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Your Vote is Your Voice. Don’t toss that blue envelope!

On January 22, the American Arbitration Association will mail out ballots for our CSEA elections to the homes of all eligible union members. Please watch for yours!

This is your opportunity as a member to vote for your Statewide Officers and, where there are contested races, Region Officers, Board of Directors seats and delegates to the AFSCME International Convention. To review those running for election, please see the December edition of the CSEA workforce newspaper at https://cseany.org/ebooks/Work_Force_December_2019/mobile/index.html

When you receive your secret ballot, please take the time to fill it out and return it according to the instructions printed on the back of the ballot. Note: you will NOT need to supply your membership ID number in order to vote. Ballots are due back by February 13. CSEA will announce the successful candidates online at https://cseany.org/ and in the March edition of the Work Force.

Please take the time to be involved in our union by making your voice heard and your vote count!

 

Updates January 9, 2020

UPCOMING ELECTIONS

This is a reminder that in order to vote in the upcoming CSEA Statewide Elections, members will not need to write their CSEA Member ID number anywhere on the return ballot. Every eligible member will be mailed a ballot containing all of the races they are eligible to vote in — Statewide Officers, applicable Region Officers (if there’s a race), Board seat (if there’s a race) and AFSCME Delegates (if there’s a race) — and the ballot return slip will include member information that is scanned by the election agency to verify eligibility.

Ballots will be mailed out on January 22, 2020. Please watch for the blue envelope, and take advantage of this opportunity to exercise your right under our union democracy to have your voice heard. We will notify you closer to January 22nd to remind you that ballots are coming. 1238081634

Stay Union! Stay Strong!

2020 CENSUS

According to a recent analysis of data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, New York is one of 10 states expected to lose a Congressional seat after the next Census. Previous analyses have predicted the loss of two seats. An accurate count of New York’s population in 2020 is imperative to maintaining our state’s representation in Washington.

Why the 2020 Census MATTERS!

Why should it matter to CSEA members that the Census count is accurate this year? The answer, as usual, comes mostly down to dollars and cents. Some might thing the Census is just a way to draw up political districts and determine how many political representatives represent certain areas. Yes, that’s one part of it, but not the most important part for us. The bigger picture, for CSEA members working in government, is that the services we provide are largely funded by federal funding to our state and localities. It actually makes up more than a third of our state budget, and it’s estimated that for every person NOT counted, New York loses $2,000 per person per year for 10 years until the next census.

For more information on the 2020 census and why it matters to public works, click here: https://cseany.org/workforce/statewide/why-it-matters-that-we-count/

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 each year.  Applications are accepted for 2019 reimbursement through March 31st, 2020.  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.

NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY

A special thanks to our Women and Men in Uniform today, we appreciate all you do throughout the course of your duties!  Stay safe brothers and sisters!

 

Updates December 23, 2019

2020 DINNER MEETINGS SCHEDULE 

Thank-you to all of you who joined us at our local dinner meetings in the past year.  It was great seeing all of you!  The local Executive board will be scheduling our 2020 meeting dates in the following weeks, we look forward to getting out on the road in the coming months and meeting with all of you!  As always, remember meetings are open to ALL members of the Local (from any county).  Non-members are not permitted to attend.

RECEIVER NOTICES

Thank-you to all of our Receivers for their diligence over the past year getting the word out!  Please remember to always have a backup in case you are out of the office.  If someone in your office was receiving notices and has not been since the change-over in Local Presidents, please have that person notify me via email and I will correct the problem.  Additionally if you, or someone in your office would like to begin getting receiver notices directly, please notify me via email as well.

POLAR PLUNGE – SPECIAL OLYMPICS

The Polar Plunge on Sunday, December 8th.  Was a huge success!  Thank-you to all who pledged their support to the local and the Region 5 team the Polar Peeps! The money raised will help send athletes to compete in the games. Please consider joining us next year for this great event, remember the more the merrier!

