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CSEA mourns loss of Central Region member Gregory Eliopoulos
CSEA is mourning the workplace death of union member and City of Watertown worker Gregory Eliopoulos, who died on Monday, Nov. 20, after an incident at the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
CSEA Occupational Safety & Health Specialist Josh Kemp, along with the State Department of Labor’s Public Employee Safety and Health (PESH) Bureau and City of Watertown Police, are investigating the incident.
“We are deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Mr. Eliopoulos,” CSEA President Danny Donohue said. “Our heartfelt sympathies are with his loved ones and co-workers.”
“Our CSEA family extends our sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Mr. Eliopoulos’ family, friends and co-workers,” said CSEA Central Region President Colleen Wheaton.



CSEA Long Island Region leaders and activists attend a rally in front of the Nassau County Legislature to urge the public to vote NO on a constitutional convention. (Photo by Wendi Bowie)

December Work Force: CSEA POWER!
The December Work Force is available to read online. In this edition, our members get out the vote against the constitutional convention and for local government candidates, including for Westchester County Executive-elect George Latimer. In our cover photo, Long Island Region leaders and activists rally outside the Nassau County Legislature to urge the public to vote NO on the constitutional convention. (Photo by Wendi Bowie) Read our election coverage and much more!
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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.”





CSEA Next Wave Conference attendees join their union brothers and sisters on the picket line in front of the Albany Hilton.

CSEA Next Wave Conference attendees stand with hotel employees
CSEA Next Wave Conference attendees joined their union brothers and sisters on the picket line in front of the Albany Hilton on Saturday. Hotel employees, who are members of the Hotel Trades Council, have been working for fairness with hotel management, which has not negotiated fairly and have violated workers’ rights. The workers have called for a boycott of the hotel.



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.



AFSCME-logoAFSCME members in Iowa overwhelmingly choose to stay union
In a victory for working people, public employees in Iowa, including AFSCME Council 61 members, overwhelmingly voted to continue to be represented by their unions in a recent recertification vote spurred by that state’s new collective bargaining law.




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
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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



REVISED State Deficit Reduction Program (DRP) updates for State Executive Branch members
Please see the following revised dates regarding when the Deficit Reduction Program (DRP) payment will end for NYS Executive Branch members who had the DRP deductions in 2012 – 13 (via Article 21 of the 2011 – 2016 contract).

The final DRP payments will be:
Institution Payroll: Sept. 14, 2017
Administrative Payroll: Sept. 6, 2017

According to Article 21.2 of the 2011-16 CSEA/NYS Executive Branch contracts, repayment of the four-day salary reduction would be spread out over 39 biweekly payments beginning with:
Institution Payroll:
Payment  #01: March 31, 2016
Payment  #39: Sept. 14, 2017

Administrative Payroll:
Payment  #01: March 23, 2016
Payment  #39: Sept. 6, 2017



con_con_nysutLearn more about the constitutional convention and what’s at stake
To learn more about the constitutional convention vote and what you can do, contact your region’s political action coordinator.  Visit New Yorkers Against Corruption’s Facebook page to learn more about this critical vote.





CSEA State Unified Court System negotiating team members, state representatives and CSEA staff pose after signing the agreement.

State Unified Court System negotiating team signs agreement with state
CSEA negotiating team members from the New York State Unified Court System and state officials met at CSEA Headquarters to sign the recently ratified contract. The contract covers more than 5,500 non-judicial employees in the state’s Unified Court System. The three-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2017, includes salary increases in every year of the agreement, improved downstate and Mid-Hudson Valley location pay, improved payments to the Employee Benefit Fund and a new Welfare Fund program and across-the-board cost of living adjustments.



State Negotiating Team member Nilda Palau-Lopez counts contract ballots.

State Negotiating Team member Nilda Palau-Lopez counts contract ballots.

State Executive Branch members: Update on retroactive payments and tax effects
Click on the link below for an important update on state Executive Branch contract retroactive payments and tax effects.
Read more. You will need your CSEA Member ID number to access this page.
News release: CSEA members ratify five-year state contract




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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!


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