This Week in Albany

Week ending October 28, 2016

Election Spotlight – SD 7

This week, our “Election Spotlight” focuses on the 7th Senate District, covering part of Nassau County. CSEA has endorsed Elaine Phillips to fill the seat being vacated by Senator Jack Martins.

Get Out the Vote

As we enter the final days of the election, it is crucial that we talk to our friends and coworkers about getting out and voting.

Two simple questions that you can ask to encourage voter turnout are:

  1. What time do you plan on voting?
  2. Where is your polling place?

Being asked these questions gives people the opportunity to think about actually going to the polls and can have a dramatic impact on turnout. By working together and talking to our colleagues, we can help ensure that our voices are heard.

Another critical way you can help during this election season is to volunteer and help ensure CSEA endorsed candidates win on Election Day.

To volunteer, please contact your region political action coordinator. Visit our website to see the list of CSEA endorsed candidates and all of our election spotlights.

Election Day is November 8.

Region 1

Sue Castle – (631) 462-0030

Region 2

Matt D’Amico – (212) 406-2156

Region 3

Chris Ludlow – (845) 831-1000

Region 4

Bryan Miller – (518) 782-4400

Region 5

Rick Noreault – (315) 433-0050

Region 6

Chris Rackl – (716) 691-6555


New Civil Service Test Preparation Workshop

A new test workshop is being offered for anyone interested in taking the Nassau County Civil Service Commission’s Clerk-Typist/Typist Clerk exam. If you’re looking to change or advance your career, consider taking this exam.

 

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Celebrate The Holiday Season at The Festivals of Light

Celebrate the holiday season with your fellow union brothers and sisters at The Festivals of Light. This event is an opportunity for our members to learn about the various religious and cultural observances that take place during the holiday season. Dinner will be served.

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Veterans Day Ceremony

Join the Long Island Region Veterans Committee on November 12, 2016 as they hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Help them as they honor those who served their country in the armed forces.

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The 2016 Long Island Region Holiday Party

Mark your calendars! December 7, 2016 is the date for the Region One Holiday Party. Please join us for a night of fellowship and reflection on a year full of union activity.

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Steward Update: Return-to-Work Strategies

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WNY– The 2016 fall edition of Steward Update (Vol. 27, No. 5) features an article written by Western Region Communications Specialist Ove Overmyer. The report details strategies and tips for stewards when assisting fellow co-workers who return to work after trauma or tragedy.

Steward Update is published six times a year by Union Communication Services (UCS) — The Worker Institute at Cornell ILR. To order a subscription of Steward Update, you can go here or call 1-800-321-2545.

To view or download Ove Overmyer’s article, please-use-this-link.

This Week in Albany

Week ending October 21, 2016

PEF Contract Announced

Governor Cuomo announced a contract agreement with the Public Employees Federation (PEF) this week. Many details of the contract have not yet been released.

CSEA President Danny Donohue said, “Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at PEF on their tentative agreement with New York state. CSEA will continue to work with the governor’s administration to reach a contract agreement that best serves CSEA’s members.”

Opioid Treatment Coverage Guidelines Released

The heroin and opioid crisis has negatively impacted lives across our state. Families have lost loved ones, lives have been cut short, and social service caseloads have skyrocketed.

The state legislature passed a package of legislation addressing some of these issues this year. One major part of the package focused on making it harder for insurance companies to deny coverage for treatment.

This week, the Department of Financial Services released its guidelines for insurers to cover the cost of treatment. Specifically, insurers must cover medication for treatment and are forbidden from requiring preauthorization for coverage of inpatient substance abuse treatment.

This package of legislation was a good start, and CSEA will continue to work with state legislators to come up with solutions to these problems. Special thanks go to Senators Amedore, Murphy, Ortt, Funke, Hannon, Marcellino, and Serino for their work on getting this package of bills signed into law.

Election Spotlight – SD 60

This week, our “Election Spotlight” focuses on the 60th Senate District, covering part of Erie County. CSEA has endorsed Chris Jacobs to fill the seat being vacated by Senator Marc Panepinto.

As we enter the final weeks of the election, it is crucial that you volunteer to help ensure CSEA endorsed candidates win on Election Day. To volunteer, please contact your region political action coordinator. Visit our website to see the list of CSEA endorsed candidates.

Election Day is November 8.

Region 1

Sue Castle – (631) 462-0030

Region 2

Matt D’Amico – (212) 406-2156

Region 3

Chris Ludlow – (845) 831-1000

Region 4

Bryan Miller – (518) 782-4400

Region 5

Rick Noreault – (315) 433-0050

Region 6

Chris Rackl – (716) 691-6555


This Week in Albany

Week ending October 14, 2016

CSEA Responds to Governor’s Flat Funding Call

This week, CSEA President Danny Donohue responded to Governor Cuomo’s call to State agencies to hold their budgets flat once again.

President Donohue questioned the administration’s priorities, focusing on the $8 billion the state spends every year on so-called “economic development” initiatives while straining the services that our communities depend on every day.

“The Cuomo administration must think state workers are magicians or something,” President Donohue said. “The governor’s approach completely ignores the fact that state agency overtime has reached a critical mass and that real people are suffering because of this administration’s mismanaged priorities.”

Legislative Update

This legislative session, CSEA strongly advocated for a bill that would require the Office of Mental Health to a report on the number of assaults on staff members in any of the state’s four forensic facilities. That legislation (S.6916C – Ortt / A.9620 – Gunther) has now been signed into law.

There are still 209 bills that passed both houses but have not yet been sent to the Governor.

Election Spotlight – SD 46

This week’s “Election Spotlight” looks at the 46th State Senate district, represented by Senator George Amedore. The district covers Greene and Montgomery counties, as well as parts of Albany, Schenectady, and Ulster counties.

As we enter the final weeks of the election, it is crucial that you volunteer to help ensure CSEA endorsed candidates win on Election Day. To volunteer, please contact your region political action coordinator. Visit our website to see the list of CSEA endorsed candidates.

Election Day is November 8.

Region 1

Sue Castle – (631) 462-0030

Region 2

Matt D’Amico – (212) 406-2156

Region 3

Chris Ludlow – (845) 831-1000

Region 4

Bryan Miller – (518) 782-4400

Region 5

Rick Noreault – (315) 433-0050

Region 6

Chris Rackl – (716) 691-6555

Get on the Bus to Elect Our Next President!

COME JOIN YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS TO HELP ELECT HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT IN PHILADELPHIA!

WHEN:      Saturday, October 29th 7:30 AM Sharp!

WHERE:   Region 2 HQ – 125 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor

We will leave NYC at 7:30 AM and return from Philadelphia by 7:00 PM   

If You Are Interested in Signing Up You Must Call

Matthew D’Amico, Political Action Coordinator

@ 212-406-2156 or matt.damico@cseainc.org

Please download and print flyer below.

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This Week in Albany

Week ending October 7, 2016

Cuomo Wants to Starve State Agencies Once Again

Governor Cuomo has once again asked State agencies to propose zero-growth budgets for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The Governor’s approach completely ignores the fact that state agency overtime has reached a critical mass, as has the state’s reliance on temporary, per diem, and part-time workers. Agencies can no longer do more with less and services are suffering.

CSEA is prepared to fight to ensure that state agencies get the resources they need and deserve. Our state should be investing in the services our communities depend on and the dedicated employees who provide them instead of bleeding them dry year after year.

CPS Campaign Continues

CSEA’s efforts to protect vulnerable children have ramped up in recent weeks.

CSEA members and activists have held press conferences with elected officials across the state to urge Governor Cuomo to sign into law legislation that would limit the number of cases assigned to Child Protective Services workers at one time. This will help to ensure that CPS staff are able to dedicate themselves to each abuse and neglect case and will help ensure that children will not be further victimized.

The legislation has passed both houses, but has not yet been sent to the Governor’s desk for action. Click here to sign up for updates on this campaign.

Election Spotlight

This week, our “Election Spotlight” examines the race in the 40th State Senate District represented by Senator Terrence Murphy.The 40th district encompasses parts of Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester Counties.

The deadline to register to vote in the November 8 General Election is October 14. Click here to download a voter registration form.