Special CSEA Buffalo Bills offer!

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We are pleased to present a special Buffalo Bills ticket offer to all CSEA Members.

To purchase tickets:
Use Promo Code: GPCSE

Date Game Time Link
Fri, 8/16 Minnesota Vikings-KIDS DAY
SPECIAL $15 OFFER!
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Thurs, 8/29 Detroit Lions
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All dates and times are subject to change. Tickets are subject to availability. No refunds or exchanges. Troubles or Questions? Call John Paul Sfeir.

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John Paul Sfeir |Buffalo Bills

Ticket Sales Account Executive

One Bills Drive | Orchard Park, NY | 14127

Toll Free: 1-877-228-4257 x. 8915

Direct: 716-312-8915 | www.buffalobills.com

 

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CSEA endorses John Liu for New York City Mayor

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CSEA Metropolitan Region President Lester Crockett with New York City mayoral candidate John Liu during a union endorsement of Liu. (Click on image for larger view.)

Today, on the steps of City Hall, members and leaders of AFSCME DC 1707, DC 37 and CSEA, Local 1000 announced the endorsement of John Liu for Mayor of New York City. Representing more than 220,000 working families in the City, members and leaders stood on the steps to declare their support for the candidate they know has the wherewithal to move our City forward to build a Better NYC for All.
“John has always been a fighter for the working people of this city. As comptroller he has uncovered massive amounts of waste and fraud and has unmasked the lie that outsourcing and privatizing are cost efficient. John understands that the work of public employees is invaluable and the best way to provide public services,” said Lester Crockett, President CSEA Metropolitan Region. “Our city needs new leadership, not just a rehash of the same policies that has made it harder for working men and women to live and raise a family in this city which we all love.”

CSEA endorses Noam Bramson for Westchester County Executive

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New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson accepts CSEA’s endorsement of his run for Westchester County Executive. Westchester County Unit President Kwabena Manu (in yellow), to his right Mayor Bramson, Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo and to his right, Westchester County Local President John Staino.

CSEA Southern Region leaders and members from the Westchester County workforce gathered outside the Westchester County office building to announce CSEA’s  endorsement of  candidate Noam Bramson for Westchester  County Executive.

“Noam Bramson is the clear choice for Westchester County Executive,” said CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo. “The incumbent has had four years in office, and all that we’ve seen is gridlock and dysfunction. Noam has a proven track record in New Rochelle of bringing in new businesses and keeping taxes low while avoiding layoffs. The alternative is a county executive who has put Westchester at risk of losing millions by waging war with the federal government, and has hurt the middle and lower classes by cutting transportation options. Westchester needs the vision and leadership of Noam Bramson.

Read the full press release with comments from Westchester County Local President John Staino and Westchester County Unit President Kwabena Manu and candidate Noam Bramson.

 

 

 

This Week in Albany

Week ending July 26, 2013

DiNapoli Discusses Detroit’s Bankruptcy Filing

Last week Detroit became the largest American city to ever file for bankruptcy, causing some to question whether cities in New York could face a similar fate. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said that policies put in place by his office will help New York avoid some of the pitfalls that led to Detroit’s bankruptcy and “avoid steps that may cause needless harm to our communities.”

“Even though many of New York’s communities face significant economic and budgetary problems, no municipality in our state has ever declared bankruptcy, and with good reason. Bankruptcy proceedings of municipalities in other states have left fiscal problems unresolved for years, while making it more difficult for local governments to deliver essential services,” Mr. DiNapoli said.

The Comptroller later added, “We’re all going to do everything we can to make sure we don’t have bankruptcies in New York State, which would be a terrible outcome.”

Schneiderman Investigating Superstorm Sandy Charities

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating how charitable organizations are spending money raised in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy after a preliminary report raised questions over how that money has been spent. The initial report showed that of the $575 million in funds raised for Sandy relief, only $336 million has been spent thus far.

Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate Delayed

The implementation of a major component of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will be pushed back one year to 2015. The provision will establish penalties for employers with at least 50 employees who do not provide health insurance. The delay is intended to allow businesses more time to comply with the new regulations.

