CSEA Retiree Local leaders

To reach your CSEA Retiree Local officers, scroll down to the region in which you live, and call the appropriate CSEA Region office for contact information.

Unsure of your CSEA Retiree Local? Find out here!


Long Island Region 1:
Nassau Retirees Local 919
Suffolk Retirees Local 920

To reach local officers, call the Long Island Region office at 631-462-0030.


Metropolitan Region 2:
New York Metropolitan Retirees Local 910

To reach local officers, call the Metropolitan Region office at 212-406-2156.


Southern Region 3:
Dutchess-Putnam Retirees Local 909
Orange-Ulster-Sullivan Retirees Local 917
Rockland Retirees Local 918
Westchester Retirees Local 921

To reach local officers, call the Southern Region office at 845-831-1000 or 800-757-2732 (CSEA).


Capital Region 4:
Adirondack Area Retirees Local 916
Schenectady County Retirees Local 924
Fulton-Montgomery County Retirees Local 925
Capital District Retirees Local 999

To reach local officers, call the Capital Region office at 518-782-4400 or 800-874-7344.


Central Region 5:
Broome, Chenango, Deleware, Otsego County Retirees Local 902
Ithaca Area Retirees Local 905
Syracuse Area Retirees Local 913
Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Tri-County Retirees Local 914
Jefferson-Lewis Counties Retirees Local 915
St. Lawrence County Retirees Local 923

To reach local officers, call the Central Region office at 315-433-0050 or 800-559-7975.


Western Region 6:
Buffalo-Niagara Frontier Retirees Local 903
Steuben, Allegany and Yates Counties Retirees Local 907
Rochester Area Retirees Local 912
Livingston-Wyoming Retirees Local 922

To reach local officers, call the Western Region office at 716-691-6555 or 866-568-7734


State of Florida:
Florida State Retirees West Local 950
Florida State Retirees East Local 951
Florida State Retirees North Local 952

To reach local officers, call CSEA Headquarters at 800-342-4146, ext. 1220.


Federal Issues Update

AFSCME Legislative Weekly Report

November 21, 2016

Headlines include:

  • House and Senate Leadership Elections
  • House Leadership Backs Plan to Put Federal Spending on Auto-Pilot Until April
  • Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP and Student Loans Face Serious Risks
  • TPP Has Stalled – For Now
  • House Passes Legislation Targeting Obama Administration Regulations
  • Legal and Congressional Challenges to New Overtime Rule
  • Court Ruling a Blow to Transparency in Union Organizing Campaigns

Continue reading…


Lawmakers call on Cuomo to keep WNYCPC open

Community outraged over Cuomo’s move to close WNYCPC

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West Seneca– Western Region President Flo Tripi addresses media at a press conference on Nov. 22. Photos by Ove Overmyer, CSEA ©2016

West Seneca—On November 22, CSEA Western Region President Florence Tripi joined CSEA WNY DDSO Local 425 President Tom Weston, the entire Western New York delegation of the state legislature, the Public Employees Federation, town officials and dozens of concerned families and citizens to denounce Governor Cuomo and the NYS Office of Mental Health’s (OMH) effort to move the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) services in West Seneca to the adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center on Forest Avenue in the city of Buffalo.

NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan, NYS Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, NYS Senator Robert Ortt, NYS Senator Tim Kennedy plus other elected officials held an afternoon press conference today at the West Seneca location calling on Governor Cuomo and NYS OMH to keep the children’s facility open indefinitely.

“Efforts by the Office of Mental Health to close this center and move these patients to an adult oriented facility like the Buffalo Psychiatric Center make no sense,” Gallivan said in an opening statement at the press conference. “I have worked with families of patients, mental health experts and others who believe such a move will jeopardize the mental health and wellbeing of children who receive care at the West Seneca location. These adolescent patients deserve and require special treatment in an environment that allows them and their families to feel safe and comfortable.”

CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi said, “CSEA represents more than 2,100 workers who deliver mental health services to an 18 county area of Western New York. No one knows how to deliver these services better than the employees who are professionally and occupationally trained to do so. Not one member who works for DDSO or OMH thinks this move will help families in crisis—as a matter of fact it, those in the know say it will create more barriers to treatment. Why are we trying to fix something that isn’t broke?” Tripi added, “For the Governor and the Office of Mental Health to dictate policy to us knowing full well our community’s long standing opposition to this move is undeniably offensive and reprehensible.”

