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Updates October 28, 2015 October 28, 2015 03:27 PM

JURY DUTY – RETURN TO WORK

CSEA members that report for Jury Duty have the option to return to work after fulfilling their duties as a juror for the day.  There should be no charges to a member’s accruals if they choose not to return to work on a jury duty day.

 

LONGEVITY PAYMENTS; PROMOTING

There have been numerous questions regarding the Longevity Payments that will begin in April of 2016.  Longevity Payments are based on years past Maximum on the salary schedules.  Under our current contract, if you have completed four years past Max as of April 1st of 2016, you will be entitled to a Longevity Payment of $2,250 each year.  If you have completed eight years past Max as of April 1st of 2016, you will be entitled to a Longevity Payment of $4,600 each year.  If you have completed 13 years past Max as of April 1st, 2016, you will be entitled to a Longevity Payment of $6,900 each year.  Other requirements to receiving a Longevity Payment are:  having worked 120 workdays within the fiscal year and receiving a performance rating higher than unsatisfactory.  Longevity Payments are not added to base pay but are pensionable.  Longevity payments are pro-rated for employees working less than full time. 

 

Regarding promotions and Longevity Payments, if you are at or above Max in your present position and promote and remain at or above Max in the new position, you are entitled to take your years of service credit for Longevity Payment purposes with you to the new promotional position.

 

DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO “THE PRODUCERS” – BINGHAMTON

CSEA Local 002 has arranged for (and extended the offer to our Local members) discounted tickets to Tony Award winning musical “The Producers” at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton on November 17th at 7:30 p.m.  Reservations must be made by November 13th by calling Tammy at 607-251-2778.  Click the link below for further details. 

2015 "The Producers" - Binghamton 

DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO DISNEY PRODUCTIONS – SYRACUSE

Discounted tickets are available to our members for two upcoming Disney productions at the OnCenter Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse.  Feld Entertainment will produce Disney Live, “Three Classic Fairy Tales” on Sunday, November 15th.  Feld Entertainment will also produce Disney on Ice, “Dare To Dream” from December 30th through January 3rd.  See the link below for further details.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 866-248-8740, choose Option 3, or e-mail Taveun Ferguson at TFerguson@feldinc.com

2015 Disney Live Discounts - Syracuse

2015 Disney On Ice Discounts - Syracuse

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Beginning next month, we will randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20!

 

Updates November 6, 2015 November 6, 2015 07:07 AM

JEFFERSON COUNTY DINNER MEETING – DECEMBER 2ND

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at Ramada Inn, 21000 State Rt. 3, Watertown, Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.   Please RSVP by Tuesday November 24th, 2015 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

LONGEVITY INCREMENTS

Longevity Increments cease to exist as of April 1st, 2016, which is the reason that they are no longer listed in the 2016 salary schedule.  While they are no longer listed in the salary schedule for April 1st, 2016, no member will lose an increment that they have already received prior to that date.  (Do not confuse the Longevity Increments with the new Longevity Payments that begin in April 2016.)

 GRIEVANCES

A reminder, grievances must be filed within 45 days of when a member becomes aware of or should have reasonably become aware of the condition/circumstance giving rise to the grievance.  (See Article 15 of the contract)

 EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

Physician office visit and prescription drug co-pays are reimbursable up to a maximum of $325 annually by submitting appropriate documentation and application to the EBF (click link below).  If you have already reached the maximum reimbursement prior to December 31st, you may submit it now.  Reimbursement applications for 2015 will be accepted through March 31, 2016.  Please read the guidelines carefully for acceptable forms of co-pay reimbursement documentation.

Click Here - UCS EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT FORM

Updates November 17, 2015 November 17, 2015 02:47 PM

POLAR PLUNGE 2015

It's that time of year again - CSEA Region 5 is participating in the Polar Plunge on Sunday, December 6th in Brewerton.  Most of our Local Officers will be "freezin' for a reason," jumping into the frigid waters of Oneida Lake to raise money for New York State Special Olympics.  If every member were to donate 50 cents, our Local would collect well over $500 to contribute to this fantastic cause!  Consider passing the hat in the office to collect and pledge a few dollars.  You can contribute to the CSEA Region 5 team online at http://2015CNY.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=12&i=1141911&g=6449687 or select one or more of our Local Officers on the Region 5 team page to donate to the individual team member.  The link to my personal fundraising page is http://2015CNY.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1141911&supId=245645077.  Donations may also be mailed.  More information in that regard is available on the Polar Plunge web site.  Thank you for your support to raise funds for the Special Olympics athletes!

CSEA REGION 5 EVENT – RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

CSEA Region 5 Member Services Committee is offering a discounted bus trip to New York City to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular on Thursday, December 10th.  See the link below for complete information and the reservation form.  Reservations are due by 12/1/15.

2015 Radio City Music Hall Trip

REMINDER - JEFFERSON COUNTY DINNER MEETING – DECEMBER 2ND

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at Ramada Inn, 21000 State Rt. 3, Watertown, Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.   Please RSVP by Tuesday November 24th, 2015 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Beginning this month, once a month we will randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our November 2015 member that received a $20 check was from Tompkins County.) 

  

Updates December 1, 2015 December 1, 2015 10:53 AM

CSEA NIGHT - LIGHTS ON THE LAKE – SYRACUSE

Monday, December 7th, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. is CSEA Night in Syracuse at “Lights on the Lake,” a two-mile holiday lighting display.  CSEA members can purchase discount tickets for $3 per vehicle by stopping at Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center (formerly known as Sainte Marie Among The Iroquois)  in Liverpool prior to going to Onondaga Lake Park. Onondaga Local 834 will also be providing refreshments and a special visit from Santa for the kids from 6 to 7:45pm.  There will also be a collection of donations for the Food Bank of Central New York, so please help by bringing your generous donation of non-perishable food to Skä•noñh. 

REMINDER - POLAR PLUNGE 2015

It's that time of year again - CSEA Region 5 is participating in the Polar Plunge this Sunday, December 6th in Brewerton.  Most of our Local Officers will be "freezin' for a reason," jumping into the frigid waters of Oneida Lake to raise money for New York State Special Olympics.  Consider passing the hat in the office to collect and pledge a few dollars.  You can contribute to the CSEA Region 5 team online at http://2015CNY.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=12&i=1141911&g=6449687 or select one or more of our Local Officers on the Region 5 team page to donate to the individual team member.  The link to my personal fundraising page is http://2015CNY.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1141911&supId=245645077.  More information in that regard is available on the Polar Plunge web site.  Thank you for your support to raise funds for the Special Olympics athletes!

REMINDER - JEFFERSON COUNTY DINNER MEETING – DECEMBER 2ND

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Local dinner meeting at the Ramada Inn, 21000 State Rt. 3, Watertown, tomorrow, December 2nd, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.  

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month we will randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our November 2015 member that received a $20 check was from Tompkins County.) 

 

SAVE THE DATE – 2016 WATER SAFARI

For those that like to plan ahead, our 2016 Old Forge Water Safari event, which is typically held in July, is scheduled on August 13th next year.

Updates December 18, 2015 December 18, 2015 10:36 AM

CSEA 2016 ELECTION NOTICE

Click the link below for information regarding the upcoming 2016 elections.  Our Local 334 members are part of CSEA Region 5.  As indicated on the notice, we will be mailed a ballot in later January to elect our Statewide Officers.  There are no other contested races in our CSEA Region.  Please follow the voting directions carefully.  You will need to know your CSEA Member ID in order to vote.

2016 CSEA Election Notice

BJ’s DISCOUNT

Click the link below for information on obtaining a discounted membership to BJ’s Wholesale Club during the open enrollment period, January 1-14, 2016.

January 2016 BJ's Discount Enrollment

POLAR PLUNGE 2015

Thank you to everyone that supported the Polar Plunge this year – and to our Polar Plungers.   You have helped to make a difference in lives of the Special Olympics athletes! 

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office from Monday, January 4th through and including Thursday, January 7th, returning January 8th.  Please refer inquiries/e-mails to the union representatives listed on our web site or by leaving a message at 1-800-498-0334.

 

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and the best in the New Year!  And a happy retirement to a number of our members that will be leaving over the holidays.  From your Local 334 Executive Board ~Don Lynskey, Brenda Leone, Ian Spencer, Sheila Sears, Catrina Leone and Barb Tracz.

 

Updates January 8, 2016 January 8, 2016 03:09 PM

HERKIMER COUNTY DINNER MEETING – JANUARY 28TH  

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at PK’s Pub, 221 King St., Herkimer on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.   Please RSVP by Friday, January 22nd, 2016 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

Updates January 21, 2016 January 21, 2016 03:10 PM

CSEA STATEWIDE OFFICER ELECTIONS – VOTE!

Ballots have been mailed to members to vote for our CSEA Statewide Officers.  Please follow the instructions very carefully and return your ballot as soon as possible.  Ballots must be received by 8:00 a.m. on February 10, 2016 in order to be counted.

REMINDER - HERKIMER COUNTY DINNER MEETING – JANUARY 28TH  

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at PK’s Pub, 221 King St., Herkimer on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.   Please RSVP by tomorrow, Friday, January 22nd, 2016 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

AFSCME PHONE CALLS MEMO

See the link below to read the memo from CSEA President Danny Donohue regarding AFSCME phone calls to our members’ home numbers for the purpose of updating members on the Friedrichs case pending at the Supreme Court and to update member information.

AFSCME Phone Calls Memo

Updates February 4, 2016 February 4, 2016 01:54 PM

CSEA LOCAL 334, CSEA REGION 5 AND STATEWIDE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

(Terri Vecchio, Local 334 Scholarship Chair)

Click the links below for scholarship applications and information for (1) CSEA Judiciary Local 334, (2) CSEA Central Region 5 and (3) the MetLife/Flaumenbaum/Pearl Carroll Scholarship programs.  Note the application deadline of April 1st for the CSEA Region 5 application, April 15th for the Flaumenbaum application, and April 30th for the Local 334 application.

Please distribute in your work place/to your co-workers.  Thank you.

CSEA Judiciary Local 334 Scholarship Application

CSEA Region 5 Scholarship Application

MetLife/Flaumenbaum/Pearl Carroll Scholarship Application

Updates February 5, 2016 February 5, 2016 10:02 AM

GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL – RETIREE HEALTH PREMIUMS

The Governor has asked in his proposed budget to change the contribution amount for some retirees for health insurance premiums.  See the link below for complete information.  Obviously, CSEA is strongly opposed to this change and will fight to defeat it.

Governor's Proposal

Every Friday, CSEA emails a short summary of what has transpired in Albany during that week, with important updates for our members on legislative and political issues that may affect each one of us (such as the Governor’s proposal to change retiree health premium contributions).  Below is a link for a sign-up sheet to receive these e-mails, “This Week in Albany,” TWIA.  You can enroll online at www.cseany.org, under the “Legislative & Political Action” section, or click the link below,  complete the form and email to our CSEA Region 5 Legislative and Political Coordinator Rick Noreault at rick.noreault@cseainc.org.  As State employees, it is imperative that you keep informed of issues that may affect you!

 TWIA Sign-up

SWIPING OUT – END OF SHIFT

Incidents of employees swiping out at the end of their shift and then going back to work continue to be reported to the Local.  Not only is it inappropriate to swipe out and then continue working, there could also be consequences from UCS for doing so.  No one should be continuing to work after swiping out.

LOCAL OFFICERS’ CONTACT INFORMATION

All Local Officers’ contact information is available on our web site, www.cseajudicairy.org, under Locals, Local 334, “Contact.”

SYRACUSE MONSTER JAM – DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Discounted tickets are available for UCS employees to the Syracuse “Monster Jam” on Saturday, March 5th.  Click the link below for details.

Syracuse Monster Jam 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our December 2015 member that received a $20 check was from Jefferson County.  Our January member was from Herkimer County.) 

 

Updates February 19, 2016 February 19, 2016 02:42 PM

 NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONING WEEK

Court Reporters are invited to celebrate “National Court Reporting and Captioning Week” this week at a social get-together sponsored by the NYS Court Reporters Association tonight at 5:15 p.m. at Cantina Laredo at the Destiny USA Mall.

SCHUYLER COUNTY DINNER MEETING – MARCH 8TH  

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at Jerlando’s Restaurant, 400 North Franklin St., Watkins Glen,  on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials from 5:00-6:00, prior to the meeting,   Please RSVP by Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

 

2016 INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY PAYMENTS

CSEA has been notified that those eligible for an increment and/or longevity payment will see those reflected in the May 4th paycheck.

 

Updates March 7, 2016 March 7, 2016 10:29 AM

PROPOSED NYS CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION

In November 2017, voters will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention.  Is it premature to discuss the referendum?  Absolutely not.  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate.  See the links below for more information. 

 

As posted in the weekly “This Week in Albany” email blast that we discussed previously, CSEA will also be holding an evening webinar on this important topic on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.  This topic is vitally important to our members, and I encourage you to educate yourself on the referendum and possible consequences.  Control + Click here to register for the webinar. 

Constitutional Convention Flier

Constitutional Convention Timeline

GRIEVANCE/OUT-OF-TITLE TIMELINES

A reminder that contract language provides that grievances/out-of-title grievances must be filed within 45 days of the occurrence or when the member should have know of the occurrence/event.  Failure to comply with this contract language could ultimately result in a denial of the grievance based on timeliness, regardless of how much merit the grievance holds. 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our February 2016 member that received a $20 check was from Delaware County.) 

Updates March 11, 2016 March 11, 2016 10:46 AM

REMINDER – EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENTS

A reminder that EBF prescription and physician office visit co-pay reimbursement forms must be submitted by March 31st.  Please read the instructions carefully and submit the appropriate documentation.

 Co-Pay Reimbursement Form

ITHACA POLAR PLUNGE

(Source: Mark Kotzin, CSEA Region 5 Communications Specialist)

CSEA Region 5 will be participating in the Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics on Saturday, March 19, 2016.  The plunge will take place in Cayuga Lake at Taughannock Falls State Park. Plunge registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the plunge will take place at 1p.m.  Tompkins County CSEA activist Jamie Breedlove has agreed to be our Region 5 Team Captain. Anyone with questions can reach out to her at:  jbreedlove@tompkins-co.org.

We are certainly looking for people to join our CSEA team.  They don't necessarily have to be members... the more the merrier! Participants must commit to raising a minimum of $100 to cover their plunge registration fee, but the more they raise, the more we can help the athletes of Special Olympics.  If you don't want to join our team, we are also accepting secure online donations of any amount.

To join our CSEA team, or to make a secure online donation, visit:
http://tinyurl.com/cseaithacapeeps2016

Please spread the word with your members, families and friends. Attached is a flyer that you can print out and post to help share this information.

Ithaca Polar Plunge Flier

Updates March 24, 2016 March 24, 2016 11:42 AM

EOB Forms – EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENTS

If you need to retrieve Explanation of Benefits (EOB) forms for the EBF co-pay reimbursements, go to the United Healthcare web site, www.myuhc.com , sign in (register if you don’t have a user name/password).  You may then access the EOB forms sent to you in calendar year 2015 to be submitted with your co-pay reimbursement form (deadline to submit is next Friday, 3/31/16).


SICK LEAVE BANK OPEN ENROLLMENT

Open enrollment for the CSEA-UCS Sick Leave Bank is from 3/24 through 4/20/16.  Current members need not reapply, and there is no contribution for 2016.  Those eligible to join the Bank are strongly encouraged to do so.  Application information has been sent to all employees from UCS HR personnel.

