you can ensure your employer properly protects you while you’re on the job.
OSHA Cold Stress guide
OSHA Quick Card: Protecting Workers from Cold Stress
OSHA: winter Weather and cold stress

 

Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on the passing of Jerome Lefkowitz
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that CSEA mourns the loss of Jerome “Jerry” Lefkowitz, former CSEA deputy counsel and state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) chairperson.

Jerry had a long, distinguished career as an advocate for labor and public employees. He was a driving force behind the 1967 Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act, commonly known as the Taylor Law. This law gave New York’s public employees the right to negotiate fair wages, strong health benefits and workplace protections.”
Read the full statement

 

Jan2018-pg1January Work Force: What would you say?

In the January Work Force, we look at facing our challenges with right-to-work, including the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31; what right-to-work advocates may say to you – and what you can say to a member who may want to quit our union.

In our cover photo, Workers’ Compensation Local activist Pat Dixon joins other members, from left, Marilyn Valle, Josephine B. Melendez and Mildred Roman in pledging to Never Quit our union. (Photo by David Galarza; art by Jason Hosier)

Read the e-book edition
CSEA Work Force website

 

Statement by CSEA President Danny Donohue on the defeat of Proposition #1 (Constitutional Convention)
“The defeat of the proposal to hold a Constitutional Convention is a huge win for CSEA, labor, and all New Yorkers. It is a demonstration of how CSEA members, our brothers and sisters in labor and other working people really can make a difference. I thank our members and our allies in labor and other organizations for not only spreading the message that this convention would be a boondoggle for our state, but for their solidarity on behalf of all working people in New York.
Our members and millions of other people throughout the state recognized the potential disaster, and turned out to make our voices heard.
Without CSEA and our allies voting NO on the constitutional convention, there’s a good chance we’d all be on the hook for a very expensive and dangerous ride. When it comes down to it, this is just another example of how important labor is in protecting our rights, and the rights of our families and friends everywhere. This is a very proud day for CSEA.”

 

 

 

Flood Clean-Up Safety
Learn to clean up safely after severe weather
Many of you are facing cleanup after this weekend’s severe weather. It’s important to know what you need to safely clean damage at your work sites, communities and homes. Our Occupational Safety and Health Department has numerous resources at hand to help guide you in safely cleaning up damage from your homes, including our free Clean-Up Safety smartphone App that you can download on iTunes or the Google Play Store.
We also have numerous fact sheets on our Flood and Storm Clean-Up Information page, many of which have been shared on our CSEA Local 1000 and CSEA NY Retiree Facebook pages. We also have a Flood Clean-Up Safety flier available for download.

 

 

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Click on image to watch a message from AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride.

See photos of our 107th Annual Delegates Meeting
Our recent 107th Annual Delegates Meeting was full of workshops and other sessions designed to build our delegates’ union leadership skills and knowledge to help us make our union stronger.
See photos from Friday
See photos from Thursday
See photos from Wednesday
See photos from Tuesday
See photos from Monday

 

Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on Janus v. AFSCME
“It’s no surprise that the Supreme Court has announced it will hear the case of Janus v. AFSCME. This case is nothing more than a crusade to weaken unions by people with a lot of money. Their goal remains taking away rights, benefits, and pay from hardworking Americans.
Regardless of this case, CSEA members will do what we have always done: have conversations about what it means to stand together. If the Supreme Court decides to change 40 years of their own precedent, we will work that much harder to make sure working people have the freedom to negotiate for everything they deserve so they can continue to provide for their families.
Read the full statement

 

 

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Read This Week in Albany
The latest edition of This Week in Albany is available to read online by clicking the link below.
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CSEA member Ted Forker cuts electric bill to nearly zero
Watch this video about Ted Forker’s recent decision to go solar with CSEA and American Solar Partners and how it was a game changer for his family!

 

afscme-posterEarn your college degree for FREE with AFSCME!
Want your college degree? With AFSCME’s new Free College Benefit, you can make that happen at NO cost! AFSCME has partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College to earn an online degree from an accredited school! To learn more about this exciting benefit, visit freecollege.afscme.org or call 1-888-305-5534.
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