In a prepared statement, NYS Assemblymember Michael Kearns said, “It is not a difficult decision to permanently keep this facility in West Seneca. On virtually every metric, this institution excels and exceeds other similar institutions in New York State. WNYCPC has the lowest 30 and 90 day readmission rates in all of New York State. This is important from a long term cost perspective because readmissions for mental health case over the course of a lifetime can result in many thousands of dollars for the treatment of a single person. The savings to New York State are long term and real. Not keeping the facility in this setting is penny wise and pound foolish, because it overlooks the long term savings and the input and voices of those treated by the state and surroundings.”

Meanwhile, as the state presses forward with releasing Requests For Proposals (RFP’s) for construction to begin at the 444 Forest Avenue location, local lawmakers said this fight is far from over.

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WNY DDSO CSEA Local 425 President Tom Weston attended a press conference Nov. 22 calling on Gov. Cuomo to keep WNYCPC permanently open.

-Ove Overmyer, CSEA ©2016

CSEA Monroe County Sheriff Command Unit Ratifies New Deal

Rochester– On November 18, a majority of members of the CSEA Monroe County Sheriff Command Staff voted to ratify the terms and conditions of a tentative collective bargaining agreement that was reached on September 13. Approximately 32 public safety employees in the supervisory unit were working without a contract since the previous deal expired on December 31, 2012. The vote was a mail-in ballot conducted November 1 through November 10. Of the 31 eligible ballots received, 25 voted yes and 6 voted no.

The new five-year deal guarantees a 7.5 percent cost of living increase over the life of the contract. Effective after complete ratification, all employees shall receive a bonus of 1.5 percent of their annual base salary to be paid 60 days following the County Executive’s and Monroe County Legislature’s final approval of the agreement.

Depending on an employee’s hire date, some employees represented by CSEA under this contract will pay a slightly higher contribution percentage for healthcare over time. Additionally, employees who join this bargaining unit after September 13, 2016, must have 20 years of continuous service with the County to qualify for retiree health insurance.

“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our CSEA members, staff and county management team for their commitment to the negotiations process,” said CSEA spokesperson Ove Overmyer. He added, “The new agreement required compromise and sacrifice on both sides and we believe it’s respectful to both taxpayers and employees alike.”

The new contract will expire December 31, 2021.

This Week in Albany

Week ending November 18, 2016

Legislative Update

Multiple bills were delivered to Governor Cuomo this week, including several of CSEA’s legislative priorities. Bills delivered include:

A.9715 Abbate / S.7120 Golden: This legislation prevents the president of the New York State Civil Service Commission from denying or interfering with collectively bargained rights regarding health insurance buyouts.

9515 – Brennan / S. 7112 – Golden:This legislation would increase transparency and accountability within the Kings County Health Care Facility Demonstration Program.

A.10614 – Abbate / S.8071 – Murphy: This bill would create a performance of duty disability retirement for airport firefighters employed by the Division of Military and Naval Affairs who contract various ailments of the heart, lung or cancer and can no longer perform their duty.

S.7627 – Ortt / A.10557 – Gunther: This legislation would provide that a notice of closure or service reduction in the Office of Mental Health would expire after 13 months so that employees and communities aren’t left twisting in the wind.

No Pay Raise for Legislators

A commission established to consider a pay raise for legislators, agency commissioners, and statewide elected officials met for the final time this week. The commission could not come to an agreement on a proposal, thereby apparently denying any increases.

Election Update

The results of two state senate races on Long Island have not yet been finalized. Senator Carl Marcellino (SD5) has claimed victory, but the race will go to a recount with Marcellino leading by roughly 2,500 votes. Additionally, Senator Michael Venditto (SD8) is currently trailing his opponent by 33 votes. Ballots in that race will be recounted as well. If incumbents win both races the Republican conference will retain its majority in the Senate.

Click here to see (unofficial) election results for races across the state.

Schumer Elected Minority Leader

Democrats in the U.S. Senate elected New York Senator Chuck Schumer to serve as minority leader for the new Congress in 2017. Senator Schumer will have a key role in fighting for New York’s interest under the Trump administration.


Treasurer Training Classes

Check back soon for more information on upcoming treasurer training classes.

Southern Region Veterans Committee hosts commemoration

img_8326-2The Southern Region Veterans Committee hosted a brief ceremony on Nov. 11 to acknowledge the many military veterans that have worked as CSEA members, and acknowledge the incoming members that have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During the ceremony, held at the Southern Region Office in Beacon, Southern Region Veterans Committee Chair Ed Timberger noted that CSEA continues to work on behalf of all veterans. Our union worked closely with state Sen. Bill Larkin to get the Veterans’ Equality Act signed into law. That new law brings equity for veterans in New York public service seeking to buy back their military time toward retirement; previously, certain conflicts were not included under the law.

