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2% CONTRACTUAL RAISE DELAYED

The Governor has announced the delay in paying contractual raises for all state workers by 90 days. The following news release was sent out early this morning https://nystateofpolitics.com/state-of-politics/new-york/ny-state-of-politics/2020/04/09/new-york-unions-say-raises-are-being-delayed. This has been posted on the CSEA LOCAL 1000 facebook page and the online edition of the Work Force as well.

It is CSEA’s understanding that this is a postponement, when the raises do get paid, they will be retroactive to April 1st. As of now Longevity and step increases are not impacted by this and will still be paid as scheduled.  Should this change I will notify all of you through subsequent receiver notices. OCA has stated those payments will be paid in the April 29th paycheck.  CSEA is exploring all options in regards to handling this with the state.

SAVE NEW YORK CAMPAIGN

We are encouraging  members to join the SAVE NEW YORK CAMPAIGN to push the federal government for immediate and unrestricted aid. To that end, CSEA is launching a campaign over the next two weeks to pressure Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and the NY Congressional delegation demanding they fight for these funds.  Attached you will find an editable form letter and a list of all state representatives by district.  CSEA needs you, its members, the very workers who are showing up every day to ensure our way of life, to participate in this campaign.  Not only by contacting your representative, but also look for and share memes/ads on social media CSEA posts in the coming days.  In order to get New York State out of this fiscal crisis make your voice heard.  More info on the campaign at: https://cseany.org/help-save-new-york

Updates

APRIL 1st PAYROLL DELAYED

The State Legislature has not, as of 1:30 p.m. today, passed the 2020-21 State budget or a budget extender bill to provide for the continuing operation of State government.  CSEA has been advised that the Legislature is meeting today and remain hopeful that it passes, and the Governor signs, the 2020-21 State budget or a budget extender bill.  Provided this happens by 5:00 p.m. today, direct deposits will be made on Thursday, April 2nd .  However, paper paychecks will not be put in the mail by OSC until a budget or extender bill is in place so paper paychecks will be delayed beyond April 2nd , they are mailed from Albany so delivery times will largely depend on where an employee resides.

CSEA understands that this is of great concern to all of our members, especially with everything else going on right now.  Please understand, this is unrelated to current public health emergency.  This is purely a budgetary issue that we are somewhat familiar with, as the approval of the budget is seemingly always down to the wire on March 31st.   The complication is that the first check date is on the first day of the fiscal year, i.e. April 1st (whereas in the past we’ve had a few days of cushion between the end of the fiscal year on March 31st and the first check date in April).

As more information becomes available or the situation resolves in the Legislature I will update you all through the receiver notice.

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES

All CSEA scholarship application deadlines have been extended to June 1, 2020

Statewide Scholarship (Irving Flaumenbaum, Pearl Insurance, and Met Life) deadlines have been extended from April 15 to June 1, 2020.

The Region 5 scholarship deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020.

The Local 334 Michael D. Carraway Scholarship deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020

NYSCOT EXAM

OCA has postponed the Court Officer-Trainee exam until further notice; that is, until it is deemed safe to hold it.  There are over 88,000 applicants for this exam.

OCA will be texting applicants about the postponement.  The OCA website and e-mail auto-responses will contain the following message:

EXAMINATION POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PRECAUTIONS: The health of applicants and their families is our first priority.  When it is deemed safe to administer the examination, the examination will be re-scheduled and self-scheduling links e-mailed to applicants. Due to the nature of the crisis, we cannot predict the length of time the postponement will remain in effect. We will post the revised dates as soon as they are determined.  We will continue to monitor, assess and address the situation keeping applicant safety as our foremost concern.

COPAY REIMBURSEMENT

CSEA Employee Benefit Fund has extended Co-pay reimbursement for 2019 co-pays until June 1st, 2020.  If you haven’t already, please submit your reimbursement forms.  In these trying times every penny counts, let them put money in your pocket.  Should you have any questions call 1-800-323-2732 or go online to www.cseaebf.com

VIRTUAL COURTS

CSEA has been notified, as have some of you working out of the Fifth and Seventh Judicial Districts that “Virtual Courts” are being instituted in some of our locations.  Per OCA these “virtual” courts will be up and running statewide on the projected date of April 13th.  Courts will be “open for business” to the fullest extent possible.  Obviously social distancing rules should remain in effect, should anyone be required to report and find this not to be the case, please contact the Local immediately.  At this time, comp-time has only been authorized for the limited staff that will still be required to physically report.

Direct Deposit Form

Direct Deposit Form for NYS Employees

Some of our members are still receiving paper checks and have opted out of direct deposit. OCA has contacted CSEA in the hopes we could help assist in contacting these members.  In order to have them sign up for direct deposit so they won’t see a delay in their checks, otherwise they can’t guarantee they will receive then on time.  Due to the ongoing crisis OSC will be sending them out and may not have updated addresses.