PHONE CALLS

We recently notified you that AFSCME/CSEA has been making phone calls to members’ homes for the purpose of providing updates on the Supreme Court Case of Friedrichs and updating membership information.  We encourage members to take two minutes of your time to take a call from AFSCME.

But there have also been reports of members being called by anti-union groups, trying to persuade the caller to quit their union. 

So if you happen to get a phone call, we would ask you to please pay careful attention to who is calling, write down the name of the organization, when the call was received, and let me know that information so that I can pass it along to CSEA Region 5 staff/LRSs.

 

Updates April 1, 2016 April 1, 2016 09:38 AM

SAVE THE DATES – UPCOMING LOCAL/UNIT DINNER MEETINGS

Information will be sent out in the next few weeks regarding upcoming Local/Unit dinner meetings, for the following dates:

  • Lewis County, Turin, Wednesday, May 11th
  • Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Unit, Vernon, Friday, May 13th
  • Broome County, Binghamton, Wednesday, May 18th
  • Onondaga County, Cicero, Thursday, May 19th

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office on Union business Monday, April 4th through and including Thursday, April 7th, 2016, with limited access to email, returning Friday, April 8th.  If you need assistance, please contact a Local or Unit officer, as listed on our web site. 

Updates April 11, 2016 April 11, 2016 01:29 PM

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS – May 2016:

Local 334 will be holding the following dinner meetings.  Please RSVP by the appropriate date to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are open to members from all counties within the Local.  Vendors will be available from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  We will have a guest speaker at the Oneida County and Onondaga County meetings. 

  • Lewis County, Turin, Steak N Brew, 4497 NY 26 ,Turin, Wednesday, May 11th , RSVP by May 2.
  • Oneida County (Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Unit), Vernon, Friday, May 13th, 2016, Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel, 4229 Stuhlman Rd., Vernon.  RSVP by May 5th.   For anyone wishing to stay overnight at the Hotel, for a limited time a discounted room rate of $89 is available by calling 1-877-888-3766, mention “CSEA Dinner Meeting.”  Our dinner speaker will be from the NYS Retirement System.
  • Broome County, Binghamton, Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, Double Tree, 225 Water Street.  RSVP by May 10th
  • Onondaga County, Cicero, Thursday, May 19th, 2016, Borio’s, 8891 McDonnells Parkway, Cicero.  RSVP by May 11th .  Our dinner speaker will be Mark Kotzin, CSEA Region 5 Communications Specialist. 

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our March 2016 member that received a $20 check was from Chemung County.) 

 

Updates April 28, 2016 April 28, 2016 03:00 PM

OSWEGO UNIT/ LOCAL DINNER MEETING – May 25, 2016:

Local 334 Unit 1 will be holding a dinner meeting in Oswego on May 25th, 2016, at Vona’s Restaurant, 9 Willow St., Oswego.  Please RSVP by May 18th to to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to members from all counties within our Local.  Vendors will be available prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

 

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office and unavailable on Monday, 5/2 and Tuesday, 5/3.  If you need union assistance, please call 1-800-498-0334 or contact an Officer as listed on our web page under Local 334, Contacts.

Updates May 6, 2016 May 6, 2016 02:13 PM

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS – May  & June 2016:

Local 334 will be holding the following dinner meetings.  Please RSVP by the appropriate date to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are open to members from all counties within the Local.  Vendors will be available from 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

  • Lewis County, Turin, Steak N Brew, 4497 NY 26 ,Turin, Wednesday, May 11th , RSVP deadline has passed.
  • Oneida County (Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Unit), Vernon, Friday, May 13th, 2016, Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel, 4229 Stuhlman Rd., Vernon.  RSVP deadline has passed.
  • Broome County, Binghamton, Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, Double Tree, 225 Water Street.  RSVP by May 10th
  • Onondaga County, Cicero, Thursday, May 19th, 2016, Borio’s, 8891 McDonnells Parkway, Cicero.  RSVP by May 11th. 
  • NEW – Oswego County, Unit 1, Vona’s Restaurant, 9 Willow St., Oswego, Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, visit with vendors at 5:00, dinner meeting begins at 6:00.  We are trying to arrange for a dinner speaker.  RSVP by May 18th to brenda@csealocal334.com
  • NEW - Save the Date, Thursday, June 16th, Otsego County dinner meeting.  More information to follow. 

COURT OFFICER REALLOCATIONS

UCS has announced that the reallocation for Court Officers (18 to 19) and Sergeant (19 to 20) will become effective June 2nd, which will be reflected in paychecks “later this year.”  UCS has indicated that it is moving forward with a review of all title classification plans for all non-judicial employees.

The Administrative Order reallocating Court Officer Trainees (14 to 16) has been amended to reflect an effective date of December 16, 2014.  CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration Mary Rubilotta worked very hard, along with the Local Presidents, to secure this amendment in order to address unfair pay differential issues between COTs.  We appreciate the assistance of both 5th JD Administrative Judge James Tormey and Dep. Chief Administrative Judge for Courts Outside of NYC, Judge Michael Coccoma, for their efforts in helping us secure the amendment to the Administrative Order.  Also, we want to thank Judge Marks for considering CSEA’s request and signing the amended Administrative Order.

CSEA “NEVER QUIT” CAMPAIGN

CSEA volunteers are reaching out to our members through worksite and home visits regarding the “Never Quit” campaign, to educate our members and support our Union’s value on membership within CSEA.  If you are visited by a CSEA representative, they will have appropriate identification and will take just a few moments of your time. There are many forces at work around the country trying to destroy Unions.  Can you imagine not having a contract, no bargaining rights, etc.?  It has happened in many other states; we do NOT want it to happen to us…. “Never Quit.”  See CSEA Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton’s letter in this regard (click on link below).

2016 Spring Region 5 Letter - Colleen Wheaton

JENNY RYAN

Judiciary Local 334 member Jenny Ryan is facing very, very serious medical issues.  Jenny works as a Senior Court Office Assistant in Broome County but has been out of work since February 29th, dealing with life-threatening and complicated medical problems.  Friends and family of Jenny have set up a “Go Fund Me” page to assist in what doctors are describing as a very, very long recovery period.  If you know Jenny and would like to learn more or contribute, please go to www.gofundme.com/xqzhgddg.

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our April 2016 member that received a $20 check was from Oneida County.) 

CLAMBAKE & WATER SAFARI– SAVE THE DATES

Save the dates of Sunday, June 26th for our joint CSEA Locals Clambake at Hinerwadel’s in Syracuse and Saturday, August 13th, 2016 for our annual Old Forge Enchanted Forest – Water Safari outing.  More information to follow.

Updates May 16, 2016 May 16, 2016 12:19 PM

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS – May  & June 2016:

Local 334 will be holding the following dinner meetings.  Please RSVP by the appropriate date to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are open to members from all counties within the Local.  Vendors will be available from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  

  • Broome County, Binghamton, Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, Double Tree, 225 Water Street.  RSVP date has passed. 
  • Onondaga County, Cicero, Thursday, May 19th, 2016, Borio’s, 8891 McDonnells Parkway, Cicero.  RSVP date has passed. 
  • Oswego County, Unit 1, Vona’s Restaurant, 9 Willow St., Oswego, Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, visit with vendors at 5:00, dinner meeting begins at 6:00.  Mark Kotzin, CSEA Communications Specialist, will be our dinner speaker.  RSVP by May 18th to brenda@csealocal334.com
  • NEW - Otsego County, Cooperstown, Thursday, June 16th, 2016, The Otesaga, 60 Lake Street, visit with vendors at 5:00, dinner meeting begins at 6:00.  RSVP by June 9th to brenda@csealocal334.com.

“THIS WEEK IN ALBANY”

Click the link below for information to sign up for emailed information from the CSEA Legislative and Political Action Department as to what is occurring in Albany that affects us all, sent each Friday at 5:00 p.m.  You can complete the form and email to our Region 5 Political and Legislative Coordinator, Rick Noreault at rick.noreault@cseainc.org or go the CSEA web site to sign up, www.cseany.org.  Keep informed about what affects you!  Please use your "home" email address (not work).

TWIA Sign Up Sheet

UNIT 4 “PAINTING NIGHT”

Unit 4 has arranged for a “Painting Night” on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, at the Whitestown Vet’s Club, 174 Whitesboro Street, Yorkville.  All Local members are invited to attend.  The cost is $35 per person, which includes paint supplies and snacks, and a cash bar will be available.  RSVP deadline is May 26, 2016.  Click the link below for further information and to make your reservation.

Painting Night Information-Reservations

CLAMBAKE & WATER SAFARI– SAVE THE DATES

Save the dates of Sunday, June 26th for our joint CSEA Locals Clambake at Hinerwadel’s in Syracuse and Saturday, August 13th, 2016 for our annual Old Forge Enchanted Forest – Water Safari outing.  More information to follow.

 

Updates May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 03:02 PM

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS – May  & June 2016:

Local 334 will be holding the following dinner meetings.  Please RSVP by the appropriate date to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are open to members from all counties within the Local.  Vendors will be available from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  

  • Oswego County, Unit 1, Vona’s Restaurant, 9 Willow St., Oswego, Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, visit with vendors at 5:00, dinner meeting begins at 6:00.  Mark Kotzin, CSEA Communications Specialist, will be our dinner speaker.  RSVP deadline has passed.
  • Otsego County, Cooperstown, Thursday, June 16th, 2016, The Otesaga, 60 Lake Street, visit with vendors at 5:00, dinner meeting begins at 6:00.  RSVP by June 9th to brenda@csealocal334.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our Local and Region have a number of upcoming events.  Click the links below each to see the flyer for each event for complete information:

  • CSEA Game Night, Binghamton Mets, this Friday, May 27th.  There are a limited amount of free tickets available at the CSEA satellite office in Binghamton for Friday night’s game and discounts are available for future games.  Contact the Binghamton CSEA office for ticket availability for the Friday, May 27th.

CSEA Binghamton Game Night May 27th & Discount Ticket Info

  • Local 334 Clambake, combined event with Onondaga Local 834, June 26th, Hinerwadel’s in Syracuse, 1:00-6:00 p.m.  There will be a short membership meeting at 12:15.  Member cost is $10; Guest cost is $50.  Reservations due by June 13th.

Syracuse Clambake Info

  • Enchanted Forest/Water Safari – Local event being held on Saturday, August 13th, Old Forge.  Reservations due by July 29th.

2016 Water Safari Info

  • CSEA Region 5 Bus Trip to Yankee Stadium, August 14th.  See either a Yankees OR a Mets game.  Limited tickets available, with a maximum of four per member.  Pickups in Syracuse and Binghamton.  Only 52 tickets available, so don’t delay reserving tickets.

Region 5 Bus Trip Info

  • CSEA Region 5 Save the Date flyer for upcoming events this summer and fall.

Region 5 Upcoming Events Flyer 

  • Binghamton area CSEA Locals Clambake, save the date of Saturday, September 24th, Mountain Top Grove, 1:00-6:00 p.m.  Flyer attached.  More details to follow.

Binghamton Clambake - Save the Date Flyer

Updates June 2, 2016 June 2, 2016 11:03 AM

VETERANS’ EQUALITY ACT SIGNED INTO LAW

(Source: Rick Noreault, CSEA Region 5 Legislative and Political Coordinator, June 1, 2016)

CSEA achieved a major legislative goal late last night when Governor Cuomo signed the Veterans’ Equality Act (S. 7160 – Larkin / A. 9531 – Paulin) into law.  This new law, which goes into effect immediately, allows all public employee military veterans who were honorably discharged, regardless of where or when they performed military duty, to buy back up to 3 years of military service time for pension credit.

Previously, only veterans who served in date and location specific military conflicts were eligible for the credit. This restriction led to thousands of military veterans to be excluded from utilizing this program, including those who served in Afghanistan. The new law recognizes that all military service matters and is valued by New York State.

In order to buy back the credit, a public employee must:

  • Be honorably discharged from the military;
  • Have 5 years of credited public service; and
  • Pay either 3% or 6% of salary, depending on pension tier, for each year of credit that they are purchasing.


(Note from Don:  Contact the NYS Retirement System for further information, 866-805-0990, email at nyslrsinfo@osc.state.ny.us or web site www.osc.state.ny.us/retire )

 

REMINDER - LOCAL DINNER MEETING – OTSEGO COUNTY

Local 334 will be holding a dinner meeting at The Otesaga in Cooperstown, 60 Lake Street, on Thursday, June 16th.  Please RSVP by June 9th to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  Vendors will be present between 5:00-6:00, and the dinner meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is open to members from all counties within the Local. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Reminder - Local 334 Clambake, combined event with Onondaga Local 834, June 26th, Hinerwadel’s in Syracuse, 1:00-6:00 p.m.  There will be a short membership meeting at 12:15.  Member cost is $10; Guest cost is $50.  Reservations due by June 13th.  Click here - Syracuse Clambake Info & Registration

 

Updates June 10, 2016 June 10, 2016 11:25 AM

LOCAL CLAMBAKE – SYRACUSE - RSVP BY MONDAY

Reminder – The Local 334 Clambake, a combined event with Onondaga Local 834, will be held on Sunday, June 26th at Hinerwadel’s in Syracuse, 1:00-6:00 p.m.  The gates open at 12:00 and there will be a short membership meeting at 12:15.  Member cost is $10; Guest cost is $50.  Reservations due by Monday, June 13th.  See the link under the June 2nd posting for further information.

 NEW LOCAL 334 GRIEVANCE REPRESENTATIVES

The Local would like to thank our newly appointed Grievance Reps for taking their personal time on a weekend in April to learn more about representing our members.  The new Representatives are certified to represent all titles in all 20 counties of the Local.  They are, with work location:  Elaine Martin (Oneida County), Beth Barrett (St. Lawrence County), Christine Schuff (Oneida County), John Blangiardo (Chenango County), Redverse Lovell (Cortland County), and Rosanne Wicks (Onondaga County).

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our May 2016 member that received a $20 check was from Lewis County.) 

Updates June 10, 2016 - 2 June 10, 2016 11:50 AM

SYRACUSE CHIEFS GAMES

(Mark Kotzin, CSEA Region 5 Communications Specialist)
As a result of our ongoing sponsorship with the Syracuse Chiefs, CSEA has a limited number of FREE 300-level tickets to distribute to our members who wish to attend the CSEA game on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 1:05 pm as the Chiefs take on the Toledo Mud Hens at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse.

The free tickets will be available from the CSEA Central Region Office in East Syracuse, and will be limited to 6 tickets per member request. They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rather than have leaders [Local Officers] pickup blocks of tickets and distribute them, we would prefer that individual members call at 433-0050 to check if tickets are still available and either stop by to pick them up or have them mailed out to them.

Click the link below for further information:  

Syracuse Chiefs 2016

[Note from Don:  Go to www.cseany.org, click on Region 5 for information on discounted game tickets for the Binghamton Mets, Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs and the Syracuse Chiefs.]

Updates June 14, 2016 June 14, 2016 08:21 AM

OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We are looking forward to seeing those that RSVP’d for the Cooperstown dinner meeting at The Otesaga on Thursday of this week.  A reminder, vendors will be present from 5:00-6:00 and the dinner meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. 

BINGHAMTON “UNCORKED CREATIONS”

Enjoy a fun evening on Thursday, June 30th of “Wine, Chocolate and Painting” at Uncorked Creations in Binghamton, 205 State Street, beginning with a cash bar Happy Hour at 5:00 p.m., followed by a light dinner and painting session from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Create your own masterpiece of a summer scene and enjoy the evening for only $20 per member/$35 for guests.  Contact Tammy at 607-240-5801 for reservations.  Limited seating is available, so get your reservations in soon.  Click the link below for further information.

