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Current PEOPLE Members

Thank you for becoming a PEOPLE Contributor.  Once you see your first deduction for PEOPLE, go to the AFSCME Website and register for your MVP Rewards.  You earn one point for every dollar you contribute to the program.    This is just another way that we say thank you for being a PEOPLE member.

MVP Rewards.

AFSCME MVP REWARDS FLYER

There’s an exciting new program–PEOPLE CHAMPIONS.  These are higher level contributions that earn you MVP rewards even faster. PEOPLE Champions also receive a pin denoting their Champion status.

  • Become a Bronze PEOPLE Champion for only $250 dollars a year.
  • Become a Silver PEOPLE Champion for $500 a year.
  • Become a Gold PEOPLE Champion for $1,000 a year.

Fill out the application and indicate your new contribution level: PEOPLE Application

Another way you can help the PEOPLE Program is by getting active in your local PEOPLE Committee or becoming a PEOPLE Recruiter.  Contact your region office to get in touch with your Region PEOPLE Chairperson to see how you can help.

Current PEOPLE Recruiters

As a PEOPLE recruiter, you are on the front lines when giving information to other members about our legislative and political action activities.

The 2017 PEOPLE Plan is in full swing. The summer months are full of opportunities to recruit new PEOPLE members.  Many locals and units have picnics and other events that bring members out that don’t normally go to membership meetings.

The current number of new PEOPLE members for the the week ending August 18, 2017:Week Ending 8.18.17

 

 

RESOURCES

There is quite a bit of information available to you as a recruiter to help in your efforts.  If you are in need of materials for recruitment just fill out the PEOPLE MERCHANDISE CHECKLIST  and either fax it to the CSEA Political Action Department at 518-257-1161 or email a copy to: PEOPLE@cseainc.org.

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They came, they jumped and they froze — for Special Olympics!

SouthernRegion_PolarPlunge2017_GroupOur annual tradition of supporting Special Olympics New York by participating in the Fishkill Polar Plunge continued this year, with several dozen CSEA members and friends taking the plunge on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Fresh Air Fund’s Camp Mariah at Sharpe Reservation.

Clad this year in bright orange — along with a few accessories — our team members raised  several thousand dollars (and counting!) in pledges that will fund Special Olympics athletic events for individuals with disabilities. You can still make an online, tax-deductible donation on our team page by clicking here.

We still have a few other fundraisers coming up for Special Olympics:

  • A Paint Night on Saturday, March 4 at the New Windsor American Legion Post 1796, 29 Walnut Street, New Windsor. Cost includes painting lesson and canvas, light refreshments and one drink. Call Sue at 914-703-7276, Lynne at 845-505-7855 or Kathy at 845-649-4993 to sign up.
  • Our fifth annual Beat the Bear Bowl-a-thon will take place Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at Fishkill Bowl, 110 Route 82, Fishkill. Cost of $25 for adults and $15 for kids 16 and under includes shoes/ball rental, three games of bowling, and pizza and soda. Contact Scott at 845-233-0089,  Sue at 914-703-7276, Lynne at 845-505-7855 or Kathy at 845-649-4993 to sign up.
  • A Dance Party fundraiser on Friday, April 21 starting at 6 p.m. at Mahoney’s Irish Pub, 35 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. Cost of $25 per person includes light refreshments, two drink coupons, DJ and much more! Call Sue at 914-703-7276, Lynne at 845-505-7855 or Kathy at 845-649-4993 to sign up.

 

This Week in Albany

Week ending February 24, 2017

Local Government Consolidations

CSEA is standing with elected officials at press conferences across the state in opposition to Governor Cuomo’s plan to force local governments to merge, consolidate, or share services.

Frozen state aid and a restrictive property tax cap have already forced municipalities to do everything they can to find efficiencies.  Between 2009 and 2015, local governments eliminated nearly 62,000 jobs. Under the Governor’s proposal, Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding, which has been held flat since 2011-12, would not be distributed unless the legislature passes the new scheme.

CSEA will oppose any plan to force or incentivize local governments to merge, consolidate, or share services. While the promise for property tax savings sounds nice, there is simply nowhere left to cut from these municipalities except for more services and jobs. These plans will not improve the lives of New Yorkers and will do nothing to address the fiscal realities that local governments are facing.

At a Glance

There were no legislative session days this week, as legislators were in their home districts. The legislature will return to Albany on Tuesday.

Budget negotiations will ramp up next week as lawmakers start working to find a consensus between each house of the legislature and the Governor. This process begins next week as the legislature and Executive should reach an agreement on a revenue forecast, effectively setting the total value of the budget. Budget proposals from each house will be released around March 13th, with a final budget due by April 1st. 

Visit the Legislative & Political Action Department’s website for more information on CSEA’s role in the budget process.  