COVID-19 Update

Last week the Court System issued a memorandum giving an update regarding its ongoing response and guidance related to the COVID-19 (the Novel Coronavirus). Please refer to that memo for guidance related to leave in the event of isolation, quarantine, or home self-monitoring . This memo has expanded Section 9.5(d) Leave for Quarantine of our contract.

Section 9.5(d) Leave for Quarantine.

If an employee who is not ill himself/herself is required to remain absent because of quarantine and presents a written statement of the attending physician or local health officer proving the necessity of such absence, he/she shall be granted leave with pay for the period of his/her required absence, without charge against accumulated sick leave, annual leave or overtime credits. Prior to return to duty, such employee may be required to submit a written statement from the local health officer having jurisdiction that his/her return to duty will not jeopardize the health of other employees.

One of our downstate Locals was notified yesterday morning regarding an attorney who appeared in Westchester County’s Matrimonial Part and in the Westchester County Family Court annex. That individual has tested positive for the coronavirus. It has been conveyed to us that all individuals who the Court System is aware of who may have been in contact with this attorney have already been contacted and advised to consult with medical professionals. We have stressed to the Office of Court Administration that proper disinfection of the areas that the individual may have occupied is of the utmost importance. At this point we are unaware of any events in the 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th JD’s or with MHLS where potentially infected individuals have entered any of our many facilities. However, we are still emphasizing the need to properly disinfect on a regular basis and to supply our members with the proper mitigating equipment and cleaning supplies, as our members and their families’ health and safety are our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the situation in real time.

Please be guided by the facts on the virus and not media hysteria. While this is a serious matter, be assured that your concerns are being addressed with the NYS Office of Court Administration. We have been in contact with all of our Districts during this ever changing’ situation and are working together to get the correct information out to our members. At this time, we are waiting for further updates from the districts as to any responses that may take place with regard to any transmission of the COVID 19 Virus. As this information becomes available we will keep you posted via Receiver notices and on our web page https://cseajudiciary.org/local-334/

Please continue to exercise the safe practices recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH). Wash hands often, for 20 seconds. Stay at home if you have flu-like systems. Maintain social distancing as much as possible. For further information on the virus, CSEA has created a web site specifically dealing with Coronavirus and how it may impact you as workers. We are updating this site on a regular basis as the situation changes throughout our state. For the latest information, please visit our page at: https://cseany.org/coronavirus-information

Your safety and health, as always, are our concern. Stay safe. Use common sense. If you have any questions as always feel free to email ian@csealocal334.com.

In Solidarity,

Ian Spencer
President
CSEA Judiciary
Local 334

Updates

TIOGA DOWNS DINNER MEETING / RETIREMENT SEMINAR

Space is running out so reserve your spot soon, for the presentation by the New York State Retirement System on Thursday, March 26th, 2020. The Dinner and seminar will be held at Tioga Downs Event Center, 2nd Floor, Tioga South, in Nichols, NY at 6:00 p.m., doors will open at 5:00 p.m. This meeting/presentation is a joint collaboration with CSEA Local 002 (Southern Tier State Employees). Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 5:00 – 6:00. Secure your reservation today, as seating is limited. We will keep a “wait list” once reservations are full, so please include a cell phone number to reach you. All reservations must be received by Thursday March 19th, as our numbers will have to be called in to Tioga Downs on Friday the 20th. NO Exceptions, so please mail your reservation and $10 deposit right away. Reservations can be mailed to Sheila Sears, for all questions contact Rosanne Wicks at rosanne@csealocal334.com.

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. 1237838920

CSEA SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES STILL AVAILABLE

Statewide Deadline April 15th

It is with great pleasure CSEA announces the 2020 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Program. High school seniors who apply for the Flaumenbaum Scholarship are automatically in the running for the Pearl Insurance and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships. In total $23,000 is available to CSEA members’ children. High School Seniors are eligible to apply.

Irving Flaumenbaum Award will provide eighteen $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors, three in each region.

The Pearl Insurance and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships will provide two awards of $2,500 each.

Region 5 Deadline April 1st

Do you have a graduating high school senior going to college? Are you looking for help paying for it? Your union has a scholarship opportunity for YOU!

CSEA Central Region 5 is proud to announce the application period for our annual CSEA Region 5 College Scholarship. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, who will be continuing their education at an accredited college/trade school, and are the child/legal dependent or grandchild of a CSEA member in good standing or a CSEA Region 5 Staff member.