Binghamton Uncorked

Updates July 12, 2016 July 12, 2016 05:33 PM

ENCHANTED FOREST/WATER SAFARI

Reservations are due for Enchanted Forest/Water Safari Local 334 Day by July 29th.  The event will be held in Old Forge on Saturday, August 13th.  Members attend free, guests 8+ pay $45, children 3-7 pay $26 and children 2 and under are free.  Admission includes entrance to the park and an all-you-can-eat lunch (11:30-1:00) and dinner (4:00-5:30).  It’s always a great time, so get your reservations in today!  Clink the link below for further information and reservations.

2016 Water Safari

STUDENT DEBT RELIEF CLINIC

AFSCME & CSEA are presenting a “Student Debt Relief Clinic” on Saturday, August 20th, 2016, at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This free event has limited seating available and is open to CSEA-represented members, their friends and families.  Contact Mildred Garcia at 518-257-1411 or mildred.garcia@cseainc.org for further information.  Click the link below for further information.

2016 Student Debt Relief Clinic

KRONOS – VERIFYING YOUR TIME

Whether you are an employee that swipes in daily or an employee that is not required to swipe in daily, you are required to verify the accuracy of your timesheet, attesting to the fact that you were working during the times indicated on your Kronos, including the length of your lunch hour.  If you are not required to swipe and falsely attest to having worked certain hours/days, you can face very serious consequences, leading to a possible Inspector General investigation and termination.  Unfortunately, I have seen this happen while representing our members.  Information to keep in mind for those that are not required to swipe in/out…..

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office on Union business Friday, 7/15 and the week of 7/18-22.  If you have a Union matter, contact a Local/Unit officer, as listed on our web site.  Calls/emails will be returned as soon as possible.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our June 2016 member that received a $20 check was from Otsego County.) 

 

 

Updates July 27, 2016 July 27, 2016 10:52 AM

KRONOS SWIPE IN/OUT

A number of our members have reported being told by management that they are not allowed to swipe in or out prior to their actual start time or the end of their workday.  You are entitled to swipe in up to 15 minutes prior to the start of your shift and you are allowed to swipe out up to 15 minutes prior to the end of your shift.  If you are told otherwise, let me know immediately.  That being said, you are obviously expected to continue working and remain within your work location until the end of the workday.  

REMINDER - ENCHANTED FOREST/WATER SAFARI

Reservations are due for Enchanted Forest/Water Safari Local 334 Day by this Friday, July 29th.  The event will be held in Old Forge on Saturday, August 13th.  Members attend free, guests 8+ pay $45, children 3-7 pay $26 and children 2 and under are free.  Admission includes entrance to the park and an all-you-can-eat lunch (11:30-1:00) and dinner (4:00-5:30).  It’s always a great time, so get your reservations in today! 

QUESTIONNAIRES

CSEA has sent job duty questionnaires out to members in certain job title series over the last few months and will continue to do so in the future for other title series.  UCS has also begun to distribute their own questionnaires to selected job titles.  Please complete any questionnaires from either CSEA and/or UCS. 

YANKEES/METS BUS TRIP

(From Colleen Wheaton, CSEA Central Region 5 President)

Attached is a flyer and reservation form that we hope you will share with your members to promote our upcoming discount bus trips on August 14 to Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Members and their family members wishing to participate can choose to go see either the Yankees or the Mets play, and can get on the buses either in East Syracuse or Binghamton. The $115 cost includes lower deck seating, snacks on the bus and transportation! See the attached flyer for more details and to make your reservations. This is another great union-sponsored discount trip, made possible by our Region 5 Member Services Committee.

Yankees/Mets Trip Flyer

Updates August 11, 2016 August 11, 2016 09:11 AM

CSEA REGION 5 GOLF TOURNAMENT

The CSEA Region 5 Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 30th, 2016, at the Camillus Country Club, 9:30 a.m., a benefit to raise funds for the Region Scholarship Fund.  The cost is $80 per person ($320/foursome) and includes golf, card, hamburger/hot dog, steak dinner and many great prizes.  Reservations accepted through September 15th.  See the link below for complete information and registration forms.

2016 Region 5 Golf Tournament

CLERICAL SERIES QUESTIONNAIRES

A reminder that those in the Clerical Series were sent CSEA job-duty questionnaires that are due back by tomorrow, Friday, August 12th.  Over 250 questionnaires were sent out and, to date, we have received 10 back.

AFSCME FREE COLLEGE BENEFIT

Free College?  Too good to be true?  It IS true.  AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) is now offering a free associate degree program through Eastern Gateway Community College.  Yes, it is free for members.  A reminder, all CSEA members are a part of Local 1000 of AFSCME.  Click the link below for further details or go to FreeCollege.AFSCME.org.

AFSCME Free College Poster

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our July 2016 member that received a $20 check was from Onondaga County.) 

 

 

Updates August 15, 2016 August 15, 2016 07:26 PM

LABOR DAY PARADE – NY STATE FAIR

Show your Union pride and march with CSEA President Danny Donohue and Region President Colleen Wheaton in the Syracuse Labor Day Parade at the State Fairgrounds at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 5th .  And receive free admission to the State Fair – and a free CSEA T-shirt (while supplies last).  CSEA Local 334 members and their families are eligible to participate and must commit to marching in the parade.  Marchers should assemble by 10 a.m. between Gates 4 & 5.  Look for the CSEA banner.  Requests should be sent to Brenda Leone, brenda@csealocal334.com, by 12:00 Noon on Monday, August 22nd.  Include your name, work location, mailing address and number of marchers, including yourself.

Click Here - NYS Fair Labor Day Parade - March with CSEA

SAVE THE DATE:  SYRACUSE DINNER MEETING – RETIREMENT SYSTEM

Save the date, Wednesday, September 28th, for a Local dinner meeting in Syracuse, open to all Local 334 members.  We will have a presentation by a representative from the New York State Retirement System.  More details and sign-up information to follow.

Updates August 17, 2016 August 17, 2016 03:44 PM

LOCAL/UNIT DINNER MEETING – SEPTEMBER 13, 2016, UTICA:

Local 334, Unit 4 will be holding the following dinner meeting.  Please RSVP by the appropriate date to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to members from all counties within the Local.  Vendors will be available from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  

  • Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Counties, Unit 4, Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road E., Utica, Tuesday, September 13th , 2016, visit with vendors at 5:00, dinner meeting begins at 6:00.  RSVP by September 2nd to brenda@csealocal334.com.

 

BINGHAMTON CLAMBAKE

Saturday, September 24th will be our combined CSEA Locals Binghamton Clambake, held at Mountain Top Grove from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Deadline to purchase tickets is September 16th.  No tickets will be sold at the door, so make your reservations today.  Members are $15, Guests $48, Children 5-11 are $15, and Children 4 and under are free.  See the link below for the full menu.  There will be prizes, give-aways, raffles and live music!  Make your reservations by contacting Tammy at 607-240-5801.

2016 Binghamton Clambake

NEW YORK STATE COURT REPORTERS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION

The New York State Court Reporters Association has announced their fall 2016 Convention information, to be held October 14-16, in White Plains, New York.  Please see the link below for a preview of the convention topics and seminars, as well as registration information.

2016 NYSCRA Convention Information

UNION PHONE/FAX

Our Local 334 phone/fax number is 1-800-498-0334 or 315-797-0334.  We recently had a period of time that the fax machine was not operating properly, so if you sent a fax to the Local in the past week or two, please re-send it. 

 

 

 

Updates September 1, 2016 September 1, 2016 08:57 AM

LOCAL/UNIT DINNER MEETINGS

Local 334 will be holding the following dinner meetings.  Please RSVP by the appropriate date to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are open to members from all counties within the Local.  Vendors will be available from 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

  • Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Counties, Unit 4, Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road E., Utica, Tuesday, September 13th , 2016.  RSVP by September 2nd  (tomorrow) to brenda@csealocal334.com.
  • Onondaga/Syracuse Unit 3 meeting, Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, Embassy Suites Hotel, 6646 Old Collamer Rd. South, East Syracuse. RSVP by September 21st  to brenda@csealocal334.com.  

Please Note:  Our dinner presenter  on Sept. 28th will be from the New York State Retirement System and there is limited seating, so reservations will be taken on a first-come first-served basis.  If you are not within a few years of retirement, please consider attending the second fall Onondaga Unit meeting that will probably be scheduled sometime in November – to allow those closer to retirement age to attend this dinner presentation.

REMINDER - BINGHAMTON CLAMBAKE

Saturday, September 24th will be our combined CSEA Locals Binghamton Clambake, held at Mountain Top Grove from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Deadline to purchase tickets is September 16th.  No tickets will be sold at the door, so make your reservations today.  Members are $15, Guests $48, Children 5-11 are $15, and Children 4 and under are free.  See the flyer posted previously on our web site for the full menu.  There will be prizes, give-aways, raffles and live music!  Make your reservations by contacting Tammy at 607-240-5801.

Updates September 19, 2016 September 19, 2016 12:50 PM

LOCAL/UNIT DINNER MEETING

Our Syracuse dinner meeting, with a presentation by the NYS Retirement System, will be held on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 6646 Old Collamer Rd. South, East Syracuse, 6:00 p.m.  Vendors will be available prior to the meeting, from 4:30-6:00.  RSVP to brenda@csealocal334.com by September 21st.   We have given sufficient time for those closer to retirement to RSVP and still have about 50 seats available for anyone else that would like to attend.  The meeting is open to all Local members.

“DISNEY LIVE” DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Discounted tickets are available to “Disney Live” on stage at the OnCenter Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse for the Sunday, November 13th performance.  Click the link below for ordering information.

"Disney Live" Information 

BJ’s DISCOUNTED MEMBERSHIP

The BJ’s discounted membership enrollment period runs from October 1st through October 14th.  Visit CSEA’s web site, www.cseany.org, and click on “For Members” for further information.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  You need your Membership Number to participate in elections and to vote on your contract, among other things.  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our August 2016 member that received a $20 check was from St. Lawrence County.) 

 

Updates October 3, 2016 October 3, 2016 11:32 AM

 

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS – NOVEMBER 9TH AND DECEMBER 1ST, 2016:

Local 334 will be holding the following dinner meetings.  The dinner meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are open to members from all counties within the Local.  

 

  • Syracuse, Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, Twin Trees Too, 1029 Milton Ave.  Visit with vendors from 5:00-6:00.  The dinner meeting begins at 6:00.  Salad, pizza and wings will be served.  RSVP by October 28th to btracz@nycourts.gov

 

  • SAVE THE DATE – Ithaca, Thursday, December 1st, 2016.  6:00 short dinner meeting, followed by a presentation by the New York State Retirement System.  More details to follow.

 

REMINDER - NEW YORK STATE COURT REPORTERS ASSOCIATION CONVENTION

The New York State Court Reporters Association has announced their fall 2016 Convention information, to be held October 14-16, in White Plains, New York.  Please see the link in our August 17th web site posting (below) for a link to preview the convention topics and seminars, as well as registration information.

 

 

Updates October 7, 2016 October 7, 2016 09:44 AM

SU FOOTBALL DISCOUNT TICKETS

(Mark Kotzin, Region 5 Communication Specialist)

A quick reminder that due to our sponsorship, CSEA has discount tickets available for members to order online for all three remaining Syracuse University Football home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  Click the link below for a flyer you can post and share to raise awareness of this member-only discount program that you may be interested in.

SU Football Discount Tickets

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  You need your Membership Number to participate in elections and to vote on your contract, among other things.  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our September  2016 member that received a $20 check was from Cortland County.) 

 

Updates October 14, 2016 October 14, 2016 02:09 PM

JENNY RYAN – 10/22/16 FUNDRAISER

Please see the link below for information regarding a fundraiser for one of our own CSEA Judiciary Local 334 members, Jenny Ryan.  Jenny has faced life-threatening medical issues this year and is fighting hard to return to good health.  The Pasta Dinner and fundraiser will be held October 22nd, 2016, at 701 W. Main Street, Endicott, and includes raffles, 50-50s and auctions. 

Jenny Ryan Fundraiser - Click Here

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office on Union business the week of October 17-21, returning Monday, October 24th, with limited access to email. Please call 1-800-498-0334 or contact another Local officer, as listed on our web site under Local 334.

 

Updates October 24, 2016 October 24, 2016 03:23 PM

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS – NOVEMBER 9TH AND DECEMBER 1ST, 2016:

Local 334 will be holding the following dinner meetings.  The dinner meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are open to members from all counties within the Local.  

 

  • REMINDER - Syracuse, Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, Twin Trees Too, 1029 Milton Ave.  Visit with vendors from 5:00-6:00.  The dinner meeting begins at 6:00.  Salad, pizza and wings will be served.  RSVP by October 28th to btracz@nycourts.gov

 

  • Ithaca, Thursday, December 1st, 2016, Hotel Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga St.  Visit with vendors from 5:00-6:00.  Dinner will be served at 6:00, followed by a very short Local meeting and then a presentation by the New York State Retirement System.  RSVP by November 23rd to brenda@csealocal334.com.
Updates October 31, 2016 October 31, 2016 03:48 PM

2017 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY

The 2017 CSEA-UCS Contract Negotiations Survey is now available and can be accessed at the following link:

https://cseany.org/ucs-negotiations

You must provide your CSEA Membership ID Number to gain access to the survey.  If you need to find your number, go to the CSEA, Inc. web site, www.cseany.org, and obtain your ID number from there (on the Home Page, upper right-hand corner).   The survey is short and provides you with an opportunity to be heard regarding our upcoming contract negotiations and what issues are of importance to you.  Please spread the word to your co-workers and take the time to complete the survey.

WORKPLACE SAFETY ASSESSMENTS

CSEA and UCS will be working together to conduct Workplace Safety Assessments statewide.  Assessments will begin in the 7th JD on November 14th, starting with Seneca and Cayuga Counties.  Our representative performing the assessments will be Local 1st VP Ian Spencer.  If you have issues you think should be brought to our attention during the Seneca/Cayuga assessments, please email Ian at ian@csealocal334.com.

Other districts/counties will be assessed in the future. 

Updates November 9, 2016 November 9, 2016 09:48 AM

IMPORTANT REMINDER - 2017 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY

The 2017 CSEA-UCS Contract Negotiations Survey is now available and can be accessed at the following link:

https://cseany.org/ucs-negotiations 

You must provide your CSEA Membership ID Number to gain access to the survey.  If you need to find your number, go to the CSEA, Inc. web site, www.cseany.org, and obtain your ID number from there (on the Home Page, upper right-hand corner).   The survey is short and provides you with an opportunity to be heard regarding our upcoming contract negotiations and what issues are of importance to you.  Please spread the word to your co-workers and take the time to complete the survey.

NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL ARTICLE – PENSIONS

A Local member forwarded an article regarding NYS pensions and the impact that a New York State Constitutional Convention could have on our members.  CSEA will continue to stress that a Constitutional Convention is not needed in New York State and that there are already methods in place to amend the constitution, if needed.  More information to follow prior to the Fall 2017 vote on this issue.

Click Here - NY Law Journal article

FUNDRAISER FOR BOBBY HOYLE

Former Local 334 member Bobby Hoyle is undergoing long-term care and treatment for a very serious form of lung cancer.  A fundraiser will be held on Sunday, December 4th in New Hartford in support of Bobby.  Please click the link below for fundraiser details and consider contributing/attending.

Bobby Hoyle Fundraiser Information

SU BASKETBALL – DISCOUNT TICKETS

(Mark Kotzin, Region 5 Communications Specialist)
Please see the attached flyer that highlights the CSEA member discount available for certain SU Men's Basketball home games this upcoming season. Please feel free to copy, post and share with your members who might benefit from taking advantage of this union discount.

Click Here - SU Basketball Discount Tickets

Updates November 14, 2016 November 14, 2016 08:39 AM

ITHACA DINNER MEETING – DECEMBER 1ST

Our Ithaca dinner meeting, with a presentation by the NYS Retirement System, will be held on Thursday, December 1st, 2016, at the Hotel Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga St., 6:00 p.m.  Vendors will be available prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.  RSVP to brenda@csealocal334.com by November 23rd.   The meeting is open to all Local members.  This is our third dinner meeting within the Local with a presentation by the NYS Retirement System, and our members have given us feedback that this presentation has been extremely informative and useful.  Seating is limited, so get your reservation in prior to November 23rd.

IMPORTANT REMINDER - 2017 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY

The 2017 CSEA-UCS Contract Negotiations Survey is now available and can be accessed at the following link:

https://cseany.org/ucs-negotiations

NOTE:  The survey is only available to CSEA Judiciary members.  You must provide your CSEA Membership ID Number to gain access to the survey.  If you need to find your number, go to the CSEA, Inc. web site, www.cseany.org, and obtain your ID number from there (on the Home Page, upper right-hand corner).   The survey is short and provides you with an opportunity to be heard regarding our upcoming contract negotiations and what issues are of importance to you.  Please spread the word to your co-workers and take the time to complete the survey.

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office from November 16th through and including November 21st, without access to phone/email.  If you need assistance, please call 1-800-498-0334 or contact another Local officer, as listed on our web site under Local 334/Contacts.

 

 

 

Updates November 23, 2016 November 23, 2016 10:54 AM

POLAR PLUNGE 2016

It's that time of year again - CSEA Region 5 is participating in the Polar Plunge on Sunday, December 4th in Brewerton.  Our Local Officers will be "freezin' for a reason," jumping into the frigid waters of Oneida Lake to raise money for New York State Special Olympics.  Consider passing the hat in the office to collect and pledge a few dollars.  You can contribute to the CSEA Region 5 team online at http://2016.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1162542&lis=1&kntae1162542=6FB2180F2B804BBB9FB8C222AE3F898B&team=6853223 or select one or more of our Local Officers on the Region 5 team page to donate to the individual team member.  The link to my personal fundraising page is http://2016.kintera.org/cny/dpl315.   Thank you for your support to raise funds for the Special Olympics athletes!

SYRACUSE – DISNEY ON ICE

See the link below for discounted ticket information for the “Disney On Ice” presentation on December 14-18, 2016 in Syracuse.

Click Here:  Disney On Ice

EEOC FORMS

UCS has begun distributing a newly updated EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) form for employees to complete and return.  Federal law requires UCS to complete and return these forms.  However, it is voluntary for our members to fill out these forms.  Completion of the forms is NOT mandatory.

ITHACA DINNER MEETING – DECEMBER 1ST – RSVP EXTENDED TO MONDAY

Our Ithaca dinner meeting, with a presentation by the NYS Retirement System, will be held on Thursday, December 1st, 2016, at the Hotel Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga St., 6:00 p.m.  Vendors will be available prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.  RSVP to brenda@csealocal334.com by November 28th.   The meeting is open to all Local members.  This is our third dinner meeting within the Local with a presentation by the NYS Retirement System, and our members have given us feedback that this presentation has been extremely informative and useful.  Seating is limited, so get your reservation in prior to November 28th.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER - 2017 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY

The 2017 CSEA-UCS Contract Negotiations Survey is now available and can be accessed at the following link:

https://cseany.org/ucs-negotiations            

 

NOTE:  The survey is only available to CSEA Judiciary members.  You must provide your CSEA Membership ID Number to gain access to the survey.  If you need to find your number, go to the CSEA, Inc. web site, www.cseany.org, and obtain your ID number from there (on the Home Page, upper right-hand corner).   The survey is short and provides you with an opportunity to be heard regarding our upcoming contract negotiations and what issues are of importance to you.  Please spread the word to your co-workers and take the time to complete the survey.

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  You need your Membership Number to participate in elections and to vote on your contract, among other things.  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our October 2016 member that received a $20 check was from Oswego County.) 

 

Updates December 5, 2016 December 5, 2016 10:35 AM

CSEA LIGHTS ON THE LAKE – SYRACUSE – TONIGHT

See the link below for information on the CSEA Family Night at the “Lights on the Lake” event, being held tonight from 5:30-8:00.  The cost is $3.00 per car, and non-perishable canned goods will be collected for the CNY Food Bank.  

Lights on the Lake - Click Here

WORKPLACE SAFETY ASSESSMENTS

CSEA and UCS will be conducting Workplace Safety Assessments in the 4th JD (Franklin and St. Lawrence counties) Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  There are tentative plans to conduct the workplace assessments throughout the 5th JD in the month of December and throughout the 6th JD in the month of January.  Local 334 1st VP Ian Spencer will be conducting the assessments on behalf of the Union, and members should convey any safety concerns to Ian during the assessments.

IMPORTANT REMINDER - 2017 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY

The 2017 CSEA-UCS Contract Negotiations Survey is now available and can be accessed at the following link:

https://cseany.org/ucs-negotiations             

NOTE:  The survey is only available to CSEA Judiciary members.  You must provide your CSEA Membership ID Number to gain access to the survey.  If you need to find your number, go to the CSEA, Inc. web site, www.cseany.org, and obtain your ID number from there (on the Home Page, upper right-hand corner).   The survey is short and provides you with an opportunity to be heard regarding our upcoming contract negotiations and what issues are of importance to you.  Please spread the word to your co-workers and take the time to complete the survey.

 

Updates December 19, 2016 December 19, 2016 11:51 AM

EMPLOYEE BENEFIT FUND CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

A reminder to submit your EBF reimbursement form once you have reached a combined co-pay amount of $325 for physician visit and prescription co-pays OR on/after December 31st.  Applications are accepted for 2016 reimbursement through March 31st, 2017.  See the attached guidelines and pay particular attention to what proof of co-pays are accepted, i.e., Explanation of Benefits (EOB) for Physician co-pays and pharmacy printouts for Prescription co-pays. 

EBF Co-Pay Reimbursement Form

RETIREES

We have a number of Local members retiring at the end of this year.  On behalf of our Local Executive Board, we wish you well in retirement and remind you to fill out the Local Member Retirement form.  The benefits provides $50 to our members that retire and information on becoming a member of the CSEA Retiree Division.

Local 334 Member Retirement Benefit Application

FINAL REMINDER - 2017 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY

COMPLETE BY DEC. 30TH

The 2017 CSEA-UCS Contract Negotiations Survey is now available and can be accessed at the following link:

https://cseany.org/ucs-negotiationsPlease complete by survey by December 30th so that the results can be tabulated prior to your Negotiating team meeting in January.

 

NOTE:  The survey is only available to CSEA Judiciary members.  You must provide your CSEA Membership ID Number to gain access to the survey.  If you need to find your number, go to the CSEA, Inc. web site, www.cseany.org, and obtain your ID number from there (on the Home Page, upper right-hand corner).   The survey is short and provides you with an opportunity to be heard regarding our upcoming contract negotiations and what issues are of importance to you.  Please spread the word to your co-workers and take the time to complete the survey.

 

On behalf of your Local 334 Executive Board, we wish you a wonderful holiday and all  the best in the New Year!

 

Updates January 25, 2017 January 25, 2017 10:07 AM

2017 CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY

For those that completed the contract negotiations survey, please be advised that the survey was anonymous and if you requested information or assistance within the comments portion of the survey, you will need to contact the Local directly.  As the statewide survey results were being reviewed, there were numerous requests for assistance and the Local has no method of determining who requested that assistance. 

PROPOSED NYS CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION

On Election Day 2017, November 7th, voters in New York will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention to be held in the future.  The vote this year will be whether there should be a Constitutional Convention in the future (see the link below for the timeline).  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.  See the attached flyers for more information, facts and a timeline, and then talk with your family and friends – New York State does NOT want or need a Constitutional Convention!

Constitutional Convention Timeline - Click Here

Constitutional Convention Information - Click Here

JOB ANALYSIS SITE VISITS

UCS has informed CSEA that they will be conducting various statewide Job Analysis Site Visits for the titles of Surrogate’s Court Clerk, Supervising Court Office Assistant and Court Assistant titles in the next four to six weeks, some to be conducted in person, others via Skype.  CSEA has encouraged UCS to do an analysis of various titles, but the ultimate decision which titles will be examined is at their discretion. 

 UCS has not given dates/times of the site visits, but for your information, the list of visits include two counties within the 20 counties of our local:

  • Oneida County Family Court – analysis of Supervising Court Office Assistant and Court Assistant
  • Onondaga County Surrogate’s Court – analysis of Supervising Court Office Assistant
  • Onondaga County Family Court – analysis of Court Assistant
  • Binghamton City Court – analysis of Supervising Court Office Assistant and Court Assistant
  • Broome Family Court – analysis of Court Assistant
  • Broome County Supreme & County Court – analysis of Court Assistant

 

INTRODUCTION OF ELECTRONIC RECORDING

Members are asked to immediately report to the Local instances of the introduction of electronic recording into a court where it has not been utilized on prior occasions.  

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office on February 3rd and 6th through the 10th.  Please direct any issues to our Local officers, as listed on our web site.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  You need your Membership Number to participate in elections and to vote on your contract, among other things.  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our November 2016 selected number was from Broome and December 2016 number was from Franklin.  Neither member contacted the Local to receive their money.) 

Updates February 1, 2017 February 1, 2017 04:17 PM

COURT OFFICER REASSIGNMENT REQUESTS

CSEA-represented Court Officers, Senior Court Officers and Court Officer Trainees that are interested in a voluntary reassignment are asked to complete the form below and submit it to UCS prior to February 11th, 2017.  A reassignment is defined as moving from one district to another district or NYC, NOT a request to change assignment within a district.  Even if you have previously filled out a request, you are asked to complete the new attached form and submit to the address indicated on the form by February 11th.  If you have any questions, please email Local VP CO Ian Spencer at ian@csealocal334.com

CO Voluntary Reassignment Form

CORRECTION - LONGEVITY PAYMENT/LUMP SUM PAYMENT

(Posted 3/6/17)

UCS has clarified that those eligible for a “end of contract” $750 Lump Sum payment should see that paid out in the April 19th paycheck.  Employees on payroll in active status as of March 31, 2017 are eligible for the one-time Lump Sum $750 payment, which is not part of basic salary but is pensionable.

Longevity Payments and those eligible for Increments will see those in the May 3rd paycheck.

RECEIVER NOTICE DISTRIBUTION

Please be certain that all co-workers in your work location are getting these notices, including chambers staff, security personnel, and especially new employees.

SAVE THE DATE – NORWICH & CORTLAND MEETINGS

We are working on scheduling Local dinner meetings in Chenango Co. on Wednesday, 3/8/17, and in Cortland Co. on Thursday, 3/30/17.  More information to follow.

COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONING WEEK

The National Court Reporters Association and the New York State Court Reporters Association are celebrating “Court Reporting and Captioning Week” the week of February 11-18, 2017.  There will be a receptions celebrating the occasion across the state, including the locations below.  Please RSVP if attending.

 

Buffalo Court Reporting and Captioning Week Event:

Thursday, February 16 at 5pm

Lobby Bar at Statler City

107 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202

Contact Lori Miskovski Strong at loristrong67@gmail.com for more information.

 

Rochester Court Reporting and Captioning Week Event:

Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: TRATA The Restaurant at the Armory

145 Culver Road, Rochester, New York

Contact Meredith Bonn at MeredithA.Bonn@gmail.com with any questions.

 

Syracuse Court Reporting and Captioning Week Event:

Friday, February 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

At the Destiny USA Mall Cantina Laredo

RSVP Adam Alweis and/or contact adamalw@aol.com<mailto:adamalw@aol.com> or his office at 315-671-1081 for more information.

 

REMINDER - OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office on February 3rd and 6th through the 10th.  Please direct any issues to our Local officers, as listed on our web site.

Updates February 22, 2017 February 22, 2017 08:44 AM

CSEA LOCAL 334, CSEA REGION 5 AND STATEWIDE “IRVING FLAUMENBAUM” SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

(Terri Vecchio, Local 334 Scholarship Chair)

Click the links below for scholarship applications and information for (1) CSEA Judiciary Local 334, (2) CSEA Central Region 5 and (3) the Flaumenbaum Scholarship programs.  The application for the Flaumenbaum scholarship will automatically enter the applicant for three different scholarships (see the attached flyer).

Please note the application deadline of April 1st for the CSEA Region 5 application, April 15th for the Flaumenbaum application, and April 30th for the Local 334 application.

Questions may be sent to tvecchio334@roadrunner.com.

Updates February 22, 2017(2) February 22, 2017 11:53 AM

UPCOMING LOCAL 334 OFFICER ELECTIONS

(Maureen Postiglion, Local 334 Election Chair & Christine Schuff, Vice Chair)

As required by CSEA Election Rules, below are links to the “Standing Rules” and “Notice Regarding Campaigning” that must be distributed in relation to the upcoming Local 334 Elections.  Also attached is the Election Schedule and Nomination Notice, setting forth the timeline for the petitioning process.  Petitions may be requested at any time but will not be released until March 17th and must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on April 3, 2017.

 

“Standing Rules and Regulations”

“Notice Regarding Campaigning”

“Schedule to Hold Mail Ballot Election”

“CSEA Nomination Notice”

 

Updates February 21, 2017 February 27, 2017 08:47 AM

CHENANCO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – MARCH 8TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, at Gus’s Steakhouse, 5698 NY 12, Norwich. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by March 1st.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

Save the date for the Cortland dinner meeting on Thursday, March 30th.  More information to follow.

 PATRICK’S DAY PARADES

See the links below for information on marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parades with area Labor Councils in Binghamton on March 4th and Syracuse on March 11th.  Contact information is provided on each flyer.

 

2017 Binghamton St. Patrick's Day Parade

2017 Syracuse St. Patrick's Day Parade

Updates February 27, 2017 February 27, 2017 09:19 AM

REMINDER - CHENANCO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – MARCH 8TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, at Gus’s Steakhouse, 5698 NY 12, Norwich. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by this Wednesday, March 1st.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

PATRICK’S DAY PARADE - UTICA

See the link below for information on marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade with the Central New York Labor Council in Utica on March 11th.  Contact information is provided on the attached flyer.

2017 Utica St. Patrick's Day Parade - CNY Labor Council

MONSTER JAM, SYRACUSE, APRIL 8TH

Discounted tickets are available for Monster Jam on Saturday, April 8th at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.  Tickets must be purchased by April 3rd at 12:00 p.m..  See the link below for complete details.

2017-04 Syracuse Monster Jam

LOCAL 334 SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR

Many thanks to Terri Vecchio, who has chaired our Local Scholarship Committee for many years and done an excellent job of notifying the membership, collecting information and educating the committee members.  Terri will be stepping down for personal reasons and will be replaced by Catrina Leone as the new Scholarship Chair, effective immediately.

 

 

Updates March 3, 2017 March 3, 2017 01:53 PM

CORTLAND COUNTY DINNER MEETING – MARCH 30TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at The Community Restaurant, 10 Main Street, Cortland. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by Wednesday, March 22nd.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

 

CORRECTION - LONGEVITY PAYMENT/LUMP SUM PAYMENT

(Posted 3/6/17)

UCS has clarified that those eligible for a “end of contract” $750 Lump Sum payment should see that paid out in the April 19th paycheck.  Employees on payroll in active status as of March 31, 2017 are eligible for the one-time Lump Sum $750 payment, which is not part of basic salary but is pensionable.

Longevity Payments and those eligible for Increments will see those in the May 3rd paycheck.

 

COMP TIME – CONTRACT LANGUAGE

By mutual agreement between CSEA and UCS, the 2011-2017 contract language that ends the ability to accrue comp time between 35-40 hours effective April 1, 2017 will not go into effect and will be a subject of our continued contract negotiations for our successor contract.

 

EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

A reminder to submit your CSEA EBF co-pay reimbursement form by the deadline of March 31st, 2017.

 

CSEA/UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

CSEA and UCS met on March 1, 2017 and March 2, 2017 for the first round of contract negotiations.  The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on March 31, 2017.  All increments, longevity payments, uniform and equipment allowance payments, health insurance and dental and vision benefits will continue to be paid per the Triborough Amendment until a successor Agreement is agreed to and ratified by the membership.

 

Both sides exchanged initial proposals and discussed the issues that the CSEA UCS members told us were important to them in the contract survey.  It was a productive session and both sides agreed to go back and work on some language to be discussed at the next round. 

The next session will be held on March 14, 2017 and March 15, 2017 with additional sessions planned in April and May.  We will continue to keep you updated as we go through the negotiations process.

Updates(1) March 20, 2017 March 20, 2017 09:30 AM

CONDOLENCES

Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of CSEA Local 334 member Michael Levato, St. Lawrence County Support Magistrate, who passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 17th.  Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 21st from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the O’Leary Funeral Home, Canton, and a burial mass will be held on Wednesday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Canton.  Memorial donations may be made to the Moose Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Lawrence University, Payson Hall, 23 Ramoda Dr., Canton, NY 13617 or to the Canton Peewee Association, P.O. Box 523, Canton, NY 13617.  Local 334 will be making a memorial contribution on behalf of our membership to the Moose Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

Updates (2) March 20, 2017 March 20, 2017 09:37 AM

REMINDER - CORTLAND COUNTY DINNER MEETING – MARCH 30TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, at The Community Restaurant, 10 Main Street, Cortland. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by this Wednesday, March 22nd.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

 

SAVE THE DATE – OSWEGO DINNER MEETING

Save the date of Thursday, May 4th for an informational dinner meeting in Oswego.  More information to follow.

 

COURT CLOSING ALERTS

You may sign up for text notifications of New York State Court closings through Twitter by texting “follow nyscourts” to 40404.  You do NOT have to have a Twitter account to sign up.  You may also opt out of Twitter Discover (Spam) texts by texting “Discover Off” to 40404.

 

OFFICE OF THE PRODUCTION OF THE RECORD

UCS has established the Office of the Production of the Record to oversee matters relating to court reporting and production of the official record.  Michael DeVito, a former UCS Sr. Court Reporter/Principal Court Reporter, has been appointed to lead the office.  Click the link below  for complete information.  

Click Here - Office of the Production of the Record.

 

Updates April 3, 2017 April 3, 2017 02:18 PM

OSWEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – May 4TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, at Vona’s Restaurant, 9 Willow St., Oswego. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by Thursday, April 27th.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

IMPORTANT NOTE:  With our upcoming contract negotiations schedule, Local meetings will take a hiatus for a period of time and we will continue our “cycle” of meetings throughout the 20 counties of the Local as time permits. 

CSEA-UCS SICK LEAVE BANK

The open enrollment for the CSEA-UCS Sick Leave Bank enrollment has begun effect March 23rd.  We strongly encourage our members to join in the program when eligible.  Enrollments will be accepted through April 19th.

 

DEADLINE FOR UCS COURT REPORTER EXAM

The deadline to file for the UCS Grade 24 Court Reporter Exam is this Wednesday, April 5th, 2017.  The open competitive exam will be given on May 20th, 2017.  For further information, go to www.nycourts.gov/careers.  Please encourage any/all court reporters that you know to take this exam. 

CSEA SUPPORTING PBS IN WATERTOWN

(Mark Kotzin, CSEA Region 5 Communications Specialist)

As many of you may be aware, CSEA has been a longtime sponsor of public television, and specifically of WPBS in Watertown, as an annual sponsor of their All-Star Auction. This year, we will be sponsoring an entire evening at the All-Star Auction on Sunday, April 30th. We will have two shifts available for volunteers, from 6-9pm and from 9-12pm, with volunteers arriving a half-hour before for a brief training and dinner. We have all sorts of volunteer opportunities available, from Phone Operators, to Board Markers, to Sorters and Runners, to Auctioneers and Vanna Presenters.

We always have a great time doing this event, and it's a great way for you to participate in a fun union-sponsored activity benefiting our community. Especially with proposed federal cuts targeting public television, WPBS needs our help this year more than ever before.

Cape Vincent Correctional Local President Jolene Radley has stepped up to serve as our volunteer recruitment coordinator for this evening. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Jolene to secure your volunteer slot. Opportunities are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Jolene can be reached at 315-654-4100, ext. 4200 from 7:15am to 3:15pm or at 315-783-7820 afterward. There will be dinner served and free CSEA tee shirts for our volunteers.

Please help CSEA help WPBS by stepping up to volunteer for this worthwhile and fun event! (See the link below)

Click Here - CSEA Supports PBS - Watertown

Updates April 4, 2017 April 4, 2017 09:19 AM

LOCAL 334 OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS

(Maureen Postiglion, Local 334 Election Chair, & Christine Schuff, Vice Chair)

The following slate of officers have been deemed elected/unopposed at the close of nominations for CSEA Judiciary Local 334, for the next four-year term beginning July 1, 2017:

 

Donald Lynskey, President

Brenda Leone, Executive Vice President

Ian Spencer, 1st Vice President

Tamara Witteman, 2nd Vice President

Catrina Leone, Secretary

Sheila Sears, Treasurer

Barbara Tracz, Delegate

Updates April 19, 2017 April 19, 2017 01:51 PM

REMINDER - OSWEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – May 4TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, May 4th, 2017, at Vona’s Restaurant, 9 Willow St., Oswego. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by Thursday, April 27th.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

IMPORTANT NOTE:  With our upcoming contract negotiations schedule, Local meetings will take a hiatus for a period of time and we will continue our “cycle” of meetings throughout the 20 counties of the Local as time permits. 

CSEA NON-MEMBERS - RESTRICTIONS

A reminder that non-members (Agency Shop) of the Union cannot, among other things, vote on the ratification of their contract or to elect their representatives.  Every CSEA-eligible member pays dues, whether a member or a non-member.  If you see an “A/S” after the dues deduction on your paystub, you are a non-member and are barred from participating in either of these activities.  The Local will be mailing out letters to these individuals in the next few weeks.  If you need a membership application, let me know.

CSEA SUPPORTING PUBLIC TELEVISION IN SYRACUSE

(Mark Kotzin, CSEA Region 5 Communications Specialist)

This year we are again sponsoring a CSEA night at Tel-Auc and would love to see the phones staffed by smiling CSEA members! It's a fun evening and it helps out our public television station in Syracuse.

Our evening will be on Saturday, April 29, and the first shift will be from 6 to 8:30 and the second shift from 8:30 to 11. You must arrive a half-hour before each shift for training. The event will be held at the WCNY studio at 415 W. Fayette Street.

To volunteer to work either shift, please call our volunteer coordinator Theresa Young at 315-420-6398. Please also let her know your tee shirt size, as we will attempt to have CSEA shirts for everyone who volunteers. Thanks in advance if you're able to help! Please share this with any members who might be willing to help us out. Call today, spots are limited!

RIGHT TO WORK – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

(Source: Central New York Labor Council)  

On your personal computer and on your own time, click on the link below to learn more about the “Right to Work” movement and how it can affect you.  CSEA often refers to it as “Right to Work for Less.”  Don’t be fooled….educate yourself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLV4P5Pq0_0

Updates May 2, 2017 May 2, 2017 10:49 AM

PROPOSED NYS CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

On Election Day 2017, November 7th, voters in New York will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention to be held in the future.  The vote this year will be whether there should be a Constitutional Convention in the future (see attached timeline).  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.  See the attached flyers for more information, facts and a timeline, and then talk with your family and friends – New York State does NOT want or need a Constitutional Convention!

Constitutional Convention Information

Constitutional Convention Timeline

What could happen if there is a NYS Constitutional Convention and our collective bargaining rights were taken away?  It has already happened in Wisconsin (as well as in other states).  Click the link below to access the attached article, copied/pasted from the May 2017 CSEA “Work Force.”

What happened in Wisconsin?

AFSCME FREE COLLEGE BENEFIT

The AFSCME Free College Benefit has announced a number of changes to the program, including offering Associate Degrees or Certificate programs in the following categories:  Healthcare, Business, Paralegal, Individualized Studies, Associate of Arts and Early Childhood Education.  Learn more by contacting the program at www.FreeCollege.AFSCME.org or calling 888-590-9009 to enroll.

COURT REPORTER PRACTICE DICTATION VIDEO

The Unified Court System has posted a two-minute Court Reporter practice dictation video on their public website in order to help reporters prepare for the upcoming Court Reporter exam.  They intend to create a similar video for the upcoming Sr. Court Reporter exam in the fall.  Click the link below to access the video, then scroll down to "Practice Dictation" under "Court Reporter Exam."

http://www.nycourts.gov/careers/exams.shtml 

SAVE THE DATES (more details to follow):

  • CSEA Combined Locals Clambake, Syracuse, Hinerwadel’s, Sunday, June 25, 2017
  • Water Safari, Old Forge, Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

 

Updates May 12, 2017 May 12, 2017 09:41 AM

CSEA/UNIFIED COURT SYSTEM CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, May 12, 2017)

CSEA and UCS met during the week of April 25th and again the week of May 10th to continue negotiations for a successor contract.  We have made progress in coming to agreement on numerous proposals.  We are scheduled to meet again next week with UCS and will continue to work towards agreement on the terms for a new proposed contract.   We will continue to keep you updated as we go through the negotiations process.

Updates May 17, 2017 May 18, 2017 08:12 AM

CSEA REACHES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE NYS OFFICE OF COURT ADMINISTRATION

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, May 17, 2017)


CSEA has reached a tentative agreement with the New York State Office of Court Administration on a new contract covering more than 5,500 non-judicial employees in the state's Unified Court System.  The tentative agreement will be effective retroactively from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2020.

CSEA and the Unified Court System have reached a fair and responsible agreement that recognizes the value and importance of the court employees who make the system work every day. 


The three-year agreement retroactive to April 1, 2017 includes salary increases in every year of the agreement, improved downstate and Mid-Hudson Valley location pay, improved payments to the Employee Benefit Fund and a new Welfare Fund program.

Across-the-board cost of living adjustments are as follows: April 1, 2017 - 2 percent(retroactive); April 1, 2018 - 2 percent; and April 1, 2019 - 2 percent.

Additional details about the agreement will be posted shortly on the CSEA Judiciary website, www.cseajudiciary.org, and the CSEA website, www.csealocal1000.org. The agreement will be presented to the CSEA rank and file members for review and ratification in the weeks ahead. It must also be approved by the state legislature and signed by the governor.

Updates May 22, 2017 May 22, 2017 02:39 PM

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

See the link below for a pdf document highlighting the modifications/changes in the proposed CSEA-UCS 2017-2020 contract.  We will explain in further detail at the ratification meetings, so please refrain from asking questions at this point.  Each member will be sent the specific contract language changes by headquarters prior to the ballots being mailed out on or about June 21st. 

Contract Highlights

RATIFICATION DINNER MEETINGS

We have scheduled ratification dinner meetings throughout various counties of our Local over the next few weeks.  When RSVP’ing, please indicate which meeting you are attending and also if you will be arriving “late” due to travel to get there.  All meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.  We will attempt to modify the schedule for all those attending/arriving late, but please do plan to leave directly from your work location without stopping home or elsewhere first.  We have done our best to schedule the meetings from south to north and one meeting east and one west in order to accommodate everyone’s geographic location.  All RSVPs to brenda@csealocal334.com

May 31, 2017 – Geneva, (Ontario Co.) Combined Local 334 and Local 335 meeting, Club 86, 86 Avenue E., Geneva, RSVP by May 25th.

June 1, 2017  - Jefferson County, Savory Downtown, 300 Washington St., Watertown, RSVP by May 26.

June 5, 2017 – Broome County, Doubletree by Hilton Binghamton, 225 Water St., Binghamton, RSVP by June 1.

June 6, 2017 – Onondaga County, Borio’s 8891 McDonnell’s Pkwy, Cicero, RSVP by June 1.

June 20, 2017 – Oneida County, Aquavino’s Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Rd. E., Utica, RSVP by June 13.

June 21, 2017 – St. Lawrence, The Lobster House, 95 S. Main St., Norwood, RSVP by June 13.

COMBINED CSEA LOCALS CLAMBAKE – SYRACUSE

See the link below for complete information on our annual combined CSEA Locals Clambake at Hinerwadel’s in Syracuse on Sunday, June 25th, 2017.  Member cost is $10; guests are $50.  Please RSVP by the June 12th deadline.  Doors open at 12:00, and we will have a very short membership meeting at 12:15.  It’s a great clambake, with tons of food, raffles and great music.  Hope to see many of you there.

2017 Syracuse Clambake

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office without access to email from June 8 through and including June 13th.  Please refer to the web site to contact another Local 334 officer if any issues arise.

 

Updates June 7, 2017 June 7, 2017 09:12 AM

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office without access to email from June 8 through and including June 13th.  Please refer to the web site to contact another Local 334 officer if any issues arise.

RATIFICATION DINNER MEETINGS

We have two remaining ratification dinner meetings scheduled.  All RSVPs must be received by June 13th.  When RSVP’ing, please indicate which meeting you are attending and also if you will be arriving “late” due to travel to get there.  All meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.  We will attempt to modify the schedule for all those attending/arriving late, but please do plan to leave directly from your work location without stopping home or elsewhere first.  All RSVPs to brenda@csealocal334.com

June 20, 2017 – Oneida County, Aquavino’s Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Rd. E., Utica, RSVP by June 13.

June 21, 2017 – St. Lawrence, The Lobster House, 95 S. Main St., Norwood, RSVP by June 13.

COMBINED CSEA LOCALS CLAMBAKE – SYRACUSE

See the link below for complete information on our annual combined CSEA Locals Clambake at Hinerwadel’s in Syracuse on Sunday, June 25th, 2017.  Member cost is $10; guests are $50.  Please RSVP by the June 12th deadline.  Doors open at 12:00, and we will have a very short membership meeting at 12:15.  It’s a great clambake, with tons of food, raffles and great music.  Hope to see many of you there.

2017 Syracuse Clambake

ENCHANTED FOREST – WATER SAFARI

Our annual visit to Enchanted Forest/Water Safari is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd.  Reservations must be received by July 14th, so please mail them early.  We have a large group from our Local every year because it’s such a great time – plenty of food, great water rides and lunch/dinner are both included in the price.

Reservation Information - 2017 Water Safari

Updates June 14, 2017 June 14, 2017 11:21 AM

UPDATE ON TAXATION OF STATE SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENTS

While on vacation the past few days, I have received dozens of individual calls/emails regarding Supplemental Tax Payments.  Rather than try to return each individual message with the same information, I’m sending the information that CSEA Acting Statewide President Mary Sullivan has provided in this regard (below), as it affects not only our CSEA Judiciary members but all State workers.  There is a contact number if you need to further discuss this issue with CSEA State Operations; however, realize that the tax rate and any modification of that rate is set by the Comptroller’s office, not CSEA nor UCS payroll.

