NYS Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit Enters Final Stage

Phase 3 NY State Employees verification period ended on August 19, 2016. 

Please note:  NYSHIP has allowed a brief grace period for enrollees to submit verification to HMS Employer Solutions (1-866-252-0635) until September 7, 2016. 

Due to time restraints, it is encouraged that documentation be submitted by electronic web upload at www.VerifyOS.com or fax the documentation to (877)-223-8478.

NYSHIP’s dependent eligibility verification project for those enrollees with family health insurance is entering its final stage. This project impacts all NYSHIP enrollees with family health insurance (The Empire Plan and NYSHIP HMOs). The audit will help ensure that every participant who receives NYSHIP health benefits is entitled to those benefits.

HMS Employer Solutions (HMS) was the vendor selected to perform this Eligibility Audit, which is similar to the dependent verification audit conducted in 2009.  In early July, HMS mailed a verification letter to Active New York State NYSHIP enrollees with Family coverage (Phase 3). The deadline to respond and submit proof of eligibility for covered dependent(s) was August 19, 2016 (please note the Grace Period extension).  It is very important that enrollees respond by the Grace Period deadline or their dependent(s) will be removed from coverage retroactively to January 1, 2016.

Note: The verification periods for Phase 1 (Active and Retired Local Government, Town and Municipality employees, etc.) and Phase 2 (Active and Retired Authority employees and New York State retirees) are now complete.  Individuals trying to appeal dependents previously removed during Phase 2 of the eligibility audit can contact HMS at 1-866-252-0527.

New Member Workshop

If you’re new to CSEA, consider taking this new member workshop. The class is structured around teaching new members about the history of CSEA and why being a member is important. Please consider registering to find out what your union does for you.

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The 7th Annual Region One Golf Outing

Join your fellow Long Island Region members for the 7th Annual Region One Golf Classic. All proceeds go to provide summer camp assistance to children of CSEA members.

 

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A New Grievance Workshop Is Now Available

If you want to learn about the grievance process and how to work with contracts, this workshop is for you. Call the Long Island Region office to reserve your seat.

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The 2016 NYC Labor Day Parade

Show your union pride on September 10th at the 2016 NYC Labor Day Parade. Let’s show all of New York how strong the labor movement really is!!

 

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This Week in Albany

Week ending August 26, 2016

CSEA Issues Endorsements for State Senate and Assembly

The Statewide CSEA Political Action Committee (PAC) has finalized endorsements for state senate and assembly races. Endorsements are based on recommendations from unit and local PACs submitted to region committees. Region recommendations are then voted upon by the statewide committee.

The full list of endorsements can be viewed here.

AFL-CIO Convention

The New York State AFL-CIO held its convention in New York City this week to consider changes to the AFL-CIO state constitution and to make endorsements for state senate and assembly races. The voice of CSEA members were heard strongly throughout the convention as endorsements were considered. The list of AFL-CIO endorsed candidates can be viewed here.

Speakers at the convention included Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Senate Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) Leader Jeff Klein, and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and IDC Leader Jeff Klein both strongly came out in opposition to holding a state constitutional convention.

In November 2017 New York voters will be asked whether a convention should be held to make amendments to the state constitution. CSEA strongly opposes holding a constitutional convention.

A constitutional convention could take away protections that prevent reductions in public pension benefits, Civil Service merit and fitness and the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively, amongst many other issues.

Over the next year we will be discussing this critical issue with you via e-mail, webinars, and meetings in your area. We encourage you to visit the Constitutional Convention portion of the CSEA website for flyers and other information.

Obama Administration to Phase-out Private Prisons

Approximately 10 years ago, CSEA, along with other labor unions, successfully lobbied the state legislature and Governor to outlaw the use of private prisons in New York State. We are happy to report that this week the U.S. Justice Department announced that they will end their use of private, for-profit prisons for federal inmates. While this decision only affects federal prisons, it is a positive step away from the outsourcing of public work.

Happy Labor Day

This Week in Albany will not be sent next Friday, September 2. We encourage you to participate in Labor Day events in your area.


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Go ORANGE® with CSEA and save!

Exclusive member benefit! Take advantage of your CSEA membership to catch the Syracuse Orange® in most 2017 home football games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse at very special reduced rates!

CSEA members will be entitled to purchase discounted tickets as follows:

Central Connecticut, Middle Tennessee, Central Michigan – $10
Pittsburgh –  $25 • Wake Forest, Boston College – $15

To get your CSEA discount tickets, visit this site for online ordering – click on the “Find Tickets” box after your game selection, enter Promo Code: CSEA17 (all caps, no spaces). NOTE: YOU WILL NOT SEE THE SPECIAL CSEA PRICING UNTIL YOU CLICK ON YOUR SEAT SELECTION (discounted seats are in the Lower Endzone, Upper Corners and Stadium Seating). After you select your seats, login with your MyCuse Account or create a new account. Follow the steps to purchase and check out. There will be a processing and print at home fee.

SU Football® Home Game Schedule:

SU vs Central Connecticut State – September 1, 2017 • 7pm

SU vs Middle Tennessee – September 9, 2017 • 3:30pm

SU vs Central Michigan – September 16, 2017 • 3:30pm

SU vs Pittsburgh – October 7, 2017 • TBA

SU vs. Clemson – October 13, 2017 • 7pm **

SU vs Wake Forest – November 11, 2017 • TBA

SU vs Boston College – November 25, 2017 • TBA

** Note: no discount available for this game

Let’s Go Orange® !