Applications are now available at www.cseany.org/r5/

The application deadline is April 1, 2020. A minimum of 4 winners will be selected in April. Get your application in today!

Local 334 Deadline April 30th

It is with great pleasure CSEA Judiciary Local 334 announces the 2020 Lt. Michael D. Carraway Memorial Scholarship Program. 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.

*These scholarships are another member-only benefit of belonging to New York’s Leading Union.*

UTICA COMETS VS. SYRACUSE CRUNCH HOCKEY NIGHT

We look forward to seeing all of you who RSVP’d for the Comets vs Crunch Hockey game tomorrow evening at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Don’t forget your yellow wristband that came with your ticket, without the wristband you will not have access to the stage seating area. See you all there!

SAVE THE DATES

Alexandria Bay Boat Tour – June 13th 2020

Water Safari – July 18th 2020

Syracuse Mets Baseball – August 8th 2020

Updates

LAST CALL DELAWARE / OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, March 5th, Brooks’ House of BBQ – Brooks’ Roost Banquet Room, 5560 State Hwy 7, Oneonta. 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 Friday February 28th.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 4:45-6:00, meeting to start at 6:00.

UTICA COMETS VS. SYRACUSE CRUNCH HOCKEY NIGHT 

Join us on the stage at the Utica Memorial Auditorium,  Wednesday March 11th for an always exciting Utica Comets Hockey game.  Admission includes ticket to game, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, chicken tenders, fries and front row seats to the thruway rivalry! Tickets are limited, so get your money and reservations in today.  Member cost is $10; guest cost is $42.  Any questions, contact Catrina Leone at catrina@csealocal334.com.  All reservations must be received in the mail by March 4th.  See the attached flyer for further details and the reservation form.

DRIVERS SAFETY COURSE

Unfortunately the Drivers Safety Course scheduled for Oneida County on March 21st has been cancelled due to a lack of available instructors.  We will be looking into alternate dates in the coming months.  If your certification has or will be expiring, you can still renew online.  NYSP offers defensive driving classes to CSEA  members and their families at a rate $23.95 per person over the internet. Go to nysponline.com to register; enter code CSEA.  After completing the six-hour course, you are entitled to a 10% reduction of your collision, liability and no-fault insurance base rate premiums each year for three years. Additionally, up to four (4) violation points may be reduced from the total on your driving record if you have incurred violations during the 18 months prior to completing the course.

TIOGA DOWNS DINNER MEETING / RETIREMENT SEMINAR

We will be holding a dinner meeting followed by a presentation by the New York State Retirement System on Thursday, March 26th, 2020, at Tioga Downs Event Center, 2nd Floor, Tioga South, in Nichols, NY at 6:00 p.m., doors will open at 5:00 p.m.  This meeting/presentation is a joint collaboration with CSEA Local 002 (Southern Tier State Employees).  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available from 5:00 – 6:00.  Secure your reservation today, as seating is limited.  We will keep a “wait list” once reservations are full, so please include a cell number to reach you.  All reservations must be received by Thursday March 19th,  as our numbers will have to be called in to Tioga Downs on Friday.  NO Exceptions, so please mail your reservation and deposit right away.  Reservations can be mailed to Sheila Sears, for all questions contact Rosanne Wicks at rosanne@csealocal334.com.

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.

CSEA SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES STILL AVAILABLE

Statewide

It is with great pleasure CSEA announces the 2020 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Program.  High school seniors who apply for the Flaumenbaum Scholarship are automatically in the running for the Pearl Insurance and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships.  In total $23,000 is available to CSEA members’ children.  High School Seniors are eligible to apply.

Irving Flaumenbaum Award will provide eighteen $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors, three in each region.

The Pearl Insurance and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships will provide two awards of $2,500 each.

Region 5

Do you have a graduating high school senior going to college? Are you looking for help paying for it? Your union has a scholarship opportunity for YOU!

CSEA Central Region 5 is proud to announce the application period for our annual CSEA Region 5 College Scholarship. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, who will be continuing their education at an accredited college/trade school, and are the child/legal dependent or grandchild of a CSEA member in good standing or a CSEA Region 5 Staff member.

Applications are now available at www.cseany.org/r5/

The application deadline is April 1, 2020. A minimum of 4 winners will be selected in April. Get your application in today!

 Local 334

 It is with great pleasure CSEA Judiciary Local 334 announces the 2020 Lt. Michael D. Carraway Memorial Scholarship Program.  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.

 *These scholarships are another member-only benefit of belonging to New York’s Leading Union.*

SAVE THE DATES

Boat Tour Alexandria Bay –  June 13, 2020

Water Safari – July 18, 2020

Syracuse Mets Baseball – August 8th 2020

Election Updates

 

 

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

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