A chance to see the New York Mets

Mets-Tickets-MemeOur union will be conducting a FREE ticket giveaway for a small group of lucky CSEA members to go see the New York Mets vs. the Atlanta Braves on Union Night at Citi Field in Queens, NY on Sunday, September 29, for a 3:10 p.m. game.

Due to the extremely limited amount of tickets available, 20 per CSEA region, we will be giving away single tickets by call-in to our six CSEA Region Offices to be conducted on Monday, September 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tickets will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis, only one per active dues-paying member. The member who will attend the game must call in themselves (no exceptions) and membership status/contact information will be verified at the time of the call. Member must commit to attending the game, provide their own transportation and be able to arrive at the stadium on September 29 by 1 p.m. Winning members will be sent a voucher that they will exchange at the stadium for their ticket, as well as a CSEA “Proud Union Member” tee shirt. CSEA members attending will be brought out onto the field for the National Anthem prior to the game.

Here is a listing of our CSEA Region Offices and their phone numbers. Members must call in to the Region Office to which they belong. No requests for tickets will be taken in advance of or after the scheduled contest time, and the contest will end immediately once all tickets are claimed.

  • Long Island Region Office – 631-462-0030
  • Metropolitan Region Office – 212-406-2156
  • Southern Region Office – 845-831-1000
  • Capital Region Office – 518-782-4400
  • Central Region Office – 315-433-0050
  • Western Region Office – 716-691-6555

Good luck to all who enter, and let’s go Mets!

    Statement from CSEA President Danny Donohue about Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

    Direct Support Professional Recognition Week is September 8 -14. Here’s a statement from CSEA President Danny Donohue for the thousands of CSEA members who provide skilled, compassionate care to individuals every day.

    “This week is the perfect opportunity to recognize the incredible work and dedication it takes to be a Direct Support Professional like you. You inspire us as you work to inspire others. Whether you’re creating opportunities for individuals to grow, ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment, or just providing people with disabilities the necessary supports to live, work, and enjoy life more independently; you are the backbone of our communities and we salute you!
    You truly are the HEART of New York, working tirelessly each day to provide skilled and compassionate care, often under very challenging circumstances; ensuring improvements in the quality of life for the individuals you support, making a difference for them and their families.
    Not just this week, but EVERY week, you do this selflessly, often facing persistent understaffing and onerous overtime rules. Please know, our union continues to work to address these problems, because we know the impact they can have on you and your family.
    Thank you for all you do; the values you display and the professionalism you embody. We will never stop fighting for you to make sure you receive the respect and appreciation you deserve, every day.”

      Join us for Labor Day events!

      CSEA members and their families march in the 2018 New York City Labor Day Parade.

      CSEA members and their families march in the 2018 New York City Labor Day Parade.

      This Labor Day, join us in showing that we are stronger than ever by participating in a Labor Day event near you! Here are events, by region:
      Long Island, Metropolitan and Southern Regions
      Capital Region
      Central Region
      Western Region

       

       
      Long Island, Metropolitan and Southern Regions:
      Manhattan: Sept. 7: New York City Labor Day Parade. Meet by 11:30 a.m. at West 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. March time is 1:15 p.m. T-shirts, bottled water, and light snacks will be available. For more information, contact your region office.

       

      Capital Region:
      Colonie: Sept. 2: Albany Labor Day Solidarity Picnic, noon – 4:30 p.m., Cook Park, Colonie. Please bring a dish to share (entrée, salad or dessert). Hamburgers, hot dogs (and vegetarian options) and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring reusable plates, cups and utensils to make event zero-waste. The event will also include awards, entertainment and a silent auction. Sponsored by the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District.

      Albany: Sept. 6: Michael L. Burns Labor Day Parade. Arrive at 5 p.m. Park at the Corning Preserve and beneath Route 787. CDTA buses will shuttle marchers to Academy Park, across from NYS Capitol, where parade will start. Lineup at 5:15-5:30 near NYS Education Building; parade begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by food, music, games and fireworks. Event is free and open to all members and their families.

