On Friday August 28th 2020, OCA had a conference call with all the unions statewide. We were informed of the fiscal constraints OCA is facing for the rest of the year. The unions were not given any hard numbers or facts, just generic comments without any specifics. CSEA and the other unions are waiting for specific information regarding budget constraints. CSEA is committed to our membership and will keep you posted as more information comes available.
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
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
(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)
Information is listed below for CSEA Statewide Officers’, Region Officers’ and Board of Directors’ upcoming elections. This information is also available at www.cseany.org and will be published in the CSEA Work Force publication. Questions regarding the elections should be directed to headquarters at 1-518-257-1447.
- Nomination Notice – Click Here
- Notices of Eligibility Requirements:
- Statewide Officers – 2020 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS – Statewide – Click Here
- Region Officers – 2020 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS – REGION – Click Here
- Board of Directors – 2020 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS – Board of Directors – Click Here
- Listing of Available Board of Directors’ Positions – 2020 Board of Directors Info – Click Here
- Election Schedule – 2020 ELECTION SCHEDULE
- Standing Rules and Regulations – 2020 STANDING RULES AND REGS (UPDATED MAY 2019) – Click Here
- Notice Regarding Campaigning – 2020 NOTICE REGARDING CAMPAIGNING updated 10.18 – Click Here
- Notice of Election Rules – 2020 NOTICE OF ELECTION RULES
EXCUSED LEAVE TO VOTE IN THE JUNE 25th PRIMARY
(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 https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov/