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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.


CSEA Reaches Tentative Agreement with the New York State Canal Corp.
CSEA and the New York State Canal Corp. have reached a tentative contract. The deal runs retroactively from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2022. It includes raises in the last seven years, including retroactive payments, a lump sum bonus and many more enhancements.
“CSEA worked hard to reach an agreement we believe is in everyone’s best interest,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “This tentative agreement is reasonable and responsible for the long term, and recognizes the value and importance of Canal employees who make the system work every day.”
Contract ratification meetings will be held across the state for each CSEA Canal Local over the next few weeks. A ratification vote is scheduled for March.
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Town of Brighton Machine Equipment Operator Sonia Tafoya climbs into her plow truck. (Photo by Ove Overmyer)

February Work Force: No matter the weather, our members hold public services together
In the February Work Force, we focus on how our members respond to extreme winter weather – and how you continue to provide essential services to your communities in all types of weather. Also in this edition: CSEA-represented Greene County employees get justice thanks to our union’s legal services; our members advocate for adequate state mental health resources and public safety; a tribute to a labor legend; a look at the governor’s state budget proposal and much more!
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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 to observe a moment of silence on 2/1
To honor the 50th Anniversary of the tragic events that touched off the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike, President Danny Donohue is asking CSEA members to join with our fellow AFSCME members in Memphis in observing a moment of silence on February 1, 2018. AFSCME President Lee Saunders is urging members of all affiliates participate as part of the ‘I AM 2018′ initiative honoring the legacy of those brave strikers and Dr. King and in memory of Brothers Cole and Walker.

Read  AFSCME President Lee Saunders’ entire message  


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Stay safe while working in extreme weather
As most of New York state continues to face extremely cold temperatures and severe winter weather conditions, many of you are facing working for extended periods in cold environments, including those of you who serve as highway crew members, sanitation workers, maintenance and grounds employees, parks workers, public works employees and emergency/first response employees. If you work in a cold environment, you may be at risk of cold stress.
Here are some links from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) detailing the symptoms of cold stress and how you can ensure your employer properly protects you while you’re on the job.
OSHA Cold Stress guide
OSHA Quick Card: Protecting Workers from Cold Stress
OSHA: winter Weather and cold stress


Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on the passing of Jerome Lefkowitz
“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that CSEA mourns the loss of Jerome “Jerry” Lefkowitz, former CSEA deputy counsel and state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) chairperson.

Jerry had a long, distinguished career as an advocate for labor and public employees. He was a driving force behind the 1967 Public Employees’ Fair Employment Act, commonly known as the Taylor Law. This law gave New York’s public employees the right to negotiate fair wages, strong health benefits and workplace protections.”
Read the full statement


Statement by CSEA President Danny Donohue on the defeat of Proposition #1 (Constitutional Convention)
“The defeat of the proposal to hold a Constitutional Convention is a huge win for CSEA, labor, and all New Yorkers. It is a demonstration of how CSEA members, our brothers and sisters in labor and other working people really can make a difference. I thank our members and our allies in labor and other organizations for not only spreading the message that this convention would be a boondoggle for our state, but for their solidarity on behalf of all working people in New York.
Our members and millions of other people throughout the state recognized the potential disaster, and turned out to make our voices heard.
Without CSEA and our allies voting NO on the constitutional convention, there’s a good chance we’d all be on the hook for a very expensive and dangerous ride. When it comes down to it, this is just another example of how important labor is in protecting our rights, and the rights of our families and friends everywhere. This is a very proud day for CSEA.”




Flood Clean-Up Safety
Learn to clean up safely after severe weather
Many of you are facing cleanup after this weekend’s severe weather. It’s important to know what you need to safely clean damage at your work sites, communities and homes. Our Occupational Safety and Health Department has numerous resources at hand to help guide you in safely cleaning up damage from your homes, including our free Clean-Up Safety smartphone App that you can download on iTunes or the Google Play Store.
We also have numerous fact sheets on our Flood and Storm Clean-Up Information page, many of which have been shared on our CSEA Local 1000 and CSEA NY Retiree Facebook pages. We also have a Flood Clean-Up Safety flier available for download.




Click on image to watch a message from AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride.

See photos of our 107th Annual Delegates Meeting
Our recent 107th Annual Delegates Meeting was full of workshops and other sessions designed to build our delegates’ union leadership skills and knowledge to help us make our union stronger.
See photos from Friday
See photos from Thursday
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See photos from Tuesday
See photos from Monday


Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on Janus v. AFSCME
“It’s no surprise that the Supreme Court has announced it will hear the case of Janus v. AFSCME. This case is nothing more than a crusade to weaken unions by people with a lot of money. Their goal remains taking away rights, benefits, and pay from hardworking Americans.
Regardless of this case, CSEA members will do what we have always done: have conversations about what it means to stand together. If the Supreme Court decides to change 40 years of their own precedent, we will work that much harder to make sure working people have the freedom to negotiate for everything they deserve so they can continue to provide for their families.
Read the full statement




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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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