CSEA Statement on MCWA Using J.D. Power Ad Campaign

JDPower-AwardRochester— While recognition is always welcomed, it is extremely important for area residents to know our CSEA represented MCWA employees (L828/U7405) have been doing more with less as each budget year passes. We find it particularly disappointing the board and management would spend over $100,000 taxpayer dollars on a message that most folks in our community already know—that MCWA employees perform above and beyond the call of duty each and every day of the year.

Moreover, the irony and timing of this ad campaign cannot be minimized— it was implemented at a time when CSEA represented employees have been working without a contract since December 2014 and have been negotiating in good faith for over 26 months. CSEA requested a mediator to help remedy the stalled talks, but no progress has been made at recent negotiation sessions.

The members of CSEA also find it difficult to maintain the public’s trust when the MCWA enjoys a financial relationship with a research firm they claim is independently reviewing them. At the very least, it gives an impression of impropriety. By spending huge sums of taxpayer funds on ads and commercials with J.D. Power, CSEA questions the real rationale behind the extraordinary expense of this campaign at a time when workers are not being properly compensated for delivering top notch products and exceptional customer service.

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 CSEA is New York State’s leading union, representing employees of New York State and its counties, towns, villages, school districts, library systems, authorities and public corporations. Together with a growing population of private sector members and retirees, CSEA forms a union 300,000 strong. It is also the largest affiliate (and Local 1000) of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) which, in turn, is one of the largest affiliates of the AFL-CIO.

CSEA, elected officials highlight flaws in Cuomo consolidation plan

Speaking against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's forced shared services plan were, from left, Dutchess County Local President Liz Piraino, Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and state Sen. Sue Serino.

Speaking against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s forced shared services plan were, from left, Dutchess County Local President Liz Piraino, Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and state Sen. Sue Serino.

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, state Sen. Sue Serino and CSEA leaders gathered Feb. 22 to express extreme concern with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial local government consolidation proposal put forward in the proposed state executive budget.

 

Under the plan, residents of municipalities will lose the ability to determine the services that their cities, towns and villages provide. Counties would be required to present shared service/consolidation plans to voters countywide this November, allowing voters the chance to determine which services a municipality provide, even if the voter doesn’t live in the affected city, town or village.

 

“This proposal spits in the face of home rule in New York State,” said CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo. “Only residents should have a say in services provided by their local government. Residents of Town A should have no vote over what Town B or City C is proposing. What our local governments truly need is the first increase in AIM (Aid and Incentive to Municipalities) funding in years, not more money wasted on an ill-conceived program.”

 

Cuomo has threatened withholding AIM funding if the state legislature does not comply with his request to enact this program in the state budget. Unfortunately, his forced consolidation plan does nothing to recognize that shared services have been happening for decades.

 

“As someone who has served in local government before being elected to the Senate, I know from firsthand experience that Dutchess County has gone above and beyond to improve efficiency, cut spending and share services to reduce costs,” said Senator Sue Serino. “I have seen just how hard our local governments work to squeeze blood from a stone to ensure that our taxpayers’ dollars go further and for that, they should be commended, not penalized. As we work toward a final budget, I know that there are difficult decisions to be made that strike a balance between funding critical services and saving taxpayer dollars. More can and should be done to reduce the local tax burden and I will continue to make property tax reduction a priority.”

 

Dutchess County’s shared services and government consolidation program is a model for New York. County government convenes municipal leaders several times a year to broaden shared services opportunities with a focus on making government smaller, smarter and more efficient.  From consolidating IT services to shared worker’s compensation insurance; from consolidating firehouses to shared assessors and code enforcement, municipal leaders in Dutchess County are making government more effective and less expensive. The County’s Municipal Innovation Grant program, $7 million since its inception, now focuses on shared public safety, land use and general government innovation will continue to enable better government and tax relief.

 

“New York should do as Dutchess County leaders do every day: Partner, collaborate and lead,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. “We all must work to share services and lower the cost of living for New Yorkers. We are willing to be a partner in this effort but not a scapegoat.  We, will do our part but New York must address the massive amount of state spending it forces onto the backs of property taxpayers.”

 

This Week in Albany

Week ending February 17, 2017

State Budget Update

The last of the joint legislative budget hearings were completed this week. Budget negotiations will ramp up at the end of this month. The Senate and Assembly are expected to release their one-house budgets around March 13, with a final budget agreement due by April 1.

Visit our website for more information on the 2017-18 State budget, including CSEA’s memos, video of testimony, and a video of a budget briefing by Fran Turner, CSEA’s Director of Legislative & Political Action. You will need to login to your CSEA member account to access the briefing video.

Federal Update

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will begin on March 20. It is widely expected that Gorsuch will be confirmed to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration for Labor Secretary this week after it became clear that he wouldn’t receive the votes required for confirmation. President Trump announced Alexander Acosta as his new nominee. Acosta is currently the dean of the Florida International University College of Law, and previously served on the National Labor Relations Board and as a U.S. Attorney in Florida.

At a Glance

The legislature will be in their home districts next week, and will return to Albany on February 28.


2017-18 Budget Memos

Click the links below to see CSEA’s memorandums on 2017-18 budget issues.