News of the DayMay 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.)
Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is May 12, 2017
Since 1996, National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on the Friday before Mother’s Day to recognize and thank child care providers across the nation for the extraordinary work they do. This year, National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 12, 2017. Consider thanking and recognizing your child’s provider in a meaningful way this Child Care Provider appreciation day!
Read This Week in Albany
The latest edition of This Week in Albany is available to read online by clicking the link below.
CSEA member Ted Forker cuts electric bill to nearly zero
Earn 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.
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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