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Webinar on the Seven Tests of Just Cause:


Webinar on the Duty of Fair Representation:


 

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.

KEEP UP TO DATE

If you haven’t already, please sign up for “This Week In Albany” so that you can keep informed about what important political issues are facing our membership and unions. Please make sure you select the check box for Federal Issues information.

Become a PEOPLE Recruiter!

Our recruiters are who we rely on to make the PEOPLE Program Strong.  We currently have approximately 90 active recruiters across New York State who are helping to spread the word and have their brothers and sisters in CSEA join the PEOPLE Program.

There are benefits to being a recruiter for CSEA, first and foremost you are helping to educate our membership on important issues that affect their livelihood and that of their families. CSEA members who assist in PEOPLE recruitment will start earning cash rewards. You must sign up a minimum of 25 MVP members to collect the cash rewards. CSEA members who sign up another member to donate to PEOPLE will earn the following:

  • Recruit a member to donate $50 – earn $2
  • Recruit an MVP PEOPLE member to donate $100 – earn $12
  • Earn $12 for having a member increase his or her current membership to the MVP level.
  • Earn $12 for a member increasing to any one of the Champion Levels.

CSEA members are able to accumulate the cash rewards from year to year. Please contact the Statewide PEOPLE Coordinator by email or by phone 1-800-342-4146, Extension 1404.

If you are a current PEOPLE Recruiter, here’s some Information for Current Recruiters

This Week in Albany

Legislative Update

Governor Cuomo has acted on CSEA’s remaining priority bills.

Signed Into Law:

  • S.5681 Ortt / A.7399-A – Gunther: This bill would codify existing community based programs that are operated by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Chapter 491
  • S.5929-A – Avella / A.7726A – Jaffee: The bill would establish a Child Care Availability Taskforce. This taskforce would evaluate the cost, accessibility, availability, quality, and impact of childcare subsidies. Chapter 493
  • A.8427-A – Morelle / S.6639A – Robach: This bill would require that all contracts over $1 million for construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, maintenance, or improvement of any surface roads or bridges contain a provision that iron and steel be produced or made in the U.S. Chapter 451

Vetoed:

  • A.7891 – Hooper / S.6788 – Rules: This bill would allow employees of Nassau County to receive a step increase if a wage freeze is ordered by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA). The Governor vetoed this bill because of the precedent it would set by amending a control board. Veto #243
  • S.2836 – Ortt / A.2229 – Gunther: This bill would limit the length of time that a notice of closure or significant service reduction at an Office of Mental Health (OMH) facility is in effect. The Governor vetoed this bill over concerns it would hinder the ability of OMH to reduce beds. The Governor also vetoed this bill in 2016. Veto #218
  • S.3146 – Golden / A.4049 – Lupardo: This bill would require the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to promulgate regulations relating to workload standards for child protective services (CPS) workers. The Governor vetoed this bill due to lack of funding and concerns about a “one-size-fits-all” caseload standard. The Governor also vetoed this bill in 2016. Veto #220
  • S.6529 – Murphy / A.8326 – Abbate: This bill would create a performance of duty disability retirement for airport firefighters employed by the Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) who contract various ailments of the heart, lung or cancer and can no longer perform their duty. The Governor vetoed this bill because of cost concerns. The Governor also vetoed this bill in 2016. Veto #246
  • A.6903-A – Brindisi / S.4574A – Marchione: This bill would require OCFS to annually report the ratio of non-administrative staff to facility residents. In addition, this report must detail the number of employees who are out of work on workers’ compensation. The Governor vetoed this bill because of funding concerns and concern that the study would be “unlikely to provide meaningful information.” Veto #211
  • A.934A – Glick / S.1596-A – LaValle: This bill would clarify that the State University Health Science Centers are included in the SUNY maintenance of effort provision. The Governor vetoed this bill in a package with other education and higher education bills because of cost concerns. Veto #204
  • S. 5661-B – Little / A.7763 – Gottfried: This bill would create a new category of safety-net hospitals to better focus payments on the hospitals that provide indigent care. The Governor vetoed this bill because of funding concerns. Veto #229

In 2018, we will continue to work on many of the vetoed bills to address the concerns raised where possible.

Federal Update

Tax Reform

Congressional Republicans passed their tax reform legislation this week. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 51-48, with all Democrats voting against it. In the House, the bill passed by a vote of 227 to 203. All New York Democrats voted against the bill, as did Republican Reps. Zeldin (NY-1), King (NY-2), Donovan (NY-11), Faso (NY-19), and Stefanik (NY-21). Despite phone calls and other efforts from CSEA members and activists, Representatives Tenney (NY-22), Reed (NY-23), Katko (NY-24), and Collins (NY-27) voted for the bill.

