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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.

 

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