Timberger also noted that the region Veterans Committee was working with the State Veterans Home at Montrose to donate recreational items to benefit the veterans residing there.

See more photos from the ceremony by clicking here.

Region conference includes officer installation, new classes

Newly-installed Southern Region officers, with President Danny Donohue.

Newly-installed Southern Region officers, with President Danny Donohue.

The Southern Region Fall Conference, held Nov. 4-6 in Saratoga Springs, was an information-packed weekend that included the installation of the Southern Region executive officers by President Danny Donohue and the introduction of new workshop topics.

President Donohue installed Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo, Executive Vice President Scott Rajczi, 1st Vice President Liz Piraino, 2nd Vice President Anthony Adamo and Secretary Sue Nakutavicius during Friday night’s dinner. Treasurer Tatiana DeLuna Evans was unable to attend due to a work commitment.

The weekend included a variety of workshop topics. Two especially well-received workshops were the Active Shooter Training, offered by a trooper from the New York State Police, and a Mold Awareness workshop, presented by CSEA Industrial Hygienist Mark Stipano. The Pre-Retirement Workshop, offered by a representative of the NYS Retirement System, was also very well-attended. The Southern Region Education and Programs Committee is always open to suggestions for future workshop topics.

Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo thanked all officers and activist taking time out of their busy schedules to attend the conference. He noted that fundraisers held during the conference raised over $1,000 to benefit local backpack programs that send young students in need home from school each weekend with backpacks filled with kid-friendly food.

Click here to see more photos from the conference.

2017 New York State Health Insurance plan rates for CSEA active state employees and Unified Court System employees

The NYS Division of Budget has approved the Empire Plan’s premium rates for the year 2017.  The approval of the rates signals the beginning of the option transfer period for the New York State Health Insurance Program.

New York State active employees have until December 16, 2016 to change their health insurance option or to submit/resubmit documentation to participate in the Opt-Out Program for 2017.  Enrollees wishing to change options or participate in the Opt-Out Program should complete the necessary transaction forms and return them to their Health Benefits Administrator no later than December 16, 2016.

Opt Out Program for 2017:

NYSHIP will again offer the Opt-Out Program in 2017, which will allow eligible employees who have employer sponsored group health insurance, to opt out of their NYSHIP coverage in exchange for an incentive payment.  NYS employees who currently participate in the Opt-Out Program will receive a notice from the NYS Department of Civil Service advising that the PS-404 and PS-409 forms MUST be submitted during the Annual Option Transfer Period in order to continue participation in 2017.

In 2012 and 2013, CSEA had a special arrangement with New York State which allowed a CSEA enrollee covered as a dependent through their spouse/domestic partner, who is also a State employee, to opt out of their coverage in return for a $1,000 payment.  This arrangement was not made available to CSEA since 2013.  CSEA’s ongoing grievance regarding the “State on State” Opt-Out Program continues to move forward in arbitration.  We will keep you advised of any developments.

The following are the 2017 biweekly rates for CSEA active State Executive Branch and Unified Court System employees.  Please note there are two sets of rates.  The first set reflects 2017 biweekly rates for CSEA represented state employees who are Grade 9 and below.  The second set reflects 2017 biweekly rates for CSEA represented state employees who are Grade 10 and above.

Please note some of the HMOs saw a significant change in health insurance premiums for 2017.