HOLIDAY RECESS – WORKING UP TO TWO DAYS

The Courts will be in recess for the four day period of December 26, 27, 30 and 31.  Please be aware, employees who are not in “pay” status for 49/70 hours days in the pay period during which the court recess falls, do not earn accruals. In prior years, the recess has straddled two pay periods so it likely has not been an issue….but this year, since the first day of the recess also marks the first day of the pay period, employees who opt for a leave without on all four recess days will not earn accruals (since they would only be in “pay” status 42/70 hours in that pay period). A reminder that we have a side letter (similar to a pilot program) to our 2017-2020 contract that contains the language “During the 2017, 2018, and 2019 court recess periods, employees may report to work up to two (2) days and shall not be required to charge leave credits.”  This gives you the option to not have to charge the four days of AL based on Article 9.2(l) but rather you may work two days and only have to charge two days of AL.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER:

Every CSEA Member 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 in January we will once again be randomly inserting a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of the Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.

CSEA MEMBER BENEFITS – KEEP MONEY IN YOUR POCKET!

CSEA Member Benefits is full of ways to put/keep money in your pocket – from NYS Safety Program (defensive driving course online), student scholarships and a whole array of other ways to save money and get discounts. (Note:  Our Local sends out scholarship information typically late February/early March on other scholarships, also.)  Please familiarize yourself with your member benefits and find dozens of different ways to save.

Christmas poem local 334 2019

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season!

~ Your Local 334 Executive Board – Ian, Tammy, Rosanne, Sheila and Catrina

Updates November 25, 2019

JEFFERSON COUNTY and FRANKLIN / ST. LAWRENCE DINNER MEETINGS  

Thank-you to all of you who joined us at Savory Downtown in Watertown on the 14th and the Lobster House in Norwood on the 21st.  It was great seeing all of you!  It was very nice of you all to help make your new Local Presidents first two membership meetings so enjoyable.  The local Executive board will be scheduling our 2020 meeting dates in the following weeks, we look forward to getting out on the road in the coming months and meeting with all of you!  As always, remember meetings are open to ALL members of the Local (from any county).  Non-members are not permitted to attend.

RECEIVER NOTICES

Thank-you to all of our Receivers, please remember to always have a backup in case you are out of the office.  If someone in your office was receiving notices and has not been since the change-over in Local Presidents, please have that person notify me via email and I will correct the problem.  Additionally if you, or someone in your office would like to begin getting receiver notices directly please notify me via email as well.

UNIFORM & EQUIPMENT ALLOWANCE 

CSEA has been advised that the December Uniform and Equipment allowance will be payable with the December 24th paycheck.  As per contract language, “The payment of the uniform and equipment allowance shall be in a separate check”.

REMINDER – POLAR PLUNGE – SPECIAL OLYMPICS

The Local Executive Board will be “Freezin’ For A Reason” again at the Polar Plunge on Sunday, December 8th.  Plunging into Oneida Lake to raise money for the Special Olympics.  The money raised will help send athletes to compete in the games. Please consider donating – any amount helps, large or small.  You can click on the link below to go to our fundraising page.  Search POLAR PEEPS and make a donation to your favorite plungee!  Whether it be one of our Local Officers or our fellow members on the CSEA Region 5 team, the CSEA POLAR PEEPS.  Better yet, sign up to join us.  Many thanks to those that have already contributed.  Thank you!

http://www.PolarPlungeNY.org/CNY

HOLIDAY RECESS – WORKING UP TO TWO DAYS

The Courts will be in recess for the four day period of December 26, 27, 30 and 31.  Please be aware, employees who are not in “pay” status for 49/70 hours days in the pay period during which the court recess falls, do not earn accruals. In prior years, the recess has straddled two pay periods so it likely has not been an issue….but this year, since the first day of the recess also marks the first day of the pay period, employees who opt for a leave without on all four recess days will not earn accruals (since they would only be in “pay” status 42/70 hours in that pay period). A reminder that we have a side letter (similar to a pilot program) to our 2017-2020 contract that contains the language “During the 2017, 2018, and 2019 court recess periods, employees may report to work up to two (2) days and shall not be required to charge leave credits.”  This gives you the option to not have to charge the four days of AL based on Article 9.2(l) but rather you may work two days and only have to charge two days of AL.

