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Western Region President Flo Tripi, left, and Acting CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan, right, congratulate Erie County Local President Denise Szymura, center, on receiving the Irene Carr Leadership Award.


The CSEA Standing Women’s Committee, along with Statewide Secretary Denise Berkley, Acting President and committee Officer Liaison Mary E. Sullivan and UDW AFSCME Local 3934 Assistant to the Executive Director and AFSCME International Vice President Johanna Hester show off their Rosie the Riveter spirit. Full caption below text

Mission Possible: CSEA women strengthen our union
At the CSEA Statewide Women’s Conference this weekend, hundreds of our members were inspired and empowered as they got the tools we need to keep our union moving forward in the face of challenges.
Conference highlights include a powerful presentation from UDW – AFSCME Local 3930 Assistant to the Executive Director (and AFSCME International Vice President) Johanna Hester about how members of her local survived strong challenges to their future; numerous union skills building programs, including one that featured Herkimer County Local President Beth Hall discussing how her local is engaging members one conversation at a time; and the presentation of the prestigious Irene Carr Leadership Award to Erie County Local President Denise Szymura.
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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. Front row, Women’s Committee Chair Karen Pecora and committee Staff Adviser Sharon Lovelady-Hall.





Call for entries: Nadra Floyd, Membership Achievement Awards
CSEA is seeking entries for two awards that honor members who help grow our union: the Nadra Floyd Award for Organizing and the Membership Achievement Award.
Learn more and download nomination forms




Credit: 2011 Wisconsin Act 10. (2017, March 25). Wikipedia

May Work Force: ‘It can happen anywhere’
The May Work Force is out and available for you to read online! This edition includes an in-depth look at how Wisconsin’s public employees were devastated by that state’s Act 10 legislation and why it can happen anywhere, and why voting no on the Constitutional Convention is so important; a wrap-up of the enacted New York State Budget and so much more!
CSEA Work Force website


UPDATE: State Executive Branch Longevity Lump Sum Checks
CSEA is currently in discussions with the State Comptroller’s office in an effort to resolve issues with the longevity payments to State Executive Branch members. Stay tuned for more details.

Important notice regarding State Executive Branch Longevity Lump Sum checks
Members in the State Executive Branch receiving Longevity Lump Sum checks should be aware that the state has taxed those payments using the Supplemental Flat Rate (25 percent federal and 9.62 percent New York State tax rates), which typically results in larger tax withholdings. If this results in an “over” withholding, you will receive a tax refund next year. This is not something CSEA negotiated or was aware of prior to its implementation.

* Because the state unilaterally implemented this change without notice, discussion or negotiation with CSEA, we are exploring all of our available options, including a potential Improper Practice Charge and/or grievance.*


New York State Budget
The governor and legislature reached an agreement on a full 2017-18 state budget after operating under a short-term budget extender for a week. CSEA was able to fight back many of the more harmful proposals in the governor’s Executive Budget, while also successfully advocating for several proposals that will help CSEA members.
Read our budget summary
Previous state budget coverage:
‘We just want to go home’
Read CSEA’s testimony to state legislators on the 2017-18 state budget proposal
Watch CSEA’s testimony to the joint State Senate Finance Committee and the State Assembly Ways and Means Committee
Watch entire hearing
CSEA President Danny Donohue slams Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 state budget proposal
NEW! Watch CSEA budget proposal discussion with members(To watch budget discussion you must sign in.)



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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!


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CSEA in negotiations with New York State on new contract for 66,000 Executive Branch employees

CSEA is in negotiations with the Cuomo administration on a new contract for 66,000 New York State Executive Branch employees. The current agreement expires March 31. Read full story

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