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CSEA Western New York Psychiatric Center Local President Tom Weston stands in support of maintaining children’s psychiatric services at the West Seneca center at a news conference on Nov. 22, 2016.

CSEA, allies concerned over plan to move children’s psychiatric services
CSEA is expressing strong concerns over the state’s plan to move Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center patients and services to the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center after state officials recently announced that they had put out Requests for Proposals to build a separate children’s unit at the Buffalo facility.
CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi and Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Local President Tom Weston joined state legislators, local elected officials and community members at a news conference Tuesday to express concern over mental health services for children.
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On the cover, Erie County Local activist and U.S. Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Amy Owczarczak, who serves with the 914th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Base in Niagara Falls. Photo by Ove Overmyer.

December Work Force: Honoring our Veterans
The December 2016 Work Force is online now! In this edition, we highlight our members’ efforts to honor our veterans and much more! We have two ways for you to read The Work Force online: through our e-edition and through our new Work Force website!
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WORK-COLOR-WEBSITE-LOGOSign up for the Civil Service Test Preparation Workshop
This members only test prep workshop is being offered to help you prepare for the Jan. 7, 2017, New York State Administrative Aide/Agency Program Aide exam.The CSEA WORK Institute will be offering workshops to CSEA members covering every topic on this exam in all CSEA regions.
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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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SlowDownToGetAround_web“Move Over” law expansion to sanitation and recycling workers takes effect
As of Nov. 1, sanitation and recycling workers are now covered under the state’s “Move Over” law. Under the law, drivers must move over to make room for emergency, construction and now sanitation and recycling vehicles, if they can safely do so. CSEA played a key role in passing the legislation, as well as with ongoing efforts to keep sanitation workers safe on the job.
Learn more about the Slow Down to Get Around campaign



CSEA delegates who are U.S. military veterans lead the Pledge of Allegiance at Friday’s closing session of our 106th Annual Delegates Meeting. Holding the microphone, front center, is CSEA Statewide Veterans Committee Chair Maryann Phelps.

CSEA 106th Annual Delegates Meeting ends; building energy, urgency and action for our future begins
Our delegates’ excitement stayed strong as the 106th Annual Delegates Meeting concluded today.
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Statement by CSEA President Danny Donohue on PEF’s tentative contract agreement with New York state:
“Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at PEF on their tentative agreement with New York state. CSEA will continue to work with the governor’s administration to reach a contract agreement that best serves CSEA’s members.”


CSEA blitzes in Clinton County
CSEA members, including Clinton County Employees Local President Joe Musso and local members, CSEA Capital Region activists and Capital Region President Ron Briggs, held a very successful blitz in Clinton County this week, speaking with our brothers and sisters there about what it means to be a part of our union and pledging to Never Quit!
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Urge the governor to make child protective safety a priority!
CSEA has launched a statewide campaign to help address growing concerns about child abuse statewide. The union is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the Child Protective Services Safety Act, which was approved with strong support in both the state Assembly and Senate last spring. CSEA’s TV ads are airing in every market in the state along with other activities designed to draw attention to the need for the bill to become law.
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Read President Danny Donohue’s message: At-risk children need our attention



Zika: Protecting Outdoor Workers.Information about the Zika virus
Click on the link below for important information and resources, including a fact sheet from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, about how your employer should protect you from the potential threat of the Zika virus, particularly if you work outdoors.
Information and resources
CDC Outdoor Worker fact sheet


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Lucas_DD_2016Webster_0070Lucas presented with Donald Webster Award
Suffolk Retirees Local President Carmela “Millie” Lucas received our union’s Donald Webster Memorial Mission Achievement Award, which honors CSEA Retiree activists. CSEA President Danny Donohue presented the award at the recent Retiree Delegates Meeting. A longtime activist in CSEA, Lucas has been particularly active with our PEOPLE Program.
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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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