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Updates January 21, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

REGION 5 SCHOLARSHIP

The CSEA Region 5 Scholarship information and application are available by clicking the link below. The application deadline is April 1, 2011.

Click Here - Region 5 Scholarship Application

Click Here - Region 5 Scholarship Information

EMPLOYEE BENEFIT FUND CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

A reminder that co-pay reimbursement applications must be submitted to the Employee Benefit Fund by March 31st, 2011. Members may submit documentation for up to a combined $325 reimbursement for both physician office co-pays and prescription co-pays. The guidelines for acceptable co-pay reimbursement are available in the EBF booklet, page 26. The co-pay reimbursement form is available on our web site, under "Forms and Member Services" or on the EBF web site, www.cseaebf.com. The entire "Unified Court System CSEA EBF" booklet is also available on the CSEA EBF site.

NEW EMPLOYEES

As a result of the large number of our members that took advantage of the retirement incentive, we now have many new faces in our work locations. Please take a moment to be certain that our new members are recipients of our "Receiver Notices" and feel free to refer them to me if they have any union-related questions or would like to be added to the Receiver List.

POLAR PLUNGE

Many thanks to our members who pledged money for the December 2010 Polar Plunge, a fundraising event for the Special Olympics. Some of your Local officers, along with over 40 other CSEA Region 5 members, teamed up to earn over $21,000 in donations from our team alone! Many thanks to those who contributed, and especially to our Local team for braving the cold weather and frigid waters in support of this great cause. A team photo is posted under our link on the CSEA Judiciary web site, the Local 334 "Chain Gang," who won a first place prize for best team costume.

Updates February 8, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

SCHOLARSHIPS

(From Terri Bello Vecchio, Local 334 Scholarship Chair)

Scholarship Applications are available under the Local 334 link of our CSEA Judiciary web site for the 2011 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship and the Local 334 Lt. Michael D. Carraway Memorial Scholarship. The CSEA Region 5 Scholarship information was previously announced and is also posted under our Link on the web site. Please take note of the deadlines for submitting applications. If you have questions, please contact Terri Bello Vecchio at tvecchio334@roadrunner.com.

Application for the 2011 Flaumenbaum Scholarship automatically enters the student for the Pearl Carroll and MetLife Insurance Company scholarships.

Click Here - 2011 Local 334 Lt. Michael D. Carraway Memorial Scholarship Application

Click Here - 2011 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Application

RECEIVERS

Local 334 Receivers are reminded that notices should be shared with co-workers, either by posting within the office or forwarding by e-mail. Please do not keep the information to yourself; we need your assistance in keeping all of our members informed. If any member wishes to be added to the Receiver list, let me know.

CHEMUNG COUNTY CLOSING NOTICE

UCS has informed CSEA that due to the observance of an official holiday on Friday, February 18th, the Chemung County Courts will be closed. Members must use annual leave on this day.

CHENANGO COUNTY INFORMATIONAL DINNER MEETING

Local 334 will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, February 24th, at Fred's Inn, 5149 State Highway 12 in Norwich. Vendors have been invited to attend. We will meet at 5:00 and conduct our meeting at 5:30, dinner to follow. All Local 334 members are invited to attend. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 16th to don@csealocal334.com.

GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED BUDGET

Keep up to date on our union's response to the Governor's proposed budget by logging in to the CSEA headquarters web site,www.csealocal1000.org. You can also access Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton's Winter 2010 newsletter on our web site, under the Local 334 link. We need to keep ourselves informed, as well as helping to educate the public as to what we do every day.

Click Here - Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton's Winter 2010 Newsletter

Updates February 22, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

PAYMENT OF DEFERRALS

(From Jim Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Dir. Of Contract Administration)

The Office of the State Comptroller has kindly given us a preview of how the payment of deferred salary will occur for those employees affected. This procedure could change, depending on what is happening overall with the proposed budget and other actions in the Legislature and the Governor's Office. Remember, this is the repayment of salary percentage increases, increments and increments upon promotion which were deferred (withheld) from employees whose pay was already at $115,000 a year or which would have put a member at or above $115,000 a year. (See Article 7.11 in the current Agreement.)

The plan is to implement the salary restoration in April 2011.

--The payment will be processed in one check and NOT separate checks. All retro pay will be included in the same paycheck as the regular pay for that period.

--The projected payment date is the Administrative Lag Payment Date of April 27, 2011.

--The Division of the Budget has indicated that no pay bill (appropriation bill) is required, as funding is already included in the UCS budget.

--Regarding employees who have separated from UCS employment, the individuals have been identified and the payments will be reflected in the above processing dates.

PLEASE NOTE: CSEA does not give advice to members concerning income tax withholding or filing. Members who are concerned about withholding rates for the anticipated large check of April 27 should see a financial adviser or appropriate professional if they wish assistance in handling the matter.

Could something about this go wrong? If there is no State budget on time, or no emergency appropriation, or a "shutdown" of State services, the plan could be upset. It seems unlikely this would happen, but in the event the State does not pay the money, CSEA will make efforts to enforce the provisions of our Agreement, as we have done in the past.

STATE BUDGET CAMPAIGN TRAINING

CSEA will be offering training to all members interested on how to respond to the Governor's proposed budget, how it will impact us and what we can do. The training will be held Saturday, March 5th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Syracuse. Seats are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be served. To make reservations, please call Rick Noreault at 800-559-7975.

There will also be a meeting in Utica, on Thursday, February 24th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at SUNY IT, Kunsella Hall Auditorium, to discuss dealing with the Governor's proposed budget and recent attacks on public employees regarding our pensions, "causing" higher taxes, and now threats of layoffs.

There are informational flyers regarding these events available on our web site, under "Links and Locals," "Local 334." Everyone is encouraged to attend. These are our jobs and benefits - now is the time to address these attacks!

Click Here - State Budget Training, Syracuse, March 5, 2011

Click Here - CSEA Meeting, SUNY IT Utica, February 24, 2011

Updates March 18, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

SICK LEAVE BANK ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION

We have been informed by the CSEA-UCS Sick Leave Bank Committee that there will be no annual contribution from our members for 2011. Open enrollment information will be sent out from District Offices in April. Every eligible member is strongly urged to join the Sick Leave Bank.

STATE BUDGET

Please visit our CSEA statewide web site, www.csealocal1000.org, for very important information regarding the proposed State budget. It is extremely important that our members voice their opinions to their legislators in an effort to save jobs and redirect cuts across the state.

UNION FLOW CHART

Have you ever asked the question: Well, our Local number is 334, but what is Local 1000? And what is and where does AFSCME fit into all this? Attached is a Union Flow Chart to help you understand how our union affiliations fit together. We are CSEA Local 334, Region 5 of CSEA. CSEA itself is Local 1000 of AFSCME.

Union Flow Chart

STEP INCREASES AND LONGEVITY BONUSES

It is our belief at this time that step increases and longevity bonuses will be paid in April. That is certainly subject to change based on the uncertainty in Albany these days. We will keep you posted when we learn more.

WORK/LIFE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Work/Life Assistance Program is a voluntary, free and confidential benefit for UCS employees and their families. Some members have utilized the counseling services offered to deal with workplace and/or personal issues, oftentimes in connection with counseling or disciplinary matters. This program also offers a variety of other counseling services in other areas, including emotional well-being, health and wellness, resources for child and adult care, educational assistance, and financial and legal issues. For more information, log onto their site, login.corporatecounseling.com and enter the code "UCS" or you may call 1-800-833-8707. Assistance is available 24/7.

SAVE THE DATES

Our Local will be hosting three social events in the summer/early fall, so please mark your calendars. July 23rd is CSEA Local 334 Day at Enchanted Forest/Water Safari in Old Forge, August 13th will be the Uncle Sam Boat Tour in Alexandria Bay, and September 10th will be a Clambake at the Spinning Wheel Restaurant in North Syracuse. More information will be sent out in future notifications.

ONONDAGA UNIT DINNER MEETING

Our Onondaga Unit will be holding a meeting on April 14th at the Twin Trees Too, 1029 Milton Ave. in Syracuse, 5:30 p.m. More information will be posted by Adriane Marino, Unit President, around the Onondaga County facilities in the very near future.

Updates March 29, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

STATE BUDGET

The impact of an additional $70 million being cut from the Judiciary budget is undetermined at this time. We will send out information in this regard as soon as it becomes available. Naturally, the only source of that information is from UCS and at this time, they have not discussed with CSEA any plan of action. Please hold off on inquiries until we have more information.

UPCOMING RALLY ALERTS

Click the link below for important information regarding upcoming rallies in Cortland, March 30th at 5:30, 88 Main Street; Utica, March 30th, 4:15, going from 285 Genesee St. to the State Office Building; Binghamton, April 4th, 5 p.m., 15 Henry St.; and in Syracuse, April 4th, from 4-6 p.m. It is extremely important that our CSEA members unite with all other union members in an effort to save jobs and redirect cuts across the state!

Rally Information

PARTERNSHIP FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING (PET) PROGRAM

The tuition reimbursement program benefits will sunset with the expiration of our contract on 3/31/11. If you requested and received a 2010-2011 tuition voucher, it is still valid as long as you are actively enrolled and participating in the course as of 3/31/11. The PET program benefits will not be available unless and until it is negotiated again in our next contract.

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Your CSEA negotiating team has not yet met with UCS to begin contract negotiations, despite our request to do so. James Hennerty, Dep. Director of Contract Administration, this week composed a written letter to Judge Pfau, Chief Administrative Judge, demanding negotiations for a successor agreement.

Updates April 5, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

LAYOFF ANNOUNCEMENT

As Judge Lippman announced yesterday, layoffs will be occurring within UCS sometime in the near future. As the employer, UCS does not have to and, indeed, did not consult with CSEA in this regard. UCS has invited all of the unions statewide to an informational meeting tentatively set for Monday, April 11th to discuss the layoffs. Your CSEA representatives will be attending this meeting.

On Wednesday, April 13th, CSEA Local Presidents will be meeting in Albany to discuss the information relayed by UCS and to discuss layoff and bumping procedures. Soon thereafter, we will update our members on our statewide Judiciary web site, www.cseajudiciary.org. Members are asked to please hold off sending specific inquiries regarding the layoffs until after April 13th.

There have been numerous inquiries regarding the definition of seniority for layoff purposes. Generally speaking, seniority is based on years of UCS service, NOT on the years served in a particular position. More information in this regard will be available the end of next week.

ONEIDA CITY COURT

CSEA has been notified that the hours of operation in Oneida City Court on Thursday, April 21, 2011, will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Oneida City Court will be closed due to local bargaining agreements on Friday, April 22nd, 2011.

Updates April 8, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

DEFERRED PAY - NYS DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN CONTRIBUTIONS

We have just been notified that any member whose salary was deferred under the terms of the 2007-2011 contract will be eligible to contribute an additional percentage to their NYS Deferred Compensation for the retro paycheck on 4/27/11. If interested in doing so, call the Plan at 1-800-422-8463 to speak with a Help Line representative. (Tip: Press #, 0 to go directly to a representative) Participants will be asked what percentage they wish to contribute from that specific paycheck, which will include regular pay plus the retro pay in one check. Be certain to inform the representative if you only want to change the percentage contribution for that one specific paycheck and if you want it changed back to your normal percentage contribution for the next paycheck. IMPORTANT: This request must be made by Tuesday, April 12th at 4:00 p.m.

SICK LEAVE BANK OPEN ENROLLMENT

The CSEA-UCS Sick Leave Bank open enrollment period extends from April 1st through April 28th, 2011. UCS has distributed notification of the open enrollment via Groupwise. If you need an application, please let me know. All eligible members are strongly encouraged to enroll!

Layoff Update April 13, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

The Unified Court System (UCS) has formally notified court employee unions, including CSEA, of its intent to lay off approximately 400-500 employees, with the possibility of thousands of other employees being displaced. OCA offices will be laying off 50-70 employees (as part of that total number). UCS asserts that these layoffs are made necessary by a budget cut of $70 million in UCS's proposed budget for this fiscal year. All of the unions representing court employees met with UCS on Monday, April 11th in New York City. At this point, UCS has not yet determined what positions will be abolished, much less which employees will be affected.

A number of our members have asked CSEA to negotiate some agreement with UCS whereby all members would agree to a furlough or a lag payroll as a way to make the layoffs unnecessary. In our judgment, that is not possible. UCS has indicated that it would not consider either a lag or furlough unless all eleven unions agreed to it and nine of the unions have already vetoed the idea. Therefore, we are unable even to entertain the idea of either option.

It is important to note that CSEA is not implementing layoffs. It is being done by the Unified Court System and it is up to that system to answer employee questions and explain the process to affected employees. CSEA Local representatives are available to double check responses from management if a member has any questions. Employee inquiries should first be directed to their personnel office or other appropriate management operation for such information.

CSEA Local Presidents met today in Albany to review the legal procedures concerning the layoff process and methods of displacement. Until UCS publishes their plan of implementing layoffs, we do not have all the specifics, but we can provide the following tentative timeline:

OCA Employee (Administrative Offices) Layoffs

4/15 - OCA Employees Seniority List generated
4/15-4/19 - Identification of OCA employees to be laid off
4/20 - Layoff Notices delivered to OCA employees, effective 5/4

All Other Layoffs in UCS

4/15-4/27 - UCS will generate a seniority list
4/18 - UCS will distribute Location Preference forms
4/22 - Veteran's/Volunteer Firefighter credit form must be returned and verified by this date
4/27 - Location Preference forms must be returned to UCS
5/17 - The list of all affected employees will be completed by close of business on this date
5/18 - Notice will be given to affected employees, effective end of business 6/1/11.

CSEA will continue to monitor the situation and update the membership through the Local Presidents and the web site.

Update - April 20, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

COURT CLOSINGS

We have received notification from UCS that Schuyler County courts and Binghamton City Court will be closed on Friday, April 22, due to building closures in observance of an official holiday.

5th JD SUMMER HOURS

The 5th Judicial District notified employees that the traditional summer hours will not be observed this year within the district "in light of the stringent statewide budgetary restraints and resulting operational changes."

INFORMATIONAL DINNER MEETINGS

Our Local will be holding two information dinner meetings, open to ALL Local 334 members.

On Thursday, May 12th, we will be meeting at the Community Restaurant, 10 Main Street, Cortland at 5:30, meeting to begin at 5:45, dinner to follow. Vendors have been invited to attend. Please RSVP to don@csealocal334.com by Wednesday, May 4th if you wish to attend.

On Thursday, June 2nd, we will be meeting at the Owego Treadway Inn, 1100 State Route 17C in Owego at 5:30, meeting to begin at 5:45, dinner to follow. Vendors have been invited to attend this event, also. Please RSVP to don@csealocal334.com by Wednesday, May 25th if you plan to attend and also note your dinner selection from the following choices: chicken piccata, petit prime rib or scallops.

Unit 4 (Oneida, Herkimer & Madison counties) will also be holding an informational dinner meeting for its members on Monday, May 9th at the Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road in Utica. Unit President Brenda Leone has distributed detailed information regarding this meeting. If you have questions, please contact Brenda at reporterbl@aol.com.

LAYOFF INFORMATION

The tentative schedule that was provided by OCA indicated that Location Preference forms were to be distributed on 4/18, but to our knowledge, as of this moment, that has not occurred.

