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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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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 John Desantis, left, gets a visit from CSEA Statewide Treasurer Bill Walsh, center, and CSEA Town of Smithtown Unit President Chris Downer as part of our ongoing member engagement visit in eastern Long Island.

CSEA member John Desantis, left, gets a visit from CSEA Statewide Treasurer Bill Walsh, center, and CSEA Town of Smithtown Unit President Chris Downer as part of our ongoing member engagement visit in eastern Long Island.

CSEA Long Island Region members building our union
Long Island Region member volunteers and staff visited homes and work sites in eastern Suffolk County to hear our members’ concerns and build our union.
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Warren County Local President Sue Sheehan, front center, joins in the Working People’s Day of Action rally in New York City. (Photo by David Galarza)

April Work Force: I’m sticking with our union!
The April Work Force is available to read online. In this edition, we focus on our members standing up for our union, including at AFSCME’s Working People’s Day of Action rallies in New York City and Buffalo and a rally in Albany; CSEA Rockland Psychiatric Center Local activists lobby for adequate mental health services; a Lewis County member gets justice with the help of our union’s legal services; Upstate University Hospital workers help control the flu epidemic  and much more.
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U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter speaks at a labor press conference before the 2017 Rochester Labor Day Parade. CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi is second from right.

Statement from CSEA President Danny Donohue on Passing of U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter
“On behalf of the 300,000 members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), I send my deepest condolences to the family of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Congresswoman Slaughter was a longtime friend to CSEA and steadfast advocate for working men and women in New York and across the country. She truly understood the vital role labor unions serve in strengthening our economy, and worked hand in hand with us to improve workplace protections, increase wages for America’s working poor and middle class, and protect workers’ health and retirement benefits.

I truly admired her integrity and fierce commitment to improving the lives of all working Americans. Congresswoman Slaughter was a champion and will be sorely missed.”



CSEA Executive Vice President Mary E. Sullivan fires up the crowd, taking down the house by calling it like it is, at the Working People’s Day of Action in NYC.

CSEA takes action, stands with thousands 
CSEA members across the state gathered in New York City, Buffalo and Albany recently for the Working People’s Day of Action, just a few of the numerous, coordinated actions across the country planned as the Supreme Court hears opening arguments for Janus v. AFSCME. A ruling in favor of Janus could overturn 40 years of precedent and threatens to take away critical union resources. “Brothers and Sisters, we are here today to tell them that they will NOT succeed. That we are not going anywhere. The road ahead will not be easy but no matter the obstacles ahead, we cannot and will not abandon our heritage and dishonor those who fought and died so we have this right to be union,” said Executive Vice President Mary Sullivan. Follow this and other developments via Facebook ,  Twitter  (@csealocal1000)  and the Work Force newspaper online.

See photos Buffalo Working People’s Day of Action
See photos NYC Working People’s Day of Action
Watch Executive Vice President Mary E. Sullivan deliver her remarks
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CSEA New York State Canal Corp. members ratify agreement
CSEA members employed by the New York State Canal Corp. decisively ratified a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
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graduation_capCSEA announces McDonough scholarship recipients
CSEA recently awarded six $1,000 Thomas H. McDonough Memorial Scholarship for Continuing Studies (one per region) to eligible dependents of our members.
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Moment of Silence: Remembering Echol Cole and Robert Walker
Civic leaders, faith leaders, community activists, public works departments and union members, including our CSEA and AFSCME brothers and sisters, stood in solidarity and silence with one another to honor the sacrifice of fallen sanitation workers Echol Cole and Robert Walker on Feb 1. Watch how this action rippled through our entire nation, spreading awareness and honoring the sacrifices made by public service workers every day, showing the reach and power of solidarity.
On Feb. 1, 1968, Cole and Walker huddled in the back of their truck to seek shelter from a storm. Suddenly, the truck’s compactor malfunctioned, trapping Cole and Walker and crushing them to death. The tragedy triggered the strike of the city’s 1,300 AFSCME sanitation workers, who had warned the city about the dangerous equipment. Fed up with poverty wages and racial discrimination, they walked off the job and marched under the banner: I AM A MAN. A few months later, The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would be assassinated in Memphis while defending their labor and civil rights.
Take the pledge to honor their memory and sacrifice, as we pick up the mantle from the 1968 strikers in the ongoing fight for racial and economic justice.


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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