Contract negotiations workshop

Learn how to develop the strategies that your contract negotiating team will use at the bargaining table at this workshop.

CN II November 1-2, 2017-Medford-NSF

Labor Education Workshops

CSEA is always seeking to further the education of its members. Please take advantage of the opportunity to build on your activism skills and register for one of these workshops.

Steward September 18-19 2017-Syosset-ZC

discipline & interrgogation workshop

Civil Service Test Preparation Workshop

Prepare yourself for the Office Assistant 2 promotional exam at this workshop.

Office Assistant 2 - LI

Disney on Ice discounts

Enjoy these exclusive savings to Disney on Ice.

 

DISNEY ON ICE

CSEA Legislative update August 25, 2017

CSEA has successfully advocated for the passage of a Probation bill and now your help is needed!

Click below for details.

Probation Officer Disability Flyer – July 2017

CSEA endorses Latimer in Westchester County Executive race

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Announcing CSEA’s Westchester County Executive endorsement on Aug. 24, 2017 were, from left: Westchester County Local 860 President John Staino, Westchester County Unit 9200 President Karen Pecora, state Sen. George Latimer (the endorsed candidate), and Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo.

For immediate release: August 24, 2017

CSEA endorses Latimer in Westchester County Executive race

WHITE PLAINS – CSEA union members from Westchester County and the Hudson Valley today gathered outside the Michaelian Office Building as union leaders announced the CSEA Southern Region Political Action Committee’s endorsement of state Sen. George Latimer in the race for Westchester County executive.

Surrounded by CSEA-represented county workers who gave up their lunch breaks to attend the endorsement announcement, CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo cited Latimer’s experience in local, county and state government as one of many reasons for the union’s endorsement.

“George Latimer is a proven leader who will unite Westchester County and bring common sense and compassion back to the office of county executive,” said Riccaldo, the CSEA regional president overseeing the union’s members in the Hudson Valley and Westchester. “The current administration’s polarizing approach to governing has created strife and division while failing to make the necessary investments in essential services that will ensure a strong future for Westchester County.”

“”I’m honored to receive the support of the hard working men and women of CSEA,” said Latimer. “We forged a strong working relationship when I was Chairman of the County Board, and we will work together closely again as county executive to raise the respect and appreciation of this workforce so that we can best serve the people of Westchester”.

CSEA Westchester County Local 860 President John Staino, whose local represents over 11,000 union members across the county, noted that Latimer’s track record of public service leaves him ready to hit the ground running on day one of his administration.

“George Latimer has excelled in public service since his days on the Rye City Council,” Staino said. “During his time on the Board of Legislators, he showed his ability to work collaboratively in carrying out the business of the county.  George has always been accessible to all of his constituents, not just catering to a select few. We look forward to moving the county forward under his leadership. The current administration has relied on one-shots and budget gimmicks to fulfill campaign promises while neglecting the necessary investments to replace or preserve aging infrastructure.”

CSEA Westchester County Unit 9200 President Karen Pecora, president for the CSEA county workforce, said the current administration’s underfunding of critical services has been an ongoing concern she and her members share.

“George Latimer has always recognized our county workforce as hardworking Westchester County taxpayers who take pride in providing essential services,” said Pecora. “What the average resident might not realize is that because of cuts, we no longer have the number of engineering staff needed in our Department of Public Works to do the work needed to prepare for repairs and renovations. Due to cuts, we no longer have enough staff in our county labs to process evidence in a timely manner and conduct important environmental testing. This pattern of layoffs and failure to replace retirees cannot continue. I’m confident that with George Latimer at the helm, we can finally address these very serious shortages that are quietly jeopardizing our residents’ safety and health.”

CSEA is Westchester County’s largest union, representing workers in state, county, local government, school districts, and the private sector. The union also represents licensed home childcare providers across the county. CSEA, with a membership nearly 300,000 strong, is Local 1000 of AFSCME (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), which in turn is one of the largest affiliates of the AFL-CIO.

This Week in Albany

Week ending August 18, 2017


Assembly Ways & Means Chair to Retire

Assemblymember Herman “Denny” Farrell (D-Manhattan) previously announced that he would not run for reelection in 2018, but this week revealed that he will resign his Assembly seat on September 5. Farrell served in the Assembly for 42 years, including 25 years as chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

 

Important Upcoming Election Dates

September 12th is Primary Day. In New York City and the counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Erie, polls open at 6 A.M. and close at 9 P.M. In all other counties, polls open at 12 noon and close at 9 P.M. Find out more information about the races on your ballot from your county board of elections.

October 13th is the deadline to register to vote in the November 7th General Election.

 

Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

The fight for women’s suffrage in the United States began in New York with the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls in 1848. While the struggle would continue for more than 70 years, women were finally granted the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920. New York was the fifth state to ratify the Amendment.

 

Con Con Fact

The constitutional convention question will be Proposal Number One on your ballot this November.


This Week in Albany

Week ending August 11, 2017

CSEA Members Ratify New Contract

CSEA members ratified a new five year contract with the state that provides annual 2 percent raises, improvements to the longevity payment structure, and double-time overtime pay for those working in the Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to control the excessive mandated overtime rampant in that sector.

All of our four state bargaining units (Administrative, Institutional, Operational and Division of Military and Naval Affairs) individually approved the agreement.

“Our negotiating team worked tirelessly to secure a well-rounded agreement that provides hard-earned cost-of-living increases while keeping health insurance expenses reasonable for working families,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “This contract is the product of members negotiating as a team for what is fair, and it recognizes the exceptional value of your innumerable contributions across the state. You are the often-unrecognized backbone of our communities.”

The governor signed the legislation into law late Tuesday, along with a separate contract bill for CSEA’s agreement with the Office of Court Administration.

Click here for full details of the agreement. (CSEA ID # required)

Pension Fund Report

Comptroller DiNapoli announced this week that the Common Retirement Fund had an estimated value of $197.1 billion at the end of the first quarter of state fiscal year 2017-18. The Fund earned a return of 2.9 percent during the quarter.

The Common Retirement Fund is the third largest pension fund in the country, providing benefits to over one million workers and retirees. Under the leadership of Comptroller DiNapoli, it continues to be one of the best funded and best managed plans in the country.

Register to Vote!

The deadline to register in the September 12 Primary is August 18th (next Friday). Check with your local county Board of Elections to see which races will be on the ballot in your area.

 

You can find a printable voter registration form here, or you can register online at the DMV’s website.

Con Con Fact

Powerful special interests would pressure delegates to rewrite the constitution to benefit  themselves, not working families.


NYC Labor Day Parade 2017

Show your union pride at the 2017 NYC Labor Day Parade.

 

Labor Day flyer 2017