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A special message from CSEA President Danny Donohue on the recent Supreme Court decision in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case:

 

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CSEA President Danny Donohue Applauds Governor Coumo’s Tough Stance on Shameless Attacks on DOT Workers
CSEA President Danny Donohue issued the following statement today, July 20:
“CSEA applauds Governor Cuomo’s tough stance on the shameless attacks on DOT workers just trying to keep our roadways safe by doing their jobs. The Governor recognizes these hardworking New Yorkers are in enough danger every day without the added threat of getting hit with paintballs by cowards driving past them.”
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Arrangements for Western Region President Flo Tripi
Here’s information about arrangements for Western Region President Flo Tripi, who passed away on Wednesday, July 18, via her family:
Services for Flo Tripi’s celebration of life are being held at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Chapel, 1075 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY, 14626. Calling hours are Sunday, July 22 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Monday, July 23 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3003 Dewey Avenue on Tuesday, July 24 at 10:30 AM.
Please note that the family requests no early arrivals.
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CSEA President Danny Donohue’s Statement on the Passing of Western Region President Flo Tripi
“It is with the deepest sadness CSEA mourns the loss of Florence ‘Flo’ Tripi, President of CSEA’s Western Region.
Flo was active in CSEA for 50 years, serving as a passionate activist and an effective leader. She held elected office for 18 years as CSEA Western Region President. One of our union’s strongest advocates, Flo used her voice to make life better in our communities and in our union. Flo never backed down, stood tall and never failed to represent our members with dignity and heart, by whom she was most beloved.
I am personally deeply saddened by this news. Flo was one of our brightest stars, and a dear, close friend.  Flo was an inspiration to everyone around her. She was a passionate leader and a powerful force in representing CSEA members.”
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CSEA President Danny Donohue Outraged at Anti-Labor Groups Harassing Public Employees
CSEA President Danny Donohue issued the following statement today:
“It is an outrage that anti-union groups funded by corporate CEOs and the wealthy have been contacting public employees using their work email addresses to promote their own agenda to defund and bust unions. These groups are exploiting and harassing our members.
This latest attack on working people is a clear violation of employer policy, as well as a violation of workers’ privacy.”
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Check out our CSEA Never Quit Toolkit to help us Stay Union, Stay Strong!
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CSEA Buffalo State Employees Local President Paul Blujus, left, meet with AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride, center, and AFSCME International President Lee Saunders at the AFSCME 43rd International Convention's Rise Up Action Center.

CSEA Buffalo State Employees Local President Paul Blujus, left, meets with AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride, center, and AFSCME International President Lee Saunders at the AFSCME 43rd International Convention’s Rise Up Action Center.

CSEA activists “Rise Up” at AFSCME 43rd International Convention
CSEA leaders and activists are joining our AFSCME brothers and sisters for the AFSCME 43rd International Convention in Boston, where union activists will develop leadership and union skills, particularly to meet challenges after the Janus decision. Click on the links below to keep up-to-date on the latest news from the convention, which runs through Friday, July 20.
AFSCME 43rd International Convention website
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CSEA President Danny Donohue Says Supreme Court Caved to Greedy Corporate CEOs and the Wealthy
CSEA President Danny Donohue responded to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case with the following statement:
“It’s outrageous that the Supreme Court caved to greedy corporate CEOs and the wealthy instead of supporting the rights of hardworking Americans.
Let me be clear. This case wasn’t about fairness or even free speech. It was just another scheme for the rich to get richer by destroying unions and silencing working people. I can tell you right now it’s not going to work.
Our members won’t be fooled into giving up everything unions have fought so hard for.”
Read the full statement

 

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On our cover, Wappingers Central School District Unit Vice President Arlene Donovan, in part: “We’ve worked to build a strong union here and we’re not letting anything change that.” (Photo by Jessica Ladlee)