Regarding those members with the same start date, i.e. Court Officers that started the academy together, UCS has informed us that they will apply an as-yet undetermined policy to establish seniority. It will be a uniform policy applied statewide. Local Management will not be creating or implementing the policy. CSEA will be informed once the method of establishing seniority has been decided upon.

OCA (Administrative Staff) lay-off notices will be distributed today. Affected members will be notified by their local management. They will be receiving a packet of information related to Work/Life Assistance, applying for unemployment insurance, health insurance, and NYS Deferred Compensation. UCS has also prepared an informational booklet that will be delivered today to targeted OCA employees.

Executive Branch employees who have transferred to UCS will not be given credit for that prior service. Their start date will be the original date of appointment in the Unified Court System. Transfer of function employees, however, will receive credit for time in their previous employment.

We have submitted numerous other questions to UCS and are still waiting for answers. We will keep you apprised as we learn more.

Layoff Update April 21, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

UCS has indicated on today's date that: They are not prepared to answer individual questions in reference to the location preference forms and that employees are to check off wherever they are willing to work if affected by the layoffs. If an area is excluded, that employee will not be considered for positions in that area. For example, if you are targeted but have seniority, UCS will refer to the areas that you have checked off to see if there is availability in that location. If the only other job opening is in an area that the employee did not check off, they will not be considered for that position and will be laid off.

All employees should complete this form. Your submission will constitute your decision to accept displacement to a new work location if affected by the layoffs. To our knowledge, employees will not be offered the opportunity to change their selections at a later date. If an employee rejects a displacement offer to an area that they have previously indicated that they would accept assignment to, then that employee would no longer be eligible to offered a position in that location.

The Location Preference Forms are based on the layoff unit, either Judicial District, Appellate Division, etc. Generally speaking, "bumping" rights are within the layoff unit only, with only a rare exception.

If a member is laid off, they will have the opportunity to "cash in" up to 50 days of annual leave, as provided in the contract. At this time, we do not know what will happen with sick leave or how long it can be "banked" in the event the person is rehired.

Again, we have submitted numerous other questions to UCS and are still waiting for answers. We will keep you apprised as we learn more.

Layoff Update April 22, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

CSEA has been informed that members that lose their employment may be compensated in cash for up to 50 days of annual leave and also up to 50 days of comp time. Accrued Sick Leave credits will be credited to the Sick Leave Bank; however, if the employee is rehired within one year, those credits will be restored to the employee.

Layoff units are defined as: (1) Court of Appeals, (2) each Appellate Division, (3) each Judicial District 3-9, (4) Nassau County, (5) Suffolk County, (6) Courts in NYC, (7) OCA in NYC, (8) OCA outside of NYC, and (9) Court of Claims.

Employees that have served in a part-time capacity will receive service credit equal to the length of time served in that position. It will not be prorated.

Inquiries have been made relative to the Location Preference form, if a member does not select all possible counties, would that person still be eligible for unemployment insurance if laid off. UCS has responded that they cannot make that determination, that that decision is up to the Department of Labor.

On April 20, 2011, 56 OCA employees were given lay-off notices, 21 represented by CSEA.

Laid off employees who are placed on preferred lists can continue health insurance coverage for up to one year if the employee pays the employee share of the premium (10% for individual coverage, 25% for family coverage). Laid off employees who are NOT on a preferred list MAY be eligible for health insurance coverage if they have been permanently appointed to their positions, or--if non-competitive but not confidential--they have 5 years of non-competitive service.

The Work/Life Assistance program will be available for one year for employees affected by the layoff.

UCS will establish a Preferred List to rehire. Any employees with layoff rights will be placed on this list (confidential and exempt class employees laid off do not have this right). Preferred lists take precedence over all other lists if a rehiring occurs. That list remains in effect for four years.

Many of our members have questions regarding their own individual situation if laid off. It is certainly understandable that the anxiety level is very high for all of us, and we all have unanswered questions. Your CSEA representatives ask that you please refrain from case-specific questions at this time, simply because all of the information being sought is not yet available. We will continue to supply all available information obtained from UCS that affects our members. If an employee is targeted for layoff/displacement, then at that time we will certainly be available to assist employees with individual case-specific questions.

Updates May 5, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

INFORMATIONAL DINNER MEETINGS - REMINDERS

On Thursday, May 12th, we will be meeting at the Community Restaurant, 10 Main Street, Cortland at 5:30, meeting to begin at 5:45, dinner to follow. Reservations were due yesterday.

On Thursday, June 2nd, we will be meeting at the Owego Treadway Inn, 1100 State Route 17C in Owego at 5:30, meeting to begin at 5:45, dinner to follow. Vendors have been invited to attend this event. Please RSVP to don@csealocal334.com by Wednesday, May 25th if you plan to attend and also note your dinner selection from the following choices: chicken piccata, petit prime rib or scallops.

A reminder that Unit 4 (Oneida, Herkimer & Madison counties) will be holding an informational dinner meeting for its members on Monday, May 9th, 5:30 p.m., at the Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road in Utica.

BINGHAMTON - BUDGET INFO SESSIONS

CSEA Region 5 will be holding two NYS Budget Informational Sessions in Binghamton on Tuesday, May 17th. The first session will be held from 12-1 p.m. at the Binghamton State Office Building, 18th floor conference room, and the second session will be from 6-7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Arena. A light lunch will be provided at the noon session and finger foods will be provided at the evening session. These meetings are for all CSEA members in the area, not just Judiciary. I will be present at both meetings and would encourage our members to attend to learn how the NYS budget will affect all of our CSEA members and how we can respond.

Binghamton Budget Session Information

EBF BENEFITS - CONTINUATION FOR LAID OFF EMPLOYEES

EBF benefits will continue for 28 days following an employee's effective date of layoff. For full-time employees, those benefits can be continued through COBRA after that 28-day period at a cost of $106.67 monthly for dental, vision and miscellaneous benefits or $18.14 monthly for miscellaneous benefits only. For part-time employees (dental only), the COBRA cost would be $53.33 monthly. If a new contract is ratified, these amounts are subject to change.

Updates May 18, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

LAYOFFS

Our intent was to contact our members after each judicial district had notified all affected employees, but UCS has already released the layoff statistics to the media.

Of the 367 statewide layoff notices, 15 of our Local members were laid off today. We represented no one laid off in the 4th JD, eight members in the 5th JD, four members in the 6th JD, and three members in the 7th JD. There were no "bumps" or "retreats" among our Local 334 members in any of the districts.

Breakdown of the layoff titles are as follows:

5th JD, one Case Manager I, six court reporters, one Resource Coordinator III;
6th JD, one Case Manager I, one Court Attorney Referee, one Law Librarian, one Law Library Clerk;
7th JD, one Case Manager I, one Resource Coordinator I, one Resource Coordinator III.

I would ask each affected employee to reach out to me as soon as possible to verify the seniority list information. There were errors found when the OCA layoffs occurred a few weeks ago, so it is important that we verify the start date information that may have been used, as well as any veteran's credit, if applicable.

BROOME and OTSEGO COUNTIES - SUMMER HOURS

CSEA has been notified that summer hours have been approved for courts in Broome County, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., May 31, 2011 through September 2, 2011 and also for courts in Otsego County, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., July 5, 2011 through September 6, 2011.

Updates - June 12, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:13 PM

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER SOCIAL EVENTS:

Now that summer is here, we are happy to update you on some social events planned by both our Local and our Region.  We hope that you will join us!

 

Judiciary Local 334 Events:

Water Safari Enchanted Forest, Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Join the fun at Water Safari Enchanted Forest on Saturday, July 23rd in Old Forge.  The all-in-one price includes park admission, a picnic lunch at 12:30 and free drinks all day.  We will hold a short meeting during lunch, and vendors have been invited to attend.  See the attached for further information regarding this fun-filled event, as well as the registration form, due back by July 15th.

Click here for information and registration materials for Water Safari Enchanted Forest.

Alexandria Bay, Uncle Sam Boat Tour

We'll be boarding the Uncle Sam Boat Tour on Saturday, August 13th for a beautiful tour around the Thousand Islands.  Lunch will be included, and we will invite vendors and hold a short meeting.  See the attached flyer for more information and registration materials.  Registrations must be received by July 27th.

Click here for information and registration materials for Alexandria Bay.

Local Clambake, Save the Date!

Save the date, Saturday, September 10th, 2011, for our first Local 334 Clambake to be held at The Spinning Wheel Restaurant in North Syracuse.  More information will be posted in the coming months.

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CSEA Region 5, which our Judiciary Local 334 is a part of, has a number of upcoming events planned this year.  The Region 5 Member Services Committee will be posting information and registration materials on the Region web page, www.csealocal1000.org/r5, for the following events:

Yankee Stadium, July 30th

Orioles v. Yankees, bus trip to Yankee Stadium.  Buses will leave from Syracuse and Binghamton.  Only 100 seats available!

Darien Lake, August 12th and 13th

CSEA Region 5 Days at Darien Lake.  Ticket prices are $27.99 for a park pass and picnic and $19.99 for a park pass only.  Ticket sale deadline is August 2nd.

Region 5 Golf Tournament

Save the date of September 23rd for our 5th annual Region 5 Golf Tournament, to be held at Camillus Country Club.

Radio City Music Hall - Christmas Show

December 27th, ride the bus to New York City to see the ever popular, always changing Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show.

 

Watch the Region 5 section of the CSEA web site for information and sign-ups for each event, www.csealocal1000.org/r5.

Updates June 1, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

LAYOFFS

Regrettably, we will be losing 15 of our fellow Local members to layoffs at the close of business today. We wish each of them our best and hope that at some point in the future we will see them once again back in our courts.

FRANKLIN and ST. LAWRENCE COUNTIES - SUMMER HOURS

CSEA has been notified that summer hours have been approved for courts in St. Lawrence County, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., May 31, 2011 through September 2, 2011 and also for courts in Franklin County, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., June 1, 2011 through August 31, 2011.

SPEAK UP! SPEAK OUT!

Our Union has begun a new campaign to educate our friends, family and the public on who we as "public employees" really are and how we benefit this state. Each one of us needs to do our part to speak up and speak out. Please visit the CSEA web site, www.csealocal1000.org and review the information under the "Fight Back Against Attacks" link. You can also visit our Region 5 web page to keep updated at www.csealocal1000.org/r5.

We also need to let the governor know that we DO want the millionaire's tax to extend beyond 2011. The governor has stated that he is opposed to extending this tax. If it is cut, the State will lose $1 billion this year and $5 billion next year. How many jobs could be saved with the amount of money? Call the governor at 1-877-255-9417. For more important information in this regard, visit the CSEA web site. There is even a link on the CSEA site allowing you to enter your address and quickly e-mail your senate and assembly representatives, letting them know that we need to extend this tax!

Updates June 17, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

ALEX BAY BOAT TOUR/MEETING - IMPORTANT UPDATE

We have been notified that our count for the Alexandria Bay boat tour must be in by July 22nd, so please confirm your reservation by that date.  Payment must still be received by July 27th.  If you wish to reserve seats for the tour/meeting before sending in your payment, e-mail Darlene O'Hara at doharajudiciary334@yahoo.com with the number of members/guests/children prior to July 22nd.

 

DRESS CODE

Please be aware that our CSEA-UCS contract does contain a "Dress Code" under Article 34.  Members should use discretion in choosing their summer attire, particularly those in contact with the public.  While the warm temperatures are here, members should refrain from wearing inappropriate footwear or clothing while in the office.  Beach sandals, jeans, and walking barefoot in the office (yes, I'm told this is happening) obviously fall outside the guidelines of "business shoes" and "appropriate business attire" as stated in Article 34.

 

SYRACUSE CHIEFS TICKETS - MEMBER DISCOUNT

CSEA is offering a member discount for tickets to the Syracuse Chiefs home games this summer.  Click below download the coupon and game schedule.

Click Here for Syracuse Chiefs discount information.

 

REGION 5 PRESIDENT'S NEWSLETTER

Please read the Spring 2011 newsletter from CSEA Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton for updated information on "busting the myths."

Click here for Colleen Wheaton's Spring 2011 newsletter.

 

REGION 5 VETERAN'S COMMITTEE

Our CSEA Region 5 Veterans Committee is collecting table top games, large print playing cards, and cloth shopping bags to distribute to veterans residing in the Oxford Veterans Home.  The cloth shopping bags are used to carry oxygen tanks on the back of wheelchairs.  If you are attending one of our social functions this summer or one of our meetings in the future, please consider bringing any of these items with you and we'll be sure to get them to the committee for distribution to our vets.

Updates July 8, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

WATER SAFARI-ENCHANTED FOREST and ALEX BAY BOAT TOUR/MEETING

Reservations must be received by next Friday, July 15th, for the Water Safari-Enchanted Forest event, and by Friday, July 22nd for the Alex Bay Boat Tour on the Thousand Islands.  Complete information and reservation forms are available on our web site, under "Locals," "Local 334," "Events."  Get your reservations in today!

 

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

The Executive Branch of the State has been negotiating with the Governor's office for some time now and has reached a tentative agreement that now must be ratified by its members.  Our contract negotiations have not yet begun with UCS; however, the Judiciary contract is typically the same or similar to the Executive Branch agreement as far as percent raises and health care costs.   Your Judiciary contract negotiating team has been meeting in Albany over the past few months formalizing our proposals.  We have offered tentative dates to meet with UCS and are waiting to receive confirmation of agreeable dates to meet.

 

CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATIONS

In light of the recent workforce reduction, no civil service examinations will be held for the remainder of this year.  The exams affected by this decision are:  Administrative Services Clerk (JG-15), Senior Administrative Services Clerk (JG-20), Associate Court Clerk (JG-23), Principal Court Clerk (JG-26), Senior Data Recording Assistant (JG-12), Supervising Data Recording Assistant (JG-16), and Senior Supervising Data Recording Assistant (JG-18).  The current active lists for Principal Court Clerk and Associate Court Clerk will be extended for an additional year.  A civil service examination schedule for 2012 will be posted in September.  (Source:  UCS).

Updates July 27, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

ENCHANTED FOREST WATER SAFARI

We had a great turnout and a perfect day last Saturday at the Enchanted Forest Water Safari!  Over 120 attendees enjoyed the water park, great buffet lunch, and complimentary NYS Court/CSEA Local 334 beach towel.  Many thanks to Brenda Leone, 1st VP, for organizing this event.  We are looking forward to next year already!

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY COURTS CLOSING

CSEA has been notified that the Schuyler County Multi-Bench Courts will closed on Friday, September 9, 2011, due to the Grand Prix Festival in Watkins Glen.

 

LOCAL CLAMBAKE

Please click on the link below for information on our Local 334 Clambake, to be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011, 12-4 p.m., at the Spinning Wheel Restaurant in North Syracuse.   All members are invited to attend!  Our menu will include steamed and raw clams, mussels, chicken, BBQ beef or pork, kielbasa, sausage and peppers, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, coneys, and the list goes on!  RSVP by August 24th to Adriane Marino or Barb Tracz.  We hope to see everyone there!

Click Here for Clambake Information and Registration

Updates August 15, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

LOCAL OFFICERS

As a result of the resignation of Shari Hillman, former 2nd VP of our Local, we welcome our new officers:  Terri Vecchio, 2nd VP (former secretary); Natalie Spilman, Local Secretary (former Delegate); and Adriane Marino as our Local Delegate.  Many thanks to Shari for her long tenure as a unit and local activist; we will miss having her as part of our Local team.

