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CSEA-UCS Contract Update:

As members are aware, CSEA and UCS began holding negotiations sessions in August and have since had five subsequent meetings.  CSEA has offered OCA proposals on over 20 articles, covering issues ranging from salary increases to telecommuting; our proposals have included monetary and non-monetary items.  Our team has continually represented itself in a professional manner, as we negotiate for all of you, at the table across from OCA.

For the period of time between August and December, OCA had not provided one proposal to CSEA.  Suddenly at our most recent negotiating session, OCA provided a proposal which predicated contract negotiation settlement, on CSEA’s withdrawal of our pending Improper Practice charges regarding COVID 19 vaccination, and additional agreement that any future COVID booster mandate would not be challenged, even if not negotiated with the Union.

CSEA’s Team informed OCA that we did not find it appropriate to link the non-contractual COVID 19 mandates to contract negotiations.  Our stance is both of the policies and the contract should be negotiated, but without linking one to the other.

Ultimately, OCA informed CSEA that they were no longer interested in continuing negotiations at this time, because they are too busy.  OCA has provided future dates in May and June to meet for further discussions.

As information becomes available all future updates will be via these notices

In Solidarity –

Ian M. Spencer
President, Local 334

Updates

RECESS WEEK

The courts will be in recess for the four day period of December 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2021.  A reminder that we have a side letter (similar to a pilot program) to our contract that states, “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 leave based on Article 9.2(l), rather you may work two days and only charge two days of accruals.

EXEMPTION REQUESTS

If you have been denied a Religious or Medical exemption and have received notice that you have been deemed unfit to report, please notify Local President Ian Spencer at ian@csealocal334.com.  Upon receiving a denial CSEA members may file a complaint with the NYS Division of Human Rights at:  https://dhr.ny.gov/complaint and the Federal EEOC at:  https://www.eeoc.gov/filing-charge-discrimination.

These denials are subject to complaints being filed, due to both being protected under the Constitution.  The one caveat CSEA is stressing, is that members must have filled out the initial UCS applications in full.  In addition, if applicants whose applications have been returned for additional documentation, fail to complete the entire form, or fail to complete any supplemental forms (e.g. requests for additional information) those applications will be automatically denied.  Should a member then attempt to file a complaint of discrimination with either the DOHR or the EEOC, it will be rejected based on the applicant not following the internal process of the employer.  Please be sure to adhere to the deadline stated in the letter supplied by OCA for submission of additional information.

LIGHTS ON THE LAKE

Lights on The Lake is New York’s premier drive-through holiday light show. Every year our brothers and sisters from CSEA Local 834 proudly setup and maintain two miles of breathtaking displays for all to enjoy.  Local 334 has been able to obtain a limited amount of tickets to this year’s light show.  Again this year the Local felt it necessary to do something for all of you, as a result tickets will be free to our 334 members throughout the Local.  This year’s tickets will be good for one time use on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays through January 5th, 2022.  Get yours while they are here, they will not last long and are being distributed on a first come, first served basis.  Simply RSVP to ian@csealocal334.com and include your name, member # and mailing address.  One ticket per member please.

 A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

As 2021 comes to a close and a new year comes into view, we on the Local Executive Board want to take a moment to thank all of you for your patience and perseverance throughout the course of the last year.  We are honored to work alongside our Union Sisters and Brothers on a daily basis and unfortunately, are not afforded the opportunity to say that enough.  Over the course of what was yet again a turbulent year in the Court system, one in which we seemingly dealt with changes on a daily basis, CSEA members once again exemplified what it is to be Union and Union Strong!   So from all of us to all of you, we offer our sincerest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season for you and your families.

In Solidarity,

The Local 334 Executive Board – Ian, Tammy, Red, Dave and Catrina

Updates

VACCINE POLICY

The vaccine mandate has been the predominant focus of work for the Union since August; while we were successful initially at obtaining the TRO, we have lost the TRO on appeal.  Currently we are following through with our previously filed improper practice charges, regarding the testing and vaccine mandates (this includes the exemption process).  So you all are aware, CSEA attorneys continue their work in challenging the COVID testing and Vaccine mandates; where city, county and State government entities have failed to negotiate impact and policy with the Union.  To reiterate, the Courts including the US Supreme Court have not found mandatory vaccinations to be unconstitutional.  Therefore, CSEA’s challenges are based on OCA violating the Taylor Law as it relates to instituting the policies, not on the basis that there is a constitutional violation.