2019 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL BUS TRIP – REGION 5

CSEA Region 5 Member Services Committee (Tammy Witteman, Chair) has announced a bus trip to Radio City Music Hall’s 2019 Christmas Spectacular on Friday, December 13th. Two buses will run, one from the Syracuse area and one from the Oneonta/Binghamton area. Seating is limited and always runs out, for more information you can contact ian@csealocal334.com

MONEY SAVER

Disney on Ice at the OnCenter War Memorial December 12th through the 15th To purchase tickets Call (866) 248-8740. OPTION 1

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

~ Your Local 334 Executive Board – Ian, Tammy, Rosanne, Sheila and Catrina

Updates November 4, 2019

Last Call JEFFERSON COUNTY DINNER MEETING – NOVEMBER 14TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, November 14th, Savory Downtown, 300 Washington Street, Watertown.  The meeting is open to ALL members of the Local (from any county).  Non-members are not permitted to attend.  Please RSVP to Ian, ian@csealocal334.com, by Thursday, November 7th.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 4:30-5:45, meeting to start at 5:45.

FRANKLIN/ST. LAWRENCE MEETING – November 21st

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, November 21st,The Lobster House, 95 South Main St., Norwood, NY 13668.  The meeting is open to ALL members of the Local (from any county).  Non-members are not permitted to attend.  Please RSVP to Rosanne Wicks, rosanne@csealocal334.com, by Thursday, November 14th.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 4:45-6:00, meeting to start at 6:00.

UNIFORM & EQUIPMENT ALLOWANCE 

CSEA has been advised that the December Uniform and Equipment allowance will be payable with the December 24th paycheck.

VOTE!

Tomorrow is election day and while your Local Executive board hopes you enjoy your time away from the office, make sure you get out and make your voice heard!  I am pleased to inform you, that  83% of Judiciary Local 334 members voted in the 2018 elections and currently 93% are registered voters.  Let’s get that up to 100% and be proof positive politicians know who WE ARE! For a full list of CSEA endorsed candidates visit cseany.org/vote.

 NEW STATEWIDE CSEA PRESIDENT

Following the retirement of longtime CSEA President Danny Donahue, CSEA has its first new President in over 25 years.  Former Executive Vice President Mary E. Sullivan was sworn in and took over the Office on November 1st 2019.  Mary has been a Union Activist for over 35 years, starting her career in Herkimer County and has served at the Local, Region and Statewide levels.  Please join us in congratulating our new President!

Updates October 30, 2019

RETIREMENT

As of end of business today, I have tendered my resignation as Local President and will be retiring after almost 32 years with the Courts and close to that many years as a CSEA activist.  It’s been great meeting so many members over the years, many that I consider to be my personal friends, and I look forward to seeing many of you after retirement.

Ian Spencer will be taking over as the new Local President, Tammy Witteman as the new Executive Vice President, and Rosanne Wicks will become the new 1st Vice President.  Sheila Sears will remain our Treasurer, and Catrina Leone will still be our Secretary.  They are all dedicated and well-versed in their responsibilities as Local officers, and I have every faith that they will do a great job representing our members going forward.  I personally want to thank them for all of their support – it’s all about teamwork!

My last thought as Local President?  Please talk with new employees and make certain they are aware of the importance of belonging to their Union.  I’m seeing a trend of new employees that are not familiar with Unions deciding that they do not want to join CSEA Judiciary.   As a result, the entire contract, our EBF benefits negotiated on your behalf and more – all of those are supported for through your dues dollars and the non-members are riding along at your expense, no cost to them.  In my view, freeloading is not acceptable.  WE need to keep our Union strong, so please do your part to educate new employees and urge them to become members.  (If you want to know who the non-members are in your location, you can contact Ian at any time. There are about 13 non-members out of our 1150 Local members.)

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Local President since 2007!  And take the time to tell your family and loved ones how much they mean to you – tomorrow is not promised to anyone.  Carpe Diem!

Updates October 28, 2019

JEFFERSON COUNTY DINNER MEETING – NOVEMBER 14TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, November 14th, Savory Downtown, 300 Washington Street, Watertown.  The meeting is open to ALL members of the Local (from any county).  Non-members are not permitted to attend.  Please RSVP to Ian, ian@csealocal334.com, by Thursday, November 7th.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 4:30-5:45, meeting to start at 5:45

FRANKLIN/ST. LAWRENCE MEETING – November 21st

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, November 21st,The Lobster House, 95 South Main St., Norwood, NY 13668.  The meeting is open to ALL members of the Local (from any county).  Non-members are not permitted to attend.  Please RSVP to Rosanne Wicks, rosanne@csealocal334.com, by Thursday, November 14th.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 4:45-6:00, meeting to start at 6:00

UNIFORM & EQUIPMENT ALLOWANCE 

CSEA has been advised that the December Uniform and Equipment allowance will be included in the December 24th paycheck.