LOCAL CLAMBAKE

A reminder that reservations for the 9/10/11 Local 334 Clambake at the Spinning Wheel in Syracuse must be received by August 24th.  Even if you do not particularly like clams, this is a fun event with LOTS of different foods, music, etc. - you won't be disappointed!  Reservation information is available on our web site, under the Local 334 link (see the July 27th posting for the link to the information).  You won't want to miss this event!

 

ALEXANDRIA BAY BOAT TOUR/MEETING

Many thanks to Darlene O'Hara, Local 334 Exec. VP, for organizing our Alexandria Bay event this past weekend!  We had a group of over 50 people for the luncheon and Uncle Sam boat tour through the Thousand Islands on a picture-perfect day.

 

OSWEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING/SENECA & CAYUGA COUNTIES DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 20th, 5:30 p.m. at Vona's Restaurant in Oswego, West 10th and Utica Street.  This dinner invitation is open to all Local members.  Please RSVP to don@csealocal334.com by Tuesday, September 13th if you plan to attend.

 

We'll also be holding a dinner meeting on Wednesday, September 21st, at the Deerhead Inn, 2554 Lower Lake Road, Seneca Falls, 5:30 p.m.  Again, this invitation is open to all Local 334 members.  RSVP by Tuesday, September 13th to don@csealocal334.com.

 

Vendors have been invited to both dinner meetings.  We hope to see you there!

 

4TH ANNUAL REGION 5 GOLF TOURNAMENT

Our 4th Annual CSEA Region 5 Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, September 23 at the Camillus County Club.  This event is a fundraiser for our regional scholarship program.  Registration begins at 9 a.m., Tee Time at 10 a.m.  Please click below for further details.  Get your foursomes ready!  A fantastic steak dinner and wonderful prizes will follow at the completion of the tournament.

Click here for Region 5 Golf Tournament information

 

CSEA ELECTIONS

As announced in the August CSEA "Work Force," elections will take place January 18, 2012 - February 14, 2012 for the CSEA Statewide Officers, Region officers, and Statewide Board of Directors.  The following documents are posted on our web site, under "News":  Election Schedule; Nomination Notice; Notice of Nominations and Eligibility requirements for Statewide Officers' election, Region Officers' election and Board of Directors' election, including the signature requirements for each Board Seat; Notice Regarding Campaigning; Notice of Election Rules; and the Standing Rules and Regulations, including the Notification of Intent to Observe form, the Slate Procedures, and the Candidate Printing/Mailing Costs.

 

NEGOTIATIONS

The Executive Branch contract ratification count is taking place today.  Once again, this is NOT the Judiciary contract.  We are still in the very early stages of our negotiations with UCS and will certainly keep everyone apprised as to our progress in that regard.

Updates August 24, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

REMINDER - LOCAL CLAMBAKE

A reminder that reservations for the 9/10/11 Local 334 Clambake at the Spinning Wheel in Syracuse must be received by the end of the day today, August 24th.   Reservation information is available under the Local 334 "Events" section of our web site.  You won't want to miss this event!

 

LABOR DAY EVENTS

CSEA Region 5 Communications Director, Mark Kotzin, announced a variety of Labor Day events, as follows:

Syracuse:

The Greater Syracuse Labor Council will sponsor a Labor Solidarity March at the New York State Fair at the State Fairgrounds in Geddes (West of Syracuse) on Monday, September 5 at 10:30 a.m. CSEA members and their family members who march can get free admission tickets from the Central Region Office by stopping by 6595 Kirkville Road in East Syracuse or by calling the receptionist at (315) 433-0050. Tickets/parking passes are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who march. Free tee shirts to the first 200 members who attend! Line up for the march beginning at 10 a.m. between Fair entry gates 4 and 5 (look for the CSEA banner).

Ithaca:

Join the Mid-State Central Labor Council and the Tompkins County Workers' Center for their annual Labor Day Picnic at Stewart Park in Ithaca on Monday, September 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festivities include music, free burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, beverages, and ice cream, and the Friend/Goat of Labor Awards, Mother Jones and Joe Hill Awards. All are welcome! Contact Bonnie Wilson at (607)-372-3153 for more info.

Massena:

On Monday, September 5, CSEA members will line up for the annual Labor Solidarity Parade at Willlow Street in Massena, by Coaches Corner Restaurant at 10:00 a.m. The parade, sponsored by the Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties Central Trades and Labor Council, starts at 11:00 and will end at Springs Park with the events, refreshments and drawings to follow. All CSEA members and their family members are invited to march. Contact Amy Simmons at 315-486-8123 for additional info.

NOTE: If you are calling to order Labor Day State Fair tickets, please don't call asking for Mark... just give your ticket order to whoever answers the phone at the Region Office. Thanks.

Updates September 7, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

CSEA REGION 5 GOLF TOURNAMENT

A reminder that the deadline to register for the Region 5 Golf Tournament is Friday, September 9th.  Registration materials are available on our web site, under the August 15th posting below.

 

OSWEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING; SENECA & CAYUGA COUNTIES DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a dinner meeting on Tuesday, September 20th, 5:30 p.m. at Vona's Restaurant in Oswego, West 10th and Utica Street.  This dinner invitation is open to all Local members.  Please RSVP to don@csealocal334.com by Tuesday, September 13th if you plan to attend.

 

We'll also be holding a dinner meeting on Wednesday, September 21st, at the Deerhead Inn, 2554 Lower Lake Road, Seneca Falls, 5:30 p.m.  Again, this invitation is open to all Local 334 members.  RSVP by Tuesday, September 13th to don@csealocal334.com.

 

RECEIVERS

If you have only one "Receiver" in your work location, please consider volunteering or finding another person to receive Local 334 e-mails.  You cannot predict when a person may be out for an extended period.  Recently some of our members were not informed of the clambake because their Receiver has been out of the office.  Send your name and work location/court and we'll add your name to the list.

Updates September 28, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

IMPORTANT NYSHIP CHANGES

(Source:  James Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

We have just learned that changes in the New York State Health Insurance Plan, NYSHIP, negotiated by CSEA for its Executive Branch members will apply to CSEA-represented court employees, non-unionized court employees, and judges as of October 1st of this year.  It is the responsibility of the NYSHIP Office to inform all affected employees about the details.  We do not yet know if this is being done at present.  Further developments will be posted on the web site.

(Note from Don:  We will send out further information to our Receivers and post on the web site as we learn the details of the changes.)

CSEA ID NUMBER

Every member was sent a CSEA ID card about eight weeks ago.  It is important to keep this card in a safe place as it contains your CSEA ID number.  You must have this number in order to vote for your representatives, to vote on your contract, etc.  We pushed for many years to end the practice of utilizing Social Security numbers.  Now that this system is in place, it is up to each member to keep track of their ID number.  If you need a replacement card, please contact the CSEA Membership Department at headquarters (1-800-342-4146) or the CSEA Region 5 office.

Earlier in the year, the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund (EBF) also sent out a membership ID card with BOTH the CSEA ID number and also the EBF number to be utilized with participating providers.  Please keep your card in a safe place.

The EBF web site, www.cseaebf.com, now has offers the ability order a replacement card with your EBF ID number.  However, replacement cards do NOT contain your CSEA ID numbers, only the EBF number.

HEALTH OPTION PROGRAM

(Source:  James Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

UCS management has informed us that they will NOT continue the Health Option Program (HOP) for the calendar year 2012.  Article 8.3 of the contract does not continue the HOP beyond 2010.  CSEA did persuade them to extend the program through 2011.

Because this provision is not "Triboroughed," UCS is within its legal rights to refuse to continue it.  Naturally, CSEA will fight to include it in a contract as we continue efforts to negotiate a new one.

Updates October 11, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

IMPORTANT:  FLOOD RELIEF INFORMATION

CSEA Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton has distributed information relative to "Union Flood Relief" for our fellow union members in the southern tier that are suffering from the devastation caused by recent flooding.  There are two programs available, one from our international union, AFSCME, and another from the Union Plus Grant Program.  Eligibility guidelines are detailed in the attached documents.  Please be certain to distribute this information.  We hope to assist all of our fellow union members affected, and we need to get the word out to everyone in order to reach that goal.

Please note that AFSCME has scheduled two Disaster Relief Intake Meetings, one today in Johnson City, from 3:00-8:00 p.m., and the second one in Owego on Thursday, from 1:00-8:00.  (I apologize for the late notice, but I just received this information today.)

President Wheaton has also distributed information for flood relief volunteer opportunities and scheduled three "CSEA Cares" days.  That information will be sent/posted in the next few days.  As you will read in her attached letter, we are calling for volunteers to assist our fellow CSEA members in cleaning up their homes on three Saturdays, October 15th, 22nd and 29th.  Keep these dates in mind and consider taking a day to help our union family members that have lost SO much recently.

Click Here:  Flood Relief Letter from President Wheaton

Click Here:  Union Flood Relief Information

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

CSEA has received notification that the following courts will be closed on the specified date(s):

Elmira City Court - Friday, November 25th; Friday, December 23rd beginning at noon

Tioga County Courts - Friday, November 25th

Chenango County Courts - Friday, November 25th

Updates October 12, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

IMPORTANT:  FURTHER FLOOD RELIEF INFORMATION - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

(Note:  Some of this information has been sent in a prior notice, but all volunteer opportunities are included in this posting)

CSEA Region 5 has organized three "CSEA Cares" Saturdays in October to help assist our CSEA-represented members in the Southern Tier in cleaning up their homes.   Some of our members have lost not only their belongings but their entire residence to the devastating floods.  Please call the Region Office at 1-800-559-7975 to register to help on October 15th, October 22nd and/or October 29th.

The "2011 Flood Volunteer Information" pamphlet (link below) lists not only the "CSEA Cares" days but also a variety of other volunteer opportunities that we, as CSEA members, can partake in to make this difficult time a little bit easier for those affected.

Click here for "Flood Volunteer Information"

Click here for "CSEA Cares" Days Information

 

"PEP" PROGRAM INFORMATION

A new program called "PEP," Product Enhancement Program, will be taking the place of the "HOP" program, which expired with our last contract.  This program allows employees Grade 23 and below the opportunity to exchange six annual leave days for up to $1,000 to be applied to the employee's share of their health insurance premiums during 2012.  Click the link below for further information.  Each Judicial District will be contacting employees to inform them of the program guidelines and to advise them of the enrollment cut-off date of November 25th.

Click here for "PEP" Program Information

 

RALLY IN UTICA

Oneida County budget cuts are having a severe impact on the CSEA-represented nurses and the services they provide throughout the community.  Nine of the 12 nurses represented by CSEA are slated for layoffs.  CSEA will be holding a rally on Tuesday, October 25th at 5:00 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 644 Bleecker Street, Utica in support of our fellow union members.  Having just experienced layoffs in the Judiciary this year, we are well aware of the struggles these employees are facing.  If you are in the Oneida County area, please come for an hour or so and show your support!  Let me know if you're planning to attend.  Click the link below for further details.

Click here for "10/25/11 Utica Rally" information

 

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

CSEA has received notification that the following court will be closed on the specified date:

Schuyler County Courts - Friday, November 25th

Updates October 21, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS

We will be holding two Local dinner meetings in November, one in Tompkins County on November 1st, the second on November 9th in Oneonta for our Otsego & Delaware County members.  Both meetings are open to all Local 334 members.

On Tuesday, November 1st, we will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Joe's Restaurant, 602 West Buffalo Street in Ithaca.  Please confirm your reservation via e-mail to me by Thursday, 10/27.

On Wednesday, November 9st, we will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Christopher's Restaurant, 716 State Highway 29, South Side Oneonta.  Please confirm your reservation via e-mail to me by Thursday, 11/3.

Vendors have been invited to attend both meetings.  Bring your questions, and make your reservation today.

Also, Unit 4, Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties, will be holding a dinner meeting on Thursday, 12/1/11 in Utica.  Please mark your calendar.  Further information will be sent out soon.

 

REMINDER:  RALLY IN UTICA

A reminder, CSEA will be holding a rally on Tuesday, October 25th at 5:00 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 644 Bleecker Street, Utica in support of our fellow union members facing layoffs in Oneida County.  Come join us for a brief time and help show our support!!

NYSHIP INFORMATION 10/19/11:

(Source:  CSEA Headquarters)

The Special Option Transfer Period that is occurring from September 29 - October 31, 2011, will allow employees to make changes to their health insurance, if they so desire.  This could be moving from an HMO to the Empire Plan, etc.

The Opt Out or Buy Out in which employees will receive $1,000 if they had individual coverage or $3,000 if they had family coverage, if they have proof of other insurance, will not occur until after 1/1/12.  In order to be eligible to receive the buy out, employees must have been insured through the state continuously from 4/1/11 until the buy out period.  If any employee drops their state insurance before the buy out period, they will not be eligible to receive the buy out.

Also, any State employee who retired from 1983 through 12/31/11, will pay a 2% increase on their health insurance.

The extended collective bargained changes effective October 1, 2011 results in premium contribution increases.  This change resulted in enrollees being responsible for an additional 6% of the total health insurance premium contributions.  Enrollees with individual coverage (above a grade 10) are now required to pay 16% of the individual premium (was 10%); enrollees with family coverage (above a grade 10) are now required to pay 31% of the dependent portion of premium (was 25%).

The increase in premium contribution affects all NYSHIP Options (The Empire Plan and various Health Maintenance Organizations), however, the increase varies by plan due to many factors.

Effective October 1, 2011, for grade 10 and above, New York State will contribute 84% toward the individual coverage and 69% toward the dependent portion of the Empire Plan premium.

For enrollees in an HMO, there is an added twist to New York State's contribution which makes comparison of HMO premiums more difficult.  New York State's contribution to the HMO premium (hospital, medical, mental health/substance abuse components) is capped at the State's dollar contribution for the same components under the Empire Plan.  The HMO prescription drug premium component is not capped at the Empire Plan contribution; prescription drug component is paid 84% for individual and 69% for dependent (no cap).

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

CSEA has received notification that the following court will be closed on the specified date:

Onondaga County Office Building - Friday, November 25th

Updates November 3, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

DELAWARE AND OTSEGO COUNTIES DINNER MEETING, NOVEMBER 9TH

Reservations are due by the end of the day today for our Local Dinner Meeting at Christopher's Restaurant in Oneonta on Wednesday, November 9th, 5:30 p.m.  The meeting is open to all Local members.

2011 POLAR PLUNGE

On December 4th, a team of Local Officers will be joining CSEA Region 5 "Polar Peeps" team plunging into the chilly waters of Oneida Lake in an effort to raise funds for the 2012 Special Olympics.  We'll be "freezing for a reason," to help over 40,000 athletes compete in the 2012 games.   $5, $10, $25, $50….whatever you can consider donating would help us attain our goal of assisting the athletes from around New York State.  Donations may be made to individual team members, Don Lynskey, Darlene O'Hara, Brenda Leone, Sheila Sears or Natalie Spilman, or you may donate to the CSEA Region 5 "Polar Peeps" team.  Secure online donations may be made at the team page (general team donation or select a participant)   Click Here! or information is available on the site to mail in your donation.  Can't afford $5 or $10?  Collect $1 from your co-workers and send in a group donation!  A sincere "Thank You" to everyone for helping to support the Special Olympics athletes.

