Labor Definitions

 

CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO

Representative Definitions

 

Steward

The steward is responsible for communicating with workers and educating workers about important workplace issues.

The steward is the most visible part of the Union to the rank-and-file membership.  Stewards keep members involved with the Union and that membership involvement and commitment is a basic ingredient for a successful, effective union. 

The local/unit president designates and appoints activists as stewards.  The Local and Unit Constitutions and By-Laws require presidents to appoint as many stewards as necessary. 

 The steward is not trained/certified to represent members in grievance or disciplinary matters. 

Grievance

The local/unit president designates and appoints activists as grievance representatives.  These activists are responsible for handling the representation of the Local/unit bargaining unit employees in the investigation and filing of grievances. 

Discipline Representatives

The local/unit president designates and appoints activists as representatives in disciplinary proceedings.  These activists are responsible for representing members in disciplinary proceedings.

No officer or activist may handle/process a grievance or represent a member in a disciplinary proceeding until he/she has attended CSEA training and received the appropriate certification and appointment.

 

In accordance with Article V, Section 6: Duties of Officers of the Local and Unit Constitutions, “All Officers shall attend Officers’ Training sessions, Grievance Training Sessions as well as Disciplinary Training Sessions as provided by the Association.  Failure to abide by these requirements may result in the office being declared vacant.”

 

 

How To Register for a Workshop

How to Register

It is important to pre-register because the workshop attendance is used to determine the amount of materials and reservations for meals. If you register but cannot attend, please contact the region office to cancel your attendance. This will provide other members the opportunity to register.

  1. Please call your Region Office;You must provide CSEA ID and name, with proper spelling and the appropriate information as requested. Indicate if reasonable accommodations are required.
  2. If a workshop is canceled or postponed, you will be notified via the telephone number you give at time of registration.
  3. Be sure to register for the workshop that applies to your bargaining unit (State, Local Government or Private Sector).
  4. Please bring your contract if noted in the workshop description.
    If you have any questions regarding the workshop content or format, please contact the Education and Training Department at 1-800-342-4146, extension 1363.

Billy Riccaldo bio

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As CSEA Southern Region President, Billy Riccaldo makes it his priority to ensure that the 40,000 CSEA members in the region have fairness on the job, safe worksites, and contracts that reflect the top notch work CSEA members perform, day in and day out.

It’s that steadfast commitment to rank and file workers that has motivated Riccaldo to advance from his initial activism to bigger leadership positions in the union.

A CSEA member since 1973, Riccaldo began balancing his position in the maintenance department of Rockland County’s Robert L. Yeager Health Center with his union activities when he was elected vice president of the Rockland County Unit in 1998.

He advanced to become Rockland County Local president in 2001, a position he held until stepping up to the Southern Region presidency in 2008 from his previous role as region executive vice president. CSEA President Danny Donohue, who serves as chairman of the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund, appointed Riccaldo to serve as treasurer of the CSEA EBF, a position he continues to hold.

Riccaldo has served on the CSEA Board of Directors as well as being a delegate to CSEA’s International Union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He received the CSEA Mission Achievement Award for the Local Government Division in 2004, an honor that recognized his work not only within the Rockland County Unit, but also among the close to 20 other public sector bargaining units encompassing the Rockland County Local.

He is proud to have played a key role in the tough fight to organize municipal workers in the Village of Suffern, a successful organizing drive that resulted in the Village of Suffern Unit joining the Rockland County Local.

A lifelong Rockland County resident, Riccaldo is an active member of the AFL-CIO Rockland Central Labor Council as well as the AFL-CIO Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation. An ardent supporter of all labor causes, Riccaldo can often be found in the community supporting brothers and sisters from other area labor unions.

Education and Training Workshop Descriptions

 

Workshops Offered:

Advanced Grievance: Introduction To Contract Interpretation
Advanced Grievance: Power in Numbers
Advanced Steward: Building an Activist Network
All About Our Union
An Overview of the Family Medical Leave Act
Conducting Successful Meetings
Contract Negotiating Team Training
Contract Negotiation Strategies: Maximizing Our Leverage
Contract Negotiations: Constructing Proposals
Financial Empowerment for Union Members
Inside Time and Attendance Process
Labor Management Committee
Local Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation
Local Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Recertification
Local Government/Private Sector Grievance
Private Sector Discipline (Weingarten)
Public Speaking
Sexual Harassment: What Union Officers and Activists Should Know
State Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation
State Government: Represent Members in Discipline and Interrogation Recertification
State Government Grievance
Steward
Working People’s History



Advanced Grievance: Introduction To Contract Interpretation

This advanced workshop is designed for Local/Unit Officers and Certified Grievance Representatives who have completed the State or Local Government/Private Sector Grievance workshop. The workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and basic skills necessary to understand and interpret contract language.

Who should attend:
This advanced workshop is designed for Local/Unit Officers and Certified Grievance
Representatives, who have completed the State or Local Government/Private Sector Grievance Workshop

Participants will:
Gain a basic understanding of the role of the Arbitrator
Become familiar with the established meanings of certain commonly used
Contractual words and phrases
Familiarize yourself with eight basic standards of contract interpretation



Advanced Grievance: Power in Numbers

This workshop for Grievance Representatives will examine union-building strategies for increasing the union’s leverage strategies to build the union’s case before grievance presentation, will gain the opportunity to improve their first and second step grievance presentation skills, and will examine alternative solutions when the grievance process is not effective.

Participants will be able to:
Identify when an issue would be better addressed through a class action/group grievance.
Identify strategies for grievance investigation in order to build a strong case for the union.
Demonstrate effective grievance presentation skills to supervisors.
Identify union-building strategies that enhance the union’s power in the grievance process.
Develop a strategic plan for winning grievances.

Who should attend:
The advanced workshop is designed for CSEA Certified Grievance Representatives who have experience in handling grievances and other violations in the workplace. This workshop is open to Local Government/Private Sector members only.

Requirements: Please bring your contract to this workshop.

 



Advanced Steward: Building an Activist Network

This interactive workshop is designed for officers and activists who have completed the basic Steward Workshop.

Participants will refresh and sharpen their skills by practicing communication skills, understanding the importance of recruiting and encouraging member involvement, and review how to choose and organize around workplace issues to build the union. Participants must complete this workshop and be appointed by their Local/Unit President to be certified stewards in CSEA.



All About Our Union
This workshop is designed to give new members and activists knowledge and information about CSEA.

Participants will be provided with an overview of:
CSEA’s history and structure
The benefits of membership
Member/Activist involvement opportunities
CSEA departments and other resources available to members


An Overview of the Family Medical Leave Act

This workshop is designed for Local/Unit Officers, Stewards, Grievance Representatives, and activists. Its purpose is to provide participants with basic knowledge and skills necessary to understand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The workshop will focus on eligibility requirements, qualifying conditions, and certification requirements to enable CSEA activists to be better prepared to represent CSEA members who wish to use the FMLA.

Participants will be able to:
Identify who is covered by the FMLA.
Identify the types of leave that are covered by the FMLA.
Understand the notice and certification requirements attached to the FMLA.
Recognize employer violations of the FMLA.
Understand the appeal process provided for by the FMLA.



Conducting Successful Meetings

Much of the business of the union is done during meetings – general membership meetings, executive board meetings, committee meetings, steward meetings and many other types of meetings. In order for these meetings to be productive and useful, the leaders and participants of the meetings must be aware of some basic information. In this workshop, we will identify the characteristics of successful meetings, examine the different types of meetings held within the union context, learn the basics of parliamentary procedure, and practice meeting preparation and participation techniques.

Participants will learn to:

Understand the CSEA Constitutional requirements regarding meetings.
Identify preparation and participation techniques that lead to successful meetings.
Understand the basic principles of parliamentary procedure.
Identify the responsibilities of the meeting facilitator.
Constructively participate in membership, executive board and committee meetings.