       

      Central Region:
      Syracuse: Sept. 2: Labor Day Parade, New York State Fair. Sponsored by the Greater Syracuse Labor Council. Line up at 10 a.m. by Gate 4 near the Iroquois Village (look for the CSEA banner). Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. with a rally to immediately follow. A limited supply of free CSEA T-shirts will be available. For more information, call the Central Region Office at 315-433-0050.

      Ithaca: Sept. 2: 36th Annual Labor-Community Picnic, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Stewart Park, Main Pavilion. All are welcome at this free event, sponsored by the Tompkins County Workers’ Center and the Tompkins/Cortland Labor Committee.  Please bring a dish to share – burgers (meat and veggie), hot dogs and beverages will be provided. Attendees are also encouraged to bring reusable plates, bowls, cups and utensils. Contact the Tompkins County Workers’ Center at 607-269-0409 or visit tcworkerscenter.org.
       
      Massena: Sept. 2: Solidarity Day Parade and Picnic. Join the Jefferson, Lewis & St. Lawrence Counties Central Trades and Labor Council for the annual parade. Line up at 10 a.m. Willow Street in Massena, by Coach’s Corner Restaurant at 10 a.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and will end at Springs Park with a free picnic lunch to follow. Free CSEA T-shirts will be given out while supplies last. All CSEA members and their family members are invited to march. For more information, contact Amy Simmons at (315) 783-7555.

       

      Western Region:
      Buffalo: Sept. 2, Buffalo Labor Day Parade. Line up at 11 a.m. at the corner of Abbott and Stevenson, Buffalo. The parade starts at noon, followed by picnic at Cazenovia Park.

      Rochester: Sept. 2: Rochester Labor Day Parade. Press Conference, 10 a.m. NYSUT Building, 30 North Union Street. Parade begins 11 a.m. (Parade lineup instructions will be given at press conference.) RSVP to Communications Specialist Ove Overmyer at (585) 354-1613.

        A Special Announcement from President Danny Donohue

        CSEA President Danny Donohue addresses our union's Board of Directors in Albany on July 25, 2019.

        CSEA President Danny Donohue addresses our union’s Board of Directors in Albany on July 25, 2019.

        Sisters and brothers,

        I love the idea that people think of Danny Donohue as the face of CSEA. Those of you who have spent any time around me know better. For years, I’ve repeated this to every union member who will listen: you wash the face of CSEA every day.

        Ladies and gentlemen, the fact of the matter is that our union isn’t about me, and as important as our elected leaders and professional staff are, it’s not about them either. The real people in charge of our union are YOU… each and every member. Our leaders and staff work hard to support us, but at the end of the day, we are a member-driven union, and we need the participation of every member to make us that much better, and that much stronger.

        It gives me hope for our future to see members stepping up into leadership roles. I’m also encouraged hearing the really positive results of the thousands of personal conversations we’ve had with our members over the past few years. Clearly, CSEA is not going anywhere except forward. The changes we’ve made to engage our members and be more responsive have made us stronger, proving that change can be a good thing.

        That’s why I’m upbeat about other changes ahead. One of those will come from the decision I just announced to NOT seek another term as your President. 

        Friends, I want you to understand that this was not an easy decision to make, but I know that it is the right one for CSEA.

        As I think back on my years of doing this, I will always remember fondly all the great moments we’ve shared… even the tough times, and let me tell you there were plenty of them. All the times we’ve stood together, even when we’ve disagreed, are part of what makes CSEA the best damn Union, period. 

        Like any organization, we can benefit from changing things up. I have full confidence that whoever YOU choose to lead us as our next president will take CSEA to even greater heights. 

        From my early days as a truck driver in Long Island, I quickly realized the power we could wield when we work together. I hope you will look back on my leadership and recognize that we worked together to build a better, stronger, more effective union for us all. We have faced some tough challenges, but we have come out even stronger than when I started.

        I look forward to our next great chapter in CSEA’s history. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as your President.

