CSEA Workforce May 2020

We encourage you to read the CSEA Workforce Issue May 2020

Some Articles to be sure to read:

  • Expansion of Telehealth and Telemedicine
  • Flex Spending Account Update
  • Care for you mental health during pandemic
  • EBF extends dependent eligibility to age 26



Results of CSEA Statewide Officer Election

CSEA Statewide Election Results

ALBANY – CSEA members throughout New York State have voted to elect current union president Mary E. Sullivan to continue to lead the statewide union for the next four years.

Sullivan’s term will begin March 1, 2020 and will continue through February 29, 2024. Last November, Sullivan assumed the position of CSEA president following the retirement of longtime president Danny Donohue.

Also winning election to CSEA statewide office were:

  • CSEA Executive Vice President – Denise Berkley, Brooklyn Developmental Center
  • CSEA Secretary – Richard Bebo, NYS Department of Transportation
  • CSEA Treasurer – Nicole Meeks, City of Syracuse

Judiciary Members Overwhelmingly Ratify Contract Extension

(Susan Radosh, CSEA Dep. Director of State Operations, July 29, 2019)

CSEA Judiciary members across the state overwhelmingly ratified a one-year contract extension with the Unified Court System. The contract extension runs from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. Extension highlights include annual salary schedule increase for all employees in the unit, increases to longevity payments, location pay increases, Security and Law Enforcement Differential (SLED) payment increases and an increase in Family Sick Leave, line of duty leave, bereavement leave, increased contribution to the Employee Benefit Fund and more.  (See the link below for Highlight Sheet)

Contract Extension Highlights – Click Here


Information is listed below for CSEA Statewide Officers’, Region Officers’ and Board of Directors’ upcoming elections.  This information is also available at and will be published in the CSEA Work Force publication.  Questions regarding the elections should be directed to headquarters at 1-518-257-1447.

Excused Leave to Vote


(CSEA Received this information this afternoon, June 21st, from OCA.  Please direct all inquiries to your supervisor or district office.)

The New York State Election Law was recently amended to provide all employees, whether full or part-time, up to three hours of paid leave in order to vote in any general election, special election called by the Governor, primary election, or municipal election, excluding school or library elections.  

This paid leave applies to the primary elections being held on Tuesday.

In order to be eligible for paid leave to vote on Tuesday, an employee must be actively registered to vote. Travel time is included in the three hours. Any absence beyond the three-hour maximum must be charged to the employee’s leave credits.  Employees should notify their manager/supervisor as soon as possible if they will require time off to vote in Tuesday’s elections.  Employees already scheduled to be out on any type of approved leave on Tuesday, or that call in sick, may vote on their own time and are not entitled to charge any portion of their absence to excused leave.  

Employees can be required to take this paid leave either at the beginning or end of their regular shift, as determined by the appropriate Deputy Chief Administrative Judge (Courts Within or Outside New York City).  Court managers/supervisors and employees will be notified shortly of this determination.

Employees must furnish proof of active voter registration in order to substantiate the use of excused leave, i.e. copy of voter registration card or online voter registration status, correspondence from Board of Elections.  Such proof may be provided in advance of the leave or upon the employee’s return to work.  In no event shall an employee disclose political party affiliation or enrollment, i.e. this information must be redacted by the employee. Employees may access their voter registration status online at

Tentative Agreement

Tentative Agreement – One-Year Contract Extension

(Susan Radosh, CSEA Dep. Director of State Operations, June 15, 2019)

On June 3, 2019 the Office of Court Administration(‘OCA’) and CSEA signed a Tentative Agreement for a one-year contract that may begin on April 1, 2020 and would run until March 31, 2021. The CSEA negotiating team met several times with OCA during April and May to reach this agreement.  The negotiating team was composed of the following CSEA leaders:  Donald Lynskey, Committee Chair, Local 334 President; Scott Gartland, President of Local 333; Nicole Ventresca-Cohen, President of Local 694; Kevin Mahler, President of Local 332; Diane Hansen, President of Local 330; Vincent Martusciello, President of Local 010; and Robert Pazik, Chairperson of the CSEA State Executive Committee; and staff of the CSEA State Operations office.

A comprehensive description of the monetary increases and benefits is available as a fact sheet and will be distributed at membership meetings held by CSEA Locals around the State.  A copy of the fact sheet will also be published in the June/July issue of the “Workforce” and is be posted here as well (see link below).

CSEA will be mailing out ballots the last week of June to all members to vote on the Tentative Agreement.  The negotiating team believes this agreement to be of substantial benefit to our members and, therefore, ask that you vote YES on your ballot!

Click Here – CSEA Tentative Agreement Fact Sheet 2019

Click Here – Tentative 2020 Salary Schedule

Contract Extender Negotiations

(Susan Radosh, CSEA Dep. Director of State Operations, April 8, 2019)

CSEA met with the Office of Court Administration on Thursday, April 4 to discuss their offer of a one-year extension, from 2020-2021, of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The CSEA negotiating team includes Donald Lynskey, Kevin Mahler, Nicole Ventresca-Cohen, Scott Gartland, Diane Hansen,  Vincent Martusciello, and Robert Pazik.  Discussions are scheduled to continue in mid-May.



Opt-Out Program – Erroneous Notification


CSEA was recently informed by UCS that “the Department of Civil Service has generated notices confirming enrollees’ ‘Opt-Out’ for the 2019 Plan year, which are erroneous as the 2019 Option Transfer Period has not yet occurred.

“As we are not yet sure whether Civil Service will be sending anything out to enrollees notifying them of this error, please ensure that your members are aware that they must re-enroll in the ‘Opt-Out’ Program for 2019 even if they received one of these letters.

“Any questions regarding health benefits should be made to your local Health Benefits Administrator.”


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