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Central Region activists, from lower left, Don Meenan (in green shirt, back to camera), Don Page and Michael Patterson discuss our budget concerns with State Sen. Joseph Griffo, lower right, back to camera. (Photo by Mark M. Kotzin)

March Work Force: Working for budget fairness
The March Work Force is out! In this edition, we continue our coverage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal, including testimonials from OPWDD workers about the strain of persistent overtime and understaffing, as well as our members working for budget fairness through visiting their state representatives in their home districts and much more!
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From left, Southern Region Vice President Liz Piraino, Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and State Sen. Sue Serino.

Speaking out for a fair state budget
CSEA Southern Region leaders and activists are speaking out for fairness in the state budget. Today, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, at podium, and State Sen. Sue Serino, right, appeared with, from left, CSEA Southern Region Vice President Liz Piraino and Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo to speak out against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York State budget proposal, specifically the forced local government consolidation effort, in front of the County Office building in Poughkeepsie.




CSEA Statewide Vice President Mary Sullivan, Secretary Denise Berkley and Treasurer Bill Walsh joined activists from throughout the state at the Annual Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus.

CSEA leaders, activists play role in annual legislative conference
CSEA leaders and activists played an active role in the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. 46th Annual Legislative Conference, held in Albany Feb. 17-19. Statewide Secretary Denise Berkley was honored at the conference’s Labor Luncheon, at which AFSCME International President Lee Saunders delivered the keynote address.




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!



CSEA Legislative and Political Action Director Fran Turner testifies before the joint committee about the 2017-18 New York State Budget proposal.

Read CSEA’s testimony to state legislators on the 2017-18 state budget proposal
CSEA recently testified, bringing budget concerns to the joint State Senate Finance Committee and the State Assembly Ways and Means Committee during the “Workforce Development” portion of the Executive Budget Hearings. The hearings began on Jan. 24 and continue through Feb 28.
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CSEA President Danny Donohue slams Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 state budget proposal
CSEA is strongly concerned over several items in the governor’s $152.3 billion 2017-18 New York state budget proposal, including those related to care of some of our state’s most vulnerable people:
“The governor’s proposed budget for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) shows a reckless disregard for existing clients and the state work force trying to care for them. Governor Cuomo thumbs his nose at the state work force and tells them to do more with less – again,” Donohue said.
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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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jan_17_wf_stormsafety_graphic_smallWhen the storm hits, help us all stay safe
When severe winter weather makes our roads treacherous, CSEA members head into the storm to keep New Yorkers safe. Whether you work or travel on our roads, click on the link below for tips on how to stay safe.
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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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