Information regarding any new developments in the Vaccine policy or our improper practice charges will continue to be provided to the Local membership via these notices, as well as posted on our Judiciary website.

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS

If your medical or religious exemption request has been denied, you may file complaints with the NYS Division of Human Rights at:  https://dhr.ny.gov/complaint and the Federal EEOC at:  https://www.eeoc.gov/filing-charge-discrimination.

These denials are subject to complaints being filed because both are protected under the Constitution.  The one caveat we are stressing, is that our members must have filled out the initial UCS applications in full.  In addition, if applicants whose applications have been returned for additional documentation, fail to complete the entire form, or fail to complete any supplemental forms (e.g. requests for additional information) those applications will be automatically denied.  Should you then attempt to file a complaint of discrimination with either the DOHR or the EEOC, it will be rejected based on the applicant not following the internal process of the employer.  Please be sure to adhere to the deadline stated in the letter supplied by OCA for submission of additional information.

UNIFORM &EQUIPMENT/BLAZER ALLOWANCE

UCS has informed CSEA that these payments will be made to eligible employees on December 22nd, 2021.

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

In late August, CSEA and OCA representatives exchanged and signed the Ground Rules for negotiations.  The respective negotiating teams met twice in October to begin exchanging proposals. These proposals were formulated from issues that the Local Presidents have come across, along with suggestions from members and the member surveys that were returned.  We have two dates scheduled in December to meet.   We will update the membership via these notices as we move further along in the process.

Updates

TESTING/VACCINATION POLICIES

As I’m sure most of you are aware, the temporary restraining order that CSEA had won on September 27 was reversed, initially by Judge Silverman on October 15, and then on appeal of that reversal on October 29.  CSEA received the Appellate Division’s decision denying our appeal over the State Supreme Court Judge’s decision to lift the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), that we initially won to prevent the Unified Court System from implementing their unilateral vaccine mandate.  We had filed our initial Improper Practice (IP) Charge and sought the TRO in order to protect the bargaining rights of all Courts workers, and to require UCS administration to negotiate the implementation of the mandate pursuant to the Taylor Law.

At this point, both mandates have gone into effect. CSEA along with the other court unions, continue to pursue our previously filed Improper Practice charges.  Those charges argue that the OCA acted unilaterally in implementing COVID testing and mandated vaccinations and the respective impact of those two policies.  The improper practice charges have been consolidated by the Public Employment Relations Board, Director of Public Employment Practices, into one case which is going forward even though the temporary restraining order is no longer in effect.  The ALJ hearing the case has set a tentative hearing date of November 29, 2021.

BONE MARROW DRIVE

Oftentimes being part of a larger group affords us the opportunity to create a lasting impact.  Jack Fadeley, a western New York toddler from West Seneca is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.  A bone marrow drive is scheduled for this Saturday November 6th at The wings meeting place, 3964 California Rd. in Orchard Park.  Those individuals age 40 and under, who are interested, please take a moment to follow this link  https://my.bethematch.org/Luv4Jack and consider assisting one of your Union Brothers in helping a family in need, by joining the national bone marrow registry.  Potential donors can also text Luv4Jack to 61474. They will then receive a text with the above URL to register.  You can choose a live event or a swab kit can be mailed to you by choosing “I need a kit mailed to me.” The text to join code is NOT case sensitive.  Another option is to scan the QR code , this will also take you to the site to register.  This code can also be used at a live and in-person drive.  The text to join code is: Luv4Jack

Bone marrow donation is referenced in the contract under:

9.5(e) Leaves required by law

An employee shall be entitled to such other leaves of absence with pay as are required by law, including military leave, breast cancer screening, prostate cancer screening and bone marrow screening and donation.

If a potential donor has an issue while registering or wants to know if they are already on the registry, they can call 1-800-MARROW-2 (1-800-627-7692) and a representative will assist them.  If a donor is under 18 years of age and would like to join the pre-registry, they may use any of the above methods to get to the registration site.  However, once there, they will choose the “under 18” option and will be taken to a different site.  They MUST input the code Luv4Jack when asked for the promo code.