Contract Negotiations: Team Training

This interactive workshop is one of  three six-hour sessions on contract negotiations for local government units and private sector locals. It is designed for union officers and activists who wish to develop a strategy for the Contract Negotiating Team that accompanies the Labor Relations Specialist to the bargaining table to negotiate the unit?s collective bargaining agreement.

The participants learn:
The process and recommended criteria for selecting a negotiating team.
The duties and decision-making dynamics of the negotiating team.
The purpose of ground rules for conducting negotiations.
Three basic techniques of bargaining and how they apply in a mock negotiation session.

Who should attend:
This workshop is open to any local government/private sector CSEA member interested in becoming part of or learning more about the work of contract negotiating teams.



Contract Negotiation Strategies: Maximizing Our Leverage

This interactive workshop is one of three six-hour workshops on contract negotiations for local government units and private sector locals. It is designed for officers and activists who want to maximize the union’s leverage in contract negotiations by organizing a contract committee, sometimes referred to as a Contract Action Team or CAT. A CAT is a representative group of unit / local activists who help to plan and implement both the contract negotiations and the contract campaign that accompanies the negotiations.

That participants come away with a basic understanding of:
What distinguishes collective bargaining from other forms of contract negotiations.
Why it’s important for union negotiators to stay mindful of their leverage throughout the negotiations.
How the union’s leverage is impacted by the impasse procedures under the Taylor Law or the effect of contract expiration under the NLRB for private sector negotiations.
Why planning and implementing a contract campaign is vital to maximizing the union’s leverage.

Who should attend:
This workshop is open to any local government / private sector CSEA member interested in becoming part of a Contract Action Team or Contract Committee.



Contract Negotiations: Constructing Proposals

This interactive workshop is one of three six-hour workshops on contract negotiations for Local Government units and Private Sector locals. It is designed for officers and activists who want to understand the basics of constructing contract proposals by learning how to cost out and evaluate economic items; research, design and develop contract surveys and create contract language.

Requirements: Please bring your contract and a calculator to this workshop.



Financial Empowerment for Union Members

In this new interactive 3-hour workshop union members will learn basic investing and saving principles in order to increase their financial literacy and help them secure their retirement and other financial goals. Participants will review five components to better understand achieving financial empowerment. In this workshop, participants will learn
The origins of the foreclosure crisis
Why it is important to fight for pensions and Social Security
The relationship between earning, spending and saving, how damaging debt can be and how to eliminate debt
What mutual funds are; how compounding interest helps returns, and
What asset allocation is and how it relates to age and how 401(k) plans work.

Who should attend:
This workshop is open to all CSEA members.



Inside Time and Attendance Process

This workshop is designed to provide State Government bargaining unit Officers, and Grievance Representatives with basic knowledge and skills necessary to represent members under the Article 33 Time and Attendance procedure.

Requirements: Please bring your contract to this workshop.



Labor Management Committee
This advanced workshop is designed for Local/Unit Officers, Executive Board members, Stewards, Grievance Representatives, and members of existing Labor/Management Committees. Labor/Management Committees are one vehicle for resolving problems and taking a proactive approach with the employer to workplace issues. This workshop offers a variety of ideas for how to start and maintain effective Labor/Management Committees.

Participants will be able to:
Define Labor/Management Committees.
Recognize the roles and responsibilities for Committee members.
Assess the strengths and weaknesses of existing Labor/Management Committees.
Conduct effective Committee meetings, including preparation, and identification of activities and tactics that build and strengthen a Committee.



Local Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation

This advanced workshop is designed for local government bargaining unit officers and activists who are interested in representing members in disciplinary matters. Participants will review the elements of their contract disciplinary procedure and/or Civil Service Law Section 75, the categories of discipline and the basic steps and rights of union representatives and employees in disciplinary interrogations. Participants must complete this workshop and be designated by their Local/Unit President to represent members in the disciplinary process.

Participants will learn to:
Understand elements of their contract disciplinary and/or Civil Service Law Section 75.
Identify the categories of discipline and how to investigate disciplinary grievances.
Distinguish between an interview and interrogation.
Recognize employee and union rights and limitations within the discipline and interrogation process.
Analyze how to represent employees throughout the disciplinary process.

