Skills for Success Spring 2018 Class Catalog Now Available


WNY– The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training has announced its Spring 2018 “Skills for Success” course schedule for CSEA represented employees.

To view the course catalog, please visit the website right here and here.

To download flyers, just click on images below.

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    Secretary I & II Civil Service Test Prep Workshops


    WNY— NYS has announced upcoming exams for Secretary I & II scheduled for March 3, 2018.

    There will be one civil service test prep workshop at SUNY Brockport on February 3 and another on the campus of Buffalo State College on February 10.

    As part of its mission, The CSEA WORK Institute conducts in-person live six-hour test preparation workshops for large State and Local Government exams. Local and Unit Presidents may request a workshop in their area if they have space available to hold the workshop and a minimum of 15 interested members.

    To register for a workshop, click here (requires member login) to view the schedule. To be notified when civil service test prep workshops are scheduled, follow The Work Institute on Twitter @WorkInst.

    If you are a Local or Unit President with training space available and 15 or more interested members and would like to make a special request for a specific workshop for your members, email Diane Medick at or call her at (518) 782-4426.

    Download these flyers for your workplace:

    Saturday, February 3, 2018: SUNY Brockport

    Saturday, February 10, 2018: Buffalo State College

      CSEA Member Benefits at your service


      WNY– 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

        CSEA Western Region Workshop: Discipline and Interrogation

        workshop_150aLocal Government/Authorities/Canals Workshop: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation

        Dates: February 27-28, 2018
        Registration: 5:30-6:00 PM
        Program: 6:00-9:00 PM
        CSEA Western Region Rochester Satellite Office, 3495 Winton Place, Bldg. E, Suite 3, Rochester, NY 14623.

        This workshop is for Authorities and Canals bargaining Unit officers and local government activists who are interested in representing members in disciplinary matters.

        In this basic workshop, participants will review the elements of their contract disciplinary procedure and/or Civil Service Law Section 75, the categories of discipline and the basic steps and rights of union representatives and employees in disciplinary interrogations. Completion of this two-day workshop complies with the disciplinary training requirement as outlined in the CSEA Local and Unit Constitution’s Article V, Section 6.

        Participants must complete this workshop and be appointed by the Local/Unit President to be certified to represent workers in the disciplinary process. Please bring your contract.

        To register for this workshop, please contact the CSEA Rochester Satellite Office by calling 716‐272-0800 to register. A light lunch will be provided. It is important to pre‐register as the workshop attendance will determine accommodations and meals.

        Please download a flyer for your workplace here.

        Rochester Workshop

          State Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Re-certification

          workshop_150State Government Workshop: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Re-certification

          Date: February 24, 2018
          Registration: 12:30 PM‐1:00 PM
          Program: 1:00 PM‐4:00 PM
          CSEA Western Region Amherst Office, 120 Pineview Drive, Amherst, NY 14228

          This workshop is designed for New York State bargaining unit (ASU,ISU,OSU) officers and activists that have completed the basic workshop. Participants will have an opportunity to review their role and employee rights, and practice their skills in preparing and representing members in interrogations under Article 33.

          Participants must complete this workshop and be appointed by the Local/Unit President to be certified to represent workers in the disciplinary process. Please bring your contract.

          To register for this workshop, please contact the CSEA Region 6 office by calling 716‐691‐6555 or 866‐568‐7734 to register. A light lunch will be provided. It is important to pre‐register as the workshop attendance will determine accommodations and meals.

          To download this flyer for your workplace. Amherst Workshop


            Western Region Winter Meeting in Niagara Falls Jan. 26-27

            r6logoNiagara Falls– The CSEA Western Region Winter Meeting is slated for January 26-27 at the Sheraton at the Falls & Conference Center of Niagara Falls, 300 Third Street Niagara Falls, NY 14303 1-866-961-3780.

            The Western Region Planning Committee has once again done an outstanding job of scheduling important programs, workshops and networking opportunities to give officers and activists the resources they require to be successful union leaders.

            Locals and Units are being asked to bring raffle baskets to benefit our efforts to raise funds for the Special Olympics New York Polar Plunge scheduled for Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Rochester, NY.

            The Western Region business meeting is scheduled to begin Saturday, January 27 at 10:15 am. 

            Book your hotel room here.

            To register for this event, please download and complete the registration form provided here. HERE

              Western Region Labor Education Training Opportunity!

              workshop_150Rochester– This interactive workshop is one of three six‐hour workshops on contract negotiations for local government units and private sector locals. It is designed for officers and activists who want to maximize the union’s leverage in contract negotiations by organizing a contract committee, sometimes referred to as a Contract Action Team or CAT. A CAT is a representative group of local/unit activists who help to plan and implement both the contract negotiations and the contract campaign that accompanies the negotiations.

              Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 ‐ and ‐ Tuesday, January 23, 2018
              Registration:  5:30 PM ‐ 6:00 PM
              Instruction: 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
              Program Location: CSEA Region 6 Rochester Satellite Office, 3495 Winton Place Building E, Suite 3 Rochester, NY 14623

              Please contact the CSEA Region 6 Rochester Office at 585-295‐8600 to register. A light dinner will be provided. It is important to pre‐register as the workshop attendance is used to determine the amount of materials needed for the class and for meal preparation. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. This workshop is open to all members of CSEA.

              To download a flyer of this workshop, click on the link at the bottom of this image: you can go here


                Buffalo Bills offers CSEA members discounted tickets


                WNY– Attention statewide CSEA members! CSEA and the Buffalo Bills are offering discounted tickets to all remaining home games for the 2017 season. The Buffalo Bills have implemented a new dynamic ticket pricing model for all Bills home games in the 2017 regular season that will adjust ticket prices to better reflect demand throughout the season.

                As CSEA members and fans purchase tickets, the price of each individual game can rise or fall to better reflect the demand for tickets. Ticket prices may increase or decrease.

                Use Promo Code: GPCSEA (case sensitive).  To buy tickets, you will need to have your CSEA membership ID handy and log onto our webpage here.

                Games subject to flex scheduling
                All games are currently scheduled for 1pm
                All dates & times subject to change
                Tickets subject to availability

                For club seating, questions, season tickets, or to purchase over the phone please contact Mike Carroll at 716-312-8944.

                  Civil Service Test Prep Workshop for OA2

                  Civil Service Test Prep Workshops

                  R6 office_300WNY:  This members-only test prep workshop is being offered to help prepare you for the October 28, 2017 NYS Department of Civil Service promotional exam:

                  Office Assistant 2, Office Assistant 2 (Calculations), Office Assistant 2 (Customer Service),

                  Office Assistant 2 (Stores/Mail), Office Assistant 2 (Keyboarding).

                  The following topics will be covered:

                  • General Test Taking Tips and Strategies
                  • Name and Number Checking
                  • Office Record Keeping (BRING A CALCULATOR)
                  • Supervision
                  • Understanding and Interpreting Written Material
                  • Public Contact Principles and Practices
                  • Arithmetic Computation with Calculator (BRING A CALCULATOR)
                  • Keeping Simple Inventory Records
                  • Grammar, Usage, Punctuation, and Sentence Structure
                  • Keyboarding Practices

                  For more detailed information about workshops in the Rochester and Buffalo area, please consult these documents linked below.

                  Office Assistant 2 – Amherst

                  Office Assistant 2 – Rochester

                    CSEA Monroe County Unit Approves New Contract

                    CATlogoround1 - CopyRochester– A majority of members of the CSEA Monroe County Employees Unit 7400 voted this evening to ratify the terms and conditions of a new collective bargaining agreement that was reached on February 1. Approximately 1,800 county employees represented by CSEA have been working without a contract since the previous deal expired on December 31, 2013. The vote was a mail-in ballot conducted February 14 through March 1. A previous tentative agreement was narrowly rejected by membership in October of 2016.

                    The new five-year deal guarantees a 10 percent cost of living increase over the life of the contract plus other bonuses. Effective after complete ratification, all employees shall receive modest increases and bonuses in their annual base salary over time to be paid 60 days following the Monroe County Legislature’s and County Executive’s final approval of the agreement.

                    Depending on an employee’s hire date, some employees represented by CSEA under this contract will pay a slightly higher contribution percentage for healthcare over time. Effective July 1, 2017, employees must have 15 years of continuous service with the County to qualify for retiree health insurance.

                    “We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our CSEA members, staff and county management team for their commitment to the negotiations process,” said CSEA Unit President Jim D’Amico. He added, “The new agreement required compromise and sacrifice on both sides and we believe it’s respectful to taxpayers, management and employees alike.”

                    The new contract will expire December 31, 2021.


                     CSEA is New York State’s leading union, representing employees of New York State and its counties, towns, villages, school districts, library systems, authorities and public corporations. Together with a growing population of private sector members and retirees, CSEA forms a union 300,000 strong. It is also the largest affiliate (and Local 1000) of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) which, in turn, is one of the largest affiliates of the AFL-CIO.