"PEP" PROGRAM INFORMATION

The new "PEP" program recently announced has now been enhanced.   As previously explained, this program allows employees Grade 23 and below the opportunity to exchange six annual leave days for up to $1,000 to be applied to the employee's share of their health insurance premiums during 2012.  A second option is now available whereby employees may contribute three days of annual leave for up to $500 to be applied to health insurance premiums.  The file associated with the link below will give you complete information.  Each Judicial District will be contacting employees to inform them of the program guidelines and to advise them of the enrollment cut-off date of November 25th.

Click Here for Updated PEP Program Information

SYRACUSE VETERANS DAY PARADE

CSEA Region 5 Veterans Committee invites you to march in the Syracuse Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 5th, 12 noon, at the New York State Fairgrounds.  We will begin lining up at noon between Fair Gates 4 and 5 (behind the Fair's Indian Village).  Join us in honoring the service of our veterans.  For more information, contact Ron Witt, Veteran's Committee chair, at (315) 338-1927.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS AND CHANGE OF HOURS

CSEA has received notification that the following courts will be closed or have a change of hours on the specified date:

Cortland City Court - closed Friday, November 25th and Friday, December 23rd

Cortland County Courts - closed Friday, November 25th and Friday, December 23rd

Oneonta City Court - closed Friday, November 25th

Oneida City Court - Wednesday, November 23rd, revised hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday, November 25th, closed; revised hours of 8:00 a.m.      to 4:00 p.m. on December 22nd; closed Friday, December 23rd

Norwich City Court - closed Friday, November 25th and Friday, December 23rd

Chemung County Courts - closed Friday, November 25th; closing at noon on December 23rd and December 30th

Delaware County Courts - closed Friday, November 25th

Madison County Courts - closed Friday, November 25th; closing at noon on December 23rd

Tompkins County Courts - closed Friday, November 25th

Broome County Courts - closed Friday, November 25th

(Note:  CSEA Judiciary posts only official notifications from UCS of closures and change of hours.  Please check with local management if you have questions regarding changes of hours and/or closures in your location.)

Updates November 16, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

UNIT 4 DINNER MEETING 12/1

Our Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Unit 4 will be holding a dinner meeting at the Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road, Utica, on Thursday, December 1, 5:30 p.m.  The meeting is open to all members of our Local.  Vendors have been invited and door prizes will be given out.  Send your $5 reservation check made payable to "CSEA Local 334 Unit 4" to Brenda Leone, 3104 Oneida Street, Sauquoit, NY 13456, by Monday, November 28th.  Bring a can of food or pet food/blanket to donate and your $5 will be refunded at the door.  If you have questions, call Brenda at 315-266-4474.

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 11/16/11

Your CSEA Contract Negotiations team met with UCS on August 10th and September 28th, 2011.  The majority of our contract proposals have been delivered to UCS, and we have held extensive discussions regarding whether certain proposals are a mandatory or non-mandatory subject of negotiations.  UCS indicated that any proposals with a fiscal attached, they would be looking to go in the opposite direction.

We were scheduled to meet with UCS on October 27th, but the day prior to the scheduled meeting, management cancelled, saying they were not yet prepared to proceed with their proposals.

KRONOS SWIPE IN/OUT

A number of our members have reported being told by management that they are not allowed to swipe in or out prior to their actual start time or the end of their workday.  You are entitled to swipe in up to 15 minutes prior to the start of your shift and you are allowed to swipe out up to 15 minutes prior to the end of your shift.  If you are told otherwise, let me know immediately.  That being said, you are obviously expected to continue working and remain within your work location until the end of the workday.

WORKING "OFF THE CLOCK"

I have been informed that a few of our members in various locations complete their workday, swipe out, then come back to their office and continue to work in order to "catch up."  While it is admirable to have a good work ethic and want to complete your assigned tasks, our members should NOT be working after hours or even through their lunch.  As recently as yesterday, the Dep. Director of Labor Relations met with CSEA Local Presidents and informed us that they have notified their managers that this should NOT be happening.  In a couple instances, members have even been threatened with disciplinary action for working "off the clock."  Working after hours creates issues with security, the Labor Law, liability to UCS, etc.

We all work very hard, but if you feel you are unable to complete all of your assignments on a given day, inform your supervisor mid-afternoon if you suspect some tasks will not be completed prior to your departure that day.

REMINDER: 2011 POLAR PLUNGE

On December 4th, a team of Local Officers will be joining CSEA Region 5 "Polar Peeps" team plunging into the chilly waters of Oneida Lake in an effort to raise funds for the 2012 Special Olympics.   $5, $10, $25, $50….whatever you can consider donating would help us attain our goal of assisting the athletes from around New York State.  Donations may be made to individual team members, Don Lynskey, Darlene O'Hara, Brenda Leone, Sheila Sears or Natalie Spilman, or you may donate to the CSEA Region 5 "Polar Peeps" team.  Secure online donations may be made at the team page (general team donation or select a participant)   Click Here! or information is available on the site to mail in your donation.  Can't afford $5 or $10?  Collect $1 from your co-workers and send in a group donation!  A sincere "Thank You" to everyone for helping to support the Special Olympics athletes.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS AND CHANGE OF HOURS

CSEA has received notification that the following courts will be closed or have a change of hours on the specified date:

Ithaca City Court, Friday November 25, 2011, closed.

(Note:  CSEA Judiciary posts only official notifications from UCS of closures and change of hours.  Please check with local management if you have questions regarding changes of hours and/or closures in your location.)

OUT OF OFFICE

I'll be out of the office November 21-28, returning the 29th.  If you need assistance, please call 1-800-498-0334 and leave a message.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Updates December 6, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

The deadline to enroll in the PEP program has been further extended to December 23, 2011.  For further explanation on this program, refer to prior Receiver Notices and/or our web site, under "Locals," "Local 334," "News."


OPT-OUT FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT EMPLOYEES - Dispute Resolution for Calendar Year 2012
(As posted on www.csealocal1000.org)

A dispute has arisen between CSEA and the State of New York regarding the health insurance opt-out provision in regard to NYS Executive Branch Employees represented by CSEA that have a spouse or domestic partner that is also enrolled in a State health insurance plan (Note:  This also employees to UCS employees). In short, the State believes these employees are not entitled to opt-out at all; CSEA believes that there were no such exceptions to the opt-out provision. This has no effect on the opt-out provisions for other enrollees-just those that are dual state enrollees.

In order to allow some form of opt-out for these particular enrollees, the parties have agreed, for 2012 only, to allow such employees represented by CSEA to elect to opt-out and receive $1,000 for calendar year 2012 whether the coverage opted out was individual or family. Both employees had to be enrolled in a State plan by April 1, 2011 to elect the 2012 opt-out.

The parties will continue to discuss an overall resolution for the length of the contract and CSEA still reserves the right to file a contract grievance if the parties are unable to resolve the dispute by May 31, 2012. CSEA is the only union with this dual enrollment provision.

The State Department of Civil Service will mail information to CSEA-represented employees with specific opt out enrollment instructions in the very near future.

 

POLAR PLUNGE

Many thanks to those of you who donated to the Polar Plunge, the fundraiser in support of the Special Olympics.  On Sunday, December 4th, Don Lynskey, Brenda Leone, Sheila Sears, Natalie Spilman and Natalie's son Gaige donned "Dog the Bounty Hunter" costumes and took the plunge into the frigid waters of Oneida Lake in Brewerton.  (Pictures are posted at www.csealocal1000.org, under Region 5)  Our Local officers raised almost $2,000 alone.  Adding that amount to the CSEA Region 5 team, the "Polar Peeps," CSEA raised over $13,500 for this great cause!  It's not too late to make a secure online donation at http://tinyurl.com/cseaplunge2011.

Updates December 20, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

2012 ELECTION NOTICE

The 2012 Election is posted on our web site, under "News."  The only contested race that our CSEA Judiciary Region 5 members will be voting in is for the position of Statewide Treasurer.  Ballots will be mailed on January 18, 2012.

 

LOCAL 334 RETIREMENT BENEFIT

Our Local has been notified of a number of retirements taking place at the end of this year.  Remember to apply for the Local 334 Retirement Benefit.  Our best to those retiring - Enjoy!

 

 

Wishing everyone a safe, happy holiday and all the best in the New Year!

Don, Darlene, Brenda, Sheila, Terri, Natalie & Adriane

Updates January 23, 2011 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

2012 CSEA STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

The 2012 CSEA Election ballots have been mailed to all members.  Please take a moment to carefully read the directions and vote.  Ballots must be received in Albany by 8 a.m. on February 14th.

EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENTS

Applications for our 2011 Co-pay Reimbursement benefit must be filed with CSEA EBF by March 31st.  The benefit provides for up to $325 combined reimbursement between physician office visits and prescription co-pays.  Original receipts for physician office visit co-pays, one per visit, must contain name, physician's name, address and also must indicate the co-pay was for an office visit.  X-ray, lab, physical therapy, etc., are not eligible for reimbursement.  The EBF requests an itemized print-out of prescription co-pays indicating date of service, item dispensed and co-pay amount.  Please do not use a highlighter on print-outs.  Cash register receipts, canceled checks, and credit card receipts are not accepted for this benefit.  The newly revised Co-pay Reimbursement form is available on our web site, www.cseajudiciary.org, under "Resources/Services."

COUNSELING MEMOS

A reminder, if you receive a counseling memo, you must sign that you have received the memo, not that you necessarily agree with its contents.  Members are strongly advised to print below their signature "see attached response" and, within a reasonable period of time, compose a written response to be attached to the counseling memo in your personnel file.  In some judicial districts, union representatives are asked to attend counseling sessions; other districts do not request our presence.  Whether a union rep is present or not, we are available to discuss the content of the counseling memo and your written response.

COMMENTARY OF THE GOVERNOR ON THE JUDICIARY BUDGET PROPOSAL

FYI, last week's commentary by the Governor on the Judiciary's proposed budget:

"The Judiciary has requested appropriations of $2.54 billion.  Across all fund types, this reflects no growth from last year and includes a decrease of $3.9 million in General Fund appropriations.  On a cash basis, the proposed Judiciary budget reflects a spending decrease of $19.2 million (or 0.7 percent)."

"The budget submitted by the Chief Judge recognizes the ongoing budgetary pressures the State faces, addressing fiscal reality while supporting the courts' ability to uphold their constitutional duty.  The budget as submitted both sustains the savings achieved last year and holds the line on new spending.  I commend the Judiciary for examining their operations and for continuing to seek to make the court system work better and smarter."

Updates February 1, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

2012 CSEA STATEWIDE ELECTIONS

A reminder to send in the recently mailed 2012 CSEA Election ballots.  It is our privilege to be able to elect those who represent us.  As members of CSEA Region 5, which geographically is the same as our Local, we have three voting options on the ballot this year, to elect the slate of statewide officers or to vote for one of the two individuals running for statewide treasurer.  Ballots must be received in Albany by 8 a.m. on February 14th.

COURT CLOSURE - CHEMUNG COUNTY

CSEA has been notified that Chemung County courts will be closed on Friday, February 17th in observance of an official holiday.  Non-judicial personnel must use annual leave on this day.

PROPOSED TIER 6

(Source:  CSEA Political Action Department)

Governor Cuomo has proposed the creation of yet another pension tier.  This new tier will require employees to choose a 401(k) type retirement plan or accept a reduced pension plan that requires increased employee contributions and requires the employee to work longer in order to get a smaller benefit.  

Although your pension is constitutionally protected, it is not financially protected. As more employees enter the defined contribution plan, the state retirement system would become weaker because there would be fewer people paying into the system.   This will weaken the overall strength of the pension fund and put your pension in jeopardy.

Visit the CSEA Statewide web site, www.csealocal1000.org, to learn more about how the proposed creation of Tier 6 would adversely affect you and your pension, as well as statements of concern by the state comptroller.

Update February 9, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT



PENSION ALERT!!!!


Click here to email your legislators!

The governor's proposed Tier 6 will force people into a 401(k) and will cause YOUR Pension FUND to go under.

The constitutional guarantee is useless if the PENSION FUND IS BROKE!

This happened in Rhode Island - current retirees had to take as much as a 50 percent loss in their pensions.

Oppose Tier 6

Tell Your State Legislators

"Don't put my retirement at risk - oppose Tier 6"

Call 1-877-255-9417

Go to: tinyurl.com/stoptier6
Updates February 17, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

IMPORTANT - PROPOSED TIER 6

"I'm in Tier 4, so I'm not concerned about the proposed new retirement tier."  "Why should I care about Tier 6?  It won't have any effect on me."

Think the new Tier 6 proposal will not affect you?  WRONG.  In Rhode Island, current retirees had to take as much as a 50% loss in their pensions.

We do not want that to happen in New York.  A constitutional guarantee to your pension is completely useless if the pension fund is broke!  The proposed Tier 6 plan 401(k) option requires no mandatory employee contribution and the employee carries all of the risk.  Even more important, the stability of our retirement system will be at risk with less people paying into the system.

What you need to do:

  • Visit the CSEA Statewide web site, www.csealocal1000.org, to learn more about how the proposed creation of Tier 6 will adversely affect you and your pension, as well as statements of concern by the state comptroller.
  • Visit www.tinyurl.com/stoptier6 to quickly and easily e-mail your legislators and tell them NOT to put your retirement at risk.
  • Please post the attached bulletin in your workplace and share it with your co-workers.  (Click here for Tier 6 Alert bulletin.)
  • Every one of us needs to take action, notifying our legislators that we do not want this new tier.  Again, the "tinyurl" link above provides quick and easy legislator access - you'll need less than a minute's time.  Don't wait for the someone else to contact your legislators - you do it and then make sure your co-workers, friends and neighbors have done it too!

BROOME COUNTY DINNER MEETING, WED., 2/29/12

There will be a Local informational dinner meeting in Binghamton on Wednesday, February 29th, at the Terra Cotta Restaurant, 81 State Street.  This meeting is open to Local members from all counties.  We will get together at 5:30 and start our meeting at 6:00.  Reservations are required and must be received by 12 noon on Friday, 2/24.  If you are not certain you can attend, please do not make a reservation - we don't want to waste our members' money paying for uneaten meals.  If you do plan to attend, please RSVP to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com by next Friday at noon.  (Please do not e-mail me as I will be away a couple days next week.)  We look forward to seeing everyone.  Bring your questions!

ONONDAGA COUNTY UNIT MEETING, THURS., 3/8/12

Unit 3, Onondaga County, will be holding a general membership meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Twin Trees Too Restaurant, 1029 Milton Avenue, Syracuse, at 5:30 p.m.  Reservations must be received by March 1st and require a $5 check payable to "CSEA Local 334 Unit 3," sent to Adriane Marino, Room 202 County Courthouse, or Barbara Tracz, Syracuse City Court.

ONLINE LEARNING SCHOLARSHIP

Empire State College is offering an Online Learning Scholarship for union members, their families and/or domestic partners interested in registering for undergraduate degree studies.  Please see the attachment for further information on applications and guidelines or go to www.esc.edu/Bahr.

(Thank you to Terri Lamb, Grievance Rep, for submitting this information.)

SICK LEAVE CREDIT CALCULATION

Interested in estimating the value of your accumulated sick leave credits?  Clink on the link below to access the worksheet.