(Source:  Mary Sullivan, Acting CSEA Statewide President)

The New York state comptroller’s office was recently informed of an Internal Revenue Service ruling which requires Supplemental wage payments including longevity payments, call out bonus, tool allowance, hazardous duty pay, back pay, retroactive wage increases, awards, uniform allowance, unused vacation accruals lump sum, salary deferral lump sum, standby, intermittent inconvenience, step 3 out-of-title grievance payments, and any other payment that is above regular wages, to be processed with a higher withholding rate than regular wages.

Under the regulations, employers have the option to withhold a flat rate of 25% on supplemental wages or use a more complex aggregate method for calculating the withholding that combines regular and supplemental wages according to what you entered on your W-4 for withholding allowances and additional withholding amounts.

To be in full compliance with these IRS rules, the State’s Comptroller’s Office initially determined to use the flat rate 25% method, starting with the April 2017 Longevity Payments. In response to strong objections by CSEA, and after further research by CSEA, the state comptroller has determined that the aggregate method will be used to determine the proper amount of withholding to be taken out of supplemental payments. This method is more beneficial to our members than using the flat 25% rate. However, even with the aggregate method, the withholding will still be significantly more than what has been withheld in the past.

It is important to note that regardless of the tax withholding method used on supplemental payments, an individual’s tax liability is the same at the end of the year. Taxes withheld over and above what a person owes will be refunded when you file your tax returns.

In the meantime an individual can always change their withholding amounts and their claimed withholding allowances on their W-4 prior to the supplemental payments in order to realize more money in the supplemental check. An individual can change their withholding amounts and their withholding allowances as many times as they desire throughout the year in order to capture more money in any supplemental check.

If you have any questions please contact CSEA State Operations at (518) 257-1213.

Mary E. Sullivan, CSEA Acting President

(Note from Don:  UCS informed employees of the new Supplemental Tax Rate via email back in late March/early April of this year)

BREAST CANCER SCREENING LEAVE

Under Article 9.5(e) of the CSEA-UCS contract (and by law), members are entitled to four hours of leave for breast cancer screening in a calendar year.  That four-hour period must be pre-approved and may be utilized either at one appointment or over more than one appointment, depending on your individual needs.  Travel time is to be included in that four hours, and documentation should be provided to your supervisor.  Unused Breast Cancer Screening leave time is lost at the end of the calendar year.  Under no circumstances should you be told you have to utilize your lunch hour or utilize less than four hours in order to attend an appointment for this purpose.  If that occurs, contact your Union Rep immediately.  The same guidelines apply for annual prostate screening.

ENCHANTED FOREST – WATER SAFARI

Our annual visit to Enchanted Forest/Water Safari is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd.  Reservations must be received by July 14th, so please mail them early.  We have a large group from our Local every year because it’s such a great time – plenty of food, great water rides and lunch/dinner are both included in the price.  See the link below for information and how to register.

2017 Water Safari

 

Updates June 21, 2017 June 21, 2017 09:21 AM

CSEA JUDICIARY LOCAL 334 AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

(Catrina Leone, Local 334 Scholarship Chair)

CSEA Judiciary Local 334 recently presented two Academic scholarships and one Financial Assistance Scholarship to graduating high school seniors, children of court employees represented by the union.  The two $1,000 Academic recipients were Gabrielle Dewhurst of Clinton, New York and Sarah Parks of Skaneateles, New York.  The $1,000 Financial Assistance recipient was Alexandra Taskovski of Liverpool, New York.

            Gabrielle Dewhurst is a graduate of Clinton Central School and is the daughter of Regina Dewhurst, Senior Court Reporter, Oneida County Combined Courts. Gabrielle will be attending Cornell University in the Fall, majoring in Pre-Med.

            Sarah Parks is a graduate of Skaneateles High School and is the daughter of Matthew Parks, Associate Court Clerk, Onondaga Combined Courts. Sarah will be attending Binghamton University in the Fall, majoring in Nursing.

            Alexandra Taskovski is a graduate of Liverpool High School and is the daughter of Diane and Ljupco Taskovski, both Senior Court Office Assistants, Onondaga Family Court and Syracuse City Court.  Alexandra will be attending Clarkson University in the Fall, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

           

Other Academic and Financial Assistance Scholarships were awarded to the following students:

            Adam Klosner is a graduate of Central Valley Academy and is the son of Prescott Klosner, Court Attorney, Herkimer County Court.  Adam will be attending college in the Fall, majoring in Civil Engineering.

            Christopher Jeffrey is a graduate of Norwich High School and is the son of Monica Jeffrey, Senior Court Office Assistant, Chenango County Family Court.  Christopher will be attending St. Lawrence University in the Fall, majoring in Business Economics.

            Jason Reed is a graduate of Hugh C. Williams High School and is the son of Donna Reed, Court Assistant, St. Lawrence County Family Court.  Jason will be attending Clarkson University in the Fall, majoring in Electrical Engineering.

            Victoria Bove is a graduate of West Genesee High School and is the daughter of Lori Bove, Supervising Court Office Assistant, Onondaga County Court. Victoria will be attending Onondaga Community College in the Fall, majoring in Medical Imaging/Ultrasound.

            Danielle Hughes is a graduate of Whitesboro High School and is the daughter of Lori Hughes, Court Assistant, Oneida County Family Court. Danielle will be attending SUNY Potsdam in the Fall, majoring in Music Education.

            Lucas Smith is a graduate of Hamilton Central School and is the son of Fred Smith, NYS Court Officer, Madison County.  Lucas will be attending SUNY Morrisville in the Fall, majoring in a Human Performance and Health Promotion.

            Taber Carter is a graduate of Hannibal High School and is the son of Melissa Carter, Secretary, Oswego Family Court. Taber will be attending Elmira College in the Fall, majoring in Biochemistry.

            Joseph Morgan is a graduate of West Genesee High School and is the son of Cynthia Morgan, Secretary, Onondaga Family Court. Joseph will be attending Lemoyne College in the Fall, majoring in Accounting.

            Michael Vecchio is a graduate of Westmoreland High School and is the son of Terri Bello Vecchio, Court Clerk, Oneida County Combined Courts.  Michael will be attending Mohawk Valley Community College in the Fall, majoring in Environmental Studies.

            Emily White is a graduate of Rome Free Academy and is the daughter of Tami White, Secretary, Oneida County Supreme Court.  Emily will be attending Utica College in the Fall, majoring in Journalism.

           

The Lt. Michael Carraway Memorial Scholarship program is named in memory of retired Judiciary Local 334 President Sharon Carraway’s husband, a Utica Police Lieutenant and union activist who died unexpectedly in 1994.

ENCHANTED FOREST – WATER SAFARI

Our annual visit to Enchanted Forest/Water Safari is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd.  Reservations must be received by July 14th, so please mail them early.  We have a large group from our Local every year because it’s such a great time – plenty of food, great water rides and lunch/dinner are both included in the price.  See the link below for information on how to register.

2017 Water Safari Information/Registration

SAVE THE DATES:

Rome Honor America Days Parade, Saturday, July 29th

CSEA Region 5 Golf Tournament, Friday, September 15th

 

Updates June 28, 2017 June 28, 2017 09:02 AM

CONTRACT VOTE

Ballots were mailed out last week  and must be returned/received at CSEA Headquarters by July 20th, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  The count will take place on Monday, July 24th.  Be certain to note your CSEA Membership ID number on the outside of the envelope.  Without a membership number, your vote will NOT be counted.  If you need to locate your number, go to www.cseany.org and click on “Look up your CSEA ID” in the upper right-hand corner of the home page.  Agency Shop (non-members) are not eligible to vote, and you must have been a member in good standing one month prior to ballots being mailed (May 21) in order to receive a ballot.

ENCHANTED FOREST – WATER SAFARI

Our annual visit to Enchanted Forest/Water Safari is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd.  Reservations must be received by July 14th, so please mail them early.  We have a large group from our Local every year because it’s such a great time – plenty of food, great water rides and lunch/dinner are both included in the price.  See the link below for further information and to register.

2017 Water Safari

PROPOSED NYS CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION

At a recent meeting, a member complained that they were “tired of hearing about the Triborough Amendment and the Constitutional Convention.”  So I guess that means I’m doing my job.  Because if/when the day ever comes that we have to face losing the Triborough Amendment or have to suffer through a Constitutional Convention, our Local members will know how/why either of those things would be devastating and what that means for them.  Hopefully, neither of those things will ever happen.

In that vein, I will be sending and resending information on the proposed Constitutional Convention repeatedly between now and November 7th.  It is that important.  It’s your reminder to education your family, friends, neighbors, etc., as to what devastating effects it could have on you and your family and how much of a waste of our taxpayer dollars it would be:

On Election Day 2017, November 7th, voters in New York will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention to be held in the future.  The vote this year will be whether there should be a Constitutional Convention in the future (see attached timeline).  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.  See the attached flyers for more information, facts and a timeline, and then talk with your family and friends – New York State does NOT want or need a Constitutional Convention!

Constitutional Convention Information

Constitutional Convention Timeline

 

Updates July 11, 2017 July 11, 2017 08:05 AM

REMINDER  - ENCHANTED FOREST – WATER SAFARI

Our annual visit to Enchanted Forest/Water Safari is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd.  Reservations must be received by this Friday, July 14th.  We have a large group from our Local every year because it’s such a great time – plenty of food, great water rides and lunch/dinner are both included in the price.  Click the link below for registration information.  

2017 Water Safari Information/Registration

CSEA IRVING FLAUMENBAUM MEMORIAL SCHOLARHSIP AWARD

Congratulations to Sarah Parks, daughter of Local 334 member Matthew Parks, who recently was selected as one of 18 high school seniors statewide to receive the CSEA Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Award!

ROME HONOR AMERICA DAYS PARADE

CSEA Region 5 will once again be marching in the Rome Honor America Days Parade on Saturday, July 29th.  Free T-shirts (while they last!) provided for marchers, and candy and beads will be provided to hand out to the crowds.  Our CSEA float will proudly display the red, white and blue, with a DJ playing patriotic music.  Join us for a fun day.  Parade line-up is at 9:30, location to be announced.  Click the link below for further information.

2017 Rome Honor America Days Parade

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our last member that received a $20 check was from Seneca County.)

Updates July 24, 2017 July 24, 2017 12:04 PM

2017-2020 CONTRACT RATIFIES

(Kathy Guild, Dep. Director of Contract Administration, July 24, 2017)

The CSEA-UCS contract was overwhelmingly ratified today by an 8 to 1 ratio, with a total of approximately 50% turnout.  There were 2,122 yes votes (88%) and 285 no votes (12%).   Your CSEA Negotiating team thanks you for the tremendous voter response and are grateful that the proposed contract was well received.  The terms of the contract are effective immediately.

REMINDER - ROME HONOR AMERICA DAYS PARADE

CSEA Region 5 will once again be marching in the Rome Honor America Days Parade on Saturday, July 29th.  Free T-shirts (while they last!) provided for marchers, and candy and beads will be provided to hand out to the crowds.  Our CSEA float will proudly display the red, white and blue, with a DJ playing patriotic music.  Join us for a fun day.  Parade line-up is at 9:30, location to be announced.  See the link below for further information.

2017 Rome Honor America Days Parade

CSEA REGION 5 GOLF TOURNAMENT

Our 10th Annual Central Region 5 Golf Tournament to benefit our Scholarship program will be held on Friday, September 15th, 2017, at the Camillus County Club.  The cost is $85 per player and includes, cart, golf, lunch at the turn, contests on the course, and a delicious steak dinner and awards at the end of the day.  Participant forms must be returned no later than September 7th.  See the the link below for further information and the registration form.

2017 Region 5 Golf Tournament

Updates July 28, 2017 July 28, 2017 01:12 PM

SEPTEMBER 9TH, BINGHAMTON CLAMBAKE

Our Annual CSEA Combined Locals Clambake in Binghamton will take place on Saturday, September 9th at Mountain Top Grove, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  There will be tons of food, live music, raffles, door prizes, 50-50 and more.  No tickets sold at the door, so make your reservations with Tammy by calling 607-240-5801.  Reservation deadline is August 30th.  Click the link below for complete details.

2017 Binghamton Clambake

ENCHANTED FOREST – WATER SAFARI - 2018

We had a fantastic day at Enchanted Forest Water Safari this year and, for our regular attendees and anyone who would like to attend next year, we have already booked next year’s event for July 21, 2018.  Mark your calendars.  And thank you to Brenda for doing all the work to set up the event once again this year!

REMINDER - PROPOSED NYS CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION – VOTE NO!

At a recent meeting, a member complained that they were “tired of hearing about the Triborough Amendment and the Constitutional Convention.”  So I guess that means I’m doing my job.  Because if/when the day ever comes that we have to face losing the Triborough Amendment or have to suffer through a Constitutional Convention, our Local members will know how/why either of those things would be devastating and what that means for them.  Hopefully, neither of those things will ever happen.

 

In that vein, I will be sending and resending information on the proposed Constitutional Convention repeatedly between now and November 7th.  It is that important.  It’s your reminder to education your family, friends, neighbors, etc., as to what devastating effects it could have on you and your family and how much of a waste of our taxpayer dollars it would be:

 

On Election Day 2017, November 7th, voters in New York will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention to be held in the future.  The vote this year will be whether there should be a Constitutional Convention in the future (see attached timeline).  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.  See the attached flyers for more information, facts and a timeline, and then talk with your family and friends – New York State does NOT want or need a Constitutional Convention!

Constitutional Convention Timeline

Informational Flyer - Constitutional Convention

Updates August 9, 2017 August 9, 2017 08:02 AM

HEALTH INSURANCE CHANGES, EFFECTIVE 1/1/2019

As discussed in our ratification meetings, our Local dinner meetings and also in the Work Force newspaper, CSEA Judiciary falls under the health insurance benefits as negotiated by CSEA Executive Branch.  With the ratification of the CSEA Executive Branch contract yesterday, the negotiated Health Insurance changes will become effective on 1/1/19.  The links below have both a “highlight” sheet and a more detailed listing of changes.  The “detailed” document shows columns with what the previous contract reflected for the specified benefit, the next column showing what NYS was proposing to change it to, then finally the last column shows what the new agreement reached/ratified will result in as of 1/1/19.  Be certain to refer to the final column when analyzing the changes (not the proposed changes by the State).  Please note that the percentage of contribution the State makes towards employees’ biweekly health insurance premiums will remain the same.

Highlights of Changes effective 1/1/19

Detailed Changes effective 1/1/19

BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES – CSEA LOCAL 334 NIGHT, AUG. 31ST

Come see the Binghamton Rumble Ponies vs. Erie Sea Wolves on Thursday, August 31st at 6:35 p.m.  Members attend FREE and guests are $15.  We have reserved the 3rd Base Terrace Table Seating section, which includes the game ticket, entrée, side and beverage.  A limited number of tickets are available, so call Tammy Witteman NOW to make your reservations, first come basis!  Call Tammy at 607-240-5801 (Broome Co. Court) for further information and tickets.

CSEA Night, Binghamton Rumble Ponies - Click Here

LEWIS COUNTY DINNER MEETING – SEPTEMBER 7TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, September 7th, 2017, at Steak N Brew, 4497 NY 26, Turin. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by September 1st.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

SAVE THE DATES – UPCOMING MEETINGS

Chemung County/Elmira – Tuesday, September 26th, Lib’s Supper Club.

Otsego County/Cooperstown – Wednesday, October 11th, the Otesaga.