To read the full article regarding Jack please click the link below:

https://www.wgrz.com/article/life/people/good-neighbors/wny-toddler-in-need-of-life-saving-transplant-good-neighbors-needed-to-donate-bone-marrow-drive-saturday-west-seneca-jack-fadeley/71-051088e5-aa52-4e59-8846-573aa2c896f0

CSEA OSH CONFERENCE

Bi-annually CSEA hosts a statewide conference on Occupational Safety and Health. It’s always one of our most popular events, with so many union members interested in learning how they can make their workplaces safer and healthier.

Especially now, during a global pandemic, CSEA wants to open attendance to as many members as possible. That’s why we are inviting all CSEA members to attend. This year CSEA is looking into offering a hybrid conference, held both virtually and in-person, if safe to do so.  This virtual aspect will afford Local 334 members the opportunity to attend this very informative conference.  To help make this happen, if you’re interested in attending we’re asking you to answer a brief survey that will help us plan for next year’s event.

Please take the time to answer our survey today. We will stop accepting responses as of 5pm on Friday, November 12.

To receive updates about the upcoming Conference, and workplace safety and health issues in general, please subscribe to our monthly safety newsletter, the CSEA Safety Net.

Updates

TRO HEARING UPDATE

As you all are aware the State Supreme Court has granted CSEA a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) prohibiting the implementation of the vaccine mandate for non-judicial Court employees. 

Judiciary Local Presidents have been advised that as of 3:40 p.m. today all oral arguments from parties to the TRO case in front of the State Supreme Court have been made and the hearing has concluded. Judge Silverman has reserved decision at this time, which means for the time being the TRO continues to remain in effect.  Should we receive further information regarding a determination by the Judge it will be shared with you immediately via these notices.

 What does this mean?

The temporary restraining order (TRO) continues to be in place, therefore the Court System is prevented from moving forward with the vaccine mandate until at least next Friday.  On Friday 10/15 we expect to have our second hearing, at which the Court will listen to additional arguments from all parties and decide whether or not the TRO will be converted into a preliminary injunction. If the court does convert the TRO into a preliminary injunction, we believe it will last for 60 days, during which the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), which enforces public sector labor laws, will be ordered to rule on the underlying Improper Practice Charge previously filed by CSEA.

CSEA’s Improper Practice Charge is based on the Court System’s unilateral imposition of a change in the terms and conditions of employment, without negotiating those changes with CSEA. A decision in our favor will require the Court System to negotiate the vaccine mandate with the Union.

To those who are unvaccinated, You do NOT need to be vaccinated if that is your choice, the deadline has been removed for now.  Additionally the deadlines for proof of vaccination and submission of requests for exemptions do not apply to employees represented by CSEA.   Please be aware that in the interim CSEA members that have not submitted proof of vaccination, continue to be governed by the weekly testing policy.

Updates

HEARING POSTPONED
As you all are aware the State Supreme Court has granted CSEA a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) prohibiting the implementation of the vaccine mandate for non-judicial Court employees.

Judiciary Local Presidents have been notified that UCS attorneys have made a motion to consolidate all court cases involving the Unions against UCS regarding the vaccination mandate….thus Judge Silverman has postponed today’s hearing once more. Our new scheduled date is Friday October 15th.

What does this mean?
The temporary restraining order (TRO) continues to be in place, therefore the Court System is prevented from moving forward with the vaccine mandate until at least next Friday. On Friday 10/15 we expect to have our second hearing, at which the Court will listen to additional arguments from all parties and decide whether or not the TRO will be converted into a preliminary injunction. If the court does convert the TRO into a preliminary injunction, we believe it will last for 60 days, during which the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), which enforces public sector labor laws, will be ordered to rule on the underlying Improper Practice Charge previously filed by CSEA.
CSEA’s Improper Practice Charge is based on the Court System’s unilateral imposition of a change in the terms and conditions of employment, without negotiating those changes with CSEA. A decision in our favor will require the Court System to negotiate the vaccine mandate with the Union.
To those who are unvaccinated, You do NOT need to be vaccinated if that is your choice, the deadline has been removed for now. Additionally the deadlines for proof of vaccination and submission of requests for exemptions do not apply to employees represented by CSEA. Please be aware that in the interim CSEA members that have not submitted proof of vaccination, continue to be governed by the weekly testing policy.