Click here - Sick Leave Calculation Worksheet

Scholarships February 17, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

(Terri Vecchio, Judiciary Local 334 Scholarship Chair)

Please find attached scholarship applications for the following:

2012 CSEA Judiciary Local 334 Lt. Michael D. Carraway Memorial Scholarship, filing deadline April 15th - Two $1,000 scholarships based on academics (must have 80 average and above to apply) and one $500 financial assistance scholarship, awarded to graduating high school seniors who are a child or legal dependent of a court employee represented by Judiciary Local 334 and will be continuing their education at an accredited institution of higher education.  Awards are presented in June.

Click Here - Local 334 Scholarship

2012 CSEA Region 5 Scholarship application and poster, filing deadline April 15th - Four $500 scholarships awarded to 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.  Awards are presented in June.

Click Here - Region 5 Scholarship

Click Here - Region 5 Scholarship Poster

2012 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarships, filing deadline April 30th -This one application includes three different scholarship opportunities:

  1. Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship -  Three $1,000 scholarships in each of CSEA's six Regions, available to children of CSEA-represented employees in New York State who are graduating high school seniors.
  2. Pearl Carrol & Associates Award - One $2,500 award to a high school student entering the SUNY system.
  3. Met Life Award - One $2,500 award not limited to a student entering the SUNY system.

Awards are presented in June and published in "The Work Force."

Click Here - Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarships

 

 

Updates February 22, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

IMPORTANT - PROPOSED TIER 6

Have you taken the 60 seconds (or less) to e-mail your legislators in opposition to the proposed Tier 6?  Forward this e-mail to your home address, then forward a copy to friends and family.  On your home computer, visit www.tinyurl.com/stoptier6 to quickly and easily e-mail your legislators and tell them NOT to put your retirement at risk.  The process is simple - simply fill in your address, your legislators are automatically selected, there is a proposed letter that you can submit immediately OR you can write your own thoughts.  This is extremely important.  We all want pension security when reaching retirement age!  Contact your legislators today.

BROOME COUNTY DINNER MEETING, WED., 2/29/12

Last call for reservations.  Join us at 5:30 on Wednesday, 2/29, at the Terra Cotta Restaurant, 81 State Street, Binghamton.  Reservations should be sent to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com by this Friday, 2/24, before 12 noon.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

ONONDAGA COUNTY UNIT MEETING, THURS., 3/8/12

Reminder:  Unit 3, Onondaga County, will be holding a general membership meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Twin Trees Too Restaurant, 1029 Milton Avenue, Syracuse, at 5:30 p.m.  Reservations must be received by March 1st and require a $5 check payable to "CSEA Local 334 Unit 3," sent to Adriane Marino, Room 202 County Courthouse, or Barbara Tracz, Syracuse City Court.

SAVE THE DATES

Save the dates for upcoming Local dinner meetings, Wednesday, 4/11/12 in Jefferson County, Best Western Carriage House, and Thursday, 4/12/12 in Lewis County, Steak-N-Brew.  More information will be sent out in the near future.

SYRACUSE MONSTER JAM

Feld Entertainment will present "Monster Jam" coming to the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on March 10th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., with special savings for UCS employees. The attached discount, $5 off the regularly priced $20 seating level, is being offered at no cost to UCS.  Share the attached information about the Monster Truck Jam with your co-workers and their families.  Anyone that is interested can contact Bill Shanks directly to order their tickets or have any questions answered. This discount will expire at noon on March 7th, 2012.  Contact:  Bill Shanks, Group Sales Specialist, BShanks@feldgroupsales.com or 1-866-248-8740, ext. 130, mention "Unified Court System discount."

Click Here - Syracuse Monster Jam

 

 

Updates March 12, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

IMPORTANT - PROPOSED TIER 6

One more reminder to e-mail your legislators in opposition to the Governor's proposed Tier 6.  On your home computer, visit www.tinyurl.com/stoptier6 to quickly and easily e-mail your legislators and tell them NOT to put your retirement at risk.  It is extremely important that you contact your legislators today and every day until this matter is resolved!

JEFFERSON & LEWIS COUNTY DINNER MEETINGS

We have two upcoming informational dinner meetings, one on Wednesday 4/11/12 at the Best Western Carriage House, 300 Washington Street, Watertown, 5:30 p.m., and the second on Thursday, 4/12/12, at the Steak 'N Brew Restaurant, 4497 State Route 26, Turin, 5:30 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend both meetings.  As always, members from throughout all counties of our Local are invited to attend these dinner meetings.   Reservations should be sent to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com by Wednesday, April 4th.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

VACATION NOTIFICATION

I anticipate being out of the office from Wednesday, 3/21 through and including Wednesday, 3/28.  Please leave a message on our Local phone/fax, 1-800-498-0334 and your call will be returned.  You may also contact any of our Local officers, whose e-mail information is available on our web site, under Local 334.

Updates March 29, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

SICK LEAVE BANK ENROLLMENT

The CSEA-UCS Sick Leave Bank enrollment period will run from 3/29/12 through 4/25/12.  Members are strongly encouraged to enroll if they meet the eligibility requirements.  Current members do not need to reapply.  The 2012 contribution has been waived for those already enrolled.  District Offices will be notifying employees of enrollment guidelines and providing enrollment forms.

COURT CLOSURES & MODIFICATION OF HOURS

CSEA has been notified that Schuyler County courts will be closed in observance of an official holiday on Friday, April 6, 2012.

We have also been notified that Oneida City Court will observe the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5th and will also be closed on Friday, April 6th, 2012.

SCHUYLER & CHEMUNG COUNTY DINNER MEETINGS

Save the date - We have scheduled an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday 5/16/12 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel and a second dinner meeting at Lib's Supper Club in Elmira on Thursday, May 17th, 2012.  Mark your calendars - more information will follow.

JEFFERSON & LEWIS COUNTY DINNER MEETINGS

A final reminder that reservations should be sent to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com by Wednesday, April 4th for the 4/11/12 Jefferson County dinner meeting and also for the 4/12/12 Lewis County dinner meeting.  We look forward to seeing everyone.


Updates April 17, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

INFORMATIONAL DINNER MEETINGS - SCHUYLER & CHEMUNG COUNTIES

We have two upcoming informational dinner meetings, one on Wednesday, 5/16/12 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, 16 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen (Schuyler County) and the second on Thursday, 5/17/12, at Lib's Supper Club, 106 W. 5th Street, Elmira (Chemung County).  Vendors have been invited to attend both meetings and will be available at 5 p.m.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.  As always, members from throughout all counties of our Local are invited to attend these informational dinner meetings.   Reservations should be sent to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com by Wednesday, May 9th.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

 

UPDATED EBF FORMS

Newly updated CSEA Employee Benefit Fund forms are available on our website for Legal, Dental and Vision care reimbursement.  Click on "Resources" and "Services" to locate links to the pdf files.

 

INCREMENTS TO BE PAID

UCS has informed CSEA that increments will, in fact, be paid based on the salary steps set forth in our contract.  To date, we have not received confirmation that longevity bonuses will be paid, but presumably, they will be paid at the same time as the salary steps.

We have received a number of inquires as to the salary schedule and the definition of "Maximum," "1st Longevity," and "2nd Longevity steps."  Members remain at the "Maximum" step for four years, then at "1st Longevity" for four years, then reach the top of their pay schedule in the  "2nd Longevity" step.

Updates May 8, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

INFORMATIONAL DINNER MEETINGS - SCHUYLER & CHEMUNG COUNTIES

A reminder that reservations for our dinner meetings next week in Watkins Glen (Wednesday, 5/16) and Elmira (Thursday, 5/17) are due by Wednesday, May 9th.   Vendors have been invited to attend both meetings and will be available at 5 p.m.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.  As always, members from throughout all counties of our Local are invited to attend these informational dinner meetings.   Reservations should be sent to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

 

REGION 5 PRESIDENT WHEATON'S NEWSLETTER

Please take a moment to read Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton's Spring Newsletter by clicking on the link below. Colleen writes about a few very important topics that every Local member should be aware of and follow closely - these issues can have serious implications for all of us.

Colleen Wheaton's Spring 2012 Newsletter

SAVE THE DATES

More information with be posted in the future, but a couple "save the date" notifications:

Local 334 Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Old Forge - Saturday, July 21, 2012

Local 334 Clambake, Syracuse - Saturday, September 8, 2012

CSEA Region 5 Golf Tournament, Camillus - Friday, September 21, 2012

Polar Plunge/Special Olympics Fund Raiser, Oneida Shores, Brewerton - Sunday, December 2, 2012

Region 5 NYC Bus Trip to NYC/Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Thursday, December 27, 2012

Updates May 29, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

HEALTH INSURANCE CONTRIBUTION ERRORS

Early in May, UCS notified approximately 138 CSEA-represented employees statewide that due to a computer programming error, the Department of Civil Service incorrectly billed for health insurance contributions since the changes that were made in October and November of 2011 and, therefore, these employees must begin paying back the amount owed with up to $100 deducted from each paycheck beginning on May 24th.  If you are one of those people required to re-pay funds because of the miscalculation and feel that $100 per paycheck would be  a financial burden, please contact your Health Benefits Administrator (District Office) in writing requesting a reduction in the amount per paycheck, stating the reasons why that amount would be a financial burden.

 

CSEA LOCAL 334 DARIEN LAKE DAYS

See the link below for information on CSEA Local 334 Darien Lake Days, August 11th and 12th.  Contact Local 334 Membership Committee Chair Terri Vecchio for $20.39 admission tickets (includes tax) at tvecchio334@roadrunner.com.  Please include:  Name of CSEA member, number of tickets requested and mailing address.  Tickets are good either Saturday, August 11th OR Sunday August 12th.  Deadline to request tickets is August 3rd.

Local 334 Darien Lake Days 2012

Update June 11, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

HEALTH INSURANCE CONTRIBUTION ERRORS

If you are one of the employees affected by the NYS Department of Civil Service incorrectly calculating your health insurance premiums and you still would like to request a reduction in the "payback amount," please contact Dawn Dugan at the CSEA Health Benefits Department at 1-800-286-5242.

"OUT OF OFFICE" NOTICE

I will be traveling on union business the week of June 18-22, 2012.  Please leave a message on our Local 334 voicemail, 1-800-498-0334, or refer to our web site for Local and Unit Officer contact information if you need assistance.

WATER SAFARI ENCHANTED FOREST, 7/21/12

Complete and mail the attached reservation form for our Local 334 Water Safari Enchanted Forest Day on July 21st.  Members attend free and guests receive reduced admission prices.  Reservations must be received by July 13th.  Admission includes parking, all-you-can-eat lunch, and beverages all day.   We always have a great time.  Hope to see you there!

July 21, 2012 Water Safari Reservations

Updates June 28, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

REMINDER:  WATER SAFARI ENCHANTED FOREST, 7/21/12

Complete and mail the attached reservation form for our Local 334 Water Safari Enchanted Forest Day on July 21st.  Members attend free and guests receive reduced admission prices.  Reservations must be received by July 13th.  Admission includes parking, all-you-can-eat lunch, and beverages all day.   We always have a great time.  Hope to see you there!

2012 Water Safari

REMINDER:  CSEA LOCAL 334 DARIEN LAKE DAYS

See the link to the flyer for information on CSEA Local 334 Darien Lake Days, August 11th and 12th.  Contact Local 334 Membership Committee Chair Terri Vecchio for $20.39 admission tickets (includes tax) at tvecchio334@roadrunner.com.  Please include:  Name of CSEA member, number of tickets requested and mailing address.  Tickets are good either Saturday, August 11th OR Sunday August 12th.  Deadline to request tickets is August 3rd.

2012 Darien Lake

CSEA REGION 5 FUN DAY AT SEABREEZE AMUSEMENT PARK

CSEA Region 5 Member Services Committee has arranged discounted tickets for Family Fun Days at the Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester on Friday, August 10th or Saturday, August 11th, 2012.  Tickets are good for one day only, rain or shine, and are $31 per person for Friday reservations and $33 per person for Saturday reservations.  Children under 2 are free.  Ticket prices include the luncheon menu, serving Texas hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage with peppers and onions, potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans, chips, popcorn and more.  Reservation deadlines is August 1st. Contact Tammy Witteman at 607-721-8777 to reserve your tickets.  See the attached flyer for more information.

2012 Seabreeze Amusement Park

Updates August 3, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

FREE SYRACUSE CHIEFS TICKETS

Thursday, August 16th will be CSEA & Labor Night at the Syracuse Chiefs baseball game.  CSEA Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton has given our Local a number of free tickets that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each member will be given four free tickets.  If prior to the game there are extras, we will let you know.  Tickets can be picked up  from Local Executive VP Darlene O'Hara in the Onondaga County Courthouse or you may send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Darlene at 384 Summer Haven Drive North, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

CHENANGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting in Chenango County on Thursday, September 13th, 5:30 p.m., at Fred's Inn, 5149 State Highway 12 in Norwich.  Reservations requests should be send to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com and must be received by September 6th .  The meeting is open to all Local 334 members from any county.  Bring along any questions you may have.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  This notice is being sent a little early as I plan to take vacation time towards the end of the month, so mark your calendar now and send in your reservation to Brenda.

LOCAL 334 CLAMBAKE

Please see the link below for information on our Local 334 Clambake, to be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012, 12-4 p.m., at the Spinning Wheel Restaurant in North Syracuse. All members are invited to attend.  Our menu will include steamed and raw clams, mussels, chicken, BBQ beef or pork, kielbasa, sausage and peppers, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, coneys, and the list goes on! RSVP by August 24th to Adriane Marino or Barb Tracz. We hope to see everyone there!

Local 334 Clambake Information

MEET CSEA PRESIDENT DANNY DONOHUE

CSEA President Danny Donohue will be available to meet with members on August 29th at the Central Region Binghamton satellite office from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Call the Central Region Office at 315-433-0050 to schedule an appointment and receive directions.

 

Updates August 13, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

NEW YORK STATE FAIR - LABOR DAY PARADE

On Labor Day, September 3rd, join CSEA President Danny Donohue and fellow union members in the CNY Labor Federation in marching at the Labor Day Parade at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.  Free fair admission for those who march and limited free parking is available.  Free CSEA T-shirts for the first 200 participants.  To get your tickets, you must sign up by August 20th by contacting Darlene O'Hara, doharajudiciary334@yahoo.com.  Please send Darlene your name, work location, phone number, total number of marchers and mailing address.  Tickets are available for members and their family members who commit to marching in the parade.  One parking pass permitted per three entrance tickets, so you are encouraged to carpool.  Marchers should assemble by 10:30 a.m. outside the Fair's Indian Village between Fair Gates 4 & 5.  Look for the CSEA banner.  You will be required to sign in and confirm your participation in the parade.

Labor Day Parade Information

CSEA REGION 5 GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Fifth Annual Central Region 5 Golf Tournament to benefit the Region Scholarship Fund will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Camillus Country Club.  The cost is $75 per player and includes a golf shirt, cart, golf, lunch at the turn, contests on the course, steak dinner and awards.  For those that do not golf, a "dinner only" option is offered.  Participant forms must be returned no later than September 7th, 2012.  Click on the link below for the informational flyer and registration materials.

Region 5 Golf Tournament

NEGOTIATIONS

Our CSEA contract negotiations team has not met in some time, for a variety of reasons.  We are looking at dates to resume negotiations with UCS in September and/or October.

