Update Your “My CSEA” Profile for a Chance to Win $500

HAND_HOLDING_MONEYSo that we can keep you informed, it’s important that we have your most up-to-date contact information. That’s why we are running this exciting $500 giveaway!

Log into your My CSEA profile. You’ll need your CSEA ID! Then, review your contact information. Make updates, or confirm that your information is already current, then click one of the red submit buttons at the bottom. That’s all you need to do to be entered to win!

This contest is open to CSEA members only. CSEA staff and other affiliates are not eligible to participate. One lucky winner will be chosen, at random, on a monthly basis for the duration of the contest.

Only one contest entry per member. Multiple profile updates do not result in multiple entries. Entries remain valid for the duration of the contest – there is no need to re-verify on a monthly basis.

Members may only win once. Prize will be in the form of a $500 prepaid gift card, which can be used at any vendor that currently accepts Visa or Mastercard.

Federal Issues Update

AFSCME Legislative Weekly Report
Week ending March 24, 2016

Headlines include:

  • House Panel Examines Harm of Current Social Security Rules for Public Sector Retirees
  • DOL Issues Rule Requiring Employers to Report Consultations With “Persuader” Union Busters
  • Congressional Briefing on Ending Immigration Raids Targeting Unaccompanied Children
  • This Week, We Celebrate the Sixth Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

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This Week in Albany

Week ending March 25, 2016

Budget Update

Budget negotiations have reached their final stages and Senate and Assembly staff will be working toward a final budget agreement through the weekend. While the debate over increasing the minimum wage has been the biggest sticking point and remains unresolved, it is tentatively expected that an on-time budget will be passed before the April 1 deadline.

Visit the Legislative & Political Action Department’s website for more information on CSEA’s budget positions, including video discussions, legislative memos, and written testimony.

Additionally, the Legislative & Political Action Department will be hosting a webinar on the budget sometime in April after it is finalized. Stay tuned for more information.

CSEA Endorses in SD9 Special Election

CSEA has endorsed Republican Chris McGrath in the Special Election to fill the vacant 9th state senate district seat in Nassau County.

“Chris McGrath leads by example in his life and in his community,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “CSEA members on Long Island enthusiastically support him because he has the personal qualities that good elected representatives should have.”

The election will be held on April 19, the same day as the Presidential Primary elections.

Webinar Questionnaire

The Legislative & Political Action Department will be expanding our use of online webinars to keep CSEA members informed of the issues that matter to them.

If you haven’t yet done so, please fill out our quick survey to help us offer these webinars in the most effective way possible. A minute of your time will help us determine the best time to hold our webinars and let us know the topics that interest you the most.

This Week in Albany

Week ending March 25, 2016

Headlines include:

  • Budget Update
  • CSEA Endorses in SD9 Special Election
  • Webinar Questionnaire

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Your Health Insurance is Under Attack!!

The CSEA negotiating team has just concluded this week’s round of negotiations with the Governor’s administration. It is clear that the number one concession on the Governor’s hit list is: YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE

The Governor’s team called your health insurance plan “unsustainable” and better than any plan employees would have anywhere else.

The Governor’s proposal on health insurance is simple: You should pay more anduse less health care.

The Governor’s proposal looks only to shift the costs to you and does nothing to keep the overall cost of health care down. Instead of unimaginative cost shifting, the state should be encouraging healthy lifestyles and giving incentives for healthy activities. THEY JUST DON’T GET IT!

We put forward a number of proposals to keep costs down. We proposed adopting an alternate prescription drug plan, creating a complete wellness benefit for employees and dependents, and exploring Tele-medicine offerings, just to name a few.

CSEA members make New York State work every day, performing a wide range of essential jobs from around-the-clock health care and human services, helping some of New York’s most vulnerable people; to safe road maintenance in all kinds of weather; to critically important record keeping, licensing, administrative and operational responsibilities.