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Judiciary local Presidents met on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to finalize our initial contract proposals to the Unified Court system. We will be meeting once more this coming Tuesday in preparation for our first negotiations meeting on Thursday October 14th. As we progress through negotiations I will keep the membership up to date via these notices.

NEW YORK HEALTH ACT
CSEA has launched a campaign to defeat the proposed legislation called the New York Health Act. While this legislation is billed as a way for New York to get to Universal Healthcare, which is something CSEA supports in theory, we CANNOT support this bill. The NY Health Act would force all New Yorkers into the same public health plan, even those of us who currently enjoy negotiated health benefits that are better than the public plan. The legislation essentially ignores our negotiated health care coverage, and it would be a budget exploder, costing a huge price tag which no legislator can tell us how much it will cost workers. We had some great questions brought up about this bill at our ADM, so our Legislative and Political Action Department has made the following Q&A flyer available to help answer members’ concerns. Please visit: https://tinyurl.com/ny-health-act-flyer and then visit our Legislative Action Center at: https://cseany.org/issues to take action today.
NEW GROUP SOLICITING UNION MEMBERS
We have learned of a new Anti-Union group that is sending emails to CSEA membership by way of their work addresses in an attempt to get them to opt out of the Union. While I have not heard of this affecting our Judiciary members as of yet, other groups have tried this tactic before. While we have no reason to believe these attempts will work this time any better than they did when it’s been tried in the past, we must all be diligent in keeping an eye out for these emails and responding to the members affected. If you receive an email attempting to get you to opt out or hear reports of other members receiving them please report that to me immediately.

Everyone have a Healthy and Happy Long weekend!

Updates

EXEMPTIONS

*Given the TRO we have been advised that the deadlines for proof of vaccination and submission of requests for exemptions do not apply to employees represented by CSEA.   Please be aware that in the interim CSEA members that have not submitted proof of vaccination continue to be governed by the weekly testing policy.*

UCS VACCINATION POLICY

CSEA obtains TRO temporarily staying the Court Systems vaccine mandate

The State Supreme Court granted CSEA a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the implementation of a vaccine mandate for non-judicial Court System workers that was set to go into effect on Monday, September 27, 2021. This Temporary Restraining Order covers Non-Judicial CSEA members only.

The TRO stops the Court System from going ahead with their vaccine mandate until at least next Friday.  On Friday 10/1 we expect there will be a second hearing at which the Court will hear additional arguments from both parties and decide whether or not the TRO will be converted into a preliminary injunction. If the court does convert the TRO into a preliminary injunction, we believe it will last for 60 days, during which the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), which enforces public sector labor laws, has been ordered to rule on the underlying Improper Practice Charge previously filed by CSEA.

CSEA’s Improper Practice Charge is based on the Court System’s unilateral imposition of a change in the terms and conditions of employment, without negotiating those changes with CSEA. This decision requires the Court System to negotiate the vaccine mandate with the Union.

To those who are unvaccinated, you will still need to be tested weekly and upload your proof of testing as you have been doing. You do NOT need to be vaccinated if that is your choice. The deadline has been removed for now.

 

 

 

Updates

UCS VACCINATION POLICY

CSEA will be appearing in Albany County Supreme Court Friday morning regarding the proceeding commenced pursuant to Article 14 of the NYS Civil Service Law.  The Union has prepared and filed for injunctive relief made pursuant to Section 209-a of the Civil Service Law.  This is an action calling for injunctive relief relating to the vaccine mandate initiated by Chief Judge DiFiore. The injunction request is based on the failure of OCA to negotiate this new term and condition of employment per the Collective bargaining agreement and as such, in direct violation of the Taylor Law.

As stated above our case will be heard on Friday morning.  We understand this timeline is cutting it down to the wire, unfortunately the scheduling is out of our hands at this point. Once the Union has a decision on the Supreme Court Case we will immediately notify the membership. It is our hope the NYS Supreme Court will grant CSEA the injunctive relief and force OCA to the table to negotiate the parameters of this new policy. Until we have an answer from the Supreme Court we must follow the policy as set forth from OCA. Any individual who is not vaccinated by the September 27th deadline will have to file for either a medical or religious exemption by 5:00 p.m. on 9/27. There are several concerns we have with the exemption forms and our hope is to correct these items if and when we are able to negotiate them.

