Scam Alert: Do not share your personal information with outside groups
**Please inform your members that they may be targets of a scam asking them to quit our union – if they receive emails, direct mail, phone calls or home visits from unknown parties seeking their personal and work information they should not respond.
Learn more at https://cseany.org/scam-alert.
Join UAW Members in their Fight for Fairness!
We have learned from the AFL-CIO that UAW workers at the Chrysler Parts Depot in Tappan, NY have joined their union family in striking for a fair contract.
It is incredibly important for us to show our solidarity with our fellow union members who have made the very difficult choice to go on strike for what they know they deserve. We must demonstrate they have the full support of the entire labor movement. When one union is strengthened, we ALL become stronger.
Please make every effort to join the picket line running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at:
Chrysler Parts Depot
Tappan, NY 10983
LEAD program applications now available
The Leadership Education and Development Program (LEAD) helps prepare our leaders with the skills needed to build and strengthen the labor movement. This intensive program includes participatory and educational sessions on team building, labor history, the economy, immigration, diversity, public speaking, ethics, and strategic planning.
Please click on the link to download, complete and print the application.
Send completed application to: CSEA Education and Training Department, 143 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210, Attn: LEAD Program 2023-2024. Applications must be postmarked no later than Oct. 13, 2023.
Standing together to staff the front lines
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently joined CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan and AFSCME International President Lee Saunders for a news conference to discuss the urgent need to fill open public service positions throughout New York.
Governor Hochul also signed two pieces of legislation to make it easier to expand opportunities in civil service and encourage worker retention. Read more
From left to right, CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan, Gov. Kathy Hochul and AFSCME International President Lee Saunders celebrate the governor’s signing of the civil service announcements law. (Photo by Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office.)
Governor signs school workplace violence prevention bill
Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law Wednesday a bill requiring public schools and BOCES to develop and implement workplace violence prevention programs.
The legislation, along with already-required school safety plans, will better help public school employees prevent and address potential workplace violence. The law goes into effect on Jan. 4, 2024.
A special message from CSEA President Mary E. Sullivan
Click on the video at right to watch a special Labor Day message from President Sullivan.
Apply NOW for WDI Child Care Scholarship Program
The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) launched child care scholarships to help working families with the high cost of child care in the Capital District and Western New York.
The average monthly scholarship is $1,000 per child, paid directly to child care providers for full-time care.
Eligibility guidelines apply. Scholarships are open to any resident of Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Monroe and Erie counties working 10 hours or more or is in an education of training program under the maximum eligible income.
CSEA members and families are urged to apply now! This program will go fast. It is open to the public and will end when funding runs out.
AFSCME honors Dutchess County Unit member Melody Newton
AFSCME, CSEA’s international union, recently honored Dutchess County Unit member Melody Newton with its Never Quit Service Award, which recognizes public workers who go above and beyond to improve their communities.
Newton, a greeter in a county building who is known for her cheerful demeanor and positive attitude, was honored earlier this year by the Dutchess County Unit with its first Doug Morrison Person of the Year Award, given to a member who exemplifies many qualities of the longtime CSEA labor relations specialist, who passed away in 2021.
Test your knowledge!
Knowledge is power, and it pays off! Join the fun with our weekly union quiz on the MyCSEA app! First-time winners not only get bragging rights but a FREE exclusive CSEA t-shirt! Download the MyCSEA app today and put your mind to the test!
State civil service exam fees waived
After a strong lobbying effort by CSEA, the state Department of Civil Service will begin waiving fees for all state civil service examinations as of July 1. This new law aims to increase the number of New Yorkers who take civil service exams and expand the pool of potential applicants to residents who may not be able to afford the exam fee. These fees will be waived until Dec. 31, 2025. Local governments are also authorized to waive civil service exam fees but are not required to do so.
CSEA Public Service Spotlight
For CSEA’s next Public Service Spotlight, we’re hearing from CSEA Nassau University Medical Center Unit Executive Vice President Shakira Settles, who speaks about her role as a mentor to new CSEA members and the overall benefit of union membership.
State agencies hiring critical direct care, health and safety positions
The New York State Department of Civil Service’s Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement (H.E.L.P.) Program temporarily suspends the civil service exam requirement for more than 100 job titles at agencies across the state.
Learn more and apply
CSEA Public Service Spotlight
New webinar available
CSEA has a brand-new webinar available for activists interested in our governance process, How to properly write and submit proposed resolutions or amendments to CSEA’s Constitution & By-Laws. It will prepare viewers to properly write proposed resolutions and/or amendments to CSEA’s governing documents that, if approved, may be voted on at our Annual Delegates Meeting this October.
Download the Updated My CSEA smartphone app!
We’ve just launched a completely updated version of our popular My CSEA smartphone app, available for both Apple and Android devices, which keeps you even more connected to our union and provides important information about your representation and benefits. It’s all just a touch away!
Show OFF your union pride WITH A CSEA SHIRT!
Visit CSEA’s Merch Mart today to purchase shirts and hats bearing the CSEA logo which are union-made in the USA and offered through our partner Ethix Merch.
Order today and wear them with pride and show off your union colors!