CSEA News Releases


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September 2018

August 2018

                        • Aug. 10, 2018 CSEA President Danny Donohue Says Nixon Does Not Have the Experience Needed to be Governor
                        • Aug. 29, 2018 CSEA President Danny Donohue Says the Labor Movement Improves the Lives of Hardworking Americans

July 2018

                              • July 20, 2018 CSEA President Danny Donohue Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Tough Stance on Shameless Attacks on DOT Workers
                              • July 18, 2018 CSEA President Danny Donohue Outraged at Anti-Labor Groups Harassing Public Employees
                              • July 18, 2018 CSEA President Danny Donohue’s Statement on the Passing of Western Region President Florence ‘Flo’ Tripi

June 2018

                                  • June 27, 2018 Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on Executive Order to Protect Public Employees’ Personal Information
                                  • June 27, 2018 CSEA President Danny Donohue Says Supreme Court Caved to Greedy Corporate CEOs and the Wealthy
                                  • June 25, 2018 CSEA Stands with Governor Cuomo Against Greedy Corporate CEOs and the Wealthy; Endorses Governor Cuomo for Re-Election

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

Sept. 14, 2018
Cuomo/Hochul Win Good for NY, Good for Labor
ALBANY, N.Y. — The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) congratulates Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul on their primary wins.

“CSEA is ready for the next step; to re-elect Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in November. The Governor’s recent actions to protect the livelihoods of millions of working men and women across the state shows he is serious about the commitment he made to strengthen unions, protect workers’ rights and ensure progress.

Unions have always been, and continue to be the path for working people to achieve the American dream. The labor movement has helped working families get out of poverty, created the middle class and continues to boost our economy.

With Cuomo and Hochul standing with us, we now can do more for our members and the hardworking men and women of our state. A Cuomo/Hochul win is good for New York and good for labor,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue.

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Aug. 29, 2018

CSEA President Danny Donohue Says the Labor Movement Improves the Lives of Hardworking Americans

ALBANY, N.Y. Civil Service Employees Association President Danny Donohue released this statement today in honor of Labor Day:

“As Americans across the country prepare to celebrate Labor Day, often with parades and barbeques to mark the unofficial end of summer, I want to make sure the real reason we have Labor Day is remembered. Labor Day honors the labor movement for improving the lives of hardworking Americans, their families and the communities they live in. Without the labor movement, Americans wouldn’t have weekends, let alone long weekends, to spend time with loved ones.

Without the labor movement, Americans wouldn’t have paid sick leave, employer-sponsored health benefits, or the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Without the labor movement, Americans wouldn’t have workers’ compensation, pensions and social security.

Without the labor movement, Americans wouldn’t have overtime pay, paid vacation and workplace safety standards.

Now these hard-won rights that labor unions have fought so hard for are being threatened. CSEA and the labor movement are ready for this fight. These threats have actually united the labor movement and made us even stronger.

Anti-union groups funded by wealthy CEOs like the Koch Brothers want to destroy unions and silence the voice of working people. It’s not going to happen. Already their schemes and harassing emails to union members have backfired. Our members are angry that corporate-funded puppets are urging them to quit our union and won’t be fooled into giving up their rights and protections to save a few bucks.

Public employees have always had the choice whether to join a union, and every day our members show us that they are sticking with our union. When working people stand together, we have a powerful voice on the job to increase wages, improve benefits and provide safe working conditions. Unions have always been, and continue to be, the path for working people to achieve the American dream. The labor movement has helped thousands of workers get out of poverty, created the middle class, and continues to boost our economy.

I urge everyone to recognize the contributions of the labor movement, not just the first Monday in September, but all year long. I urge our members to continue to fight for the right of working people to join together to improve the lives of hardworking Americans.

So, enjoy your Labor Day parade and picnic, but don’t forget who got you the day off.

Stay union, stay strong!”


Aug. 10, 2018
CSEA President Danny Donohue Says Nixon Does Not Have the Experience Needed to be Governor

ALBANY, N.Y. – Civil Service Employees Association President Danny Donohue responded with the following statement to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon’s proposal that would enable public sector employees to strike without penalty:

“Public sector employees are the backbone of every state and local government across the country. They provide essential services every day that keep our communities safe and running smoothly. It is incredibly naïve for Cynthia Nixon to propose that all public sector workers be able to strike. Clearly, she does not have the experience needed to be governor of New York.”


July 20, 2018
CSEA President Danny Donohue Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Tough Stance on Shameless Attacks on DOT Workers

ALBANY, N.Y. – CSEA President Danny Donohue issued the following statement today:

“CSEA applauds Governor Cuomo’s tough stance on the shameless attacks on DOT Workers just trying to keep our roadways safe by doing their jobs.  The Governor recognizes these hard-working New Yorkers are in enough danger every day without having the added threat of getting hit with paintballs by cowards driving past them.  Paintball wars are dangerous and have no place on our roadways.

CSEA fully supports Governor Cuomo’s efforts to protect all our public sector workers.  It’s important to recognize the vital role they play in our lives and communities every day, and they deserve to do their work as safely as possible.”


July 18, 2018
CSEA President Danny Donohue Outraged at Anti-Labor Groups Harassing Public Employees

ALBANY, N.Y. – CSEA President Danny Donohue issued the following statement today:

“It is an outrage that anti-union groups funded by corporate CEOs and the wealthy have been contacting public employees using their work email addresses to promote their own agenda to defund and bust unions. These groups are exploiting and harassing our members.

This latest attack on working people is a clear violation of employer policy, as well as a violation of workers’ privacy.”

“Who are these people, anyway? Why do they want me to quit my union? They need to leave me alone. I’ve made my decision, and I’m sticking with our union,” said Kim Wallace-Russo, a New York State employee.

