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.

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    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

              Join the fight for a living wage for all workers on Nov. 10!

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              CSEA and its allies will join on Nov. 10 in a National Day of Action in the ongoing battle for a living wage for all workers.

              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

              Albany:
              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

              Buffalo:
              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.

              Rochester:
              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.

              Kingston:
              Noon: Academy Green Park
              For more information, contact Natajah Roberts at Citizen Action by email or call (518) 775-0227.

              Ithaca:
              4:30 p.m: Bank Alley, corner of Seneca and Tioga

              Binghamton:
              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 efforts lead to election of many endorsed candidates

                vote-button-1CSEA 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.

                  CSEA stands strong, moves toward future, during dynamic 105th Annual Delegates Meeting

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                  CSEA Central New York DDSO Local activist Cherie Casler, left, poses with her sister and co-worker, Theresa Young, during the 105th Annual Delegates Meeting in Buffalo.

                  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
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