Upcoming trainings planned, including state government discipline and interrogation


CSEA is regularly scheduling classes to help empower and educate CSEA officers and activists.

Listed here are upcoming trainings. You must RSVP to the Southern Region Office at (845) 831-1000 for all classes, as space is limited.


    Treasurer trainings coming up this June

    If you’re a CSEA local or unit treasurer and haven’t completed your mandated treasurer training, we have three training opportunities this June for you to choose from! Download a training flyer here.

    Evening treasurer trainings (with a light dinner and sign-in at 5:30 p.m. and class starting at 6 p.m.) will be held:

    • June 19 at the Southern Region Office in Beacon
    • June 20 at the Westchester County Local Office in White Plains
    • June 21 at the Orange County Local Office in Middletown

    Please call the Southern Region Office at 845.831.1000 to reserve your spot, as these trainings quickly fill to capacity.

      Super Savings at Six Flags New England



      Here’s how to save up to 46% on Six Flags New England tickets:

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      • Single Day Admission Ticket: $42
      • Season Pass: $58.99
      • Picnic in the Park – Available on Select Days at Six Flags New England (Includes admission, parking and catered lunch): $49.38



        Great Escape Super Summer Savings


        CSEA members get special summer savings at Great Escape — season passes, daily admission and parking.

        Follow the link below to the CSEA Member Great Escape Six Flags discount store.  Enter the username and password below to enter the store. Use the menu button on top to navigate between different deals.

        Username: CSEANY

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          Southern Region Scholarship available for graduating seniors

          CSEA members who are the parents or guardians of graduating seniors, we have our annual Southern Region Scholarships available!

          The scholarships are offered to seniors graduating this year and heading to college. Scholarship recipients are invited to attend a Southern Region Executive Board meeting toward the end of June, where CSEA officers will celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments.

          Download a scholarship application by clicking here.

          Applications must be postmarked by April 23, 2018. Check out other CSEA scholarship opportunities available by visiting the statewide CSEA Scholarships page.

            Polar Plunge fun doesn’t mean our fundraising is done!

            IMG_1031 (2)A group of over 30 brave CSEA members and friends jumped into the chilly waters up at Camp Mariah, as we took part for the tenth year in a row in the Fishkill Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics New York. View more photos by visiting our public Facebook album here.

            In exchange for donations that benefit individuals with disabilities participating in Special Olympics athletic events, we join a group that braves the freezing temps to jump into the water despite the winter weather!

            Our fundraising continues. We need your help to raise our team fundraising total.

            There are two ways you can help:

              CSEA Poughkeepsie security guards sacrifice for Poughkeepsie students

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               POUGHKEEPSIE – While Poughkeepsie City School District officials have stalled on paying CSEA-represented security guards wages they are owed from working at district basketball games held earlier this season, our union members have generously agreed to work remaining home games without a guarantee as to when they’ll be compensated so Poughkeepsie students and community members don’t miss out on Section 1 playoffs.

              “Our members are doing this because they care about these kids,” said CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo. “This has been an incredible year for Poughkeepsie’s basketball teams and our members don’t want the ineptitude of certain district officials to hurt the teams’ chances of state championships. Our CSEA members here in the Poughkeepsie City School District are making this sacrifice because their hearts are with the students.”

              Each year, CSEA members employed as district security guards supervise home basketball games. Wages for working those games has been paid to employees in their regular paychecks, not at the end of the end of the basketball season. Despite a district official’s comment to local media stating that CSEA had agreed for security guards to receive payment in full at the end of the season, there has been no such agreement.

              While the security guards have volunteered to work at the remaining basketball games, CSEA will be proceeding with a complaint on our members’ behalf to the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division.

              “What has happened here is clear wage theft,” Riccaldo said. “Many of our security guards have not been paid for their work at basketball games since the end of November. These are people who, just like the rest of us, have bills to pay and families to support. Even if the district failed in properly handling security assignments, our members are still owed the money they earned. Any district official who continues to refuse to pay our members the wages they are owed should be held accountable.”

              CSEA is negotiating an agreement with the district for future work at athletic events and demanding that members be paid all wages owed to them.

              “This injustice is a reminder of why belonging to the union is so important,” said CSEA Dutchess Education Local President Scott Rajczi. “Being part of a union gives workers the freedom to speak up on the job, which is what our members have done so courageously. They should be proud of themselves for doing the right thing for the students even when the district has failed to do the same. Our CSEA members aren’t just the backbone of the Poughkeepsie schools, they’re also the heart.”


                Spring Conference materials available

                Registration materials are now available for the Southern Region Spring Conference, scheduled to be held April 13-15, 2018 at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY. Click here to download and print materials.

                This conference is another opportunity for CSEA officers to complete required training. President and Vice President Training, Secretary Training, and Treasurer Training will all be offered.

                We’ll also have some new workshops with timely topics, including Garage Hazards, Negotiations Training, and Getting Organized to Fight Back in a Post-Janus World.

                If you plan to attend, please enroll ASAP as this conference is expected to fill to capacity.

                  Rally for workers’ rights in NYC on Feb. 24

                  The Janus v. AFSCME case will soon be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling in this case, expected later this year, is predicted to have an immediate impact on us as unionists.

                  Please join us in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 for a rally in Foley Square. We’ll gather with other brothers and sisters from other unions, as well as CSEA activists from other regions across the state. This is an important show of solidarity in the face of unrelenting attacks on labor.

                  We have a bus traveling to the rally from the Southern Region, which will pick up CSEA passengers in Pomona at 9 a.m. and White Plains at 9:20 a.m. before heading to New York City. The bus will depart Foley Square at 4 p.m. for the return trip. A second bus traveling from Albany will make a stop at the Newburgh Mall. That bus is scheduled to pick up members in Newburgh at 9 a.m and depart Foley Square at 3 p.m.

                  Download printable fliers here for the Pomona and White Plains bus and for the Newburgh bus.

                  For more info or to sign up, call Political Action Coordinator Chris Ludlow at (845) 831-1000.

                    Join our CSEA team for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge!

                    Polar_BearWe’ll be Freezin’ for a Reason on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. when the CSEA Southern Region participates in the Fishkill Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics New York.

                    The Fishkill Polar Plunge has become an annual tradition here in the Southern Region. There are many ways in which our members, family and friends can help raise funds to sponsor athletic events for individuals with disabilities:

                    • JOIN OUR TEAM! Take the plunge with fellow CSEA members and friends. You can sign up by clicking on our team page at https://tinyurl.com/CSEAPlunge2018 and clicking “JOIN TEAM.” Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100 in order to take the plunge. Those reaching the $100 minimum will receive a free Polar Plunge hooded sweatshirt. If you’d like to be on the team but aren’t up to jumping, there is a “too chicken to jump” option. In addition to online donations, you can download and print this pledge sheet to log cash and check donations that are turned in on the day of the plunge.
                    • MAKE A DONATION! Every single dollar collected for Special Olympics will help make a difference in the lives of these athletes. Donations are tax-deductible and can most easily be made online by clicking on our team page. Those wishing to donate via check should make the check payable to Special Olympics (with CSEA Southern Region on the memo line) and mail it to Special Olympics New York, 1207 Route 9, Suite 1C, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
                    • SPREAD THE WORD! Word of mouth marketing is our greatest tool! Please spread the word with your fellow CSEA members, family and friends. You can post this web posting or our team page on your social media accounts. You can also help by posting printed materials on your union bulletin boards. Print this flyer to post on your union bulletin boards and promote the Fishkill Polar Plunge. For those needing additional information, we also have this list of Frequently Asked Questions available for printing. We also have these printable mini-flyers, perfect for personalizing and handing out to your fellow CSEA members!

                    Here in the Southern Region, CSEA members have raised tens of thousands of dollars to help Special Olympians in the Hudson Valley. Let’s keep that momentum going. No donation is too small!

                    Anyone with questions regarding the Fishkill Polar Plunge should contact Jessica Ladlee at the Southern Region Office at 845.831.1000, ext. 2084.