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

Civil Service Test Prep Workshop for OA2

Civil Service Test Prep Workshops

R6 office_300WNY:  This members-only test prep workshop is being offered to help prepare you for the October 28, 2017 NYS Department of Civil Service promotional exam:

Office Assistant 2, Office Assistant 2 (Calculations), Office Assistant 2 (Customer Service),

Office Assistant 2 (Stores/Mail), Office Assistant 2 (Keyboarding).

The following topics will be covered:

  • General Test Taking Tips and Strategies
  • Name and Number Checking
  • Office Record Keeping (BRING A CALCULATOR)
  • Supervision
  • Understanding and Interpreting Written Material
  • Public Contact Principles and Practices
  • Arithmetic Computation with Calculator (BRING A CALCULATOR)
  • Keeping Simple Inventory Records
  • Grammar, Usage, Punctuation, and Sentence Structure
  • Keyboarding Practices

For more detailed information about workshops in the Rochester and Buffalo area, please consult these documents linked below.

Office Assistant 2 – Amherst

Office Assistant 2 – Rochester

Obtaining Access to the Empire Plan Participating Provider Directory

The Empire Plan Participating Provider Program offers a network of over 275,000 physicians, laboratories and other providers located throughout New York and in many other states.

Each year the Empire Plan sends postcards to all Empire Plan enrollees across the United States and Puerto Rico so that the enrollee may elect to have a printed directory for The Empire Plan Medical/Surgical Program mailed to them.

You can obtain a printed directory by returning the participating provider request postcard you receive in the mail.  If you would like to receive a directory from a different state or region than your home zip code, simply write the name of the version you would like on the line provided on the postcard.  You can also get a copy of the directory by calling The Empire Plan toll free at 1-877-7-NYSHIP (1-877-769-7447) and using option 1 for the Medical Program.  A directory will be mailed within 4-6 weeks of your request.  In addition, customer service representatives can provide a personalized directory.

To find an Empire Plan participating provider online, go to If prompted, choose your group and plan, and select Find a Provider.  You can choose from one of the following programs:  Hospital, Medical/Surgical, Mental Health and Substance Abuse or Prescription Drug.

Both Enrollees and the Plan save when participating providers are used.  You pay only the applicable copayment for most covered services.

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.



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


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.

Tentative Agreement Reached

HealthAlliance of Hudson Valley and Empire BlueCross BlueShield

Westchester Medical Center and Empire BlueCross BlueShield announced today that Empire BlueCross BlueShield has reached a tentative multi-year agreement with the HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, which operates the hospitals on Broadway and Mary’s Avenue in midtown Kingston.

It is expected that HealthAlliance will rejoin Empire’s networks as a participating provider starting September 1, 2017.  Covered services provided by the hospitals to Empire members will resume on an in-network basis.