CSEA endorses a candidate for City Council

Long Beach Unit, CSEA Local 882 is out supporting CSEA endorsed candidate for City Council, Anthony Eramo (standing third from the left).

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September 2015 Work Force

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School Bus Safety

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Thousands of CSEA members work as drivers or bus monitors for school districts across the state. This fall the CSEA Don’t Zone Out campaign has a special focus on raising school bus safety awareness aimed at keeping the children, our members and the traveling public, SAFE.

• An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day.
• 35 students were hit by drivers passing a stopped school bus in New York State in the last 4 years.

Understand the danger:
• Approaching or leaving a bus poses the greatest risk to children riding buses.
• A 10 foot perimeter around the bus is considered a danger zone.
• This means also being aware that students are often walking along the side of the road and waiting for buses on the side of the road.

SLOW DOWN — BE AWARE — STOP.  IT’S THE LAW:
School busIt is illegal – and very dangerous – to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights located on top of the bus are flashing.
You must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or behind. Most buses are equipped with stop signs that will extend from the side of the bus making it clear.
• You must always stop for flashing red lights, which indicate that the bus is picking up or dropping off students, even on divided and multi-lane highways and on school grounds.
• The first-time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 to $400 fine, 5 points on your license, and/or possibly 30 days in jail.
• The memory of injuring or killing a child will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Yellow lights mean the bus is preparing to stop. Slow down!
Red lights mean students are getting on or off the bus. STOP!

PENALTIES FOR PASSING A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS

First Conviction:  $250.00 – $400.00 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.
Second Conviction (within 3 years) $600.00 – $750.00 fine and/or up to 180 days in jail.
Third or Subsequent Convictions (within 3 years) $750.00 – $1,000.00 fine and/or up to 180 days in jail.

Help spread the word. Share with your coworkers, family and union members.
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Civil Service Test Preparation Workshop

These courses are being offered to CSEA employees, only. They are designed to give you an advantage, over the competition, in this competitive job market. Register today!

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Civil Service Test Preparation Workshop

This workshop is being offered, to CSEA members, to help them prepare for the NYS Civil Service Exam for Office Assistant 2. You will have to pre-register for this workshop.

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Labor Education Workshops are now available

CSEA Education and Training Department’s Fall Workshops are open for registration. You can call the Long Island Region 1 Office at (631) 462-0030 to sign up.

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This Week in Albany

Week ending August 21, 2015

Legislative Update

Governor Cuomo acted on 147 bills last week.

Included in the bills signed into law was legislation (A.870 – Peoples-Stokes / S.1517 – Felder) that made agreed upon changes to a law enacted in 2014 requiring local social services districts to give increased notice before lowering child care subsidy eligibility. Under this law, counties will have to give 30 days’ notice, which is an increase from the 10 days currently required under the law. The bill was strongly supported by CSEA.

There are still 469 bills that passed both houses this session but have not yet been sent to the Governor.

Assemblyman Switches Party

Assemblyman John Ceretto announced this week that he would be leaving the Republican Conference to join the Assembly’s Democratic majority. With the party change, the Democratic conference grew to 105 members.

Ceretto represents the 145 th Assembly District, covering parts of Niagara and Erie counties.

95th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

The fight for women’s suffrage in the United States began in New York with the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls in 1848. While the struggle would continue for more than 70 years, women were finally granted the right to vote when the 19 th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920. New York was the fifth state to ratify the Amendment.

 

Reminder to parents: Make sure your college student’s shots are up to date (Empire Plan Enrollees)

Is your child off to college this fall? If you’ve made a checklist of items to pack and things to take care of before he or she goes, you may want to add just one more item – make sure their shots are up to date.

Growing research has found that some groups of college students may be at a higher risk of contracting bacterial meningitis, and that risk can be minimized by means of a quick injection.

As Empire Plan Enrollees and their eligible dependents gear up for another fall semester, the CSEA Health Benefits Department would like to remind those in charge of “PLANNING” that the Empire Plans’ vaccination and immunization benefit was enhanced to include the meningitis vaccine for dependent children.

Enrollees who have questions about whether their child has received the meningitis vaccination should contact their doctor’s office.

If you would like to learn more about the Empire Plans’ vaccination and immunization benefit, including the meningitis vaccine, please contact United HealthCare, the Empire Plan’s medical/surgical provider, at 1-877-7NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447).

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This Week in Albany

Week ending August 14, 2015

NYS Employment Trends

A report released by Comptroller DiNapoli showed that while New York ended 2014 with its highest job count ever, the distribution of job growth was uneven.

New York City accounted for three out of every four new jobs statewide from 2009 to 2014, while every other region except for Long Island saw job growth below the national average or even lost jobs over that time period.

One industry that saw significantly higher losses in New York than it did nationally was the public sector. The government sector in New York State lost 87,000 jobs from 2009 through 2014, including 6,600 jobs lost in 2014.

Cuomo Administration policies such as the property tax cap, an arbitrary two percent growth cap for state agencies, and stagnant state support for municipalities could make this trend even more severe. It must be questioned how the steep decline in public sector jobs has slowed job growth upstate and hurt our communities.

Register to Vote

The last day to postmark your voter registration form for the September 10th Primary Election is August 15.

If you are not yet registered, or need to change your address, please visit our website to download a registration form.