This Local Government Discipline and Interrogation Workshop is designed for Local/Unit Officers and Activists who will be responsible for handling disciplinary issues in the workplace.

Requirements: Please bring your contract to this workshop.



Grievance Representation

(Formerly Local Government/Private Sector Grievance Representation)

This basic workshop teaches activists how to work with their contract, examine the grievance procedure and understand their role and responsibility as a Grievance Representative in protecting the rights of bargaining unit members in the workplace. Completion of this workshop certifies activists to process grievances, provided they are officially appointed by their Local or Unit President.

Participants will be able to:
Define, investigate and write grievances.
Distinguish the difference between a contract grievance and a non-contract grievance.
Use the grievance procedure to process violations of the collective bargaining agreement.
Identify the actions to be taken to ensure that the Duty of Fair Representation is upheld.
Prepare and present a grievance at the first step.

Who should attend:
This workshop is designed for Local/Unit officers, stewards, and newly appointed grievance representatives who have little or no experience in handling grievances. It is also a valuable refresher for grievance representatives who do not regularly process grievances. This workshop is required for certification to process grievances in CSEA.

Requirements: Please bring your contract to this workshop.



Private Sector Discipline (Weingarten)
In this advanced one-day workshop activists will learn about the origin and substance of Weingarten Rights, a collection of rights that apply to private sector union members in disciplinary interrogations/investigatory interviews. They will also review the elements of their contractual disciplinary procedures and the basic steps to follow when representing a member in an interrogation/investigatory interview. Participants must complete this workshop to be designated by their local president to represent members in the disciplinary process.

Who should attend:
This Private Sector Discipline Workshop is designed for Private Sector local officers and activists who are interested in learning about their disciplinary procedure and how to effectively represent members in disciplinary interrogations and investigatory interviews.

Participants will learn:
The elements of their contractual disciplinary procedure.
Their rights as union representatives in interrogations/investigatory interviews.
How to defend the rights of members in interrogations/investigatory interviews.
How to distinguish between an interrogation/investigatory interview and other supervisory discussions that do not entitle workers to union representation.

Requirements: Please bring your contract to this workshop.



Public Speaking

Are you worried that you will go blank before an audience? Or are you just looking for tips to improve your oral presentations? In this workshop participants will review the elements of creating and delivering a short presentation designed to move people to action. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

Review the characteristics of effective/ineffective public speaking
Analyze the elements of creating a short presentation
Recognize techniques for coping with tension and anxiety
Define, investigate and write grievances.
Distinguish the difference between a contract grievance and a non-contract grievance.
Use the grievance procedure to process violations of the collective bargaining agreement.
Identify the actions to be taken to ensure that the Duty of Fair Representation is upheld.
Prepare and present a grievance at the first step.

Who should attend:
Officers and activists interested in polishing their ability to give presentations to small or large audiences.



Sexual Harassment: What Union Officers and Activists Should Know

In order to address sexual harassment when/if it occurs, our CSEA leaders, Activists and members should be aware of their rights, roles and responsibilities and are encouraged to assert their rights. This workshop is designed to provide CSEA leaders, Activists and members with basic information to identify various forms of sexual harassment and avenues to address it. Participants will review legal definitions of sexual harassment, policies, procedures, and laws that dictate their rights, and discuss steps Activists and employees should take. Please note that this workshop is not intended to provide specific legal advice regarding specific workplace situations or pending cases.

Participants will have a better understanding of:
Current legal definitions of sexual harassment.
Policies, procedures and laws that determine your rights, including CSEA union and workplace policies.
Situations which may constitute sexual harassment (using fact patterns).
Discuss and learn steps you need to/should take as an activist and an employee regarding sexual harassment.

Who should attend:
This workshop is designed for CSEA leaders, Activists and members who are interested in their rights, roles and responsibilities.



State Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation

This advanced workshop is designed to provide State bargaining unit Officers and Grievance Representatives with the skills needed to effectively represent members in the disciplinary process. Participants will review the elements of their contract disciplinary procedure; identify the categories of discipline and how to investigate disciplinary grievances; distinguish the difference between an interview and an interrogation; and recognize employee/union rights and limitations within the discipline and interrogation process.

Who should attend:
This workshop is designed for Officers and Grievance Representatives who are responsible for representing members in disciplinary issues in the workplace.

Participants will learn to:
Understand the elements of the disciplinary procedure.
Identify the categories of discipline and how to investigate disciplinary grievances.
Distinguish between an interview and an interrogation.
Recognize employee and union rights and limitations within the discipline and Interrogation process.
Analyze how to represent employees throughout the disciplinary process.
Requirements: Please bring your contract to this workshop.



State Government Grievance

In this basic workshop, participants will learn how to work with their contract; examine the grievance procedure; and understand their role and responsibility as a grievance representative. Completion of this workshop complies with the grievance representation training requirement as outlined in the CSEA Local and Unit Constitutions Article V, Section 6. Participants must complete this workshop and be appointed by their Local/Unit President to be certified to process grievances in CSEA.

Participants will be able to:
Define, investigate and write grievances.
Identify the actions needed to be taken to ensure that the Duty of Fair Representation is upheld.
Use the grievance procedure to process violations of the collective bargaining agreement.
Identify the roles and responsibilities of local leaders and the Labor Relations Specialists
Learn how to make an effective presentation of a grievance.

Who should attend:
State Government bargaining unit (ASU, ISU, OSU) officers and activists who have little or no experience in handling grievances or no experience in handling grievances and other violations in the workplace.

Requirements: Please bring your contract to this workshop.



Steward

The strength of our union rests with the recruitment and education of new activists, often in the role of Steward. The Steward Course is designed to train Stewards in communicating, organizing and leading employees in the workplace. This six-hour course will teach the skills that are necessary to carry-out the responsibilities of the Steward.

Participants will be able to:
Create an effective communication network with the membership.
Organize the membership through workplace mapping.
Analyze a variety of workplace situations and develop an appropriate course of action.
Apply one-on-one organizing techniques to build and strengthen the Union.

Who should attend:
This workshop is designed for Local/Unit Officers, Stewards, Grievance Representatives and Activists who are interested in building and strengthening the Union through the Steward network.



Working People’s History

We have heard it said that if you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future. Yet, labor activists rarely have the opportunity to reflect on the history of the American labor movement. In this interactive workshop participants will learn about the workplace struggles that preceded us and discuss how we can use our knowledge of these struggles to help write the history of the current and future labor movement. We will also learn how CSEA’s history fits into the history of the American labor movement.

Who should attend:
This workshop is designed for CSEA Local/Unit Officers, Grievance Representatives, Stewards, and Activists who wish to learn about United States Labor History.

2017 Workshop Schedule

Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Name Changes:

~Local Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop changed to:  Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation

~Local Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Recertification Workshop changed to:   Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Recertification Workshop

~Local Government Private Sector Grievance Representation  Workshop change to:   Grievance Representation  Workshop

~Local Government Grievance Representation Recertification Workshop changed to: Grievance Representation Recertification  Workshop


  Long Island Region

3 Garet Place

Commack, New York 11725

Tel: (631) 462-0030

* For workshops in the Metropolitan Region 2 Area, please call the CSEA Metropolitan Region 2 Office at (212) 406-2156 to register.


  • To Register for this program go to:Register Me
  • or contact Mildred Garcia at 518-257-1411 or mildred.garcia@cseainc.org
  • This is a free event and open to the public, however, space is limited and registration is required.
  • Brought to you by CSEA and AFSCME

  • November 28 – 29, 2017: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation  Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Levittown Hall, 201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY 11801 Open to region

  • December 5 – 6, 2017: Steward Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Hampton Bays High School 88 Argonne Rd. E Hampton Bays, NY 11946 Open to region

  • January 8 – 9, 2018: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; CSEA Region 1 Office, 3 Garet Place Commack, NY 11725 Open to region