REMINDER - LOCAL 334 CLAMBAKE

Make your reservation for our Local 334 Clambake, to be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012, 12-4 p.m., at the Spinning Wheel Restaurant in North Syracuse.   RSVP by August 24th to Adriane Marino or Barb Tracz.  Further information is available on our web site, under Locals, Local 334, News, August 3rd Posting.

REMINDER - CHENANGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting in Chenango County on Thursday, September 13th, 5:30 p.m., at Fred's Inn, 5149 State Highway 12 in Norwich.  Reservations requests should be send to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com and must be received by September 6th .

"OUT OF OFFICE" NOTICE

I will be out of the office for the weeks of August 20th and August 27th, returning September 4th.  If you need assistance, please leave a message on our Local 334 voicemail, 1-800-498-0334, or refer to our web site for Local and Unit Officer contact information.

Updates September 5, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

BINGHAMTON - LOCAL 334 MEETING & CLAMBAKE

Click the link below for information on our Saturday, September 29th Local 334 Clambake at the Mountain Top Grove in Binghamton, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Several CSEA Locals in the Binghamton area have an annual clambake at this facility and have invited our Local to attend as well.  Make your reservations by calling Tammy at 607-721-8777 and advising her that you are from Judiciary Local 334.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Reduced member cost is $15, guests are $42, and children 5-11 are $15.  Children 4 and under are free.  Our Local members will hold a brief meeting at 1:30.  Door prizes, raffles, 50/50 and more - make your reservations today.

CSEA Binghamton Clambake

SOCIAL MEDIA PRECAUTIONS

With the rising popularity of social media, Facebook, Twitter, etc., a gentle reminder that as court system employees, we are held to certain standards when it comes to public comments on matters pending in the courts.  While there is somewhat of a "grey" area dividing what is appropriate and what is inappropriate, use caution when commenting publicly.  Remember, once you press send or post, it is virtually impossible to "take back" your comments.  Common sense should prevail, and better to err on the side of caution - if you have any doubt whether your comments are appropriate, do not send/post them.

BREAST CANCER WALK

Join the CSEA Team in Binghamton on September 30, 2012, 11:30 a.m. for the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk.  The first 50 people to join the team at the Making Strides website, http://main.acsevents.org, will receive a pink "CSEA Cares" hat or visor.   Bring along co-workers or some family members to join you at this fundraiser for a worthy cause.  Click the link below for more information.

Binghamton Breast Cancer Walk

REMINDER - CHENANGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting in Chenango County on Thursday, September 13th, 5:30 p.m., at Fred's Inn, 5149 State Highway 12 in Norwich.  Reservations requests should be send to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com and must be received by September 6thNote: There are only a handful of members who have responded for this dinner meeting.  If more members are not interested, then we will cancel the dinner meeting.  If that happens, we will contact those that have RSVP'd.

REMINDER - CSEA REGION 5 GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Fifth Annual Central Region 5 Golf Tournament to benefit the Region Scholarship Fund will be held on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Camillus Country Club.   Participant forms must be returned no later than September 7th, 2012.  See our web site, under Local 334, "News" for complete information.

Updates September 11, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

SU FOOTBALL - DISCOUNT TICKETS AVAILABLE

Clink the link below for information on discount tickets for CSEA members to SU home games.

SU Football Home Games

CHENANGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

Our Local meeting is still on and we are looking forward to seeing those that RSVP'd at the Chenango County dinner meeting on this Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Fred's Inn, 5149 State Highway 12 in Norwich.

REMINDER: BINGHAMTON - LOCAL 334 MEETING & CLAMBAKE

Reservations will be accepted through Wednesday, September 19th for our September 29th clambake in Binghamton.  Refer to our Receiver Notice of September 5th and/or our web site for further information.

Updates September 19, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

EXAM FILING PERIOD EXTENDED

The filing period for the Associate Court Clerk 55-773 and Principal Court Clerk 55-774 promotional exams has been extended to close of business on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.  The exams will given on Saturday, October 13, 2012.  The examination announcements and electronic applications are available at www.nycourts.gov/careers/.  Important:  Applications must be filed electronically.  Separate applications must be completed for each exam.

CORTLAND COUNTY DINNER MEETING

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting in Cortland County on Thursday, October 4th, 5:30 p.m., at The Community Restaurant, 10 Main Street, Cortland.  Reservations requests should be send to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com and must be received by September 27th .  The meeting is open to all Local 334 members from any county.  Bring with you any questions you may have.  Vendors have been invited to attend.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Contract Administration Specialist, September 12, 2012)

In January, 2012, CSEA filed an Improper Practice Charge with the New York State Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) with regard to contract proposals that UCS deemed non-mandatory when we met with them in September 2011.  This charge had to be filed within four months of UCS declaring these proposals non-mandatory and, since no additional meetings were scheduled before then, we had to file the charge to preserve timeliness.  This put negotiations on hold, since we couldn't move forward until this charge was resolved.  In August, CSEA and UCS settled the charge.

CSEA is currently in the process of scheduling the next negotiation session with UCS and will provide updated information as we move forward.

(Note:  We have now scheduled dates in mid-November for negotiations to continue.  Don)

POLITICAL UPDATES

In view of the many political issues facing our Union and our members, Region 5 Political Coordinator Rick Noreault will add your personal e-mail to a political news "blast" e-mail update to keep you informed on issues affecting you, your jobs, and your families.  Your e-mail address must be personal (not work) and will be kept confidential.  Please see the link below for further information.

Region 5 Political Updates Sign-up

REMINDER: BINGHAMTON - LOCAL 334 MEETING & CLAMBAKE

Reservations will be accepted through the end of the day today, Wednesday, September 19th, for our September 29th clambake in Binghamton.  Refer to our Receiver Notice of September 5th and/or our web site for further information.

Updates October 11, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

MEMBER REMINDERS

A couple of reminders to our members:

  1. Whether you are required to swipe into KRONOS or not, you are required to be in your office during court hours of operation.  Whether you worked until 6:30 the night before or came in early at 7:00 a.m.(which I do NOT advise doing), you are legally obligated as an employee to be working during your shift hours.  Failure to do so is "stealing" from the State, as you are being paid for hours you did not work, and it is next to impossible for your Union to defend counseling/disciplinary actions in this regard.
  2. If you learn that you will be receiving a counseling memo, you may request union representation, although UCS does not have to grant that request.  Two of the Judicial Districts we work in always request a CSEA representative be present, one sometimes does, and one has never made the request.  Also, you must sign that you have received the counseling memo, NOT that you necessarily agree with its content, and you are entitled to respond in writing.

 

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS, FRANKLIN & ST. LAWRENCE COUNTIES

Our Local will hold informational dinner meetings on Wednesday, November 28th in Franklin County, Malone, and on Thursday, November 29th in St. Lawrence County, Canton.  Save the date.  More information will follow.

 

COURT REPORTER PILOT PROGRAMS

UCS has been conducting a pilot program for some time regarding filing State sentencing transcripts in pdf format, which is now the practice in 42 of the 62 counties statewide.  There is no written directive from UCS.

Most CAT software programs are capable of producing both pdf transcripts and digital signatures.  Court Reporters should check with their CAT software tech support for directions on how to produce pdf files and attach digital signatures.

This new process will actually save our Court Reporter members money as there is no need to print out the transcript.  At this time, if/when an appeal of the case comes through, the reporter would then print out and file the sentencing as they have always done.

There is another ongoing pilot program regarding digital steno note archiving, where reporters with electronic steno note files e-mail their files to UCS for storage, instead of physically boxing up and storing notes day after day.  My understanding is that sometime next year, that program will go statewide for those reporters capable of producing electronic note files.

 

COURT CLOSINGS

We will only post court closings that are sent directly from UCS to CSEA.  Contractually, all districts should send these notifications of holiday closings; however, it is obvious that not all districts follow that contract language.

Schuyler County Courts, closed Friday, November 23, 2012

Cortland County Courts, closed Friday, November 23 and Monday, December 24, 2012

Cortland City Court, closed Friday, November 23 and Monday, December 24, 2012

Madison County Courts, closed Friday, November 23 and Monday, December 24 beginning at noon.

Updates October 25, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH

Vote, vote, vote...we've heard it all our lives, every vote counts and every person has the same opportunity to have their "voice" heard.  So take a few minutes and take part in shaping the future of our state and our country.  It's our duty and our privilege to do so.

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS, FRANKLIN & ST. LAWRENCE COUNTIES

Our Local will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Wednesday, November 28th in Franklin County, Malone, at Sanzone's Restaurant, 598 East Main Street, and on Thursday, November 29th in St. Lawrence County, Canton, at The Club, 25 Court Street.  Both meetings will begin at 5:30.

Vendors have been invited.  All Local 334 members are invited to attend.  Please reply to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com with your reservation by Tuesday, November 20th.

POLAR PLUNGE

Please consider supporting our 2012 Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for the New York Special Olympics.  A number of your Local officers will be part of the CSEA Region 5 Polar Peeps team, and on December 2nd, we'll be "freezin' for a reason" as we jump into the chilly waters of Oneida Lake - all in an effort to raise money for the athletes to compete in the games.  As a volunteer at the Olympic Games, I've seen the joy and excitement the athletes experience while competing. And trust me, it's contagious.  It's a fantastic experience for the athletes AND the volunteers.

So if you are in an office setting, maybe ask your co-workers to throw in a dollar or two, pool your money and make a pledge. Or pitch in a few dollars instead of buying that cup of coffee while out on the road. It all adds up, so thanks in advance for your donation, whether small or large.
Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and go to http://2012.kintera.org/cnypolarplunge/cseareg5don?faf=1&e=6191897966

COURT CLOSINGS

CSEA has been notified of the following closings:

Cortland City Court, closed Friday, November 23, 2012 and Monday, December 24, 2012

Tioga County Courts, closed Friday, November 23, 2012

Ithaca City Court, closed Friday, November 23, 2012

Oneonta City Court, closed Friday, November 23, 2012

Onondaga County Office Building, closed Friday, November 23, 2012

 

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office 10/29 through and including 11/5.  If you need to contact the union, call 1-800-498-0334 and leave a message or contact a Local officer, listed on our web site under Local 334.

Updates November 15, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS 11/14 & 11/15/12

(Source:  Jim Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, posted under "Contract" on our web site)

CSEA's  Negotiating Team met on Wednesday to review progress so far, to discuss the settlement of the Improper Employer Practice charge we filed last year (when UCS refused to negotiate several CSEA proposals), and to work on possible additional ideas.

On Thursday, CSEA and UCS negotiators talked at length about the slow pace of negotiations, the fiscal picture for the State in general and UCS in particular, and whether or not the recent storm damage will delay the process.

We hope to meet again in January on the assumption that UCS will have its act together in order to negotiate a new contract sooner rather than later.  Please check in for further developments.

HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF EFFORT

UCS recently established the Court Families Assistance Fund for financial donations in an effort to assist judges and non-judicial employees who have suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  CSEA Judiciary Local 334 has made a monetary contribution to the fund on behalf of our members.  Personal contributions are, of course, encouraged in order to benefit our fellow court system employees that have been so adversely affected by this massive storm.

REMINDER - LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS, FRANKLIN & ST. LAWRENCE COUNTIES

Reservations are due by Tuesday, November 20th for our Local informational dinner meetings on Wednesday, November 28th in Franklin County, Malone, at Sanzone's Restaurant, 598 East Main Street, and on Thursday, November 29th in St. Lawrence County, Canton, at The Club, 25 Court Street.  Both meetings will begin at 5:30.  Please reply to Brenda Leone at reporterbl@aol.com .

REMINDER - POLAR PLUNGE

Please consider supporting our 2012 Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for the New York Special Olympics.  Local Officers Don Lynskey, Brenda Leone, Natalie Spilman and Sheila Sears are part of the CSEA Region 5 Polar Peeps team, and on December 2nd, we'll be "freezin' for a reason" as we jump into the chilly waters of Oneida Lake - all in an effort to raise money for the athletes to compete in the games.  You can sponsor any one of our officers  by going to http://tinyurl.com/cseapeeps2012 and clicking on their name.  To those that have already donated, thank you very much!!

COURT CLOSINGS AND CHANGES OF HOURS

CSEA has been notified of the following closings/changed hours:

Elmira City Court, closed Friday, November 23rd; Monday, December 24th, closed beginning at noon

Broome County Courts, closed Friday, November 23rd

Oneida City Court, Wednesday, November 21st, hours changed to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oneida City Court, closed Friday, November 23rd and Monday, December 24th

Delaware County Courts, closed Friday, November 23rd

Tompkins County Courts, closed Friday, November 23rd

Chenango County Courts, closed Friday, November 23rd; Monday, December 24th, closed beginning at noon

Updates December 7, 2012 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

NEW YORK CITY TRIP

CSEA Region 5 has arranged a bus trip to New York City for the 2012 Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show for $100 per person OR you may ride to NYC for the day for $48 per person.  Buses leave from Syracuse and Binghamton on Thursday, December 27th.  Click on the link below for further information.  Reservations must be received by December 14th, so don't delay in sending in your reservations.

Click Here: Region 5 New York City Bus Trip

EMPLOYEE BENEFIT FUND - CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

A reminder that EBF Co-Pay Reimbursement request can be submitted once annually for prescription and/or physician office visit co-pays.  If you have already reached the combined $325 maximum, you may submit your request now.   All requests for calendar year 2012 must be received by 3/31/13.  The form is available on our web site, under the "Resources/Services" link.  Or you may refer to the CSEA EBF site, www.cseaebf.com, for both the form and the CSEA-UCS benefit booklet describing the guidelines for submitting co-pay reimbursement forms.

Updates January 15, 2013 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting on Thursday, 1/31/13 in Otsego County, at Nicoletta's Restaurant, 98 Main Street, Cooperstown, 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Please RSVP by Thursday, 1/24 to brenda@csealocal334.com.  This dinner meeting is open to all members of Local 334.

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Because of Hurrican Sandy issues still affecting the UCS Labor Relations offices in NYC, our January contract negotiations session has been rescheduled to 2/27 and 2/28.  More information will follow after those meetings.

REMINDER - EMPLOYEE BENEFIT FUND - CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

A reminder that EBF Co-Pay Reimbursement request can be submitted once annually for prescription and/or physician office visit co-pays.    All requests for calendar year 2012 must be received by 3/31/13.  The form is available on our web site, under the "Resources/Services" link.  Or you may refer to the CSEA EBF site, www.cseaebf.com, for both the form and the CSEA-UCS benefit booklet describing the guidelines for submitting co-pay reimbursement forms.  You do not have to participate in a State-sponsored health insurance plan to be eligible for this benefit.

 

Updates January 24, 2013 CSEA February 1, 2013 01:14 PM

REMINDER - OTSEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting on Thursday, 1/31/13 in Otsego County, at Nicoletta's Restaurant, 98 Main Street, Cooperstown, 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Please RSVP by end of the day today, Thursday, 1/24, to brenda@csealocal334.com.  This dinner meeting is open to all members of Local 334.

UNIT 4 (ONEIDA, HERKIMER, MADISON) DINNER MEETING

Local 334, Unit 4 will be having a dinner meeting on Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6 p.m., at Aqua Vino's Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road East, Utica. Vendors have been invited to attend. Please RSVP by February 1st with a $5.00 deposit to Brenda Leone, either in person or by mail at 3104 Oneida St., Sauquoit, NY 13456. Checks should be made payable to CSEA Judiciary Local 334.   This dinner is also open to all Local 334 members.

