December 23, 2020
The Statewide Telecommuting Agreement has been extended again, this time until April 2, 2021. The Agreement originally signed in March of 2020 has been extended by agreement of CSEA and New York State during 2020 to address the COVID 19 pandemic. This Agreement does not require all employees of State agencies to telecommute, but does allow any agency to begin or continue a telecommuting program without individual negotiation with the Union.
December 17, 2020
Please note: if you do not work in one of the counties listed please disregard this notice!
GOER has issued notice that due to inclement weather conditions, non-essential State employees whose work is in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Otsego, Schoharie, Delaware, Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties, do not have to report to work today, December 17, 2020. Such non-essential employees do not need to charge this absence to leaveaccruals. Staff who are able to telecommute are expected to do so.
Facility Executive Team members, security, medical, snow removal and food service personnel, and Department peace officers have been deemed essential staff. Other determinations as to who is to be essential will be made by the facility Superintendent, Regional Director or Division Head.
December 1, 2020
CSEA and the state have agreed to extend the cap on vacation leave accruals through 12/31/2020.
- Unused vacation credits subject to the initial March 11, 2020 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) may now be carried by employees through 12/31/21.
- Unused vacation credits that would otherwise expire on April 1, 2021 may be carried by employees through 12/31/21
- Any vacation credits earned after 4/1/21 are not impacted
- Should the parties mutually agree to further extend the deadline for forfeiture of excess vacation credits beyond December 31, 2021 nothing herein shall prohibit such agreement. Any such agreement must be made in writing and finalized prior to December 31, 2021.
November 3, 2020
Please see the attached documents related to attendance and leave policies and policy bulletins regarding changes due to COVID-19.
October 2, 2020
CSEA and New York State have reached an extension of the statewide agreement on telecommuting for state workers. Our previous agreement has been extended through January 1, 2021. This agreement does not mandate telecommuting, but allows it to occur as determined by each agency.
September 25, 2020
October 2020 Payroll Bulletin
The State Comptroller’s Office has issued a bulleting regarding payment of Longevity Bonuses in October 2020. Read the full bulletin.
New Information – July 21, 2020
- FSA, HRA, HSA and Layoffs and Furloughs
- Health Insurance Coverage During COVID 19
- State Employee Travel Advisory Policy
- Governor’s Executive Orders
ATTENTION: HERE ARE MEMOS AND AGREEMENTS RELATIVE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION:
- CSEA and NYS have extended the telecommuting agreement through October 2, 2020 – Read the original agreement
- Memo of extension of period for non-essential NYS employees to remain home
- Extension of NYS/CSEA MOA – COVID 19 PL Accruals
- CSEA/NYS Agreement on Extension of Telecommuting Program
- Department of Civil Service Attendance and Leave Manual Policy Bulletin April 2020
- Memo on Overtime Compensation for Work in a Lower Salary Grade
- NYS CSEA MOA Comp Time
- Employee Testing and Evaluation Protocols for COVID 19
- Non Essential Employee Guidance
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Memo
- NYS CSEA MOA – COVID 19 PL Accruals
- NYS CSEA MOA – COVID 19 Responding Emp VL Accruals
- Policy Guidance Employee Status COVID19
- Statewide Telecommuting Pilot Program
- Day Program Closure Memo
In addition to these, more information can be found at https://cseany.org/coronavirus-information.
Reporting to the CSEA Legal Department, State Operations negotiates and administers the collective bargaining agreements for the State Executive Branch (ASU, ISU, OSU, DMNA), the Unified Court System and the NYS Canal Corporation.
State Operations includes responsibility for statewide labor/management meetings, trouble-shooting with agencies on a variety of topics, and processing contract, non-contract, and time and attendance disciplinary grievances at the statewide level.
Additionally, State Operations handles improper practice charges with PERB on agency-wide issues, oversees the Joint Committee on Education and Training (The Partnership), Work Life Services (EAP and Family Benefits), Career Mobility Office, Safety and Health (along with CSEA’s OSH Department), Workers’ Compensation, Article 46 Committee and Temporary/ Seasonal Employees.
If you have a question regarding your contract or a work related issue, please contact your local representatives as your first resort. If you are unable to contact your local representatives, please contact the State Operations Department.
Current Issues impacting State Employees:
Making changes to end mandatory overtime nightmare for OPWDD workers
To all the OPWDD workers out there – thank you for what you do! Your caring, strength, and perseverance means so much to those we serve.
Many of you have shared with our union your frustration and concerns with the working conditions in OPWDD, especially with the massive overtime being mandated. Let me assure you, you are being heard.
Our union has been working at the highest levels with the state to address these issues across the state and come up with creative solutions to get more staff hired as quickly as possible. We are expecting progress in the very near future.
We know you deserve time with your family and none of us should have to sacrifice our lives just because we care. Just as we successfully fought for and WON double time for mandated OT over 16 hours, we will continue to fight for better working conditions.
Working to reduce DMV staffing problems resulting from Green Light Law and Federal REAL ID changes
CSEA has been working with state leaders to sort out the staffing issues that resulted from the influx of new applicants for drivers licenses as a result of the new Federal REAL ID standards as well as New York’s Green Light Law. We have heard the concerns from members forced into mandatory overtime situations and extended weekend shifts, and continue to push for relief.
Continuing to seek solutions to limit Child Protective Services caseloads
CSEA has fought for years to pass meaningful legislation that will limit the caseloads for Child Protective Workers to better serve the children under their care. CSEA will once again be supporting caseload limit legislation in the current legislative session.
Gaining a safety win for DMV Motor Vehicle License Examiners
CSEA recently was successful in gaining a win for Motor Vehicle License Examiners (MVLE’s) who previously had to deliver potentially upsetting news to people taking their road tests in the closed quarters of their vehicles. This had led to several injuries and threatening situations for DMV workers. Thanks to our CSEA members demanding action, the state has agreed to allow notification to occur outside the vehicles, removing the hazard to workers. Read the story in the CSEA Work Force.