CSEA News Releases


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April 2018

      • April 12, 2018 Statement from CSEA President Danny Donohue on signing of Taylor Law changes

March 2018

      • March 19, 2018 Statement from CSEA President Danny Donohue on Passing of U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter
      • March 6, 2018 CSEA Members Ratify 2012-2022 CSEA/New York State Canal Corporation Tentative Agreement

January 2018

      • Jan. 25, 2018 CSEA Reaches Tentative Agreement with the NYS Canal Corporation

April 12, 2018
Statement from CSEA President Danny Donohue on signing of Taylor Law changes

ALBANY, NY – The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), which represents about 300,000 members statewide, issued the following statement by President Danny Donohue:

“Today, union leaders and elected officials gathered in New York City with Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that protects working people from the impending implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s expected ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

Today, the labor movement is under attack like never before. The Janus case is nothing more than a well-funded corporate attack on organized labor meant to take away rights, benefits and pay from hardworking Americans.

But in New York, we are fortunate to have strong leaders who stand with organized labor and Governor Cuomo stands here with us today.

Governor Cuomo gave his word that he would protect us from these assaults and he keeps his word today. On behalf of the hardworking members of CSEA, I thank the governor for standing with us to sign this legislation that ensures fairness and allows CSEA to represent all of our members to the best of our ability.

The governor has shown solid leadership and support in promoting the rights of labor in the face of attacks from wealthy CEOs and corporate interests who are out to destroy and defund our union. Today, I am proud to stand with the governor in solidarity for all workers in New York.

Together with the support of the governor and the New York State Senate and Assembly, this legislation will unite and strengthen workers’ ability to be strong and be union!”

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March 19, 2018
Statement from CSEA President Danny Donohue on Passing of U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter
“On behalf of the 300,000 members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), I send my deepest condolences to the family of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

Congresswoman Slaughter was a longtime friend to CSEA and steadfast advocate for working men and women in New York and across the country. She truly understood the vital role labor unions serve in strengthening our economy, and worked hand in hand with us to improve workplace protections, increase wages for America’s working poor and middle class and protect workers’ health and retirement benefits.

I truly admired her integrity and fierce commitment to improving the lives of all working Americans. Congresswoman Slaughter was a champion and will be sorely missed.”

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March 6, 2018
CSEA Members Ratify 2012-2022 CSEA/New York State Canal Corporation Tentative Agreement

On March 6, 2018, CSEA members decisively ratified a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement for more than 350 CSEA-represented employees of the New York State Canal Corporation.

This agreement, which covers workers who maintain and operate the New York State Canal System, includes:

      • raises for the last seven years;
      • a lump sum bonus;
      • added service award payment for 20 years of service;
      • a new leave exchange program to be applied towards health insurance premiums;
      • a new provision for prescription safety glasses;
      • an increased safety boot allowance;
      • improvements for seasonal employees; and
      • the same dental, vision, and health insurance benefits with incremental increases in employee premium contributions over the last five years of the agreement.

“This agreement is fair to the state and canal workers, and I commend all of the CSEA negotiating team members for their hard work,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue.

Seventy-four percent of the membership voted with 186 yes votes and 85 no votes. One vote was invalid.

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Jan. 25, 2018
CSEA Reaches Tentative Agreement with the NYS Canal Corporation

ALBANY — CSEA and the New York State Canal Corp. have reached a tentative agreement on a 10-year contract that runs retroactively from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2022.

The agreement, which covers more than 400 Canal Corp. employees, includes raises in the last seven years, including retroactive payments, a lump sum bonus, an added service award payment for 20 years of service, establishment of a leave exchange program to be applied towards health insurance premiums, a new provision for prescription safety glasses, increased safety boot allowances and improvements for seasonal employees.

It maintains dental, vision and health insurance benefits, with incremental increases in employee premium contributions over the last five years of the agreement.

“CSEA worked hard to reach an agreement we believe is in everyone’s best interest,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “This tentative agreement is reasonable and responsible for the long term, and recognizes the value and importance of Canal employees who make the system work every day. “

“Canal employees are proud of the work they perform in all kinds of conditions,” said CSEA Deputy Director of State Operations Guy Dugas, the union’s chief negotiator. “They deserve a fair contract.”

CSEA members employed by the Canal Corp. maintain and operate New York’s 524-mile canal system that links the Hudson River with Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, the Niagara River and Lake Erie, passes through 25 counties and is near more than 200 of our state’s communities.

The state’s canal system includes 57 locks, 20 lift bridges, 22 reservoirs, 203 buildings, 114 dams and over 1,500 other structures. Dating back to 1918, much of the historic equipment requires substantial maintenance and the skills of often second and third generation canal employees.

The agreement is subject to ratification by CSEA members employed by the Canal Corp., as well as approval by the Canal Board.

Contract ratification meetings will be held across the state for each CSEA Canal Local over the next few weeks. A ratification vote is scheduled for March.

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