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CSEA PRESIDENT DONOHUE SAYS DOT WORKER’S DEATH IS TRAGIC AND WE MUST ALL DO OUR PART TO KEEP OUR ROADS SAFE
 
CSEA President Danny Donohue responded today to the tragic passing of Department of Transportation (DOT) worker Dennis “Matt” Howe.
 
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Matt Howe, a hard-working DOT employee and CSEA member, who passed away as a result of injuries sustained when a tractor trailer collided with his DOT truck in a work zone on Route 17 in Tioga County.  CSEA’s Occupational Safety and Health Department is actively investigating the incident.
 
This tragic incident highlights the risks so many CSEA members face every day. This serves as a strong and powerful reminder that we all need to do our part and drive carefully through work zones so our hard-working public employees can return safely to their families and loved ones after every shift. DOT employees are some of the most vulnerable workers, and every one of us needs to help ensure their safety.
 
On behalf of all of CSEA, I extend my deepest condolences to Matt’s family and loved ones.”

Click on the image to watch video of CSEA Legislative and Political Action staff, including Director Fran Turner, discuss the budget with our members.

CSEA working for fairness in the 2019-20 New York State Budget
CSEA members are working to ensure fairness in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $175.2 billion 2019-20 New York State Budget proposal. Among our efforts, CSEA Director of Legislative and Political Action Fran Turner recently presented testimony on behalf of our union to state legislators.
Read the testimony

 

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CSEA statewide scholarships are available
CSEA is accepting applications for our statewide college scholarships, which are open to eligible dependents of union members. Our union will award 18 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarships (three in each region). Pearl Insurance and MetLife each sponsor a one-time award. The application deadline is April 15, 2019.
Download a 2019 application
More about our scholarships

 

CSEA HeadshotsDonohue featured in City and State’s ’50 Over 50′
CSEA President Danny Donohue was named as one of City and State’s ‘New York 50 Over 50,’ a list of ‘leaders who made New York.’ In the short feature, Donohue notes, “Be ready to work and work hard, and don’t expect anything to be handed to you.”
To read more, click on the link below and click on Donohue’s photo (third row, far right).
See the New York 50 Over 50 list

 

 

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On the cover (image below), CSEA Capital Region 1st Vice President Dowell Harrell shares her knowledge of our union during the New York Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators’ Conference. (Photo by Jill Asencio)

March Work Force: Using our voices for change
The March Work Force is available to read online! In this edition, we focus on members who are using their voices for change, including CSEA members from across the state who recently attended the New York Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators’ Conference in Albany; CSEA/VOICE Child Care Providers advocate for quality, affordable child care; Capital Region officers and activists fight for safety in parking lots and more.
Visit the CSEA Work Force website
Read the e-book edition

 

 

 

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CSEA President Danny Donohue’s Statement on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 State Budget Proposal
CSEA President Danny Donohue responded to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 state budget proposal with the following statement:
“We applaud Governor Cuomo for continuing to stand with working people and organized labor in this year’s budget. The Governor took swift action last year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against unions in the Janus decision and immediately moved to protect the personal information of state employees from anti-union forces to prevent state employees from being harassed at their homes and worksites.
Now, the Governor is proposing to extend these crucial protections to all public employees in the state of New York. The Governor’s actions in proposing this legislation is further proof of his strong support for labor at a time when corporate CEOs and billionaires are trying to destroy unions.”

 

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U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, left, addresses shutdown rally attendees in Albany on Jan. 25, 2019.

CSEA, allies urge fairness for federal workers as shutdown ends
CSEA members joined other labor unions, religious leaders and elected officials for a rally outside the Leo O’Brien Federal Building in Albany on Friday to stand in solidarity with federal workers who were furloughed and unpaid. Although an agreement had been reached to temporarily end the shutdown, rally attendees urged workers to continue to stand in solidarity and send the message that using public employees as pawns is unacceptable.

 

2019 leave accrual sheets now available
Leave accrual sheets for 2019 for state employees and other CSEA members are now available. Leave accruals are an important contractual benefit that we negotiate for our members. You can help guarantee the accuracy of your individual accruals by tracking your leave activities throughout the year.
Download sheets
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Anti-Union Groups Are Going to Members’ Homes, Worksites
Anti-union groups are going door-to-door, as well to worksites, to try to get our members to quit. Their latest scheme is to convince you to “give yourself a raise” by quitting our union. The wealthy CEOs funding these attacks want to cut our pensions, increase our health care costs and lower our pay. When they come, let them know you’re sticking with our union by printing and displaying “Proud Union Household” signs.

Download a printable PDF
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For more resources see our CSEA Never Quit Toolkit.

 

NEW hbd logo FINALNYSHIP 2019 plan rates for CSEA active New York State, Unified Court System employees
The State Division of Budget has approved the Empire Plan’s premium rates for 2019 (rates are listed below). The approval of the rates signals the beginning of the option transfer period for state employees. Click on the link to learn more and see rates.
See rates

 

Delegates are hard at work.

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.
See photos from Friday
See photos from Thursday
See photos from Wednesday
See photos from Tuesday
See photos from Monday
Important ADM information

 

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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.”
Read Donohue’s full statement
Read more about Flo Tripi

 

 

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Check out our CSEA Never Quit Toolkit to help us Stay Union, Stay Strong!
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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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