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Fall 2017 Region Newsletter


    Request Member Benefits at Your CSEA Event


    Are you planning a CSEA membership meeting or event in the near future?

    Would you like to request our Member Benefits Department and family of vendors to attend your event? It’s as easy as submitting an email– just follow these instructions. Here is a simple checklist to guarantee a successful event.

    In an effort to streamline the process, all requests should be made via email to CSEA’s Member Benefit Department at

    In order to increase the chance that the various vendors will be able to attend, or that there is enough time for shipping, please provide a minimum of four weeks notice and include the following event details in your email:

    Local/Unit Name and Number
    Event type – membership meeting, picnic, lunch & learn or other
    Calendar Date
    Location including meeting room and full GPS address
    Is internet access and power available at this location?
    Event start and end time for members
    Vendor start and end time – two hour blocks.
    Number of people expected
    Is this event open to all endorsed CSEA vendors?  If not, please specify the vendors you would like us to notify
    Is there an option to ship supplies directly to the location of the event?  If so, please provide contact name and shipping instructions.  
    RSVP contact and date
    Note if parking, gate or security clearance is involved for entry into the event


    SUNY Albany Local 691 Membership Meeting
    September 30, 2016
    11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Patroon Room, Campus Center, University at Albany uptown campus, 1200 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
    Internet access and power is available
    Vendor set-up by 10:45 until lunch at 12:30 PM
    175 members
    RSVP by 9/21 to Sharon Burns at or call 442-7814

    Any questions or concerns about scheduling events with vendors and Member Benefits representatives, please contact Latonya Brown at 518-257-1363 or the Member Benefits Department at 518-257-1359

      Don’t Get Con Conned!

      Avoid the CON!   Well-funded forces are trying to con New Yorkers into believing that the only way to clean up Albany’s politics is by approving a Constitutional Convention on Election Day, November 7th. See chart below for key dates.

      Constitutional Convention Chart

      A convention creates an opening for radical changes to our state’s constitution.  CSEA members and retirees rely on the state’s constitution to protect our public pensions, our right to organize and to collective bargaining. We can’t allow our futures to be jeopardized.

      We need your help to oppose the Constitution Convention (Con Con, for short).

      In an effort to reach out to as many members and their families as possible, CSEA Capital Region is hosting a Con Con Contest.  We’ve asked each Local to participate.

      Here is our Leader Board to date – will your local end up number 1?!?!

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      For more information contact, Bryan Miller

        Slow Down to Get Around

        Sanitation workers have a difficult and vital job that keeps our communities clean and safe.  Slow Down to Get Around is our new campaign to help out our brothers and sisters who are getting injured and killed at an alarming rate.  Click here to find out how you can help!SlowDownToGetAround_web

          East Greenbush Member Wins Excelsior Award



          Jill Bonesteel, a bus driver, sports enthusiast, coach and volunteer was recognized recently by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) with their annual Excelsior Award. The statewide award is given to a person who promotes and fosters athletic spirit in their district.

          Read more about Bonesteel’s remarkable contributions in the May issue of the Work Force and here.




            Tax Local 690 Holds Worker Memorial Day Event

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            CSEA Tax and Finance Local 690 held a Worker’s Memorial Day event on April 28 to honor workers who have died on the job. Tax 690 members gathered outside of Building 8 on the state campus to pay their respects and recommit to the fight for worker safety.

              PEF “Agreement” Clarified

              Some members have called the region office seeking clarification on the PEF ‘agreement’ announced Friday. PEF does not have a contract. The agreement simply addresses the gap between March 31, 2015 when their last agreement expired and March 31, 2016 (when the CSEA state contract expired).

              PEF bargaining unit members will receive a retroactive 2% salary increase for 2016.

              CSEA members in the state divisions received the 2016 2% salary increase as part of our last contract.

              Negotiations continue for all state agreements and we wish our brothers and sisters at PEF all the best.

              From the CSEA website members can log-in to their “MY CSEA” account to sign-up for contract negotiations updates.



                Grade 6 Civil Service Exam Survey

                The Civil Service Department has requested our help in preparing appropriate exam questions for new Grade 6 Office Assistant titles.

                Any time on or after Monday, April 11th some of Grade 6 Office Assistant members may receive an email from the Civil Service Examinations Unit asking them complete a Job Content Analysis Questionnaire.

                CSEA encourages our members to participate.  Affected state agencies have been asked to provide time during regular working hours for members to complete the questionnaire. This is an opportunity to help the Civil Service Department develop exam questions that are relevant and meaningful for our Grade 6 Office Assistant members.

                CSEA fully supports this effort and appreciates that we have been asked for our input. The Examinations Unit sees the value in the opinions of the CSEA represented workforce, and we want to be sure to provide that value in return.

                Thank you for your support!

                If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact CSEA’s research department at (518) 257-1213 or

                  Update Your “My CSEA” Profile for a Chance to Win $500

                  HAND_HOLDING_MONEYSo that we can keep you informed, it’s important that we have your most up-to-date contact information. That’s why we are running this exciting $500 giveaway!

                  Log into your My CSEA profile. You’ll need your CSEA ID! Then, review your contact information. Make updates, or confirm that your information is already current, then click one of the red submit buttons at the bottom. That’s all you need to do to be entered to win!

                  This contest is open to CSEA members only. CSEA staff and other affiliates are not eligible to participate. One lucky winner will be chosen, at random, on a monthly basis for the duration of the contest.

                  Only one contest entry per member. Multiple profile updates do not result in multiple entries. Entries remain valid for the duration of the contest – there is no need to re-verify on a monthly basis.

                  Members may only win once. Prize will be in the form of a $500 prepaid gift card, which can be used at any vendor that currently accepts Visa or Mastercard.

                    CSEA members $ave on Sports and Entertainment Tix

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                    From sporting events, like  Albany Devils Hockey, to concerts at the Times Union Center to shows and plays at Proctor’s and Capital Rep, CSEA members save on year-round family fun. Check back as deals change.

                    Print the flier for current deals.

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