The multi-union coalition met with OCA management representatives, in order to discuss the May 24th resumption of in-person staffing.  CSEA addressed the health and safety concerns of our membership and requested a gradual reopening process to mirror the plan implemented last fiscal year, starting with 25% of staff and gradually over time, progressing incrementally to 100%.  Though we were unable to delay the return date, we want our members to know that we heard your sentiments and relayed them to management.  We will continue to address facility safety and health issues on a case by case basis.  We expressed our displeasure in the way this re-opening was handled and how the Unions were not consulted ahead of the announcement.  We encourage any member with a legitimate need for an alternate work schedule, to submit a request to management for the AWS (which could include telecommuting, especially for those with childcare/school and health issues) where applicable.  Pending approval, an extension until the end of the school year should be granted liberally. You should first discuss any potential issues with your court manager.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the local.  The coalition was also informed that several competitive positions have been approved to be filled. Though this is just the beginning, we are hoping this step in the right direction will begin to ease staffing deficits.


The application period for our statewide scholarships has been extended through June 1. Eligible children or grandchildren that are dependents of CSEA members can apply to win one of our 18 Irving Flaumenbaum Scholarships, plus be eligible for the Met Life and Pearl Insurance Awards. Download a copy of the 2021 scholarship application form and a workplace poster you can use to promote the scholarships at:


The Central Region application deadline has been extended to  June 1, 2021 for the 15th annual College Scholarship awards for eligible high school seniors whose parents, legal guardians or grandparents are Region 5 CSEA members in good-standing.


The CSEA Judiciary Local 334 application deadline has been extended to May 21st, 2021. Graduating seniors who are a child or legal dependent of a court employee represented by CSEA Judiciary Local 334 and will be attending an accredited institution of higher education are eligible to apply.


Dan Kain from NYS Deferred Compensation will be hosting Deferred Compensation Enrollment webinars on Wednesday, May 19th at 10:00am and 4:00pm and Wednesday, May 26th at 10:00am and 2:00pm.  Dan will also be hosting Deferred Compensation Pre-Retirement webinars on Thursday, May 20th 12:00pm and Thursday, May 27th at 12:00pm.

To register for one or more of the webinars, you may click on the links below:

Enrollment Webinars: (In this webinar you will learn about Deferred Compensation and how it can help you save for retirement as well as how to enroll)

 Wednesday, May 19, 10:00am

Wednesday, May 19, 4:00pm

Wednesday, May 26, 10:00am

Wednesday, May 26, 2:00pm

Pre-Retirement Webinars: (We will go over how to calculate your NYS Pension, how and when to withdraw Deferred Compensation Funds, the taxes involved with doing so and much more)

Thursday, May 20, 12:00pm

Thursday, May 27, 12:00pm

If you cannot attend but would still like to speak with Dan about your account or to enroll over the phone you can use the following link to set up an individual phone appointment: