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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:
• 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.
CSEA has launched a statewide campaign to help address growing concerns about child abuse statewide. The union is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the Child Protective Services Safety Act, which was approved with strong support in both the state Assembly and Senate last spring.
CSEA-represented child protective services workers are overwhelmed by caseloads that can run up to 70 active cases in any given month. The legislation would limit caseloads to 15 per month. A 2006 report by the state Office of Children and Family Services found that smaller caseloads have a direct benefit for children under supervision.
CSEA’s TV ads are airing in every market in the state along with other activities designed to draw attention to the need for the bill to become law.
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.
Important information about contract negotiations between Empire BlueCross/BlueShield and Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley
As of June 2, 2016, no agreement has been reached between Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield (the Empire Plan’s hospital administrator) and the Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley, a hospital group that includes the following facilities in Ulster and Delaware counties: Health Alliance Hospital’s St. Mary’s Ave. and Broadway campuses in Kingston, and Margaretville Hospital in Margaretville.
Because no agreement has been reached, as of May 31, 2016, Health Alliance hospitals will not be Empire Plan network providers. This means that most services, except in limited circumstances, will be covered on an out-of-network basis. Empire Plan enrollees will be responsible for a coinsurance amount of 10 percent of billed charges for covered services, up to the annual coinsurance maximum.
Please note that the phone number in the letter from Empire BlueCross/BlueShield is no longer open. Enrollees should call the Empire Plan at 1-877-769-7447 for how this change will affect you.
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.
Do 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.
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
Many people working in public and private-sector jobs, including some CSEA members, are grossly undervalued. Being fairly paid for the work they do would not only allow them to better support themselves and their families, but local economies would benefit from the extra money these people would earn and would ultimately help bring our economy back into balance.
Below is a list of events planned across the state:
New York City:
5:30 a.m: State Street and Adams Street, Brooklyn
10:15 a.m: 124th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, Manhattan
4 p.m: Foley Square
6 p.m: March beginning at Foley Square
For more information or to RSVP, visit Fightfor15.org
7 a.m: McDonalds, 31 Holland Ave
Noon: Dunkin’ Donuts, Empire State Plaza concourse
5:30 p.m: State Capitol / City Hall – East Capitol Lawn
10:15 a.m: McDonalds, 425 William St
2 p.m: Waterfront Nursing Home, 200 7th St
3:45 p.m: City Hall – 65 Niagara Square
For more information, contact Kirk Laubenstein at the Coalition for Economic Justice Buffalo by email or call (716) 892-5877.
7 a.m: McDonalds, 45 Jay Scutti Blvd
5 p.m: Washington Square Park (march to City Hall)
For more information, contact Colin O’Malley at Metro Justice by email or call (585) 325-2560.
Noon: Academy Green Park
For more information, contact Natajah Roberts at Citizen Action by email or call (518) 775-0227.
4:30 p.m: Bank Alley, corner of Seneca and Tioga
Noon: Walmart Supercenter, 2 Gannett Dr., Johnson City
For more information, contact Mary Clark at Citizen Action by email or call (607) 723-0110.
CSEA was active in every part of the state in this year’s elections. CSEA-endorsed candidates across the state were largely successful in their elections to local and state offices. Union activists across the state campaigned on behalf of endorsed candidates in their areas.
In the Southern Tier, Fred Akshar was overwhelmingly elected to the state Senate in a special election for the 52nd District. CSEA activists made thousands of phone calls in support of Akshar, a Broome County undersheriff.
CSEA members’ efforts also paid off in Schenectady, where Mayor Gary McCarthy, who was endorsed by the union, fended off another challenge from Roger Hull.
In the City of Poughkeepsie, CSEA-endorsed candidate Rob Rolison was elected mayor. CSEA efforts are also being credited with a tight margin in the Town of Patterson supervisor election, where the union’s endorsed candidate, Democrat Andrew Falk, is down by only 32 votes in the Republican stronghold town. More than 100 absentee ballots will determine the race’s outcome.
On Long Island, CSEA efforts were successful in numerous races, including the re-election of Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. The union’s endorsed candidates won all of the Town of Hempstead races and City of Long Beach council seats.
In New York City, CSEA-endorsed candidate Alicia Hyndman easily won a special election for a vacant New York State Assembly seat in Queens.
In the Town of Lancaster in Erie County, CSEA endorsed candidate Johanna Metz-Coleman defeated the incumbent town supervisor, who had been a champion of the Tea Party and created a very poor working environment for CSEA members.
During the 105th Annual Delegates Meeting in Buffalo, hundreds of CSEA leaders and activists were empowered to face the union’s challenges and lead CSEA into the future. With the ADM theme being, “My Union, Your Union, Our Tomorrow,” all of the week’s training centered around Strong Communities Work and Member Engagement. Specifically, programs taught delegates how to engage members and how to partner with organizations and activist to expand economic opportunities. CSEA aims to have delegates bring the information and skills they have acquired back to other members so they can be used to strengthen the labor movement.
This year’s meeting was the first of its kind. Activists were able to develop their union and leadership skills through a coordinated series of learning tracks that were focused on specific needs, including certification for required officer and representation training.
The five-day meeting also included powerful addresses from A. Philip Randolph Institute President Clayola Brown and AFSCME International President Lee Saunders.
CSEA President Danny Donohue also recognized Statewide Treasurer Joe McMullen for his service to the union. McMullen is retiring early next year.
The week also included delegates stepping up to support one of their union sisters. Central New York DDSO Local member Theresa Young is undergoing treatment for a rare form of breast cancer. Hundreds of delegates wore pink “Team T” t-shirts during the meeting to support not only Young, but others who have been affected by cancer.
Central New York DDSO Local members, including Young’s sister, Cherie Casler, and other supporters from the Central Region will also participate in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Syracuse on Sunday, Oct. 18. Hundreds of CSEA members will participate in walks in their regions throughout October.
The meeting also included several awards. Western Region and Erie County Local activist Judi Knight was honored with the Nadra Floyd Award for Organizing, while Long Island Region and Nassau County Local activist Lynne Kramer received the Membership Achievement Award.
SUNY Upstate Local and Central Region activist Gloria Smith received the PEOPLE Recruiter of the Year Award, and the Central Region took home the PEOPLE Cup.
CSEA also honored three activists with its Mission Achievement Award. Central Region Judiciary Local President Don Lynskey received the State Mission Achievement Award, Poughkeepsie City School District Unit activist Tyreck Douglas received the Local Government Mission Achievement Award, and Fulton Center Nursing Facility Local President Migdalia Perry received the Private Sector Mission Achievement Award.
View CSEA’s Officer Reports to the ADM
Learn more about and find a Making Strides Walk near you