Again, once we receive a determination on Friday we will share this information immediately with the membership.

UCS TESTING POLICY

Testing has now been in effect for one week, for every employee that has not been vaccinated. If you are intending to do so, make your vaccination appointment as soon as reasonably possible, in an effort to avoid testing procedures any longer than necessary. If you have been vaccinated be sure to upload your required documents in order to be excluded from mandatory testing.

I have been made aware of multiple issues regarding the lack of information regarding test type on proof being submitted to OCA.  Please be advised, if the results you are provided do not specify the type of test administered and you are unable to obtain documentation clarifying the same from the testing facility, members should affirm [write, sign, date] on the results document that it was an acceptable test per FN 1 in the 9-1-21 Memo (attached), i.e., not an antigen or antibody test. this is the same way you affirm the date you were tested.

Please continue to Keep track of your time used over the one hour and proof of the need for a longer time period (example: no test site or appointments in your area or travel route to or from work). If there is a cost associated with testing, keep your receipts. Most of the testing should be covered by insurance. Keep a detailed log of travel and time spent to have testing done. Keep in mind this log and information will be needed once OCA is brought to the table to negotiate with us.

DEFERRED COMP

Dan Kain will be hosting NYS Deferred Compensation Plan Enrollment and Retirement webinars later this month.  Please use the links below to register for the webinars.

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, September 29, 2021 12:00 pm
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecc274b89b484a202720c7f3d66f9f0c3

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, September 30, 2021 10:00 am
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=e23a30ca5de00fbae414bfb478dd5bbd7

 Use this link to schedule a phone appointment with Dan:

http://dankainphoneappointment.myRetirementAppt.com

LAST CALL SYRACUSE METS

Order your tickets now for the Syracuse Mets vs. the Buffalo Bisons game on Thursday, September 30th,  6:35 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse.  We will be on the Party Deck and admission will include an all-you-can eat picnic from 6:35-8:30 p.m. and our own cash bar.  Tickets will not be mailed and can be picked up at the Group Will Call, window #7 at the box office, between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. the evening of the event.  Order your tickets today before they run out – limited seating!  Reservations must be received by September 23rd.  See the attached flyer and registration form for further information.

 

Updates

UCS VACCINATION POLICY

Last week CSEA received PERB’s authorization to petition the State Supreme Court for an injunction regarding the mandatory vaccine policy.  This decision is all part of an evolving legal landscape debating what are and are not acceptable actions employers may take during a pandemic.  This is the first hurdle in what we expect to be a tough fight, as things progress I will keep you informed via these notices.  I urge all members to remain patient and above all else calm, as this is a very fluid situation currently.  Understand that your elected Officers are doing everything within our power, to ensure that all members rights under the contract and the Taylor Law are preserved.  Rest assured that CSEA is doing everything legally possible to get a result that all can live with.

UCS TESTING POLICY

Testing has begun for every employee that has not been vaccinated. If you are intending to do so, make your vaccination appointment as soon as reasonably possible, in an effort to avoid testing procedures any longer than necessary. If you have been vaccinated be sure to upload your required documents in order to be excluded from mandatory testing.

I have been made aware of multiple issues concerning testing in locations across the Local. If individuals need to use more time to obtain a test based on availability of testing sites near home or work, OCA will be requiring employees to charge your their accruals. Keep track of your time used over the one hour and proof of the need for a longer time period (example: no test site or appointments in your area or travel route to or from work). If there is a cost associated with testing, keep your receipts. Most of the testing should be covered by insurance. Keep a detailed log of travel and time spent to have testing done. Keep in mind this log and information will be needed once OCA is brought to the table to negotiate with us.

DEFERRED COMP

Dan Kain will be hosting NYS Deferred Compensation Plan Enrollment and Retirement webinars later this month.  Please use the links below to register for the webinars.

