Poverty is just one issue undermining people and communities in New York

Food-for-thought-logoIf you’re attending the CSEA Statewide Conference on Occupational Safety and Health in Lake Placid on May 2-4, please do the following:

  • Bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to local food pantries that serve hundreds of families in the North Country area.
  • Come prepared to join the discussion about how to fight poverty in New York.

Why this is so important
New York is the wealthiest state in the nation, but we also have the greatest income inequality. People need good jobs and policies that promote economic growth – not more tax giveaways to wealthy corporations and the rich.

  • More than 3 million New Yorkers live in poverty.
  • More than half the children in many parts of the state go to bed hungry each night.
  • Hunger and poverty are not just in New York’s cities. These are serious problems in every community in our state.

This is not acceptable.

New York needs some serious change in direction, and some people need immediate help.

Learn more about hunger in New York state
Download the Food for Thought flier
More about the Statewide Conference on Occupational Safety and Health

CSEA is bringing people together to build stronger communities and a better New York for all.


    Memo from Secretary Denise Berkley

    It is time to register for the 2013 Women’s Conference.

    We will be rolling out a new registration procedure to ensure that everyone who registers for a program has a seat in their chosen program. In order to accomplish this, registration is available online at www.csealocal1000.org

    There will be no “paper” registration, but assistance will be available for anyone who does not have access to a computer, smart phone or tablet for personal use.
    The Region and Satellite offices will be available during business hours to lend equipment and assistance for registration, and for anyone without access to a computer, smart phone, tablet or to a Region or Satellite office, a help line will be available by calling CSEA between the
    hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at 518 257 1214, or toll free at 800 342 4146 and pressing 91214# from a touch-tone phone.

    Registration is to be completed by March 15, 2013.

    To maintain the highest quality of programming, some workshops will have a maximum
    capacity as determined by the presenter. Registration for these specific programs will be a on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Registration confirmation to be presented at the conference registration will be immediately available for printing for all online registrants – no post card will be sent. Any member of your Local planning to attend the workshop is to be registered as a “CSEA Member,” nonmembers are to be registered as “Guests.” Please adhere to this principle when completing the conference registration forms.

    This conference is an excellent opportunity for you to send activists who have expressed an interest or who may not usually attend conferences.

    Should you have any questions, please contact my office or Central Files at headquarters.

    Memo from Treasurer Joseph McMullen

    The Regions, Locals, Units or individuals are responsible for the expenses of the conference. The Regions, Locals and Units must use the reimbursement guidelines established by the Board of Directors. These guidelines provide maximum reimbursement rates; the Regions, Locals and Units must stay within the rates established, but may adopt lower rates if they choose.
    The following are the policies that apply:
    1. Meal Allowances – Dinner on April 5, breakfast and lunch on April 6 and breakfast on April 7 are included in the hotel rates as well as tax and gratuities for food service personnel. Meal allowances:
    $10 breakfast, if on CSEA business before 7:00 a.m.; $15 lunch, if on CSEA business between 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.; $30 dinner, if on CSEA business after 7:00 p.m. may be paid while en route or to cover meals not included in the package. In order to receive allowances en route, travelers must indicate their travel times on their vouchers.
    2. Transportation – The mileage rate is 56.5 cents per mile. Mileage is paid to those who use their automobiles. Tolls are paid when substantiated by receipts. Because toll receipts also verify the mode of transportation, when travelers use a non-toll road, they should indicate it on their vouchers. The cost of public transportation via plane, train, bus or taxi is paid when accompanied by a receipt.
    3. Lodging – The package rates for two (2) nights with the meals indicated above, per person, are:
    Single           Double
    $516.67       $370.41
    Lodging is to be at a CSEA approved hotel that is part of the negotiated package.
    Individuals from the Rye Brook area who will be commuting to the workshop will be charged a day rate which covers all food and beverages, taxes, gratuities and attendance at workshops. Those rates are:
    Friday $ 80
    Saturday $100
    Sunday $ 40
    4. Miscellaneous – Locals have the option of providing a maximum of $30 per overnight for expenses not specifically covered above.