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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Join us for ‘Everything You Wanted to Know About Transgender, Non-Binary & Intersex People …But Were Afraid to Ask!’
CSEA is partnering with Pride at Work and other groups on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Transgender, Non-Binary & Intersex People …But Were Afraid to Ask!” The forum will be held at the Albany Public Library at 161 Washington Ave., Albany on Monday, November 28, at 6 p.m. All are welcome at this free – and fact-filled- event! Please join us!





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Keeping our union strong: 108th Annual Delegates Meeting
CSEA delegates recently completed important union business to keep CSEA strong during our 108th Annual Delegates Meeting.
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PERB upholds decision on state promotional exam fees
The state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) recently upheld an administrative law judge’s decision ordering New York State to cease and desist from requiring CSEA members represented in our Administrative Services Unit (ASU), Institutional Services Unit (ISU) and Operational Services Unit (OSU) to pay for promotional civil service examinations.
PERB also ordered the state to refund the examination fees, along with interest, to all covered employees who have taken promotional exams since the state unilaterally implemented the fee in March 2009.
PERB’s decision also affects state employees represented by two other unions.
State officials will be required to negotiate any future promotional exam fees with CSEA and the other affected unions.
The state has 30 days to seek judicial review of PERB’s decision.
“This decision helps bring fairness to our members employed with New York State who were seeking to advance their careers,” CSEA President Danny Donohue said. “I applaud our in-house Legal Department for steadfastly pursuing justice for our members over the past nine years. This is yet another example of how a strong union can truly make a difference.”


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Putnam County Local 1st Vice President and Putnam County Unit member Mark Semo and unit member Justyn Lewis pose by an old mailbox they and other unit members renovated into a flag drop box to allow county residents to place aging flags so they can be retired with dignity. (Photo by Putnam County)

November Work Force: Going the extra mile
The November Work Force is available to read online. In this edition, Westchester County Unit members ratify an agreement after a seven-year fight; Putnam County Unit members go the extra mile to give their community a place to respectfully dispose of aging American flags; SUNY Downstate Local members fight to retrieve lost comp time; a tribute to retiring Central Region President Colleen Wheaton and much more!
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In October, the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund (EBF) sent every enrollee a letter indicating each eligible dependent on file.
Please take note of this information and respond if necessary. Updating your records ensures you and your dependents are receiving the benefits to which you are entitled.
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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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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.”
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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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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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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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The latest edition of This Week in Albany is available to read online by clicking the link below.
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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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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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