While some New Yorkers may see their taxes cut, many will not. To make matter worse, the tax bill will put added pressure on the state and local governments by making it much more difficult to maintain tax revenues that support public services. The reform will also add $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit, take health care away from 13 million people, increase health insurance premiums, and force draconian cuts to important programs like Medicare and Medicaid to pay for the tax cuts. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has already signaled that he intends to push for cuts to “entitlement” programs like Medicare.

Spending Bill

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill to extend federal government funding through January 19th. The bill also provides a temporary extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Year in Review

This will be the last installment of “This Week in Albany” for 2017, so we would like to take this opportunity to review some of the great things CSEA members accomplished both legislatively and politically this year.

  1. Defeated the Constitutional Convention. CSEA members joined together with over 2.7 million New Yorkers to thoroughly defeat Proposal Number One on November 7th, protecting their pensions and other constitutional rights. This overwhelming victory showed the clear strength that organized labor has when we stand together.
  2. Secured victories in the State Budget. CSEA stopped proposals to increase health insurance costs for retirees, blunted a proposal to force government consolidation and service elimination, secured funding for new State-operated community-based programs for the developmentally disabled, protected public employees against outsourcing, and more. Our full budget summary can be found on our website.
  3. Achieved major legislative victories. CSEA successfully advocated for dozens of bills that passed both houses of the legislature. While some will need more work in 2018 to get signed into law, many bills were signed by the Governor. Check our website for a full summary of CSEA’s priority legislation.
  4. Stopped harmful legislation. As important as getting good bills passed was stopping bad legislation that would have hurt CSEA members. These bills include health insurance and prescription drug cost increases, outsourcing / privatization efforts, attempts to weaken civil service protections, and more.

Thank you to all the CSEA members who read our email every week. It is thanks to the activism and engagement of members like you that we can achieve great things. We look forward to continuing this progress in 2018.

“This Week in Albany” will return on January 5th with news on the Governor’s State of the State speech, the start of the legislative session, and more.

Have a safe and happy holiday season and new year.


New workshop announcements

Announcements for two upcoming workshops have been released. If you would like to learn more about your union rights, consider attending these classes.

 

LGDI January 27, 2018-Medford-AV

SGDI February 17, 2018-Queens Village-NSF

The latest workshop open for registration

The Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation workshop is open for registration. In this session, you will learn how to properly represent members in disciplinary matters. Register soon, classes can fill up quickly.

LGDI February 20-21, 2018-Riverhead-AV

 

This Week in Albany

Week ending December 15, 2017

Kolb Announces Run for Governor

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) announced that he will run for governor next year.

Kolb is the first Republican to officially announce a 2018 gubernatorial campaign, and his announcement sets up a potential Republican Primary. Other potential candidates include businessman Harry Wilson, State Senator John DeFrancisco, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo will seek re-election to his third term next year.

Federal Update

On Wednesday, Republicans announced that they had reached an agreement on tax reform legislation. Under the terms of the agreement, the corporate rate would be lowered from 35% to 21%, the top income tax rate for wealthy individuals would be lowered, the estate tax exemption would be doubled, and the Affordable Care Act’s “individual mandate” that all Americans have health care or pay a penalty would be repealed. Importantly for New Yorkers, the bill would limit state and local tax deductions, including the deduction for property taxes, to a total of $10,000. For many New Yorkers, this could result in a tax increase. The Senate is expected to take up the bill as early as Monday with a vote in the House to follow.

As Congress worked towards a deal on tax reform, the outcome of a special election in Alabama this week added pressure to Republican efforts to pass a bill before the end of the year.

Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, becoming the first Democratic senator from that state in a quarter century. Jones is expected to be sworn-in as Senator in early January, replacing temporary Republican appointee Luther Strange.

Once Jones is seated, the Republican majority in the Senate will drop to 51-49. If Republicans are unable to pass their tax reform bill before Jones is seated, this tighter margin would make it more difficult for the two houses to reach an agreement.


At a Glance

The state legislature will return to Albany on January 3 for the start of the 2018 legislative session.


President Nick LaMorte returns to 103.9 FM

Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte paid another visit to the 103.9 FM show, “Your Island.” Hear what he had to say about CSEA, here:

 

Steward workshop

If you’re interested in getting more involved in CSEA, you’ll definitely want to take the Steward workshop. The two-part workshop will teach you what you need to know about the position.

 

Steward February 6-7, 2018-Oceanside-PA[2]

Defensive driving classes are back

Reduce points on your driving record and save money on your auto insurance when you take the New York Safety Program’s defensive driving class.

NYSP Jan-Jun 2018 Schedule