News of the Day

CSEA Capital Region President Ron Briggs, far right, and region member and staff volunteers get pumped up for the recent member engagement visits in Rensselaer County.

CSEA Capital Region President Ron Briggs, far right, and region member and staff volunteers get pumped up for the recent member engagement visits in Rensselaer County.

Building our union strong in Rensselaer County
Capital Region member and staff volunteers recently reached out to our members living and working in Rensselaer County to hear their concerns and build our union.





CSEA applauds state legislators for passage of school bus camera legislation
CSEA President Danny Donohue congratulated both New York State legislative houses for passing a bill that will improve school bus safety by supplying the buses with exterior cameras to increase enforcement against drivers who illegally pass stopped buses. CSEA represents thousands of bus drivers across the state.
“We hear from our school bus drivers every day about drivers who illegally pass their stopped buses, putting the children they drive at risk,” Donohue said. “Our bus drivers and monitors are constantly on the watch to protect them, but we can never be too safe. We applaud the members of the State Senate and Assembly for passing this law, which will give law enforcement a great tool to prosecute people who put our school children at risk.”
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CSEA provides testimony opposing divesting state pension fund from fossil fuels
CSEA provided testimony to the State Senate Finance Committee on a bill that would require the state Common Retirement Fund to divest its assets from fossil fuels.
Our union opposes this proposal because such a mandate would make it more difficult for the retirement fund to make prudent investment decisions and would limit available growth opportunities to ensure the fund remains solvents for current and future retirees.
Read our testimony



Watch the video of the Workers’ Memorial Day observance in Cortland.

CSEA members participate in Workers’ Memorial Day events
CSEA members across the state recently participated in numerous events to observe Workers’ Memorial Day, which was April 28, to remember those who died or became severely injured while doing their jobs. In addition to remembering fallen brothers and sisters, Workers’ Memorial Day is also used to renew our ongoing commitment to safe and healthy workplaces. To see photo and video from events, visit your region’s Facebook page.






Madison County Local 1st Vice President Karen Bright, center, is congratulated on receiving the Irene Carr Leadership Award by Central Region President Kenny Greenleaf, left, and CSEA President Danny Donohue, right.

CSEA Women’s Conference: Empowering Union Women
CSEA’s recent Women’s Conference, held in Tarrytown, focused heavily on empowering our members with the skills and knowledge to help us stay union and stay strong. Union women are key to facing our challenges in our ongoing fight for fairness and equality for all workers.
Conference highlights included plenary addresses by Coalition of Labor Union Women national President Elise Bryant and AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride; the presentation of the Irene Carr Leadership Award to Madison County Local 1st Vice President Karen Bright and numerous sessions centering on building our union.
See conference photos
Read our Work Force coverage
Read more about Irene Carr Leadership Award recipient Karen Bright



CSEA Women’s Conference attendees are inspired during the Saturday plenary session. From left, Roswell Park Cancer Institute Local member Kimberly Harmon; Coalition of Labor Union Women national President Elise Bryant (who spoke at the session) and Downstate Separation Center Local member Rhonda Roberts. (Photo by Jessica Ladlee)

May Work Force: Empowering Union Women
The May Work Force is available to read online! In this edition, we feature coverage of our recent CSEA Women’s Conference, including a profile of Irene Carr Leadership Award recipient Karen Bright and much more!
Visit the CSEA Work Force website
Read the e-book edition







CSEA President Danny Donohue says DOT worker’s death is tragic and we must all do our part to keep our roads safe
Read Donohue’s statement



2019 leave accrual sheets now available
Leave accrual sheets for 2019 for state employees and other CSEA members are now available. Leave accruals are an important contractual benefit that we negotiate for our members. You can help guarantee the accuracy of your individual accruals by tracking your leave activities throughout the year.
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Anti-Union Groups Are Going to Members’ Homes, Worksites
Anti-union groups are going door-to-door, as well to worksites, to try to get our members to quit. Their latest scheme is to convince you to “give yourself a raise” by quitting our union. The wealthy CEOs funding these attacks want to cut our pensions, increase our health care costs and lower our pay. When they come, let them know you’re sticking with our union by printing and displaying “Proud Union Household” signs.

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For more resources see our CSEA Never Quit Toolkit.


NEW hbd logo FINALNYSHIP 2019 plan rates for CSEA active New York State, Unified Court System employees
The State Division of Budget has approved the Empire Plan’s premium rates for 2019 (rates are listed below). The approval of the rates signals the beginning of the option transfer period for state employees. Click on the link to learn more and see rates.
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Delegates are hard at work.

Keeping our union strong: 108th Annual Delegates Meeting
CSEA delegates recently completed important union business to keep CSEA strong during our 108th Annual Delegates Meeting.
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CSEA President Danny Donohue’s Statement on the Passing of Western Region President Flo Tripi
“It is with the deepest sadness CSEA mourns the loss of Florence ‘Flo’ Tripi, President of CSEA’s Western Region.
Flo was active in CSEA for 50 years, serving as a passionate activist and an effective leader. She held elected office for 18 years as CSEA Western Region President. One of our union’s strongest advocates, Flo used her voice to make life better in our communities and in our union. Flo never backed down, stood tall and never failed to represent our members with dignity and heart, by whom she was most beloved.
I am personally deeply saddened by this news. Flo was one of our brightest stars, and a dear, close friend.  Flo was an inspiration to everyone around her. She was a passionate leader and a powerful force in representing CSEA members.”
Read Donohue’s full statement
Read more about Flo Tripi



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Check out our CSEA Never Quit Toolkit to help us Stay Union, Stay Strong!




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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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