2017 State NYSHIP Enrollee Biweekly Premium Contributions
The following represents the 2017 biweekly premium contributions for CSEA active State employees (and Unified Court System). Please note there are two sets of rates. The first set reflects 2017 biweekly rates for CSEA represented employees who are Grade 9 and below. The second set reflects 2017 biweekly rates for CSEA represented State employees who are Grade 10 and above.
Grade 9 and below:   Individual Change Family Change
The Empire Plan 001 $39.91 $2.41 $175.53 $13.91
Blue Choice 066 $34.49 -$8.62 $148.86 $4.06
Blue Cross Blue Shield (WNY) 067 $36.12 $2.18 $155.52 $9.27
CDPHP (Capital) 063 $40.10 -$12.19 $160.71 -$2.07
CDPHP (Central) 300 $75.92 -$13.17 $218.90 -$52.60
CDPHP (Hudson Valley) 310 $132.47 $9.89 $362.62 $20.61
Empire BC/BS HMO (Upstate) 280 $137.08 $31.79 $418.99 $85.53
Empire BC/BS HMO (Downstate) 290 $238.10 $30.31 $684.44 $81.11
Empire BC/BS HMO (Mid-Hudson) 320 $229.22 $30.52 $660.70 $81.77
HIP (Downstate) 050 $97.55 -$2.00 $262.16 -$6.87
HIP (Capital) 220 $112.54 $6.66 $299.93 $14.88
HIP (Hudson Valley) 350 $112.54 $6.66 $299.93 $14.88
HMO Blue (Central NY ) 072 $87.11 -$15.05 $241.67 -$40.11
HMO Blue (Utica Region) 160 $107.49 -$14.93 $328.05 -$39.08
Independent Health 059 $36.33 -$2.10 $155.04 $7.97
MVP (Rochester) 058 $37.21 $2.54 $144.40 $13.83
MVP (East) 060 $58.56 $9.82 $149.49 $17.09
MVP (Central) 330 $87.33 $5.99 $202.12 $10.19
MVP (Mid-Hudson) 340 $100.95 $11.48 $232.12 $22.05
MVP North 360 $155.56 $11.73 $364.27 $22.95
 
Grade 10 and above: Individual Change Family Change
The Empire Plan 001 $53.21 $3.20 $208.92 $16.40
Blue Choice 066 $45.99 -$7.86 $177.31 $4.85
Blue Cross Blue Shield (WNY) 067 $48.16 $2.90 $185.25 $11.04
CDPHP (Capital) 063 $52.55 -$10.93 $191.50 -$0.17
CDPHP (Central) 300 $88.36 -$12.21 $251.26 -$49.92
CDPHP (Hudson Valley) 310 $145.01 $10.62 $395.28 $22.83
Empire BC/BS HMO (Upstate) 280 $150.53 $33.25 $454.26 $89.60
Empire BC/BS HMO (Downstate) 290 $251.79 $31.67 $720.35 $84.94
Empire BC/BS HMO (Mid-Hudson) 320 $242.83 $31.91 $696.39 $85.66
HIP (Downstate) 050 $110.53 -$0.69 $295.77 -$3.24
HIP (Capital) 220 $125.71 $8.06 $334.00 $18.74
HIP (Hudson Valley) 350 $125.71 $8.06 $334.00 $18.74
HMO Blue (Central NY ) 072 $99.48 -$14.00 $273.63 -$37.10
HMO Blue (Utica Region) 160 $119.78 -$13.87 $360.05 -$36.06
Independent Health 059 $48.44 -$1.29 $184.73 $9.49
MVP (Rochester) 058 $49.39 $3.75 $172.58 $16.53
MVP (East) 060 $70.27 $11.04 $178.66 $20.44
MVP (Central) 330 $99.32 $7.20 $233.14 $13.57
MVP (Mid-Hudson) 340 $112.53 $12.75 $262.19 $25.45
MVP North 360 $167.96 $12.94 $396.22 $26.34

 

Election Update

November 9, 2016

Presidential Election

Donald Trump pulled a stunning upset over Hillary Clinton and will become the 45th President of the United States. Trump showed especially strong in the “rust belt,” winning Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, and is leading in Michigan. He also won the battleground states of Florida and North Carolina.


Thank you to all the CSEA members who volunteered their time this election season. It is through your efforts that the voices of working people in New York state are heard at the ballot box, and our jobs and benefits are protected.

CSEA-endorsed candidates were very successful at the state level and in the U.S. Senate.

State Senate

Republicans will maintain control of the state senate. CSEA-endorsed candidates performed especially well, with the following candidates winning their races:

  • Carl Marcellino (SD 5)
  • Kemp Hannon (SD 6)
  • Elaine Phillips (SD 7)
  • Terrence Murphy (SD 40)
  • Sue Serino (SD 41)
  • George Amedore (SD 46)
  • Chris Jacobs (SD 60)

CSEA-endorsed incumbent Michael Venditto’s (SD 8) race is still too close to call.

The Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) has grown to seven members after re-elected Senator Jessie Hamilton and newly-elected Senator Marisol Alcantara have agreed to join the conference. It is expected that the IDC will remain in a majority coalition with the Republicans.

State Assembly

Democrats will retain a large majority in the Assembly with 107 members out of 150.

Congress

Senator Chuck Schumer was re-elected, and is expected to become the next Senate Minority Leader as Republicans will maintain control of that chamber. Republicans will also keep their majority in the House of Representatives.


More information about these elections will be made available in the coming week.