 

Updates August 14, 2017 August 14, 2017 01:44 PM

RETRO PAY DATE – OCTOBER 4TH

(Kathleen Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, August 14, 2017)

UCS indicated during contract negotiations that September 6th was the date that they had planned to pay out all retro monies if the CSEA contract ratified. It was their hope that the legislation would be passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor right after the ratification vote.   Unfortunately, the pay bill was not sent to the Governor until the week before last and was not signed into law by the Governor until last Wednesday.  UCS could not move forward with any payments until the bill was signed.  Once it was signed, they reached out to the Comptroller's Office to determine when the retro money could be paid.  The Office of the State Comptroller is the Agency that processes these payments, and they have indicated that it cannot be completed until the October 4th paycheck.

The other unions’ pay bill was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor before the CSEA pay bill, which is why it will be paid out earlier.  CSEA worked with the NYS Legislature to get the bill delivered to the Governor, once we found out it had not been sent. 

Please notify your members that October 4th, 2017 is the current pay date for all retro monies.  If they notified the payroll office to change their deductions, they should request that they not be changed for the 9/6 date and then request to have it changed for the 10/4 date. 

LABOR DAY PARADE – STATE FAIRGROUNDS

Sign up today to join Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton and CSEA President Danny Donohue marching in the Labor Day Parade at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and receive free entrance tickets for you and your family and free t-shirts (while they last)!  Sign up by Monday, August 21st.  The free tickets are only for our members and their family members who commit to marching in the parade on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th.  Marchers should assemble by 10:00 a.m. outside the Fair’s Indian Village between Fair Gates 4 & 5.  Look for the CSEA banner.  Sign up by contacting brenda@csealocal334.com with your name, work location, number of marchers (including yourself), cell number and mailing address.

2017 Labor Day Parade - Click Here

REMINDER - BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES – CSEA LOCAL 334 NIGHT, AUG. 31ST

Come see the Binghamton Rumble Ponies vs. Erie Sea Wolves on Thursday, August 31st at 6:35 p.m.  Members attend FREE and guests are $15.  We have reserved the 3rd Base Terrace Table Seating section, which includes the game ticket, entrée, side and beverage.  A limited number of tickets are available, so call Tammy Witteman NOW to make your reservations, first come basis!  Call Tammy at 607-240-5801 (Broome Co. Court) for further information and tickets.

August 31 Binghamton Rumble Ponies - Click Here

LEWIS COUNTY DINNER MEETING – SEPTEMBER 7TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, September 7th, 2017, at Steak N Brew, 4497 NY 26, Turin. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by September 1st.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

Updates August 28, 2017 August 28, 2017 09:19 AM

COURT CLERK & SR. COURT CLERK EXAMS

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

CSEA received notification (see link below) from UCS regarding the upcoming Senior Court Clerk, JG 21, and Court Clerk, JG 18, exams, to be given in March 2018.

UCS Court Clerk/Sr. Court Clerk Exam Notice 

 

KRONOS TIMEKEEPING

Whether your are required to swipe in through Kronos or not required to swipe in, your certified time sheet should accurately reflect the hours/times that you were/were not working.  If you are not present during working hours and certify that you in fact were present, you risk investigation by the Inspector General’s office and facing very serious disciplinary charges.

REMINDER - BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES – CSEA LOCAL 334 NIGHT, AUG. 31ST

Come see the Binghamton Rumble Ponies vs. Erie Sea Wolves on Thursday, August 31st at 6:35 p.m.  Members attend FREE and guests are $15.  We have reserved the 3rd Base Terrace Table Seating section, which includes the game ticket, entrée, side and beverage.  A limited number of tickets are available, so call Tammy Witteman NOW to make your reservations, first come basis!  Call Tammy at 607-240-5801 (Broome Co. Court) for further information and tickets.

LEWIS COUNTY DINNER MEETING – SEPTEMBER 7TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, September 7th, 2017, at Steak N Brew, 4497 NY 26, Turin. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by this Friday, September 1st.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

SEPTEMBER 9TH, BINGHAMTON CLAMBAKE

Our Annual CSEA Combined Locals Clambake in Binghamton will take place on Saturday, September 9th at Mountain Top Grove, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  There will be tons of food, live music, raffles, door prizes, 50-50 and more.  No tickets sold at the door, so make your reservations with Tammy by calling 607-240-5801.  Reservation deadline is August 30th.  See the attached flyer for complete details.

PROPOSED NYS CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION – VOTE NO!

On Election Day 2017, November 7th, voters in New York will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention to be held in the future.  The vote this year will be whether there should be a Constitutional Convention in the future.  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.  Talk with your family, friends and neighbors – New York State does NOT want or need a Constitutional Convention!

Updates September 5, 2017 September 5, 2017 01:36 PM

CHEMUNG COUNTY DINNER MEETING – SEPTEMBER 26TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, at Lib’s Supper Club, 106 W. 5th Street, Elmira. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by September 19th.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 11TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, at The Otesaga, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by October 3rd.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

CSEA REGION 5 GOLF TOURNAMENT

Our 10th Annual Central Region 5 Golf Tournament to benefit our Scholarship program will be held on Friday, September 15th, 2017, at the Camillus County Club.  The cost is $85 per player and includes, cart, golf, lunch at the turn, contests on the course, and a delicious steak dinner and awards at the end of the day.  Participant forms must be returned no later than September 7th.  See the attached flyer for further information and the registration form.

CSEA Region 5 Golf Tournament - Click Here

UCS ETHICS HELPLINE

Members who have questions regarding their conduct as non-judicial UCS employees may call the Ethics Helpline for guidance at 1-888-283-8442.  If you have a question regarding your involvement in a political campaign, running for a political office, involvement in a political organization, etc., you should call before you engage in an activity that may be viewed as inappropriate.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our August 2017 member that received a $20 check was from Lewis County.) 

Updates September 8, 2017 September 8, 2017 10:57 AM

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – COURT OFFICER PATCHES

UCS has authorized our Court Officers to wear pink-themed Breast Cancer Awareness patches for the month of October.  As a strong supporter of this cause, I have personally purchased a limited supply of these patches for interested Court Officers for those members that will actually utilize the “pink” themed patches, which will be distributed on a first-come basis.  Please, do not request a patch if you are not going to wear it on your uniform and just put it in a drawer somewhere.  Let those who will wear the patch receive it (while supplies last) and wear it proudly in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I would request that one person per facility or county or court (depending on the size of your facility/county/court) ask their fellow officers if they would like a patch and then contact Brenda, brenda@csealocal334.com,  with the following information:  Your name, mailing address, number of patches requested, who you are requesting the patches for (CO names).  This is to avoid having to mail out “ten” different mailings to the same court/location and so that we have documentation as to who has already received a patch. 

If you wish to purchase additional patches, you may order them at cost at $2 per patch.  Contact me or Brenda for details.  A reminder that all uniformed personnel must remove the patch and replace it with the regular CO patch by November 1st.

CHEMUNG COUNTY DINNER MEETING – SEPTEMBER 26TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, at Lib’s Supper Club, 106 W. 5th Street, Elmira. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by September 19th.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 11TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, at The Otesaga, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by October 3rd.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

PROPOSED NYS CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION – VOTE NO!

On Election Day 2017, November 7th, voters in New York will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention to be held in the future.  The vote this year will be whether there should be a Constitutional Convention in the future.  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.  Talk with your family, friends and neighbors – New York State does NOT want or need a Constitutional Convention! 

 

Note:  CSEA has been informed that the question regarding whether to hold a Constitutional Convention will be on the reverse side of the voting ballot – turn it over and vote NO.

 

Updates September 11, 2017 September 11, 2017 10:24 AM

REMEMBERING 9/11/01

Remembering all those that we lost, including three UCS NYC Court Officers and five CSEA members, on 9/11/01….never forget…… 

We honor their memories and the memory of all those who responded and made the ultimate sacrifice.

2017-2020 CONTRACT

Our 2017-2020 CSEA-UCS contract is posted in PDF format on our web site, www.cseajudiciary.org, under the “Contract” link.  Have you attended a ratification meeting to learn what is new/has changed with this contract?  Are you aware that under Article 9.2(e)(i) you are entitled to two emergency/non pre-approved Annual Leave days per calendar year?  Are you aware that you are entitled, if you wish, to work up to two days during the Holiday Recess (for the term of this contract only)?  If this is news to you, you should plan to attend an upcoming Local meeting to learn about your updated contract and benefits.  Local meetings are open to all of our members, regardless of your work location.  You do NOT have to work or reside in the county where the meeting is being held.

As negotiated, CSEA and UCS are working on preparing a printed version of our contract for distribution to our members.  Further information in that regard will be provided when available.

REMINDER - CHEMUNG COUNTY DINNER MEETING – SEPTEMBER 26TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, at Lib’s Supper Club, 106 W. 5th Street, Elmira. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by September 19th.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

REMINDER - OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 11TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, at The Otesaga, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by October 3rd.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

SAVE THE DATES – ONEIDA AND ONONDAGA MEETINGS

  • Oneida County, Vernon, Friday, October 20th, Hotel at Vernon Downs (Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Unit) – open to all members of entire Local
  • Onondaga County, Syracuse, Thursday, November 16th, Twin Trees Too 
Updates September 18, 2017 September 18, 2017 12:10 PM

BRONX ZOO TRIP

The Binghamton University CSEA Local 648 is planning a one-day trip to the Bronx Zoo on Saturday, October 14th and has additional seating available and has offered the opportunity to our Judiciary members.  Click the link below for further information.  Don’t wait to make your reservations – limited seats remaining.

2017 Bronx Zoo Trip - Click Here

 

EBF – KNOW YOUR BENEFITS

Attached is the most recent Employee Benefit Fund booklet outlining our CSEA Judiciary EBF Benefits.  A new booklet will likely be published soon, but since we recently had an inquiry regarding student benefits (children under age 25 enrolled as full-time students), I thought it may be a good time to re-send this booklet out.  You should familiarize yourself with the available benefits that have been negotiated for you.  It is not just vision and dental benefits.  Have you had a real estate closing recently or prepared a will, gone to court for a proceeding?  You may have funds available to you for various reasons, so be sure to familiarize yourself with these benefits and take advantage of what CSEA has negotiated for your benefit.

Judiciary EBF Booklet - Click Here

Reminders:

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – COURT OFFICER PATCHES

UCS has authorized our Court Officers to wear pink-themed Breast Cancer Awareness patches for the month of October.  As a strong supporter of this cause, I have personally purchased a limited supply of these patches for interested Court Officers for those members that will actually utilize the “pink” themed patches, which will be distributed on a first-come basis.  Please, do not request a patch if you are not going to wear it on your uniform and just put it in a drawer somewhere.  Let those who will wear the patch receive it (while supplies last) and wear it proudly in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I would request that one person per facility or county or court (depending on the size of your facility/county/court) ask their fellow officers if they would like a patch and then contact Brenda, brenda@csealocal334.com,  with the following information:  Your name, mailing address, number of patches requested, who you are requesting the patches for (CO names).  This is to avoid having to mail out “ten” different mailings to the same court/location and so that we have documentation as to who has already received a patch.

If you wish to purchase additional patches, you may order them at cost at $2 per patch.  Contact me or Brenda for details.  A reminder that all uniformed personnel must remove the patch and replace it with the regular CO patch by November 1st.

CHEMUNG COUNTY DINNER MEETING – SEPTEMBER 26TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, at Lib’s Supper Club, 106 W. 5th Street, Elmira. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by September 19th.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 11TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, at The Otesaga, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by October 3rd.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

 

Updates September 27, 2017 September 27, 2017 02:49 PM

Last Reminder: OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 11TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, at The Otesaga, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown. The meeting is open to all members of the Local.  Please RSVP to  brenda@csealocal334.com  by October 3rd.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

 

UNIT 4 (ONEIDA/HERKIMER/MADISON) DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 20th

Local 334, Unit 4 will be holding a dinner meeting on Friday, October 20th, 2017 at the Vernon Downs Hotel.  The meeting is open to all members of the local.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be present between 4:30 and 6:00.  The dinner meeting will begin at 6:00, followed by a buffet dinner.  A limited number of discounted hotel rooms are available.  See the link below for complete details.  RSVP to brenda@csealocal334.com by October 13th.

Unit 4 October 20th Meeting Flyer - Click Here 

CENTRALIZED ARRAIGNMENTS

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

CSEA met with UCS Management for a Statewide Labor/Management meeting on September 14th.  One of the agenda items that we discussed at this meeting was centralized arraignments.  UCS stated that there will be four pilot programs, in Onondaga, Washington, Oneida and Broome counties.  The Onondaga County pilot program will begin around October 1st, and the Oneida County pilot program may start sometime this Fall.  The Broome and Washington County pilot programs will begin at the end of the calendar year.  These are projected dates and are subject to change.

 

This initiative was the result of a lawsuit that resulted in a mandate to towns and villages to assure that individuals are arraigned quickly and that they are afforded the opportunity to have counsel available.

 

The centralized arraignments in the four pilot programs will be held in county or government buildings, other than in Onondaga County where it will be held in one of the courthouses.  Unified Court System employees will not be used for these town and village arraignments.  The town and village Justices will conduct the arraignments without any support staff, and security staff will be paid by the counties. 

 

We will keep you apprised of any new developments regarding this initiative as this program moves forward.

 

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – COURT OFFICER PATCHES

Update:  All available patches have been distributed.  Anyone who purchased a patch (besides the free one supplied), that money will be donated to the Polar Plunge/Special Olympics.  Thank you - Don.

 

RECEIVERS – PLEASE READ

We rely on our Receivers to periodically review who is/is not receiving our emailed notices in your work location.  Please take a minute to review staff lists to be certain everyone in your work location is being forwarded our notices, particularly new employees, judges’ staff and security.  At our meeting least evening in Elmira, once of our Receivers commented that a six-year employee had never received our notices – and we don’t want to see that happen.  (She has since corrected that situation and made sure everyone in her workplace is receiving the Notices.)  So please, take a few minutes, make sure this information is distributed to everyone in your work location.  Thank you.

 

Updates October 10, 2017 October 10, 2017 01:07 PM

OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 11TH

Looking forward to seeing everyone that RSVP’d at our informational dinner meeting tomorrow night at The Otesaga, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown.  Visit with vendors between 4:30-6:00, dinner meeting to start at 6:00.  

 

UNIT 4 (ONEIDA/HERKIMER/MADISON) DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 20th

Local 334, Unit 4 will be holding a dinner meeting on Friday, October 20th, 2017 at the Vernon Downs Hotel.  The meeting is open to all members of the local.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be present between 4:30 and 6:00.  The dinner meeting will begin at 6:00, followed by a buffet dinner.  A limited number of discounted hotel rooms are available.  See the link below for complete details.  RSVP to brenda@csealocal334.com by October 13th.

October 20th Meeting Flyer 

AFSCME FREE COLLEGE BENEFIT UPDATE

Click the link below to see the most recent AFSCME Free College flyer, which has been updated to include more options. More info can also be found on the website: www.Freecollege.afscme.org

The link to the “AFSCME Advantage” program page is https://www.afscme.org/members/advantage, where you can explore all of the benefits available to our members, from travel discounts, credit cards, loans, vehicles and more.

“UNIONCUSE” WEEKEND – AT THE DOME IN SYRACUSE

See the attached flyers to order discounted tickets to two games at the Dome in Syracuse during “Unioncuse” weekend, November 10th and 11th.  Use the code word “Unioncuse” to apply the discount available to Union members and their friends/families.

Unioncuse FB

Unioncuse BB

 

NYC/RADIO CITY BUS TRIP – CSEA REGION 5

CSEA Region 5 Member Services Committee has scheduled a NYC Bus trip on Sunday, December 10th, with pick-ups in Utica/Syracuse and Oneonta/Binghamton.  Not interested in seeing the show and just want to go to New York City for the day?  That option is available at a much lower cost.  Reservations accepted through 12/1/17 and are on a first-come first-served basis, so don’t wait to make your reservations.  See the link below for details.  Contact Tammy at 607-240-5801 with questions.