CSEA taps Harry Bronson as a champion for working people

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CSEA endorses Harry Bronson for NYS Assembly 138AD in a primary election slated for September 13. Photo & story by Ove Overmyer, CSEA ©2016

Rochester– Harry Bronson’s passion for social justice, equality and fairness has defined his public service, legal and business careers for almost his entire adult life. He says it’s been a real privilege and honor to serve local citizens since he first got elected to public office over a decade ago. With no second thoughts, CSEA enthusiastically endorses the 2016 re-election campaign of Harry Bronson for NYS Assembly 138AD (Rochester, Henrietta, Chili).

Service to community was instilled in Harry at a very early age. One of 12 children, Harry says he knows what it is like for working families to make sacrifices because he came from very humble beginnings. He also understands that working together is how a family and strong communities can grow.

After earning his undergraduate degree in Public Justice at SUNY Oswego, Harry went on to the University of Buffalo, where he earned his Juris Doctor. He is a former partner at the firm of Blitman and King, where he focused on anti-discrimination employment law, labor issues, employee benefits and litigation. Harry has also practiced law in the areas of commercial development, industrial revenue bonds and other complex business transactions. As a recognized authority throughout New York State, Harry is often a guest lecturer and keynote speaker on the topics of employment law and public justice issues.

Bess Watts, CSEA Monroe County Local President says you couldn’t ask for a better partner in government. “All public officials should strive to be as hard working, talented, diplomatic and dedicated as Harry Bronson. He understands exactly what his constituents need—and we should know. CSEA has thousands of members who live in his district. They tell me how results driven he is—and I know firsthand by personally working with him on several public policy initiatives. He has proven himself to be a problem solver unlike others who attempt to unseat him.”

Bronson says that he is very honored and privileged to have served in the NYS Assembly for the past six years, and wants to continue to build on what he has accomplished. In our CSEA candidate endorsement interviews, he stressed the importance of working across party lines to achieve the best possible results for our community— he said it’s the only path to create real progress. “It’s something I have always done throughout my career in public service, and it’s something I will continue to do,” said Bronson.

“I can’t continue to serve my community if residents don’t actively take a role in the process,” he added. “And, if you don’t vote, you will lose your voice. It’s time to start investing in the long-term viability of our local communities so that we can ensure a secure future for our families both now and for generations to come. Voter participation is a critical element to that equation. I need you to get out and vote.”

Bronson reports that the lack of job opportunities and inability to prepare our youth for successful careers has persisted for decades and our working families have paid the price. He calls this one of our biggest challenges that we face as a state and nation. Bronson has made job creation and economic development plus improving educational outcomes for our youth three of his top priorities entering the new legislative session beginning January 2017.

CATlogoround1Bronson also stepped up to the plate and visited with picketing union members at a rally outside the Monroe County Office Building on August 9. He looked Monroe County workers in the eye, shook their hands and told them, “You are not alone in this fight. Your fight for a fair contract is everyone’s fight. I have your back.”

Bronson admits there are many talented people in our community doing great work and yes, we have made some progress in the past couple years. He says, “However, we need to do better to improve educational outcomes for our youth and provide more job opportunities for people who want to work.”

To highlight that point, Bronson mentioned that he was instrumental in securing funding for both RIT and the University of Rochester to help them create new advanced manufacturing opportunities to spur local economic growth. “Both of these local universities are critical partners to government when it comes to quality of life issues. We need strong, proven representation in Albany to continue our collaboration to create jobs and grow our economy.”

Asked what he would like to convey to working families of his district, Bronson said, “I am taking nothing for granted. I am working very hard to keep my seat. I would like all voters to know that this is a critical election for our community and our state. I am asking you to stand with me and fight for a better future for all our families.”

Bronson’s major endorsements include almost every elected official in Monroe County, the Monroe County Democratic Party Committee plus almost every labor and civil rights organization in the State of New York. Bronson is being challenged in a Democratic primary vote on September 13.

To read a media release on the Bronson endorsement, you can go here.

-Ove Overmyer

Join us as we celebrate Labor Day 2016 and show our union pride!

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CSEA will be participating in the following Labor Day events across Region 5:

SYRACUSE

The Greater Syracuse Labor Council will sponsor a Labor Solidarity Parade at the New York State Fair on Monday, September 5.  Free admission and parking tickets to the Fair (valid that day only) are now available on a first-come, first-served basis for those members and their family members who sign up to join in our march, through your Local and Unit Presidents (signup deadline is August 22). Join CSEA President Danny Donohue and Region President Colleen Wheaton who are leading our march! Free CSEA tee shirts will be given out while supplies last. Assemble at 10 a.m. between Fair Gates 4 and 5, and the march will begin at 10:30 a.m. There will be a Labor “Family Photo” immediately following the parade at the Chevy Court Stage. Members outside the Syracuse area can call the Central Region Office at 315-433-0050 for ticket information.

MASSENA

Join the Jefferson, Lewis & St. Lawrence Counties Central Trades and Labor Council for their annual Solidarity Day Parade and picnic on Monday, September 5. CSEA members will line up at Willow Street in Massena, by Coach’s Corner Restaurant at 10:00 a.m. The parade starts at 11:00 and will end at Springs Park with the events, a free picnic lunch and drawings to follow. All CSEA members and their family members are invited to march. For more info, contact Mark Patterson at 315-250-0018.

ITHACA

The Midstate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO and the Tompkins County Workers Center will hold their 33rd annual Labor Day picnic in the Large Pavilion at Stewart Park in Ithaca on the south shore of Cayuga Lake from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Monday, Sept. 5. Join union families and elected leaders. Festivities include music, free burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, beverages, and ice cream, and the Friend/Goat of Labor Awards, Mother Jones and Joe Hill Awards. All are welcome! You can bring a dish to share, but it is not required. For further information, contact contact Field Coordinator Wendy Colucci at 315-422-3363.

 

 

Save the Date for the Labor Day Parade

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

New York City

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