Continue the Pushback Against OMH Plan

The Office of Mental Health’s “Regional Centers of Excellence” plan will close and consolidate state psychiatric hospitals and leave mentally ill people without the services they need. Families will be forced to travel hours to find services for their loved ones or rely on county jails that have become de-facto treatment centers after years of cuts and a failure by the State to invest in mental health services.

CSEA is committed to fighting this vague and irresponsible plan that will only worsen the current shortage of mental health services in the state. Please visit our website and sign the petitions urging Governor Cuomo not to abandon State services for the mentally ill.

This Week in Albany

Week ending July 26, 2013

Headlines include:

  • Dinapoli Discusses Detroit’s Bankruptcy Filing
  • Schneiderman Investigating Superstorm Sandy Charities
  • Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate Delayed
  • Continue the Pushback Against OMH Plan

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First time attending the CSEA Annual Delegates Meeting?

CSEA_13-ADM-pinAll first-time Annual Delegates Meeting members should attend the Welcome Orientation for New Delegates from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21. First-time attendees should go straight to this workshop first, and collect their credentials for the ADM after the workshop.
This session provides you with information and tips about the week’s events as well as having the opportunity to meet other officers and delegates from your Region. All delegates are encouraged to review the delegate meeting format and to welcome our union sisters and brothers who are joining us for the first time!

A Message From Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte

November, 2017

 

November is the time that we stop to give thanks for our many blessings.

I, for one, am thankful to be a member of CSEA. I am also thankful that you have trusted me to serve as your region president for more than two decades.

I am also thankful that CSEA presents so many opportunities for us to hone our activism skills, like at our 107th Annual Delegates Meeting (ADM).

This year’s ADM was workshop-driven. Hundreds of activists from around the state converged on Rochester to add to our leadership skills.

There were classes on civil service training, officers training and a host of other subjects that will give our officers practical skills to share with their units and locals when they return to their home region. CSEA also has these same trainings in the region. They are announced online at cseany.org and on the region Facebook page at CSEA Long Island Region 1.

We also went to plenary sessions on member engagement. During the sessions, we were able to discuss situations that we encounter when trying to engage with members at our work sites. There were some very informative exchanges that will be beneficial when the Never Quit Member Engagement Campaign comes back to Long Island in 2018.

We’ll also be voting on November 7. Be sure to vote ‘NO’ on proposition 1. It is not in New Yorkers’ best interest to have a constitutional convention. The event would cost New Yorkers hundreds of millions of dollars, potentially jeopardize our pensions and possibly put our rights as public employees at risk.

I would suggest that you consider CSEA’s endorsed candidates on November 7. The Long Island Region Political Action Committee spent many hours interviewing and researching candidates that we feel will represent the best interests of our membership. I am the highest ranking political officer in our region, and I am confident that we made the right choices.

Now that the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear the Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31 case, we must be even more focused on protecting our union and the rights that we have fought to gain CSEA believes that everyone should pay their fair share.

There are many corporate interest groups that seek to destroy us. We cannot let them!

We must stand together and be an unstoppable force in our pursuit to never quit and stay CSEA strong!

 

A Biography of CSEA Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte

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President Nick LaMorte

It seems an inconsequential development in the grand scheme of things; a week’s vacation time lost to a young custodian working in the Farmingdale school district. But a revision in that school district’s contract that reduced vacation time for people working there was what motivated Nick LaMorte to become a CSEA activist.

“I wasn’t too happy when I found out our vacation allowance was cut by a full week,” recalled LaMorte. “I didn’t think there was much I could do about it at first, but then one of my colleagues suggested greater union involvement might provide some recourse.”

LaMorte took that suggestion to heart and began the journey that led him to his present post as CSEA Long Island Region President, where he is charged with ensuring that the rights of members are maintained and their work receives its due respect, mediating disputes of every kind and advocating for the membership to governmental officials and community leaders in both Nassau and Suffolk county.

He negotiated his first labor contract as chairman of the Farmingdale School District custodial unit negotiating committee in the early seventies and worked his way up the civil service ladder on the job and in the union ranks, eventually becoming Nassau Educational Local 865 Vice President and representing workers in 26 school districts. LaMorte was elected president of that local in the mid-eighties and served two terms.

In the late eighties, he was named chair of the Special Statewide School Committee, representing the interests of 35,000 school district employees. LaMorte ran for president of the Long Island Region a couple of years later but lost a close election race. He threw his hat in the ring again in the next election cycle and this time was elected Long Island Region President.

LaMorte has been re-elected several times since then and is currently in his seventh term.

He has repeatedly reached out to help the community during his tenure. As a member of the Long Island United Way he has served as co-chair for the State Employees Federated Appeal, an annual fund raiser to benefit the needy in Nassau and Suffolk, and is currently the State SEFA Council Chair. He also serves on the board of the Suffolk Child Care Council, as well as the Suffolk County Girl Scouts.

LaMorte serves on the board of the Long Island Federation of Labor, which named him labor leader of the year in 1995. He was on the New York State Executive Board of the AFL-CIO and continues to serve on many town labor advisory boards. In addition, the Long Island Progressive Coalition presented LaMorte the Paul Gutierrez Award for Contributions to Human Dignity. He is a member of the Sons of Italy and received the highest NYS award. The Golden Lion recently named him Grand Marshal of the Columbus Day Parade in the Town of Huntington.

LaMorte has been named by the Long Island Press to their Power List and became the first man honored by the advocacy group Women on the Job, in recognition of his many years of dedication to the principle and practice of equality in the workplace and equal pay for equal work. Dedicated to promoting justice, diversity and respect in the work place, he was awarded by the Suffolk County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission for public service. He is a proud graduate of Hofstra University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education with a major in biology, and an alumnus of the Harvard Trade Union Program.

But LaMorte does not want his office full of awards, citations and certificates to define him. He describes himself instead as “a custodian from Farmingdale who fights hard to defend and advance the rights of ordinary working people.”

CSEA represents workers who provide essential public services to just about every community in Nassau and Suffolk, as well as many school districts and libraries there. The union has more than a quarter million members in New York State and better than 50,000 on Long Island.

Nick and his wife Carolyn have four successful children and five grandchildren. You might even catch Nick on his “Harley” traveling to and from membership meetings! He is now a staunch advocate for motorcycle awareness.

CSEA Reaches Discovery Phase in State Retiree Health Insurance Lawsuit

Editor’s Note: The lawsuit discussed in this article affects ONLY New York State Executive Branch and Unified Court System retirees who retired between 1983 and 2011.


CSEA has reached the discovery, or evidence collection, phase in its class action lawsuit claiming the state illegally raised health insurance costs for retired New York state Executive Branch and Unified Court System employees.

Litigation had been delayed because the state had filed a motion with U.S. District Court for reconsideration shortly after a federal judge had denied in December 2012 the state’s motion to dismiss the case. A U.S. District Judge recently denied state’s reconsideration motion, which allows the case to proceed with discovery.

When the case moves to discovery, the individuals who were involved in negotiating the CSEA contracts (both union and management) since 1983 can be interviewed in “depositions,” and all related documents will be exchanged by all unions and the state. When that is completed, CSEA is expecting to make a motion for summary judgment, that is, a decision based on the merits of the case without going to a full trial, but there are no guarantees.

“Our attorneys want to resolve this case quickly,” CSEA President Danny Donohue said. “These health insurance increases were not only never negotiated, but have financially harmed our retirees.”

CSEA and a coalition of other unions sued the New York state Executive Branch and the Unified Court System (UCS) in December 2011 on behalf of retirees who retired from the state or the Unified Court System between 1983 and 2011.

The lawsuit claimed that the state and UCS violated the contracts that were in effect between CSEA and the state/UCS on the date when each retiree retired, as well as the Contracts Clause of the United States Constitution, when the state and UCS raised retiree contributions from 10 percent to 12 percent for individual coverage and from 25 percent to 27 percent for family coverage effective Oct. 1, 2011.

Retirees have long contributed 10 percent of individual coverage and 25 percent of family coverage for their health insurance coverage in retirement based on the percentages included in the state contracts when they retired. The unions asserted that it is illegal for the state to increase costs for already retired members, and the unions did not negotiate such increases.

Read the decision