2019 News Releases

Read CSEA’s 2019 news releases

May 2019

  • May 16, 2019 UNION REPRESENTING BUS DRIVERS APPLAUDS STATE LEGISLATORS FOR PASSAGE OF SCHOOL BUS CAMERA LEGISLATION

March 2019

  • Mar. 20, 2019 CSEA President Donohue Says DOT Worker’s Death is Tragic and We All Must Do Our Part To Keep Our Roads Safe

January 2019

  • Jan. 16, 2019 CSEA President Danny Donohue’s Statement on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 State Budget Proposal

May 16, 2019
UNION REPRESENTING BUS DRIVERS APPLAUDS STATE LEGISLATORS FOR PASSAGE OF SCHOOL BUS CAMERA LEGISLATION
ALBANY – The leader of the labor union CSEA, representing of thousands of school bus drivers throughout New York State, today issued a statement congratulating both houses of the New York State Legislature for their passage of a bill the union strongly supported that will improve bus safety by supplying school buses with exterior cameras to increase enforcement against drivers illegally passing stopped buses.

“We hear from our school bus drivers every day about drivers who illegally pass their stopped buses, putting the children they drive at risk. Our bus drivers and monitors are constantly on the watch to protect them, but we can never be too safe. We applaud the members of the State Senate and Assembly for passing this law which will give law enforcement a great tool to prosecute people who put our school children at risk,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue.

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Mar. 20, 2019
CSEA President Donohue Says DOT Worker’s Death is Tragic and We All Must Do Our Part To Keep Our Roads Safe
ALBANY, NY — CSEA President Danny Donohue responded today to the tragic passing of Department of Transportation (DOT) worker Dennis “Matt” Howe.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Matt Howe, a hard-working DOT employee and CSEA member, who passed away as a result of injuries sustained when a tractor trailer collided with his DOT truck in a work zone on Route 17 in Tioga County.  CSEA’s Occupational Safety and Health Department is actively investigating the incident.

This tragic incident highlights the risks so many CSEA members face every day. This serves as a strong and powerful reminder that we all need to do our part and drive carefully through work zones so our hard-working public employees can return safely to their families and loved ones after every shift. DOT employees are some of the most vulnerable workers, and every one of us needs to help ensure their safety.

On behalf of all of CSEA, I extend my deepest condolences to Matt’s family and loved ones.”

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Jan. 16, 2019
CSEA President Danny Donohue’s Statement on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 State Budget Proposal
ALBANY, NY — Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) President Danny Donohue responded to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 state budget proposal with the following statement:

“We applaud Governor Cuomo for continuing to stand with working people and organized labor in this year’s budget. The Governor took swift action last year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against unions in the Janus decision and immediately moved to protect the personal information of state employees from anti-union forces to prevent state employees from being harassed at their homes and worksites.

Now the Governor is proposing to extend these crucial protections to all public employees in the state of New York. The Governor’s actions in proposing this legislation is further proof of his strong support for labor at a time when corporate CEOs and billionaires are trying to destroy unions.”

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    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.

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          VOICE/CSEA providers, parents and community members meet to discuss subsidy program issues

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          CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi discusses how late and short child care subsidy payments is harming providers and parents in Monroe County.

          VOICE/CSEA child care providers from Monroe County, parents and community members met Tuesday to discuss how late and short payments have adversely affected child care programs.

          While county officials, including Department of Human Services Commissioner Kelly A. Reid, were scheduled to attend this meeting to hear the providers’ and parents’ concerns, they canceled shortly before the meeting was to begin.

          Ensuring access to quality child care so parents can work and children can receive the best possible start in life is one the most important investments our communities can make toward breaking the cycle of poverty and giving struggling families a leg up. Access to affordable child care helps working parents stay active in the work force.

          Investments in early education may also reduce the need for special education placements and remedial education, and later in life, involvement with the criminal justice system. High quality early learning experiences are also linked to increased productivity and earnings when these children become adults.

          “We’re disappointed that county officials didn’t show up, but we look forward to scheduling another meeting with them where providers and parents can have a voice,” CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi said. “We are hopeful we can continue this good relationship and make some progress on these concerns.”