        In solidarity,

        Danny

          Help Us Maintain Your EBF Records

          CSEA_EBF_Logo_BlackIn October, the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund (EBF) sent every enrollee a letter indicating each eligible dependent on file.
          Please take note of this information and respond if necessary. Updating your records ensures you and your dependents are receiving the benefits to which you are entitled.

          Prevent Issues with Claim Payments and Eligibility
          Many issues arise when there is inaccurate dependent information on file. It is very important you notify the EBF with any changes to your family such as marriage, legal separation or divorce or the birth of a child.
          Since the EBF does not receive information from your health insurance carrier, providing these updates to both companies is essential. Failure to do so could result in claim payments for an individual after they are no longer eligible. If this were to occur, the member would be put into collections and held responsible for satisfying those debts before future claims can be paid.

          Notify EBF of Full Time Student Status Annually

          Dependent children are eligible for coverage until age 19. Coverage may continue to age 25 if your dependent is a full-time student. To qualify for continued coverage, the dependent must be enrolled for at least 12 undergraduate or six graduate credit hours in an accredited college or university.
          Members must submit the Dependent Student Certification Form annually. EBF makes every effort to ensure all eligible dependents receive this form. If for some reason your dependent meets the criteria above and did not receive a form, it is your responsibility to obtain one, complete the form and send it back to EBF. Members must also notify EBF immediately if your dependent no longer meets full-time student status.

          Let us Know of Legal Separation or Divorce
          A member may choose to remove a spouse upon legal separation if appropriate paperwork is submitted. If you are divorced, your spouse is no longer eligible for benefits. You must remove your ineligible spouse from both EBF and your health insurance carrier separately.

          Submit Online, Download Forms or Call
          Many members are finding it convenient to update their records on our website at cseaebf.com using our Enroll Online feature. On our website, you can visit our Download Forms link to access all EBF forms. You may also request a form to be mailed to you by calling EBF at (800) 323-2732. Please note that in some circumstances, additional information may be requested from you.

            TAYLOR LAW CHANGES ARE BIG WIN FOR CSEA

            The governor and legislature passed legislation during the state budget process that changes the Taylor Law in an effort to help fortify unions against the impending implications of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

            NeverQuit-LogoDuty of Fair Representation Limited
            The most important change to the Taylor Law relates to the Duty of Fair Representation. This is a big win for us. The new legislation provides that public employee unions will not have to provide representation to non-members in any disciplinary cases as well as any legal, economic, or job related services beyond those provided in the collective bargaining agreement.

            New Employee Information Within 30 Days
            The new legislation also states that public employers must notify an employee organization of new employees, and provide the following, within 30 days of employment:

            • name;
            • address;
            • job title;
            • employing agency, department or other operating unit; and
            • work location.

            Public employers must also allow a duly appointed representative to meet with new employees at the work site during work time for a reasonable amount of time without requiring employees to charge leave time. Additionally, employee organizations are now permitted to use electronic membership cards.

            Members Returning from Leave to Same Employer Stay Members
            One other significant change to the Taylor Law addresses the “churn” problem that has occurred when members have gone out on voluntary or involuntary leave and been reinstated as agency fee payers upon their return. Now, when members return to the same employer after voluntary or involuntary leave, they will return as members and the right to deduct dues will be automatically reinstated.

            These changes to the Taylor Law are a significant victory in our ongoing effort to ensure our union stays strong regardless of the outcome of Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

              CSEA accepting Irene Carr Leadership Award nominations

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              Do you know someone who we can count on to take the lead, speak out and take action on issues of concern to women and families today?

              These are the individuals CSEA honors with the Irene Carr Leadership Award. Nominations are currently being accepted for this award.

              This award, named for former CSEA Statewide Secretary Irene Carr, recognizes individuals that demonstrate continuous leadership in fighting for labor rights in the workplace, particularly those that affect women. Someone who:

              CSEA President Danny Donohue, right, congratulates 2015 Irene Carr Leadership Award recipient Adele Herzenberg.

              CSEA President Danny Donohue, right, congratulates 2015 Irene Carr Leadership Award recipient Adele Herzenberg.