 NYC/Radio City Bus Trip

RECEIVERS – PLEASE READ

I sent out the request in the paragraph below a couple weeks ago.  Last week I had a member request to become a Receiver in her location because she was not getting any of our emails.  I checked our Receiver list and there are FOUR Receivers in her court.  PLEASE, Receivers, be certain you’re distributing the information to your co-workers.

 

We rely on our Receivers to periodically review who is/is not receiving our emailed notices in your work location.  Please take a minute to review staff lists to be certain everyone in your work location is being forwarded our notices, particularly new employees, judges’ staff and security.  At our meeting least evening in Elmira, once of our Receivers commented that a six-year employee had never received our notices – and we don’t want to see that happen.  (She has since corrected that situation and made sure everyone in her workplace is receiving the Notices.)  So please, take a few minutes, make sure this information is distributed to everyone in your work location.  Thank you.

 

Updates October 13, 2017 October 13, 2017 02:39 PM

CORRECTION FOR ARTICLE 8.3 PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (PEP)

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, Oct. 13, 2017)

The language in Article 8.3 of the CSEA/UCS Collective Bargaining Agreement is partially incorrect. The amounts allowed for the exchange of annual leave  to offset the cost of health care for 2017 and 2018 remain at $500 and $1,000.  The new amounts of $600 and $1,200 will begin in 2019. This is a Civil Service Program that UCS participates in and the amounts are set by them, per the negotiations with the CSEA Executive Branch.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

 

SLED PAYMENTS TO BEGIN IN 2019

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, Oct. 13, 2017)

On September 29, 2017, the NYS Court Officers Association and the NYS Supreme Court Officers Association ratified contracts with the Unified Court System.  Included in these two contracts is an economic benefit called Security Law Enforcement Differential (SLED).  This benefit provides an additional payment on April 1, 2019 of $500 to all NYS Court Officers and NYS Court Attendants and an additional payment of $750 on April 1, 2020.

CSEA has an Economic Benefit Side Letter with the Unified Court System that provides that CSEA will receive any economic benefit provided to any other UCS Bargaining Unit.  As a result of that Side Letter, all CSEA-represented NYS Court Officers and NYS Court Attendants will receive the $500 payment on April 1, 2019.  Because the CSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement ends on March 31, 2019, this amount will be Triboroughed (continued under the old contract) until a new successor Agreement is negotiated and ratified. CSEA will have to negotiate the $750 rate in our successor Agreement in order for that amount to be paid.

 

THIS WEEK IN ALBANY – EMAIL ALERTS

In order to be aware what is happening with the Constitutional Convention, the US Supreme Court case of Janus, what is occurring within the NYS Legislature that affects YOU, etc., sign up for e-mail alerts from the CSEA Legislative and Political Action Department, a once-a-week correspondence with highlights from “This Week in Albany.”  Fill out the  “TWIA” form (link below) and scan/email back to me.  It must NOT include a work email address; use only a personal email.  Keep informed about your future!

Sign up for TWIA Emails - Click Here

 

CSEA REGION 5 POLAR PLUNGE

You have three opportunities to either participate in the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics, to attend one of the Plunges and/or sponsor plungers taking the dive in the frigid waters.  The Binghamton Plunge takes place on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at Bowman Lake State Park in Oxford.  The St. Lawrence Plunge takes place on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 in Massena, and the Oneida Plunge occurs on Sunday, December 3rd (NOT Saturday as listed on flyer) in Brewerton, near Syracuse.  So gather up a team, get some donations, show up, plunge… or show up, don’t plunge, cheer on the plungers – it’s always a great time, either way, with hundreds of participants and prizes and more.  And if you cannot attend one of the events, pass the hat at your work location and make a donation to one of the plungers to show your support for Special Olympics.  Polar Plunge Poster - Click Here

 

PROPOSED NYS CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION – VOTE NO!

On Election Day 2017, November 7th, voters in New York will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention to be held in the future.  The vote this year will be whether there should be a Constitutional Convention in the future.  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.  Talk with your family, friends and neighbors – New York State does NOT want or need a Constitutional Convention!

 

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Updates October 17, 2017 October 17, 2017 02:32 PM

UCS CLASSIFICATION CHANGES

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, Oct. 17, 2017)

UCS has announced that they are conducting a comprehensive review of the UCS Classification Plan for certain sub-series within the Legal Series and to the entry level titles in the two Office Clerical sub-series. 

The Legal Series classification review will credit outside legal experience toward qualification for the sub-series titles Court Attorney and Court Attorney (Trial Part), which currently does not provide any credit for outside legal experience.  When someone is appointed to those two titles, they receive the hiring rate of the entry level title, regardless of their prior experience outside the court system.  These sub-series also differ from other Legal sub-series with respect to the number of years’ experience required to progress through the titles/grades.

UCS will now provide credit for experience outside of the court system for these two titles for any attorney in these sub-series who does not currently hold an Associate level legal series title.  The Division of Human Resources will be emailing a link next month to incumbents in these two sub-series to use an online tool to verify their outside legal experience.  They will then audit the information provided and calculate the title/grade changes required by the new rules.  UCS has indicated that salary changes will be implemented prior to the end of the current fiscal year, March 31, 2018.

The titles of Court Office Assistant and the Data Recording Assistant sub-series will be reallocated from a JG 8 to a JG 10 and these positions will be earmarked for change in the future.  The reallocation will be effective upon the execution of the Administrative Orders implementing the grade change for current employees, after HR completes the job analysis, updates the title standards and completes a salary determination for all current employees impacted by the grade change.  UCS has indicated that they are expected to be implemented by March 31, 2018. 

The current list in effect for these two titles will remain in place and will be used until classification decisions are made regarding combining these sub-series.  Appointments from the current lists that are made after the execution of the Administrative Order will be made at JG 10.

In addition, UCS has also indicated that classification work related to the Court Clerical Series continues.  They stated that adjustments to this Series are complicated and require significant study of the statewide impact on the overall classification structure. 

We will keep you updated regarding these changes as we receive additional information.

Updates October 25, 2017 October 25, 2017 03:04 PM

ONONDAGA COUNTY DINNER MEETING – NOVEMBER 16th

Local 334 will be holding a dinner meeting on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at Twin Trees Too, 1029 Milton Ave., Syracuse.  The meeting is open to all members of the local.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be present between 4:30 and 6:00.  The meeting will begin at 6:00, followed by dinner.   RSVP to brenda@csealocal334.com by November 10th.

CSEA ACCIDENTAL DEATH BENEFIT - INCREASE

CSEA has had a $5,000 Death Benefit available for Members Only for a number of years.  That Benefit has now been increased to $10,000.  There are no forms to fill out and no premiums or cost to you.  The only thing you DO need to do is go to www.cseany.org, click on the Accident Death Benefit banner and either complete the Beneficiary Form online OR you may download and complete the Accidental Death Beneficiary Form and return it to the CSEA Insurance Department.  Complete information is available on the www.cseany.org web site.

 

Updates November 1, 2017 November 1, 2017 02:58 PM

CSEA REGION 5 POLAR PLUNGE – BINHAMTON/OXFORD PLUNGE - THIS SATURDAY!

You have three opportunities to either participate in the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics, to attend one of the Plunges and/or sponsor plungers taking the dive in the frigid waters.  The Binghamton Plunge takes place this Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at Bowman Lake State Park in Oxford.  The St. Lawrence Plunge takes place on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 in Massena, and the Oneida Plunge occurs on Sunday, December 3rd in Brewerton, near Syracuse.  So gather up a team, get some donations, show up, plunge… or show up, don’t plunge, cheer on the plungers – it’s always a great time, either way, with hundreds of participants and prizes and more. 

And if you cannot attend one of the events, pass the hat at your work location and make a donation to one of the plungers to show your support for Special Olympics.  Either Pledge a Binghamton Plunger (www.PolarPlungeNY.org/Binghamton - Select CSEA Southern Peeps Team), St. Lawrence or Syracuse CSEA Region 5 Polar Plunger or you can pledge me personally by following this link: http://events.nyso.org/site/TR/Plunge/POLARPLUNGE?px=1001775&pg=personal&fr_id=1317

 

PROPOSED NYS CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION – VOTE NO!

On Election Day 2017, November 7th, voters in New York will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention to be held in the future.  The vote this year will be whether there should be a Constitutional Convention in the future.  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention.  Talk with your family, friends and neighbors – New York State does NOT want or need a Constitutional Convention!

 

Updates November 8, 2017 November 8, 2017 09:10 AM

PROPOSITION 1 – CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION – DEFEATED!

(CSEA President Danny Donohue, November 8, 2017)

The defeat of the proposal to hold a Constitutional Convention is a huge win for CSEA, labor and all New Yorkers.  It is a demonstration of how CSEA members, our brothers and sisters in labor and other working people really can make a difference.  I thank our members and our allies in labor and other organizations for not only spreading the message that this convention would be a boondoggle for our state, but for their solidarity on behalf of all working people in New York.

 

Our members and millions of other people throughout the state recognized the potential disaster and turned out to make our voices heard.  Without CSEA and our allies voting No on the Constitutional Convention, there’s a good chance we’d all be on the hook for a very expensive and dangerous ride.  When it comes down to it, this is just another example of how important labor is in protecting our rights and the rights of our families and friends everywhere.  This is a very proud day for CSEA.

 

REMINDER - ONONDAGA COUNTY DINNER MEETING – NOVEMBER 16th

Local 334 will be holding a dinner meeting on Thursday, November 16h, 2017 at Twin Trees Too, 1029 Milton Ave., Syracuse.  The meeting is open to all members of the local.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be present between 4:30 and 6:00.  The meeting will begin at 6:00, followed by dinner.   RSVP to brenda@csealocal334.com by this Friday, November 10th.

 

WELFARE FUND – UPDATED TIMELINE

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

We anticipate that the portal that members will use to apply for the negotiated Welfare Fund should be up and running by mid-December.  Members will receive notification from CSEA in the mail regarding the process for applying for this benefit sometime in December.  It is important that each member applying for this benefit print and keep a confirmation sheet after completing the on-line application.  The portal will remain open for the months of January and February, with expected payout of this benefit sometime in March. The amount of this benefit will depend of the number of applicants.  

Updates November 15, 2017 November 15, 2017 02:22 PM

EMERGENCY ANNUAL LEAVE – UPDATED INFORMATION

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

After receiving some complaints regarding how managers were treating employees’ requests to use emergency annual leave (EAL), per Article 9.2(e)(i) of the contract, CSEA and UCS Management had a further discussion regarding the negotiating history behind this language and how it will be treated by UCS going forward.

 

Both sides agreed that the leave is to be utilized by an employee when something unforeseen occurs and the employee needs to take an unplanned day off to deal with the issue.  When an employee calls in to utilize EAL, they should provide a basic reason for requesting the leave.  Managers should not substitute their judgment for that of the employee regarding the gravity of the emergency requiring use of this leave.  It should not be requested for something that could be pre-planned, such as extending a vacation or for an appointment that has already been made.

 

If an employee has been previously denied the use of annual leave and call in to use EAL for the same date, managers can conduct a further inquiry into what the emergency is, as well as request substantiation of the emergency, in order to authorize the use of emergency annual leave.

 

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office November 20-24th with limited access to emails.  Please contact a Local or Unit officer if necessary.  Contact information is available on the web site.

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, from your Local 334 Executive Board ~ Don, Brenda, Ian, Tammy, Sheila, Catrina & Barb

 

Updates November 17, 2017 November 17, 2017 02:06 PM

SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Shop Small Businesses on Saturday, November 25th.  Small businesses are a significant part of our local economies, so shop local and support small businesses in our community!  

 "Shop Small Businesses" Flyer - Click Here

Updates November 28, 2017 November 28, 2017 02:25 PM

DEC. 20TH UCS COURT REPORTER TRAINING SESSIONS

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, Nov. 28th, 2017)

UCS Court Reporters:

Please see the information provided below from the Office of the Production of the Record, Michael DeVito, CSR, Manager.  This information was previously sent to supervisors/management.  Note that you must:

  • get permission from your supervisor prior to registering for the December 20th Court Reporter training sessions
  • bring with you your NCRA Membership ID if you are requesting CEU credits for the 2:30-3:30 class.  (The 3:30-4:15 workshop is not eligible for CEUs.)
  • the “Professional Development” link provided below will only work when utilizing a UCS computer, so if this message is being viewed on a private email, please forward to your court system email in order to view that information.  The registration link will work from within any email by utilizing “control and click” to access the  registration form.

With this email I am providing updated information for the court reporter webinar to be held on December 20, 2017.  I am happy to report that we were able to procure CE credit from NCRA for those in need.  Before planning to attend, BE CERTAIN TO ADVISE STAFF THAT THEY MUST GET PERMISSION AND THEN REGISTER UTILIZING THE LINK TO THE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION FORM.  Should you have any questions in this regard please don’t hesitate to contact me at your earliest opportunity so that this process goes as smoothly as possible.

Below are the SharePoint links to the HR Training and Professional Development Office Fall 2017 training opportunities.

Employees who are interested in attending one or more of the training sessions must first obtain permission from their supervisor before registering. 

Once permission is granted, registration may be submitted by completing the electronic registration form. The form must include the employee’s and supervisor’s email and the session name and date.

Links to the Fall 2017 Training Opportunities:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Michael J. DeVito, C.S.R.

Manager, Office of Production of the Record

Hall of Justice

99 Exchange Blvd. – Rm. 161-B

Rochester, NY 14614

mdevito@nycourts.gov

(585) 371-3273

 

LAST CHANCE - POLAR PLUNGE – SPECIAL OLYMPICS

It’s time to go out and “freeze for a reason” at the Polar Plunge. On December 3, 2017 I will be going plunging into Oneida Lake to raise money for the Special Olympics.  This money raised will help send Athletes to compete in the Special Olympics. Please consider donating - any amount helps.  Please click on the link below to go to my fundraising page below or make a donation to one of our other Local Officers on the Region 5 team. Thank you!!

http://events.nyso.org/site/TR/Plunge/POLARPLUNGE?px=1091466&pg=personal&fr_id=1317

 

DISNEY ON ICE – SYRACUSE

See the attached flyer for information on purchasing discount tickets to “Disney On Ice” in Syracuse, January 4-7, 2018.  Tickets must be purchased by December 28th

Click Here - Disney on Ice - Syracuse

Updates December 15, 2017 December 15, 2017 09:16 AM

2017-2010 CSEA-UCS PRINTED CONTRACTS

Printed contracts have been/are being distributed to all members in the 20 counties of our Local.  Please be patient as our distributors deliver a contract to each one of you.  Our Local Executive Committee would like to thank all of the volunteers who have assisted in the distribution process.  If you have not received your printed contract by mid-January, please let me know.  Click the link below to view the list of the persons who volunteered to distribute, with the comment that the last box is being delivered today and others may not have arrived yet in the mail.  (Note:  If anyone would like to assist Tammy Witteman in Broome County to distribute contracts to your work location/court/office, please call Tammy at 607-240-5801.)  

Contract Distribution List

WELFARE FUND PAYMENT - ENROLLMENT

Information on signing up for the Welfare Fund payment is being finalized and will be mailed out to each member from headquarters in the next few weeks.  The enrollment instructions will be included in the letter, and we will also include that information in a future Receiver Notice.  Enrollment will be during the months of January and February, with a payout expected at or about the end of the 1st quarter of 2018.  

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (We included two ID numbers in the Receiver Notice this month, since we did not send one out in November.) 

 

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