“Our members are angry at this latest attempt to exploit working people and they will not be fooled,” Donohue said.


July 18, 2018
CSEA President Danny Donohue’s Statement on the Passing of Western Region President Florence ‘Flo’ Tripi:

“It is with the deepest sadness CSEA mourns the loss of Florence ‘Flo’ Tripi, President of CSEA’s Western Region.

Flo was active in CSEA for 50 years, serving as a passionate activist and an effective leader. She held elected office for 18 years as CSEA Western Region President. One of our union’s strongest advocates, Flo used her voice to make life better in our communities and in our union. Flo never backed down, stood tall and never failed to represent our members with dignity and heart, by whom she was most beloved. I am personally deeply saddened by this news. Flo was one of our brightest stars, and a dear, close friend.  Flo was an inspiration to everyone around her. She was a passionate leader and a powerful force in representing CSEA members.

Flo began her career with the Monroe County Health Department in 1968. It did not take long for Flo to find her calling as an activist within CSEA. In the 1970s, she began advocating for other members and fighting on their behalf, and by the early 1980s, she was already serving in leadership positions, including as president of the CSEA Monroe County Unit and Local. In 2000, she became the CSEA Western Region President.

CSEA will continue to honor Flo’s memory by doing exactly what she did for her entire time with CSEA – fighting for the dignity and respect of our hardworking members throughout the state. Flo will be profoundly missed by all around her, and our hearts and prayers are with her loved ones during this difficult time.”

Read more about Flo Tripi


June 27, 2018
Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue on Executive Order to Protect Public Employees’ Personal Information
ALBANY, N.Y. – Civil Service Employees Association President Danny Donohue responded to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signing an executive order regarding the personal information of public employees with the following statement:

“We applaud Governor Cuomo’s executive order that preserves the personal privacy and safety of public employees by ensuring that their personal information is not handed over to any unauthorized individual or organization that asks for it.

The governor is again showing his commitment to protecting working people in New York by putting this important protection in place.

Every day, public employees go above and beyond the call of duty to provide vital services for the people of New York. Sometimes, this even puts our members at risk for violence and harassment. The governor’s executive will help protect the public employees who do so much for New Yorkers.

While this executive order still allow names, titles and salaries to be available by FOIL, this order allows working people to have privacy while allowing the public to have transparency. Thank you to the governor for leading the way in protecting the working people who keep our state strong every day.”

About CSEA:
The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) is one of the largest and most influential unions in New York and the United States. CSEA has about 300,000 members and represents state, county, municipal, school district, child care, and private sector employees. Formed in 1910, CSEA has improved the lives of hardworking New Yorkers for more than 100 years, and is the largest affiliate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).


June 27, 2018
CSEA President Danny Donohue Says Supreme Court Caved to Greedy Corporate CEOs and the Wealthy
ALBANY, N.Y. – Civil Service Employees Association President Danny Donohue responded to today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 case with the following statement:

“It’s outrageous that the Supreme Court caved to greedy corporate CEOs and the wealthy instead of supporting the rights of hardworking Americans.

Let me be clear. This case wasn’t about fairness or even free speech. It was just another scheme for the rich to get richer by destroying unions and silencing working people. I can tell you right now it’s not going to work.

Our members won’t be fooled into giving up everything unions have fought so hard for.

Workers in New York, the most unionized state in the country, know the value strong unions provide workers, families and communities. Our members will stick with our union because unions help workers get better wages and health benefits, improve workplace safety, and protect their pensions.

CSEA has been around for more than a hundred years and we’re not going anywhere. Stay Union. Stay Strong!”

About CSEA:
The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) is one of the largest and most influential unions in New York and the United States. CSEA has about 300,000 members and represents state, county, municipal, school district, child care, and private sector employees. Formed in 1910, CSEA has improved the lives of hardworking New Yorkers for more than 100 years, and is the largest affiliate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

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June 25, 2018
CSEA Stands with Governor Cuomo Against Greedy Corporate CEOs and the Wealthy; Endorses Governor Cuomo for Re-Election

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) issued the following statement today:

“It is well known that corporate CEOs and the wealthy are trying to convince the Supreme Court to side with them in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 decision which is expected any day. These greedy corporate interests think they are going to destroy labor unions by convincing hardworking Americans to quit on getting better wages, health care and benefits, but they are wrong. Here in New York, Governor Cuomo has already taken monumental steps to make sure unions are stronger than ever. Governor Cuomo stands united with us in this fight. He has stood side by side with us to secure legislation that will keep public sector labor unions strong in New York. I proudly endorse Governor Andrew Cuomo for re-election. I have said on many occasions when the Governor does right by CSEA, then CSEA will do right by the Governor. I applaud the Governor for his steadfast support of CSEA and all of labor,” said Danny Donohue, CSEA President.

“The members of CSEA are the backbone of critical government operations – these hardworking public servants deserve a right to collectively bargain and organize. New York will never give in to wealthy corporate interests over the rights of our union brother and sisters. I proudly accept this endorsement and will fight shoulder to shoulder with CSEA to protect their members’ rights and the rights of all of organized labor,” said Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State.

“CSEA has been around for more than a hundred years and we’re here to stay, thanks to our hardworking members, our supporters like Governor Cuomo and many others. Stay union.Stay strong!” said Donohue.

About CSEA:
The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) is one of the largest and most influential unions in New York and the United States. CSEA has about 300,000 members and represents state, county, municipal, school district, child care, and private sector employees. Formed in 1910, CSEA has improved the lives of hardworking New Yorkers for more than 100 years, and is the largest affiliate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).


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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