VOTE!

Early voting is now available in New York State.  Visit www.cseany.org/vote for a full list of CSEA-endorsed candidates and another link to see the voting times/locations in your area.  Each county will have their own link, setting out the locations and times you may vote.  Early voting is available starting October 26th

Updates October 15, 2019

OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 16TH

We look forward to seeing those that RSVP’d for the informational dinner meeting tomorrow, on Wednesday, October 16th, The Otesaga Hotel (lower level). Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 4:30-5:45, meeting to start at 5:45

JEFFERSON COUNTY DINNER MEETING – NOVEMBER 14TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, November 14th, Savory Downtown, 300 Washington Street, Watertown.  The meeting is open to ALL members of the Local (from any county).  Non-members are not permitted to attend.  Please RSVP to Ian, ian@csealocal334.com, by Thursday, November 7th.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 4:30-5:45, meeting to start at 5:45

SAVE THE DATE:  FRANKLIN/ST. LAWRENCE MEETING

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, November 21, 2019 for Franklin/St. Lawrence counties area.  More details to follow.

VOTE!

Early voting is now available in New York State.  Visit www.cseany.org/vote for a full list of CSEA-endorsed candidates and another link to see the voting times/locations in your area.  Each county will have their own link, setting out the locations and times you may vote.  Early voting is available starting October 26th

Updates October 10, 2019

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE LOCAL PRESIDENT DONALD LYNSKEY’S RETIREMENT

(Ian Spencer, Local Exec. VP, October 10, 2019)

We would like to invite all Local 334 members to join us on Friday evening November 1st for happy hour, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the 5 Points Public House @ the Irish Cultural Center 623 Columbia Street, Utica. Please review the attachment for ticket information. Come help us wish Don well in his next chapter and let us give a great sendoff to the most dedicated Union Representative this Local could have ever asked for!

Don’s Retirement Flyer 11-1-19

Updates October 8, 2019

ONONDAGA COUNTY DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 10TH

We look forward to seeing those that RSVP’d for the informational dinner meeting on Thursday, October 10th, Twin Trees Too, 1029 Milton Ave., Syracuse. Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 4:30-5:45, meeting to start at 5:45

OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING – OCTOBER 16TH

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday, October 16th, The Otesaga Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown (lower level).  The meeting is open to ALL members of the Local (from any county).  Non-members are not permitted to attend.  Please RSVP to Don, don@csealocal334.com,  by Wednesday, October 9th.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 4:30-5:45, meeting to start at 5:45

VOTE!

Early voting is now available in New York State.  First, if you aren’t already registered to vote, you have until October 11th to register.  Then visit www.cseany.org/vote to visit the page for a full list of CSEA-endorsed candidates and another link to see the voting times/locations in your area.  Each county will have their own link, setting out the locations and times you may vote.  Early voting is available starting October 26th.  And did you know, you can register to vote on the MyCSEA app on your smartphone, too?!

2019 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL BUS TRIP – REGION 5

CSEA Region 5 Member Services Committee (Tammy Witteman, Chair) has announced a bus trip to Radio City Music Hall’s 2019 Christmas Spectacular on Friday, December 13th. Two buses will run, one from the Syracuse area and one from the Oneonta/Binghamton area.  It may seem a little early for this notification, but seating is limited and always runs out, so I wanted our members to have the advantage of ordering as soon as announced.  So the link below for complete information.

2019-12-13 CSEA Reg 5 Radio City Flyer

CSEA REGION 5 PRESIDENT NEWSLETTER

Region 5 President Ken Greenleaf’s October 2019 newsletter is attached for your information.  Take a moment to read about some of the comments Ken has to make about “Relax, Rejuvenate and Refocus!”

2019-10 CSEA Reg. 5 President’s Letter

 

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