  • January 20, 2018: Grievance Representation Workshop: Sign In: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM, Workshop: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM; Hampton Bays High School, 88 Argonne Rd. E, Hampton Bays, NY 11946 Open to region

  • January 31 – February 1, 2018: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Nassau University Medical Center, 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554 Open to region

  • February 6 – 7, 2018: Steward Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Oceanside High School, 3160 Skillman Ave., Oceanside, NY 11572 Open to region

Additional Workshops TBA


Metropolitan Region

125 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor


  • December 13 – 14, 2017:  State Government Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop, Sign-in: 5:30 pm – 6:00 am; Workshop: 6:00 –  9:00 p.m.; CSEA Region 2 Office 125 Maiden Ln., 5th Fl. Conference Room New York, NY 10038 Open to region

Additional Workshops TBA


Southern Region

568 State Route 52

Beacon, New York 12508

Tel: (845) 831-1000 or (800)-757-CSEA

* For workshops in the Capital Region 4 Area, please call:

CSEA Capital Region 4 Office at (518) 782-4400 or (800) 874-7344

 


  • December 5 – 6, 2017: Grievance Representation Workshop: Sign-in: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Workshop: 6:00pm –  9:00 pm; Local 814 Office, 21 Davis Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Open to region

  • January 13, 2017: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop: Sign-in: 8:30 am – 9:00 am; Workshop: 9:00am –  3:30 pm; Lincoln High School 375 Kneeland Avenue Library, Yonkers, NY 10704 Open to region

  • January 16 – 17, 2017: Grievance Representation Workshop: Sign-in: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Workshop: 6:00pm –  9:00 pm; CSEA Local 856 Office, 256 Clinton Ave. Kingston, NY 12401 Open to region

  • January 23 – 24, 2017: Grievance Representation Workshop: Sign-in: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Workshop: 6:00pm –  9:00 pm; Local 844 Office 20 Squadron Blvd, Suite 580, New City, NY 10956 Open to region

  • February 10, 2017: Steward Workshop: Sign-in: 8:30 am – 9:00 am; Workshop: 9:00am –  3:30 pm; Fox Lane High School, Large Cafeteria, 632 S. Bedford Rd., Bedford, NY 10506 Open to region

Additional Workshops TBA


Capital Region

1 Lear Jet Lane, Suite 2
Latham, New York 12110

Tel: (518) 782-4400 or (800) 874-7344

* For workshops in the Plattsburgh Satellite Office, please call the CSEA Plattsburgh Satellite Office at (518) 563-0761 to register.


  • December 5, 2017: Grievance Representation Recertifcation Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Ravena‐Coeymans‐Selkirk Middle School, 2025 US Route 9W, Ravena, NY 12143 Open to the Region CANCELLED

  • December 6, 2017: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Ravena‐Coeymans‐Selkirk Middle School, 2025 US Route 9W, Ravena, NY 12143 Open to the Region CANCELLED

Additional Workshops TBA


 Central Region

6595 Kirkville Road
East Syracuse, New York 13057

Tel: (315) 433-0050 or (800) 559-7975

  *For workshops in Binghamton Satellite Office,  please call the CSEA Binghamton Satellite Office at (607) 772-1750

* *For workshops in Region 6, please call the CSEA Western Region 6 Office at (716) 691 – 6555 or (866) 568-7734


  • December 5 – 6, 2017: Steward Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Oswego High School 2 Buccaneer Blvd. Oswego, NY 13126 Open to region

  • January 9 – 10, 2018: Steward Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Holiday Inn Auburn, 75 North St., Auburn, NY 13021 Open to region

  • January 17 – 18, 2018: State Government Grievance Representation Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM;SUNY Oneonta, Morris Conference Center, Le Café, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta, NY 12820 Open to region

  • January 23 – 24, 2018: Steward Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM;SUNY Cortland, 16 Neubig Rd., Corey Union, Fireplace Lounge, Room 219, Cortland, NY 13045 Open to region

  • January 29 – 30, 2018: State Government Grievance Representation Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; CSEA Region 5 Binghamton Satellite Office, 71 State St., Bache Building, 1st Floor, Binghamton, NY 13901 Open to region

  • January 30 – 31, 2018: Grievance Representation Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Local 834 Office, 5815 Heritage Landing Dr., East Syracuse, NY 13057 Open to region

  • February 7 – 8, 2018: Grievance Representation Workshop: Sign In: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Workshop: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; CSEA Local 822 Office, 114 North Prospect St., Herkimer, NY 13350 Open to region

  • February 10, 2018: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop: Sign In: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM, Workshop: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM; Hotel Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY 14850 Open to region

Additional Workshops TBA


Western Region

120 Pineview Drive
Amherst, New York 14228

Tel: (716) 691-6555) or (866)-568-7734

* For workshops in the Rochester Satellite Office, please call the CSEA Rochester Satellite Office at (585) 272-0800 to register.

**For workshops in Region 5,  please call the CSEA Central Region 5 Office at (315) 433-0050 or (800) 559-7975.


  • November 28 – 29, 2017: Grievance Representation Workshop: Sign-in: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Workshop 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; CSEA Western Region 6 Office, 120 Pineview Dr., Amherst, NY 14228 Open to region

  • January 9 – 10 2018: Steward Workshop: Sign-in: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Workshop 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; CSEA Local 859 Office 24 William St. Lyons, NY 14489 Open to region

  • January 22 – 23 2018: Contract Negotiation Strategies: Maximizing Our Leverage Workshop: Sign-in: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Workshop 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; CSEA Region 6 Rochester Satellite Office, 3495 Winton Place, Building E, Suite 3, Rochester, NY 14623 Open to region

Additional Workshops TBA

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Education

AFSCME Free College Benefit

Those calling for a return to an era when good-paying jobs did not require a college education are burying their heads in the sand. Research continues to show that a college degree is one of the best ways to achieve the American Dream, and the AFSCME Free College benefit can help.

The benefit – with no out-of-pocket costs to you – is provided by AFSCME in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, an accredited, non-profit institution and a member of the University System of Ohio. AFSCME members, their families (spouses, domestic partners, children and grandchildren) and retirees can enroll in a program to earn an associate’s degree online from anywhere in the country. Credits can also be transferred to most four-year public universities.

Scholarships

CSEA Scholarships
CSEA awards 18 $1,000 scholarships under the Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship. Plus, Pearl Carroll and MetLife each sponsor a one-time $2,500 award.
Filing for a Flaumenbaum scholarship automatically puts an applicant in consideration for the Pearl Carroll and MetLife scholarships. Application deadline is April 15, 2017.
Download the 2017 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Application
PLEASE NOTE: Old applications could disqualify potential candidates. Please do not use applications from previous years – applications were recently revised. Please check the back, lower right corner for that date or click on the link below to download the current application.


AFSCME Scholarships and Education Benefits
AFSCME Family Scholarship program: provides ten (10) scholarships of $2,000 each that are renewed for a maximum of four years. CSEA/AFSCME members’ children (or whose legal guardian is an active CSEA/AFSCME member), and who are high school seniors are eligible. For an application, write to AFSCME Family Scholarship, Attention: Education Department, 1625 L. Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 or call (202) 429-1250. The scholarship application period opens August 1 and must be postmarked no later than December 31. Winners are announced March 31.


The Union Plus Scholarship Program: awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to CSEA/AFSCME members, spouses and children. Members must have been a member in good standing for at least one year to apply. Fill out the application online. Program opens in September and closes January 31. Winners are announced March 31.


Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship Program: A scholarship of $5,000 per year for junior and senior years of college will be awarded to two dependents of actively employed AFSCME members who are college sophomores with a grade point average of 2.5 or above who have declared a major and have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in political activism. The recipients will also be given the opportunity to intern at the International Union Headquarters in the Political Action Department during the summer or for one semester between his/her junior and senior year. Download the application at or call (202) 429-1176. You can also get an application by mail at Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship Program, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Attention: Political Action Department, 1625 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036. Deadline is May 30, 2014, and recipients are announced by Aug. 1.


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