              • Encourages and mentors women to be activists in CSEA and/or the labor movement as a whole.

              • Advocates for workers issues such as equal pay for equal work, ensuring access to affordable child care, flexible work hours, or health and safety issues specific to women.

              • Ensures issues of discrimination, harassment and/or equal treatment are addressed in the workplace.

              Nominations must be received no later than Feb. 17, 2017.

              The award will be presented at the CSEA Women’s Conference taking place April 28-30, 2017, in Saratoga Springs.

              Download the 2017 Irene Carr Leadership Award nomination form

                Controversial Start-up New York program shows dismal results

                The Cuomo administration used the long holiday weekend to try to bury the long-awaited news on the dismal progress of its controversial Start-up New York tax giveaway.

                Only 332 jobs have been created under the program to go with the 76 jobs that had previously been reported. The administration has spent more than $53 million in taxpayer money promoting the program as the centerpiece of its economic development efforts.

                The job figures were scheduled to be reported last spring, but were delayed until now without explanation.

                The program would offer start-up companies situated adjacent to SUNY and other college campuses tax savings, including no New York state income tax for their employees for 10 years.

                The program has been widely criticized across the political spectrum, and CSEA has been among the most vocal critics.

                  2016 NYS Contract Negotiations Begin

                  CSEA opens negotiations with New York State on new contract for 66,000 Executive Branch employees

                  ALBANY — CSEA – New York’s leading union – has begun negotiations with the Cuomo administration on a new contract for 66,000 New York State Executive Branch employees. The current agreement expires March 31.

                  “CSEA members are on the job for New Yorkers and we never quit when there is work that needs to be done,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “CSEA members also know from experience that contract negotiations are always challenging. Our team of 17 members and professional staff are approaching this round with eyes wide open and a resolve to deliver an agreement that CSEA members will support.”

                  CSEA members make New York State work every day, performing a wide range of essential jobs from around-the-clock health care and human services, helping some of New York’s most vulnerable people; to safe road maintenance in all kinds of weather; to critically important record keeping, licensing, administrative and operational responsibilities.

                  Under very different economic circumstances, CSEA members ratified a five-year agreement in 2011 to avert a projected 10,000-employee layoff.

                    Giving a nod to those who give high school sports a boost: Excelsior Award nominations sought

                    NYSPHSAA-logo-cleanDo you know a CSEA member who is making a difference in high school athletics, whether through promoting school spirit, coaching a team or volunteering time in school sports programs?

                    If so, nominate him or her for the 6th annual Excelsior Award, co-sponsored by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and CSEA. The union is a longtime supporter of NYSPHSAA’s high school state championships.

                    CSEA and the athletic association developed the Excelsior Award to recognize a CSEA member in a NYSPHSAA school who has helped promote and foster athletic spirit in their local school district. The award also honors an individual who has displayed extraordinary dedication and support of high school athletics in any role as a parent, coach, booster or staff member volunteering or performing above and beyond their daily job in a school.

                    “High school athletics make communities strong,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “CSEA members who work in school districts play an important role in supporting athletic programs in every part of New York, but so do our members who are parents, coaches and boosters.”

                    “We are excited to team with CSEA once again to offer this award to those who go outside their daily routines to promote athletics in their community,” said NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas. “For five years, we’ve recognized individuals making a huge difference and this year we are looking forward to honoring a CSEA member in a NYSPHSAA school once again.”

                    Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2016. Fill out a nomination form by clicking on the link below.

                    The Excelsior Award will be presented at the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center on March 11-13, 2016.

                    The New York State Public High School Athletic Association is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York state. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.

                    Excelsior Award Nomination Form
                    Visit the New York State Public High School Athletic Association website

                    Previous Excelsior Award recipients
                    2014: Michael Paz, Newburgh Enlarged City School District
                    2013: Jimmy Colgan, Johnson City School District
                    2012: Gary Van Asselt, Haldane Central School District
                    2011: Lisa Vanderburg, Levittown School District
                    2010: Judy Young, East Rochester School District