July-August Work Force: I’m Sticking With Our Union!
The July-August Work Force is available to read online. In this edition, we look at the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision and how we will Stay Union and Stay Strong. Also featured: Madison County Local officers rise to the occasion for member outreach, our union’s treasurers learn how to protect our resources and a Westchester Medical Center Unit member credits her CSEA membership as a major reason for her daughter’s success.
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CSEA Stands with Governor Cuomo Against Greedy Corporate CEOs and the Wealthy; Endorses Governor Cuomo for Re-Election
CSEA President Danny Donohue recently issued the following statement:
“Greedy corporate interests think they are going to destroy labor unions by convincing hardworking Americans to quit on getting better wages, health care and benefits, but they are wrong. Here in New York, Governor Cuomo has already taken monumental steps to make sure unions are stronger than ever. Governor Cuomo stands united with us in this fight.
I proudly endorse Governor Andrew Cuomo for re-election. I have said on many occasions when the Governor does right by CSEA, then CSEA will do right by the Governor. I applaud the Governor for his steadfast support of CSEA and all of labor.”
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South Nassau Communities Hospital, insurer reach agreement
South Nassau Communities Hospital and Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield (hospital administrator for the Empire Plan) reached an agreement in which the hospital will continue as a participating hospital under the Empire Plan.
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Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on Executive Order to Protect Public Employees’ Personal Information
CSEA President Danny Donohue responded to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing an executive order regarding the personal information of public employees with the following statement:
“We applaud Governor Cuomo’s executive order that preserves the personal privacy and safety of public employees by ensuring that their personal information is not handed over to any unauthorized individual or organization that asks for it. The governor is again showing his commitment to protecting working people in New York by putting this important protection in place.”
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CSEA announces 2018 statewide scholarship recipients
We are proud to announce the recipients of our member-only 2018 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarships, Pearl Insurance and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships. Each year, our union presents the $1,000 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship to 18 graduating high school seniors who are dependents of CSEA members, three in each region. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients!
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Call For Entries: Nadra Floyd Award for Organizing and the Membership Achievement Award
Do you know a CSEA member, committee, unit or local who has either helped us organize a new group of workers into our union, or has done the hard work of signing up newly-hired employees as CSEA members or converting agency shop fee payers into members? Click on the link to learn more about the awards to honor these extraordinary members. Nominations for both awards must be submitted by Aug. 31, 2018.
Learn more and download nomination forms

 

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Empty chairs signify the losses of CSEA members Donald Schultz, Gregory Eliopoulos and Stephen Giorgio III at the Workers’ Memorial Day observance at our Statewide Conference on Occupational Safety and Health.

View photos from the Statewide Conference on Occupational Safety and Health
Check out our gallery of photos from our recent Statewide Conference on Occupational Safety and Health.
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Lyme disease is caused by bites from some ticks, which are going to be very prevalent again this year. Click on the image to get more information on how to prevent tick bites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on Signing of Taylor Law Changes
“Today, union leaders and elected officials gathered in New York City with Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that protects working people from the impending implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s expected ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.
Today, the labor movement is under attack like never before. The Janus case is nothing more than a well-funded corporate attack on organized labor meant to take away rights, benefits and pay from hardworking Americans.
But in New York, we are fortunate to have strong leaders who stand with organized labor and Governor Cuomo stands here with us today.
Governor Cuomo gave his word that he would protect us from these assaults and he keeps his word today. On behalf of the hardworking members of CSEA, I thank the governor for standing with us to sign this legislation that ensures fairness and allows CSEA to represent all of our members to the best of our ability.”
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Read Taylor Law Changes Are Big Win for CSEA

 

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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 Executive Vice President Mary E. Sullivan fires up the crowd, taking down the house by calling it like it is, at the Working People’s Day of Action in NYC.

CSEA takes action, stands with thousands 
See photos Buffalo Working People’s Day of Action
See photos NYC Working People’s Day of Action
Watch Executive Vice President Mary E. Sullivan deliver her remarks
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Moment of Silence: Remembering Echol Cole and Robert Walker

 

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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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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