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            CSEA members meet with federal representatives about ending workplace violence

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            Western Region Member Korrie Spadone, a psychiatric nurse at Erie County Medical Center and Southern Region member Amie-Beth Morran, a CNA at Valley View Nursing Home, speak with Walter Vance of the Government Accountabillity Office (GAO) about workplace violence.

            Western Region Member Korrie Spadone, a psychiatric nurse at Erie County Medical Center and Southern Region member Amie-Beth Morran, a certified nursing assistant at Valley View Nursing Home, joined several other mental health workers from across the state today in discussing workplace violence with representatives of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Unions are working toward a national standard for dealing with and preventing workplace violence throughout the country.

              CSEA, allies fight for a living wage

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              CSEA Statewide Treasurer Joe McMullen, center, shows support for workers receiving a living wage at the Fight For $15 Rally at the Empire State Plaza concourse in Albany.

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              CSEA Metropolitan Region President Lester Crockett, front row, right, leads CSEA activists and allies in a Manhattan rally to fight for a living wage.

              CSEA, allies fight for a living wage
              CSEA activists, including Statewide Treasurer Joe McMullen, Capital Region President Kathy Garrison and Metropolitan Region President Lester Crockett, and our allies showed support this week to workers who are fighting for a living wage through Fight for $15 rallies in Albany and Manhattan. These rallies were among the many events held across the country to support a living wage and the right for workers to form a union.
              See photos from the Albany rally
              See photos from the Manhattan rally

                New report: START-UP NY advertising costly; only 72 jobs created to date

                StartUp-NYThe Empire State Development Corporation has released its 2014 annual report on the START-UP NY program.

                According to the report, the 54 businesses accepted to the program in 2014 created 72 jobs through December 31. The state has spent $53 million on advertising and other promotions for the program since late 2013. This means that the state has spent almost $700,000 in advertising per new job created so far.


                To make matters worse, the 2015-16 budget provided for an additional $50 million in advertising for the program and costs to the state will continue to rise because employees at these businesses will pay no state income taxes for up to 10 years.

                  CSEA mourning loss of Southern Region member; union investigating death

                  inmemoriamCSEA is mourning the loss of Southern Region member Tonny Teskera, 38, an Orange County Unit member and laborer who died on the job April 1 in a tree-clearing incident at the Hickory Hill Golf Course in Warwick. Teskera leaves behind a longtime girlfriend, a 6-year-old daughter and two boys he had helped raise. CSEA and PESH are investigating. Our thoughts are with Teskera’s loved ones and co-workers.
                  CSEA has concerns about statements about the incident in local media suggesting it was simply a tragic accident. There are almost never “accidents” in safety and health incidents when employers meet their legal responsibilities to ensure that workers are properly trained, have the right equipment and required procedures are followed.
                  On a related note, the April edition of The Work Force is out. Much of the edition focuses on the union’s ongoing fight for safe and healthy workplaces.
                  Read the April Work Force

                    CSEA accepting nominations for the 2015 Irene Carr Leadership Award

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                    CSEA is accepting nominations for the 2015 Irene Carr Leadership Award.

                    Carr, who served as CSEA’s Statewide Secretary for 17 years, helped pave the way for women to serve in leadership roles in the union. A single mother when she first joined CSEA, Carr devoted her four-decade union career to fighting to advance issues traditionally of concern to women, issues that she referred to as “work and family issues.”

                    Carr was the driving force that led to the formation of CSEA’s Women’s Committee, and she served as its first chair. She played a key role in advancing numerous issues that improved the lives of working women in CSEA and across the nation, including pay equity adjustments for women and people of color, expanded clerical training opportunities and affordable child care. She was a role model for CSEA women seeking a place in the leadership of our union.

                    To honor her memory as a union leader, CSEA has established the Irene Carr Award, and we are seeking nominees who demonstrate Irene’s leadership and fighting spirit. Women who:
                    • Fight every day for the members she represents,
                    • Stand up and stand out as a leader in the fight for women’s rights and workers’ rights,
                    • Step up despite the challenges before her.

                    If you know such a person, please complete the application and nominate her for this prestigious award.

                    Nominations must be received no later than March 20, 2015. The award will be presented at the union’s Statewide Women’s Conference at the Desmond Hotel in Albany on May 2, 2015.
                    Download the nomination form
                    Read more about Carr’s accomplishments