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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.
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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.
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Pamela Clark, a State Insurance Fund Local activist, urges people to vote NO on the constitutional convention as she marches in the Labor Day Parade. “On the constitutional convention, I’m voting NO. I not only want to protect our pensions, but the constitution protects our right to organize and collectively bargain. Other states have lost these rights because their constitutions didn’t protect unions. We have to keep this protection in New York. Vote NO.”

Pamela Clark, a State Insurance Fund Local activist, urges people to vote NO on the constitutional convention as she marches in the Labor Day Parade. “On the constitutional convention, I’m voting NO. I not only want to protect our pensions, but the constitution protects our right to organize and collectively bargain. Other states have lost these rights because their constitutions didn’t protect unions. We have to keep this protection in New York. Vote NO.”

October Work Force: Don’t be conned: Vote NO on Nov. 7
The October Work Force is out. In this edition, we focus on why a state constitutional convention is a bad idea for New York, what our union brothers and sisters are saying and what you can do to help us get the word out about why it’s so important to vote NO on a convention. Also in this edition: Our members march Labor Day parades across the state; some tips on how you can clean up safely after severe weather; a City of White Plains Unit member’s quick actions save a child’s life; a CSEA/VOICE Local 100A provider lifts up her community and much more!
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Flood Clean-Up Safety
Learn to clean up safely after severe weather
Tropical storm season is here. Our thoughts are with all of our members and their loved one who have been affected by recent hurricanes, including Harvey, Irma and Maria. If severe weather strikes, 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.

 

 

REVISED State Deficit Reduction Program (DRP) updates for State Executive Branch members
Please see the following revised dates regarding when the Deficit Reduction Program (DRP) payment will end for NYS Executive Branch members who had the DRP deductions in 2012 – 13 (via Article 21 of the 2011 – 2016 contract).

The final DRP payments will be:
Institution Payroll: Sept. 14, 2017
Administrative Payroll: Sept. 6, 2017

According to Article 21.2 of the 2011-16 CSEA/NYS Executive Branch contracts, repayment of the four-day salary reduction would be spread out over 39 biweekly payments beginning with:
Institution Payroll:
Payment  #01: March 31, 2016
Payment  #39: Sept. 14, 2017

Administrative Payroll:
Payment  #01: March 23, 2016
Payment  #39: Sept. 6, 2017

 

 

con_con_nysutLearn more about the constitutional convention and what’s at stake
To learn more about the constitutional convention vote and what you can do, contact your region’s political action coordinator.  Visit New Yorkers Against Corruption’s Facebook page to learn more about this critical vote.

 

 

 

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CSEA State Unified Court System negotiating team members, state representatives and CSEA staff pose after signing the agreement.

State Unified Court System negotiating team signs agreement with state
CSEA negotiating team members from the New York State Unified Court System and state officials met at CSEA Headquarters to sign the recently ratified contract. The contract covers more than 5,500 non-judicial employees in the state’s Unified Court System. The three-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2017, includes salary increases in every year of the agreement, improved downstate and Mid-Hudson Valley location pay, improved payments to the Employee Benefit Fund and a new Welfare Fund program and across-the-board cost of living adjustments.

 

 

State Negotiating Team member Nilda Palau-Lopez counts contract ballots.

State Negotiating Team member Nilda Palau-Lopez counts contract ballots.

State Executive Branch members: Update on retroactive payments and tax effects
Click on the link below for an important update on state Executive Branch contract retroactive payments and tax effects.
Read more. You will need your CSEA Member ID number to access this page.
News release: CSEA members ratify five-year state contract

 

 

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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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Want your college degree? With AFSCME’s new Free College Benefit, you can make that happen at NO cost! AFSCME has partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College to earn an online degree from an accredited school! To learn more about this exciting benefit, visit freecollege.afscme.org or call 1-888-305-5534.
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