Buffalo Bills offers CSEA members discounted tickets

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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 and NYSP Partner Up for Driver Improvement Classes

      drivingWNY– CSEA is offering members and their family driver improvement classes to reduce up to four points on driving records and a 10 percent reduction on insurance premiums for up to three years.

      Online classes are available by logging onto www.nysponline.com and entering code “CSEA” to receive the reduced rate of $23.95 per person.

      In person classes are scheduled at the CSEA Rochester Satellite Office, 3495 Winton Place-Building E, Suite 3, Rochester, New York 14623 (585-272-0800). All classes will be held from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at a cost of $23.00 per person:

      Saturday, October 14, 2017
      Saturday, November 4, 2017
      Saturday, December 2, 2017

      In person classes are scheduled at the CSEA Western Region Office in Amherst, 120 Pineview Drive, Amherst, NY 14228 (716-691-6555). All classes will be held from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at a cost of $23.00 per person:

      Saturday, September 16, 2017
      Saturday, October 21, 2017
      Saturday, November 4, 2017

      To register for any of the above in-person classes, please call the NYSP directly at 1-800-942-6874. In order to register, you will need your NYS driver’s license number, credit card information and an email address.

      To download flyers for your workplace, please use these links below.

      AMHERST CLASSES

      ROCHESTER CLASSES

        Western Region Fall Meeting Sept 8-10

        400x WNY– The CSEA Western Region Fall Meeting is slated for September 8-10 at the Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY  14225.

        For any questions or concerns about this meeting, please call the Western Region Amherst Office at 716-691-6555. The registration deadline is August 18, 2017.

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

        R6 FALL MEETING REGISTRATION FORM

        You can fax the registration form: 716-691-5430.

        You can mail the registration form:

        CSEA Western Region Planning Committee, CSEA Western Region Office, 120 Pineview Drive, Amherst, NY 14428

        Or if you prefer, email the completed form to nhprevosto@gmail.com

          CSEA Member Benefits at your service

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          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 member.benefits@cseainc.org

          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
          Requestor
          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

          SAMPLE

          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
          ALL VENDORS
          RSVP by 9/21 to Sharon Burns at sburns@sunyalbany.edu 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 member.benefits@cseainc.org

            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.

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             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.

              CSEA Statement on MCWA Using J.D. Power Ad Campaign

              JDPower-AwardRochester— While recognition is always welcomed, it is extremely important for area residents to know our CSEA represented MCWA employees (L828/U7405) have been doing more with less as each budget year passes. We find it particularly disappointing the board and management would spend over $100,000 taxpayer dollars on a message that most folks in our community already know—that MCWA employees perform above and beyond the call of duty each and every day of the year.

              Moreover, the irony and timing of this ad campaign cannot be minimized— it was implemented at a time when CSEA represented employees have been working without a contract since December 2014 and have been negotiating in good faith for over 26 months. CSEA requested a mediator to help remedy the stalled talks, but no progress has been made at recent negotiation sessions.

              The members of CSEA also find it difficult to maintain the public’s trust when the MCWA enjoys a financial relationship with a research firm they claim is independently reviewing them. At the very least, it gives an impression of impropriety. By spending huge sums of taxpayer funds on ads and commercials with J.D. Power, CSEA questions the real rationale behind the extraordinary expense of this campaign at a time when workers are not being properly compensated for delivering top notch products and exceptional customer service.

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               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.

                Attica Police Officers Go Above and Beyond

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                CSEA members James F. Prusak Jr, Stephanie A. Ingles, and Karl E. Zufall are given proclamations from NYS Senator Patrick Gallivan after receiving the Attica Police Department’s Medal of Valor. Photo: Ove Overmyer, CSEA ©2017

                ATTICA — The Village of Attica Police Department is not your ordinary public safety unit— on any given day they are asked to do extraordinary things. And on February 2, Chief Dean Hendershott held an awards ceremony to honor outstanding accomplishments for their work in the line of duty.

                Hendershott said, “Today, we’re here to honor my officers. They have gone above and beyond several times and they need to be publicly recognized for their bravery and professionalism.”

                The police department has a full time staff of three personnel and nine CSEA part time officers, and serves a population of 3,000 residents who live in a 2.5 square mile area. The village sits within two counties, Wyoming and Genesee in Western New York.

                Hendershott explained there were three types of awards that are given to village employees and upstanding citizens– the Merit of Accommodation, a Distinguished Service Award and the Medal of Valor.

                The latter is the most prestigious award for an officer to receive, and its one Hendershott himself received while serving as an officer earlier in his career.