In surveys, listening tour meetings, and phone calls from our CSEA membership across the state, the number one issue in this negotiation for our members is protecting your health insurance. This is one of the main pillars of this negotiation and your involvement and activism is critical to our success in our efforts on your behalf.

Thank you again for standing with us.

MY CSEA $500 Promotion Rules

This contest is open to CSEA members only. CSEA staff and other affiliates are not eligible to participate. One lucky winner will be chosen, at random, on a monthly basis for the duration of the contest.

Only one contest entry per member. Multiple profile updates do not result in multiple entries. Entries remain valid for the duration of the contest – there is no need to re-verify on a monthly basis.

Members may only win once. Prize will be in the form of a $500 prepaid gift card, which can be used at any vendor that currently accepts Visa or Mastercard.

Blitz makes it to Westchester County!

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CSEA’s Jeremy Ginsburg, right, talks about the Never Quit campaign to Yonkers teacher aides.

CSEA has undertaken a massive member engagement blitz, which hit Westchester County the week of March 14. With activists and staff holding work site meetings, distributing literature and knocking on doors, we had the chance to connect with thousands of CSEA members working in local government and school districts across Westchester! While the blitz team is moving across the state, Southern Region activists and staff are still holding CSEA Never Quit meetings and asking members to sign cards pledging that they’ll never quit being union!

From our week-long blitz in Westchester, it’s clear that CSEA members are fired up about the economic security, workplace rights and security they get by being union! To learn more about the CSEA Never Quit campaign, click here to read some important information from CSEA President Danny Donohue.

To see an album of photos from the blitz, click here for our public Facebook album.

The 3rd Annual Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge

Yet again, CSEA members show their generosity by participating in The Town of Oyster Bay’s 3rd Annual Polar Plunge. Proceeds go to the Special Olympics. This 7 person team managed to raise $1,653. With that money, 4 Special Olympics athletes will have their training costs covered for one year.

See more photos here: https://www.facebook.com/csealongisland/?fref=ts

 

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Federal Issues Update

AFSCME Legislative Weekly Report
Week ending March 18, 2016

Headlines include:

  • Budget With Deep Cuts Stalls in House
  • Flint Residents Demand Immediate Action by Congress
  • Senate Completes Short-Term Extension of FAA Programs
  • House Committee Slashes Federal Support for Anti-Poverty and Health Programs
  • House Panel Adopts Bill Cutting Public Funds and Federal Medicaid Support
  • House Passes Resolution to Attack President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions at the U.S. Supreme Court
  • President Obama Nominates Merrick Garland for U.S. Supreme Court

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This Week in Albany

Week ending March 18, 2016

One House Budgets Released

The Senate and Assembly released their one-house budget proposals last weekend. These proposals lay out each house’s priorities as negotiations over the final budget ramp up.

The Senate’s budget proposal shows strong support for CSEA’s priorities regarding the Office of Mental Health and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, while also rejecting Governor Cuomo’s proposal to increase health care costs for those retiring from the state on or after October 1.

The Assembly’s proposal also rejects the Governor’s retiree health care proposal and promotes a fairer tax structure.

CSEA will continue to fight for the rights and benefits of our members as negotiations toward a final budget agreement move forward.

Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Republicans who control the U.S. Senate have indicated that they will not take any action to confirm any nominee until a new president is elected.

Help Us Help You

The Legislative & Political Action Department will be expanding our use of online webinars to keep CSEA members informed of the issues that matter to them.

In order to help us offer these webinars in the most effective way possible, we need your help. A minute of your time will help us determine the best time to hold our webinars and let us know the topics that interest you the most.

Please click here to fill out our survey.

Voter Registration Deadline

The last day to register to vote in the the April 19 Presidential Primary / Special Election is March 25.

Don’t forget that you must be a registered Democrat or a registered Republican to vote in that party’s Primary Election.

To see if you’re already registered, click here. To download a voter registration form, please visit our website.