CSEA Central Region 5 News

  • Let CSEA help prepare you for the Beginning Office Assistant & Office Assistant 1 Civil Service Exams


    test_takingCSEA’s Work Institute is holding a test-preparation workshop in Syracuse on Saturday, Sept. 10, 9am-3:30pm, open to all members in our Region.

    This members-only test prep workshop will help you prepare for the Beginning Office Assistant and the Office Assistant 1 – Keyboarding Civil Service Exams that will be held on Sept. 24, 2016.

    Download the workshop flyer

    Register online for the workshop



  • Syracuse University Football Discount!


    Go ORANGE with CSEA and save!

    SUFootballGraphic2014Exclusive member benefit! Take advantage of your CSEA membership and get reduced rates as follows for these home games:

    Virginia Tech, Florida State – $20 • Louisville, USF, NC State – $15

    To get your CSEA discount tickets …more



  • Our Golf Tournament is approaching! Signup now!


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    CSEA Region 5 is looking for golfers, sponsors and prize donations to support our Eighth Annual Golf Tournament at the Camillus Country Club on Friday, September 30th! Please join us!

    More information…



  • Join us in Massena, Ithaca and Syracuse as we celebrate Labor Day!




    CSEA will participate in Labor Day celebrations, including parades and picnics in Massena, Ithaca and Syracuse. Please join us!

    More info…



  • In memoriam: Joe Cosentino



    Joe Cosentino

    CSEA Region 5 is mourning the passing of longtime union activist Joseph Cosentino.

    Cosentino, 89, passed away last week at his home with his family by his side. For many years, Joe served as union activist working at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, including as Local 423 president. Following his retirement in 1983, he became president of St. Lawrence Retirees Local 923, a position he continued to serve in until his death. A World War II Navy veteran, Cosentino was very active in veterans advocacy, and was recently honored by the New York State Senate when they added his name to their Veterans Wall of Fame.

    Read his obituary here.



  • Building our Power by facing our challenges



    CSEA Legislative & Political Coordinator Rick Noreault speaks to CSEA Local 647 members working at the NYS Ranger School in Wanakena recently.

    It’s a challenging time for CSEA members: organized wealth is attacking organized workers, trying to take away our power and pick our pockets!

    CSEA staff are available to speak to groups of union members about what these current challenges mean to working women/men and our families, and how we fight back. Challenges such as:

    • The union-busting Supreme Court decision that’s still in play;
    • The vote to call for a Constitutional Convention in NYS;
    • Growing threats of consolidation/outsourcing/lack of proper funding; and more!


    To schedule a union staff professional to speak at your membership meeting or at a union-sponsored lunch & learn program, please call our Region Office at (800) 559-7975 and ask to speak to Legislative & Political Coordinator Rick Noreault or Communications Specialist Mark Kotzin. Let’s build our power!



  • Leadership Education Materials

    Here are some online guidebooks we’ve prepared to assist our leadership:
    (click on image to view or download materials)


    How-to set up your own CSEA worksite Information Day


    Tips for establishing your union’s online presence


    Articles you can copy and paste to use for your CSEA newsletter, website or blog


  • Photo of the Month


    Photo copyright ©2016 by CSEA Communications Specialist Mark Kotzin
    (click on image for a larger photo)


    CSEA Local 615 member Toriano Newson, a cleaner at SUNY Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus, has pledged to NEVER QUIT his union! Thanks Toriano! We appreciate your support!