                The first officer honored with the Medal of Valor was Stephanie Ingles. Ingles responded to a call without backup where one man was unresponsive following an opiate overdose. She had the other person at the scene assist her in performing CPR until the fire department and EMS arrived to administer Narcan. The patient has fully recovered, and is reportedly doing very well.

                Hendershott said that Wyoming County Director of Emergency Management Tony Santoro commented on Ingles at the time of the incident saying how her “quick and decisive actions, which on all accounts prevented a heroin overdose from being a fatality.”

                The second officer to receive the Medal of Valor was James Prusak Jr. for saving a suicidal man. Prusak arrived at the scene where a man had hung himself with an electric cord from a tree in the man’s backyard. Prusak lowered the man to the ground by cutting the cord and begin lifesaving measures.

                “Without the immediate and direct intervention by Officer Prusak, the victim would have succumbed to his attempt and would have perished,” Hendershott said.

                The third CSEA represented recipient of the Medal of Valor was Karl Zufall. Zufall was responding to a call of a man with a severe laceration to his leg. It was determined that the man’s trailer had fallen of a rig while he was trying to connect it to his vehicle. The wound cut open an artery and the victim immediately went into shock. Hendershott said Zufall applied a pressure dressing and bandage in an attempt to save the man, who died a week later from his injuries.

                However, Hendershott explained, “Due to Officer Zufall’s lifesaving measures, the victim survived the day which allowed his family members precious time to gather and have time to say goodbye,” Hendershott said.

                State Senator Patrick Gallivan was also in attendance, who served as a state trooper and Erie County sheriff earlier in his career. He openly blushed at the accomplishments of the police officers who were being awarded at the ceremony.

                “I am in my seventh year in the Senate right now, and I will tell you this is the first award ceremony for law enforcement that I’ve been to out in the district,” he said.

                The senator presented the three Medal of Valor winners with a NYS Senate proclamation and stated, “Those dedicated public servants, who unselfishly devote their lives to the preservation of order and the protection of others, are worthy of dutiful praise for their commitment and noble endeavors.”

                After the ceremony, Ingles said being recognized for just doing her job is great, but remained modest in her observations. She said, “We do the best we can and rely on our training to get us through our day. It’s a great feeling to know you can help save a life—that is what we are trained to do.”

                The recipients of the Merit of Accommodation were Prusak and Zachary Fleiss. Police Officer Gregory Kellogg also received the Distinguished Service Award.

                -Ove Overmyer

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                    Christmas Eve Fire Guts Irondequoit DPW Building

                    img_2340Irondequoit (Dec. 25, 2016) — A massive Christmas Eve fire in a Rochester suburb overnight did what is being described as millions of dollars in damage to the Irondequoit Department of Public Works building. CSEA represents five collective bargaining units and hundreds of employees who work for the Town of Irondequoit– one of them being the Department of Public Works. According to town officials, no injuries were reported during or after the fire.

                    Florence Tripi, CSEA Western Region President said, “Our hearts go out to the families and town residents who are affected by this tragedy. We are thankful no one was injured or harmed while fighting this fire. CSEA stands ready to assist our town partners and employees in every possible way.”

                    This morning Town Supervisor Dave Seeley told local reporters firefighters found a fire in the roof when they got there at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. The fire quickly spread and all five Irondequoit fire departments were called to the scene. Firefighter units from neighboring towns were also called in to assist. The building houses the town’s fleet of highway department vehicles including snow plows and sanitation trucks.

                    Approximately 25 vehicles are stored in the building and some of them were lost in the fire. Bob Riley, the Commissioner of Public Works for the Town of Irondequoit, said that seven plow trucks and a majority of the sanitation fleet have been damaged beyond repair. The building is adjacent to the town hall and library, but the flames were contained to the DPW facility.

                    Seeley says the equipment and building are insured but he was mainly concerned about the safety of the firefighters who remained on the scene into the morning.

                    The DPW building is a 100 year old structure. “It’s terrible to have to see this happen, but more terrible to have to see our firefighters spend their Christmas Eve doing this,” Seeley told a local news station. “Many of our firefighters are actually highway department employees so it’s ironic that they’re working here. They certainly know the building and this building means a lot to them.”

                    Seeley is requesting all town employees scheduled to work on Tuesday report as usual.

                    -Ove Overmyer

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                    Town of Irondequoit DPW building in the aftermath of the Christmas Eve blaze. Several service vehicles were destroyed in the fire. Photo by Ove Overmyer, CSEA ©2016.