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)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 10:00 am
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=e828fad4a9b610c6efdc4e41c51cdac47

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:00 pm
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed5863ad466a982eb6f447a783f861c3

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:00 pm
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecc274b89b484a202720c7f3d66f9f0c3

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)

Monday, September 20, 2021 12:00 pm
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6b3b855c914010c37f31ad966d88c606

Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 am
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=e23a30ca5de00fbae414bfb478dd5bbd7

 Use this link to schedule a phone appointment with Dan:

http://dankainphoneappointment.myRetirementAppt.com

SYRACUSE METS

Order your tickets now for the Syracuse Mets vs. the Buffalo Bisons game on Thursday, September 30th,  6:35 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse.  We will be on the Party Deck and admission will include an all-you-can eat picnic from 6:35-8:30 p.m. and our own cash bar.  Tickets will not be mailed and can be picked up at the Group Will Call, window #7 at the box office, between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. the evening of the event.  Order your tickets today before they run out – limited seating!  Reservations must be received by September 23rd.

 

Updates

UCS VACCINATION POLICY

At approximately 2:30 Friday afternoon September 10th Court Unions, along with Court personnel, received the written policy as well as religious and medical exemption forms, intended to be implemented on 9/27 by the Chief Judge regarding  Mandatory Vaccination (See attached). Please remember none of these policies or procedures have been negotiated with the Union per your Collective bargaining agreement.  The Union has an obligation under the Taylor Law to act when its members rights are being violated.  In this case, the Court has failed to enter into good faith negotiations regarding testing for non-vaccinated members, and the requirement of mandatory vaccination of those same members. Be advised that on Friday, September 3, 2021 CSEA filed an application for injunctive relief against UCS with the Public Employee Relations Board Office of Counsel, based on the Court Systems unwillingness to negotiate with CSEA or any other Court Union. That request is currently being processed by PERB, we ask that members remain calm and allow the legal process to effect the change we seek.  Please understand, as I have had this conversation with multiple members over the last weeks, CSEA is not attempting to enter into the political fray that the COVID 19 pandemic has become, we are doing our sworn duty to insure that all members rights under the contract and the Taylor Law are preserved.  Rest assured that CSEA is doing everything legally possible to get a result that all can live with.

UCS TESTING POLICY

Testing is slated to begin next week for every employee that has not been vaccinated. If you are intending to do so, make your vaccination appointment as soon as reasonably possible, in an effort to avoid testing procedures any longer than necessary. If you have been vaccinated be sure to upload your required documents in order to be excluded from mandatory testing.

CSEA has been made aware of multiple issues concerning testing in some of our more rural areas. If you need to use more time to obtain a test based on availability of testing sites near home or work, OCA will be requiring employees to charge your their accruals. Keep track of your time used over the one hour and proof of the need for a longer time period (example: no test site or appointments in your area or travel route to or from work). If there is a cost associated with testing, keep your receipts. Most of the testing should be covered by insurance. Keep a detailed log of travel and time spent to have testing done. Keep in mind this log and information will be needed once OCA is brought to the table to negotiate with us.

VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Local 334 will be scheduling a virtual membership meeting on Wednesday September 15th at 6:00 p.m.  Link to attend will be provided by Tuesday evening on the 14th.

DEFERRED COMP

Dan Kain will be hosting NYS Deferred Compensation Plan Enrollment and Retirement webinars later this month.  Please use the links below to register for the webinars.

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)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 10:00 am
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=e828fad4a9b610c6efdc4e41c51cdac47

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:00 pm
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed5863ad466a982eb6f447a783f861c3

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:00 pm
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecc274b89b484a202720c7f3d66f9f0c3

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)

Monday, September 20, 2021 12:00 pm
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6b3b855c914010c37f31ad966d88c606

Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:00 am
https://nationwidepcsales.webex.com/nationwidepcsales/onstage/g.php?MTID=e23a30ca5de00fbae414bfb478dd5bbd7

 Use this link to schedule a phone appointment with Dan:

http://dankainphoneappointment.myRetirementAppt.com

SYRACUSE METS

Order your tickets now for the Syracuse Mets vs. the Buffalo Bisons game on Thursday, September 30th,  6:35 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse.  We will be on the Party Deck and admission will include an all-you-can eat picnic from 6:35-8:30 p.m. and our own cash bar.  Tickets will not be mailed and can be picked up at the Group Will Call, window #7 at the box office, between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. the evening of the event.  Order your tickets today before they run out – limited seating!  Reservations must be received by September 23rd.  See the attached flyer and registration form for further information.

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