REQUESTS TO RESCIND APPROVED ANNUAL LEAVE

Employees are contractually entitled to submit requests for annual leave to be considered on a seniority basis.  Our members should note, however, if an employee requests annual leave and it is subsequently approved by management, it is at management's discretion to accept or deny an employee's request to rescind that annual leave.

Updates February 1, 2013 CSEA February 1, 2013 03:03 PM

REMINDER - UNIT 4 (ONEIDA, HERKIMER, MADISON) DINNER MEETING

Local 334, Unit 4 will be having a dinner meeting on Thursday, February 7, 2013, 6 p.m., at Aqua Vino's Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road East, Utica. Vendors have been invited to attend. Please RSVP by February 1st (TODAY) with a $5.00 deposit to Brenda Leone, either in person or by mail at 3104 Oneida St., Sauquoit, NY 13456. Checks should be made payable to CSEA Judiciary Local 334.   This dinner is also open to all Local 334 members.

ELECTIONS

Local/Unit elections will be held this spring.  Election Committees have been selected and registered with CSEA headquarters and further information will be forthcoming from each Chair of those committees regarding petitioning, filing deadlines, etc.   Election notices/info have been published in the CSEA "Work Force," but some important things to note:

  1. Members must use their ten-digit ID number when signing nominating petitions and/or voting.  The member must write in their own number, so be sure you have your CSEA ID card on hand.  CSEA ID numbers all begin with "123."
  2. Agency Shop (non-members) may not run for office, nor are they permitted to vote.
  3. Among other things, Election Committees are required to post/distribute two documents, the "Standing Rules and Regulations" for elections and "Notice Regarding Campaigning."  See the links below.

Click here - Standing Rules and Regulations

Click here - Notice Regarding Campaigning


NATIONAL COURT REPORTING & CAPTIONING WEEK, 2/17-2/23/2013

In recognition of Nation Court Reporting and Caption week, 2/17-2/23/2013, we have posted on our web site, under Locals, Local 334, a publication entitled "Contemporary Contemplations of Court Reporting," written by Dominick Tursi, Director of The Gallery of Shorthand.  Feel free to share this informative publication with your co-workers, friends and families, educating them about the technologically-advanced jobs that our court reporters perform in our society today.

Click here - "Contemporary Contemplations of Court Reporting"

SAVE THE DATE, SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH

We will be joining with CSEA Locals in the Binghamton area for a Dinner/Dance on March 9th, 2013 in the Binghamton area.  Save the date - further information will be distributed once plans are finalized.

SYRACUSE MONSTER JAM, MARCH 9TH

Feld Entertainment will present "Monster Jam" coming to the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on March 9th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., with special savings for UCS employees. The document available at the link below explains the discounts and contact information and can be shared with your co-workers and their families.  This discount will expire at noon on March 7th, 2012.

Click here - Monster Jam 2013

Updates February 8, 2013 CSEA February 8, 2013 08:30 AM

CSEA BINGHAMTON AREA WINTER DINNER DANCE

CSEA Locals 002, 441, 449, 648 and 866 in the Binghamton area have invited our Local 334 Judiciary members to participate in a "Winter Dinner Dance" on Saturday, March 9th, 2013, at the Traditions at the Glen, 4101 Watson Blvd., Johnson City.  Our Local will pay the member's attendance fee of $10 and guests may attend for $50.  Contact Tammy at 607-721-8777 for reservations by 3/1.  Enjoy a night out, with the live music of "The Look," chef carved roast sirloin of beef, mashed potato station with fixings, pasta station and more.  Space is limited, so don't wait to make your reservations.  See the attached flyer for more information.

Informational Flyer - March 9 Winter Dinner Dance

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office 2/11, 2/13-2/15 and 2/19-2/22.  If you have a union issue, please refer to our web site for officer contact information or leave a message at 1-800-498-0334 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Updates February 26, 2013 CSEA February 26, 2013 06:05 PM

LOCAL 334 ELECTION NOTICES

(From Maureen Postiglion, Local 334 Election Committee Chair)

The Local Election Committee is composed of Maureen Postiglion, Chair; Valerie Dousharm, Vice Chair; Patricia Roberts, and Michelle Malecki.  Click below for the Election Schedule indicating the timeline for election events.  The "Standing Rules and Regulations" and "Notice Regarding Campaigning" have been posted on the CSEA Judiciary web site, under Locals, Local 334.  Also attached is the "Nomination Notice," stating the Local positions to be elected, and the "CSEA Eligibility Requirements."

Election Schedule - click here

Nomination Notice & Eligibility Requirements - click here

 

OSWEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting on Thursday, 3/14/13 in Oswego County, at Vona's Restaurant, West 10th and Utica Street, Oswego, 5:30 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Please RSVP by Thursday, 3/7 to brenda@csealocal334.com.  This dinner meeting is open to all members of Local 334.

Updates March 4, 2013 CSEA March 4, 2013 01:51 PM

LOCAL 334 & REGION 5 SCHOLARSHIPS

(From Terri Vecchio, Local 334 Scholarship Committee Chair)

Click the link below for the application for our CSEA Local 334 Scholarship, two $1,000 academic scholarships and one $750 financial scholarship.  The deadline to file is April 15th.

CSEA Local 334 Scholarship Application

Click the link below for the CSEA Region 5 Scholarship, offering four $500 awards.  Applications for the Region scholarship should be sent to the Region office, as indicated, and are also due by April 15th.

CSEA Region 5 Scholarship Application

CSEA Region 5 Scholarship Poster

As other scholarship programs are announced, we will send them out in an e-mail Receiver Notice.

 

REMINDER - OSWEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting on Thursday, 3/14/13 in Oswego County, at Vona's Restaurant, West 10th and Utica Street, Oswego, 5:30 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Please RSVP by Thursday, 3/7 to brenda@csealocal334.com.  This dinner meeting is open to all members of Local 334.

Updates March 8, 2013 CSEA March 8, 2013 09:21 AM

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

(From James Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, 3/1/13)

The CSEA Negotiating Team met with UCS's team in Albany last week. For the first time in these negotiations, management gave us some idea of how they see the process.  They believe they do not have enough money in the upcoming budget, and probably won't have enough in the budget after that, to fully fund the current number of employees.  They are taking measures to reduce costs, including the reassignment of employees from administrative offices to court rooms, more hiring freezes, etc.

In short, they are planning to make "no growth" budgets into a "no growth" contract. We will need to counter their arguments, especially with respect to the numbers.  CSEA will be able to get down to the specifics of their ideas soon, as UCS recently told us that they would finally be presenting their written proposals to the Team at our next session.  Once we have these details, we will be able to argue that our members need a fair agreement that meets the needs of both sides, not just those of management.

We plan to meet next in early May and hope to be meeting more often following those dates for some meaningful negotiations.

 

SICK LEAVE BANK - ENROLLMENT & 2013 CONTRIBUTION

Open enrollment for the CSEA Sick Leave Bank will take place from 3/28 through 4/24.   If not already a participant, members are strongly encouraged to join.  Application and guidelines will be distributed by UCS shortly.

Current members of the Sick Leave Bank do not need to reapply, and the annual contribution charge for 2013 has been waived.

 

UTICA ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

Planning to attend the Utica St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, March 9th at 10 a.m.?  Instead, put on your "green" and be a part of the parade by joining me and other Union members on the Central New York Labor Council float.  Contact me if you would like further information.

 

CSEA ID NUMBERS

In order to sign petitions and to vote in the upcoming elections, members must have their CSEA ID number available.  A new feature of the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org (also www.csealocal1000.org) is a red box at the top of the home page titled "Look up your CSEA ID Number."  Click on the red box and enter the requested information to obtain your ID number.

Updates March 13, 2013 CSEA March 13, 2013 11:28 AM

2013 IRVING FLAUMENBAUM & PEARL CARROLL/METLIFE SCHOLARSHIPS

(From Terri Vecchio, Local 334 Scholarship Committee Chair)

Click below for the informational letter and application for the 2013 Irving Flaumenbaum Scholarship and Pearl Carroll/MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships.  Please read the letter carefully for guidelines.  By submitting one application, students will be applying for both scholarship opportunities. The deadline to file is April 15th.

Informational Letter & Application

REMINDER - OSWEGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, 3/14/13, that responded for the Oswego dinner meeting at Vona's Restaurant, 5:30 p.m.  We have received confirmation from the following vendors, who will be available at 5:00 p.m.:  CSEA Member Benefits, Pearl Carroll, EBF, and a representative from the law firm of Fine, Olin and Anderman.

Updates March 19, 2013 CSEA March 19, 2013 09:45 AM

HERKIMER COUNTY - CONDOLENCES

Our heart-felt condolences go out to Vivian Veazey, Utica Law Library, for the loss of her fiancé, Michael Renshaw, in the recent occurrence in Herkimer County.   Our thoughts are with Vivian, her family, Michael's family, as well as the families of the other victims who were taken in this senseless act of violence.

A benefit for all of the victims and their families will be held on Sunday, March 24th, 12-8 at the Mohawk American Legion Post 25, 43 W. Main Street, Mohawk.  The event will include bands, food and refreshments, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds going to the families.  The Local and Unit 4 (Oneida, Herkimer, Madison Counties) will be making a contribution on behalf of our members.

The charity auction portion of this event has grown so much in size that it will be held at Francesca's Banquet Facility, 144 East Main Street, Ilion on the same day, 12 until 5:30, drawings to take place at 6 p.m.

Updates April 5, 2013 CSEA April 5, 2013 10:39 AM

EBF PHYSICIAN CO-PAY REIMBURMSENT CHANGES

The Employee Benefit Fund has announced a change in the co-pay reimbursement guidelines for physician office visits.  Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) are now required to be submitted in order to qualify for reimbursement.  Members will be receiving written notification and instructions from the EBF by mail in the near future.  The updated form, for both employees and retirees, is available on our web site, under "Resources."

LOCAL 334 ELECTION RESULTS

(From Maureen Postiglion, Local 334 Election Committee Chair)

The Local 334 Election Committee has verified that the following slate of officers have been deemed elected, having run unopposed, effective with the new four-year term beginning July 1st, 2013:  Donald Lynskey, President; Brenda Leone, Executive Vice President; Natalie Spilman, 1st Vice President; Ian Spencer, 2nd Vice President; Sheila Sears, Treasurer; Catrina Leone, Secretary; Adriane Marino, Delegate.

Updates April 17, 2013 CSEA April 17, 2013 03:52 PM

STEPS/LONGEVITY BONUSES

UCS has informed CSEA that the payment of increments and longevity bonuses will be in the paycheck dated 4/24/13.

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB

See the April 2013 edition of the Work Force or visit the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, to enroll in a "Special Membership offer" for discounted BJ's Wholesale Club membership, available through April 21st.  The offer is only available during "enrollment periods" and cannot be handled at BJ's Club locations.  If you currently have a membership, you may extend that  membership through this offer.  Full details are available on the web CSEA site.

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

CSEA Region 5 Veterans Committee is collecting working/non-working cell phones that will be traded in for calling cards for a military troops to keep in contact with their families.  Please see the link below for further information.  Cell phones can be turned in to any of your CSEA officers, brought to any of our social functions or dropped off at the CSEA Region office in Syracuse, Canton or Binghamton.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Updates May 3, 2013 CSEA May 3, 2013 08:53 AM

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

(Jim Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

The CSEA negotiating team met with UCS on May 1st, 2013.  UCS delivered their initial contract proposals.  Discussions were held.  No specific salary-related proposals or compensation matters were proposed or discussed.  UCS again brought up their concerns over budget shortfalls this fiscal year and next and their further concern over meeting payroll.  They stated that there will be more proposals coming from them.  We hope to meet again at the end of May.

DELAWARE COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting on  Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, at Midtown Grill Restaurant, 97 Main Street, Delhi , 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 29th to brenda@csealocal334.com.  This dinner meeting is open to all members of Local 334.

SAVE THE DATE - WATER SAFARI/ENCHANTED FOREST

More details will be coming soon for our summer event at the Water Safari/Enchanted Forest in Old Forge, to be held on Saturday, July 20th.  Mark your calendars!

Updates May 14, 2013 CSEA May 14, 2013 02:37 PM

ONONDAGA COUNTY UNIT DINNER MEETING

(From Adriane Marino, Unit President)

The Onondaga County Unit will be holding a dinner meeting on  Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013, at Twin Trees II, 5:30 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Please spread the word and be certain to RSVP by Wednesday, May 15th to Barb Tracz, 671-2791, or Adriane Marino, 671-1035.

REMINDER - DELAWARE COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting on  Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, at Midtown Grill Restaurant, 97 Main Street, Delhi , 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 29th to brenda@csealocal334.com.  This dinner meeting is open to all members of Local 334.

Updates May 23, 2013 CSEA May 23, 2013 01:53 PM

PEOPLE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS

At our Local/Unit meeting in Onondaga County last evening, members signed a list to be sent applications for the PEOPLE program. Unfortunately, the list seems to have disappeared, so instead the application is available through the link below.  If you have any questions, let me know.

PEOPLE application

LAST REMINDER - DELAWARE COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting on  Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, at Midtown Grill Restaurant, 97 Main Street, Delhi , 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 29th to brenda@csealocal334.com.  This dinner meeting is open to all members of Local 334.

FINGER LAKES WINE FESTIVAL

CSEA Region 5 Member Services Committee has organized a bus trip for the Finger Lakes Wine Festival on Saturday, July 13th at Watkins Glen Raceway, with buses leaving from Utica, Syracuse, Oneonta, Binghamton and Elmira.  See the link below for full details.  Deadline to register is July 5th - or when each bus is full.

CSEA Region 5 Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Updates June 10, 2013 CSEA June 10, 2013 04:36 PM

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

(Jim Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, June 6, 2013)

The CSEA Negotiating Team met with UCS on May 28 and 29.  Management gave us new proposals on a number of topics.  Both sides discussed at some length how various proposals would work.  At one point, UCS suggested that CSEA was not willing to discuss management proposals.  Given the fact that UCS had offered many of its ideas less than 24 hours ago, the CSEA Team thought we had done just the opposite.  UCS also refused to agree on a final date for new proposals, as we have been asking for months.

We are scheduled to meet again in the third week of June.  We hope to make some progress, even in light of the employer's seeming lack of interest in coming to an agreement.

 

ENCHANTED FOREST/WATER SAFARI

Click the link below to view the informational flier and registration form for our July 20th Enchanted Forest-Water Safari day in Old Forge.   Reservations must be received by July 12th.  Hope to see you there!

2013 Water Safari

 

UCS EQUIPMENT - PERSONAL USE

Please make note of the following information found in the UCS Employee Handbook, page 18, regarding UCS equipment and supplies:

"Any equipment, supplies or other court system property provided for your business use is entrusted to your care.  Court system equipment and/or supplies may not be used for personal business of any kind.  Contents of desks and filing cabinets are court system property and any personal items stored inside may be subject to inspection by court system personnel."

Each employee has been supplied the handbook and is responsible for reviewing its contents.  If you have questions or wonder about the UCS e-mail policy, internet policy, telephone policy, etc., please refer the pertinent parts of the handbook.

 

BJ'S WHOLESALE CLUB - MEMBER DISCOUNT

Open enrollment is available for the BJ's Wholesale Club CSEA Member discount until June 15th.  Applications must be submitted online.  Click on the link below for further information.

BJ's Wholesale Club - Member Discount Information

Updates July 2, 2013 CSEA July 2, 2013 01:48 PM

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE, JUNE 20-21, 2013

(Jim Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, dated June 26, 2013)

CSEA made a dramatic bid to speed up negotiations for a new contract on Thursday, June 20th.  We offered management a proposal for a "total package," one that would resolve all outstanding issues and result in an agreement on an entire contract.  We attempted to protect our members' pay and benefits (a difficult task in the current fiscal climate) and agreed with some of management's proposals to help meet their needs.

UCS did not yet react in detail, but there was a more positive demeanor on the other side.  CSEA hopes to be hearing from UCS soon in attempt to break the log jam.  We will need to meet again to know if they are ready to negotiate seriously or not.  UCS had indicated that it is unlikely they will be able to meet before September, due to vacations, etc.  We'll know soon enough if they are interested in our offer.

 

REMINDER - ENCHANTED FOREST/WATER SAFARI & WINE TASTING EVENTS

Information is available under the Local 334 "News" section  of our web site for both the Wine Tasting and Water Safari/Enchanted Forest summer events.   Reservations must be received by July 5th for the Wine Tasting and  by July 12th for Enchanted Forest/Water Safari.   Hope to see you there!

 

CSEA/METLIFE INS. CO. SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to Alexander Klosner, son of Local 334 member Prescott Klosner, Herkimer County Court Attorney, on winning the CSEA/MetLife Insurance Company Scholarship in memory of Joseph D. Lochner.  Best wishes to Alexander as he begins his higher education this fall.

 

LOCAL/UNIT OFFICERS

Effective 7/1/13, our new Local officers are Don Lynskey, Pres.; Brenda Leone, Exec. VP; Natalie Spilman, 1st VP; Ian Spencer, 2nd VP; Sheila Sears, Treasurer; Catrina Leone, Secretary; Adriane Marino, Delegate.

After many, many years of service, our thanks go out to our former Local officers Darlene O'Hara and Terri Vecchio for all of their dedication and hard work, as well as to former Oswego Unit President Amy Fox and the Oswego Unit officers.

Welcome to our new officers in the following units:

Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Unit - Roni Mezza, Pres.; Elizabeth Holland, VP; Christine Barry, Secretary; Catrina Leone, Treasurer.

Oswego Unit - Adolph Eckstein, Pres.; Dallas Kinney, VP; Lori Costo, Treasurer; Tammy Ackerman, Secretary.

And, of course, our returning unit officers in the Onondaga Unit - Adriane Marino, Pres; Melanie Chapman, VP; Stacey Heffernan, 2nd VP; Barb Tracz, Sect./Treasurer.

Enjoy your 4th of July!

Updates July 22, 2013 CSEA July 22, 2013 03:27 PM

ELMIRA/CORTLAND AREA PICNIC

CSEA Local 808 has invited our Local, and other CSEA Locals in the Chemung County area, to a family-oriented picnic on Thursday, August 15th, 2013, from 5-9 p.m. at Eldridge Park, including food, rides, ice cream truck, a DJ, inflatable bounce house and prizes.  See the attached flyer for further information.  Contact Tammy Witteman for reservations by Friday, August 2nd.  Our Local will pay the member admission, and arrangements can be made with Tammy to pay for guests/family.  No tickets sold at the door, so make your reservations today for this family event!

Click here for Picnic Information

COUNSELINGS

If you receive a counseling memo, you must sign that you have received the document, not that you necessarily agree with its contents.  Beneath your signature, you should always indicate "see attached response" and then submit a written response addressing the content of the counseling in detail.  If you would like a union representative to review your written response, let me know.

RETIREMENT BENEFIT

If you are planning on retiring soon, be certain to take advantage of the $50 Local 334 Retirement Benefit.  The updated application is attached.

Local 334 Retirement Benefit Application

Updates July 25, 2013 CSEA July 25, 2013 12:50 PM

CSEA Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton has announced the following summer events:

ROME - HONOR AMERICA DAYS PARADE, SATURDAY, 7/27

Join our CSEA group marching in the Rome Honor America Days Parade, this Saturday, July 27th, lineup at 9 a.m.  CSEA T-shirts will be given out to the first 100 members.  Call CSEA Local 434 President Mike Patterson for line-up details, 315-725-0418.  I'll see you there!

CSEA/LABOR NIGHT AT SYRACUSE CHIEFS GAME

CSEA and the Syracuse area Labor Federation will be celebrating "Labor Night" at the Syracuse Chiefs game on August 8th, 7-10 p.m.  Call the CSEA Central Region 5 office, 1-800-559-7975, for free tickets (while they last!).

SEABREEZE AMUSEMENT PARK

CSEA Region 5 Fun Days at Seabreeze in Rochester will be Friday, August 9th and Saturday August 10th.  See the link below for information and discount information.  Tickets orders must be received by August 1st, so don't delay.

CSEA Reg. 5 Seabreeze Fun Days

WATKINS GLEN

Interested in special discounted ticket prices for the Watkins Glen International Raceway August 8th through August 11th?  Check out the exclusive CSEA members-only package on the CSEA website, www.cseany.org, click on Regions, Region 5, then scroll down to the "Events" on the right-hand side of the page for details.

SAVE THE DATE - OCTOBER 4 GOLF TOURNAMENT

CSEA Region 5 Golf Tournament will be held on October 4th at the Camillus County Club.  Details to follow.

Hope that you are enjoying your summer!

Updates July 31, 2013 CSEA July 31, 2013 02:51 PM

LOCAL CLAMBAKE SEPTEMBER 14TH, SYRACUSE

Please see the the link below for information on our Local 334 Clambake, to be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013, 12-4 p.m., at the Spinning Wheel Restaurant in North Syracuse. All members are invited to attend.  Our menu will include steamed and raw clams, mussels, chicken, BBQ beef or pork, kielbasa, sausage and peppers, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, coneys, and the list goes on! RSVP by August 20th to Adriane Marino or Barb Tracz. We hope to see everyone there!

September 14th Local Clambake

OCTOBER 4TH - REGION 5 GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Sixth Annual Central Region 5 Golf Tournament to benefit the Region Scholarship Fund will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Camillus Country Club.  The cost is $75 per player and includes cart, golf, lunch at the turn, contests on the course, steak dinner and awards.  For those that do not golf, a "dinner only" option is offered.  Participant forms must be returned no later than September 25th, 2013.  See the link below for the informational flyer and registration materials.

Region 5 Golf Tournament

Updates August 12, 2013 CSEA August 12, 2013 02:09 PM

METS GAME, NEW YORK CITY, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21ST

CSEA Local 002 in the Binghamton area has a bus going down to NYC for a NY Mets game on Wed. 8/21 and there are seats still available on their bus.  Tickets include transportation, hot dog , French fries and all you can drink beer, soda and water!  See the attached flyer for complete details.  Contact Tammy at 607-721-8777 ASAP before the seats are gone!

NY Mets Game Information

CSEA - LABOR DAY PARADE, MONDAY 9/2/13

CSEA will be proudly marching in the Labor Day Parade at the New York State Fair on Monday, September 2nd.  If you would like to march in the parade with your union brothers and sisters, a limited number of free admission passes for you and your family are available - along with CSEA T-shirts and parking passes - all available while they last.  See the attached flyer for further details.  You MUST sign up to march in the parade in order to receive free passes.  Reservations have to be received by August 22nd so that tickets can be mailed out to the member.

2013 Labor Day Parade Information

Updates August 13, 2013 CSEA August 12, 2013 03:35 PM

CSEA BINGHAMTON AREA COMBINED LOCALS CLAMBAKE
CSEA Locals 334, 002, 441, 648 & 866 are having another combined clambake on Saturday, September 7th at Mountain Top Grove, 550 Hance Road, Binghamton, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Our Local will pick up the price for members, guests are $43 and children ages 5-11 are $15 (4 and under are free).  No tickets will be sold at the door.  See the attached flyer for the phenomenal menu!  There will be door prizes, raffles, freebies, 50-50s and a DJ spinning the tunes.  It's a day you won't want to miss, so contact Tammy at 607-721-8777 for ticket information by 8/23/13.

Binghamton Clambake information

Updates September 13, 2013 CSEA September 13, 2013 12:24 PM

SENECA & CAYUGA COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting on  Thursday, October 10th, 2013, at The Deer Head Inn, 2554 Lower Lake Road, Seneca Falls, 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be available at 5:30.  Please RSVP by Thursday, October 3rd to brenda@csealocal334.com.  This dinner meeting is open to all members of Local 334.

 

SAVE THE DATE - TOMPKINS COUNTY

Plans are in the works for a Tompkins County dinner meeting on November 14th.  Mark your calendars; more information to follow.

 

BINGHAMTON CLAMBAKE

Not only did our members have a fantastic time at the Binghamton clambake last Saturday, collectively all of the CSEA members present at the event raised over $1,500 for local charities.  Nice job, everyone!  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Syracuse clambake tomorrow.

 

NEGOTIATIONS

Our next contract negotiations are scheduled for October 3rd and 4th.  We will keep you updated with any progress.

 

SERGEANT EXAM

OCA has announced the promotional exam for NYS Court Officer Sergeant, to be given on Saturday, December 14th .  Applications must be made electronically at www.nycourts.gove/careers or through the UCS Intranet, Topics A to Z/Exam Announcements.  Applications must be submitted by Thursday, October 24, 2013.  Contact OCA at 212-428-2580 if you have any questions.

 

Updates September 23, 2012 CSEA September 23, 2013 10:54 AM

UPCOMING DINNER MEETINGS

Save the date:  We will be holding a Local dinner meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14th in Ithaca, Tompkins County, at the Boat Yard Grill. More information to follow.

A reminder that reservations must be made by October 3rd to brenda@csealocal334.com for the Seneca/Cayuga dinner meeting at the Deer Head Inn, Seneca Falls, to be held on October 10th.

CSEA REGION 5 EVENTS

The last day to register for the Friday, October 4th CSEA Region 5 Golf Tournament in Camillus is Wednesday, September 25th.  The registration and tournament information was distributed previously and is available on our website, under our Local 334 section.  This event is a fundraiser for the Region Scholarship Committee.

The CSEA Region 5 Member Services Committee has organized a two-day outlet shopping trip to Lancaster and Reading in Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 16th, returning Sunday, November 17th.  Click the link below for further details.

Outlet Bus Trip

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office 9/25-9/30, returning 10/1.  If you have a union matter, please contact a local or unit officer or leave a message at

1-800-498-0334 and your call will be returned.

Updates October 15, 2013 CSEA October 15, 2013 03:07 PM

NEGOTIATIONS 10/3/13

(Jim Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

UCS brought in some management reinforcements from the Budget and Human Resources Offices to discuss its concerns.  While acknowledging that it now has enough cash to meet payroll for the current fiscal year (which ends on March 31, 2014), it is seriously concerned about not having sufficient funding from April 1 onward.  Therefore, UCS's position is that an agreement should provide a "cost of living" pay increase, but also save money by modifying or eliminating a number of benefits in the expired agreement.

The employer acknowledged that CSEA's comprehensive proposal to settle the contract, which we gave them back in June, was a dramatic movement in the bargaining process.  But it is not enough to save sufficient dollars.  UCS gave us yet another set of proposals, which would reduce many additional benefits we now have.  What's more, they told us they expected to have even more proposals along these lines.

UCS is now negotiating in a zig-zag  pattern.  Every time the CSEA team tries to hammer out a compromise, management makes a sharp turn in a different direction.  And how can we make an intelligent response when we don't know all of UCS's proposals?  They apparently believe we are mind readers.

We will meet again in November, if only to receive yet more management proposals.  But the prospects for reaching an agreement now are bleak, unless UCS takes another "zag" toward a realistic attitude.

TOMPKINS COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st (date change from prior notice) in Ithaca, Tompkins County, open to all Local 334 members.  Save the date - more information will follow.

MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER WALK - BINGHAMTON

Join "Team CSEA - Binghamton" in the Making Strides to End Breast Cancer walk on Saturday, October 19th, 9:30 a.m., at Recreation Park, Beethoven Street in Binghamton.  The first 25 people to join our team will receive a pink "CSEA Cares" hat or shirt.  Bring your family and friends - dress it up in pink, all for a great cause.  Contact Tammy at 607-721-8777 for further information.

Breast Cancer Walk Information - Click Here

CSEA REGION 5 EVENT - RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

CSEA Region 5 Member Services Committee is offering a discounted bus trip to New York City to see the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular on Friday, December 13th.  See the link below for complete information and reservation form.  Reservations are due by 12/1/13.

Radio City Trip Information - Click Here

Also, a reminder that the CSEA Region 5 Member Services Committee has organized a two-day outlet shopping trip to Lancaster and Reading in Pennsylvania on Saturday, November 16th, returning Sunday, November 17th.  See our Local 334 section of the web site to view the flyer.  Sign up soon - a limited number of seats are available.

"PEOPLE" APPLICATION

We have discussed at our Local Dinner meetings over the last year or two the importance of the PEOPLE program.  Joining this program to help protect our future is vitally important - at a cost of about a cup of coffee per week.  Click the link below for an application and sign up today.  You will also receive a free jacket!

PEOPLE Application - Click Here

LEAVE UNDER ARTICLE 9.5(g)

Article 9.5(g) of our CSEA-UCS contract provides for leave following a death in the immediate family.  The number of leave days varies depending on the relationship of the deceased to the member.  Be aware that the contract language states that allotted number of days must be taken consecutive/immediately following the death of the family member.  If extenuating circumstances do exist that bar the member from taking the leave immediately, an application for an exception must be made to management.  The decision to grant/deny the request by the District Administrative Judge and/or designee is discretionary.

Updates October 30, 2013 CSEA October 30, 2013 11:17 AM

HOLIDAY RECESS

UCS has notified CSEA that the holiday recess for 2013 will be December 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st.

TOMPKINS COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st in Ithaca, Tompkins County, open to all Local 334 members.  The dinner will be at the Boat yard Grill, 525 Taughannock Blvd.  Reservations will be accepted through Wednesday, November 13th .  E-mail your dinner choice to brenda@csealocal334.com, selecting from:  Honey-soy Grilled Salmon, Wood-fired Chicken Pasta, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Black Currant Pork Chop, Boatyard Queen Prime Rib, Vegetarian Pasta dish.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  If you do sign up to attend and then find that you have to cancel your reservation, please have the courtesy to let us know that as soon as possible.

POLAR PLUNGE 2013

It's that time of year again - CSEA Region 5 is participating in the Polar Plunge on Sunday, December 8th in Brewerton.  Most of our Local Officers and our Delegate will be "freezin' for a reason," jumping into Oneida Lake to raise money for New York State Special Olympics.  If every member were to donate 50 cents, our Local would collect well over $500 to contribute to this fantastic cause!  Consider passing the hat in the office to collect a few dollars.  You can contribute to the CSEA Region 5 team online at http://2013.kintera.org/oneidapp/cseapeeps13 or select one or more of our Local officers/delegate on the Region 5 team page to donate to the individual team member.  The link to my personal fundraising page is http://2013.kintera.org/oneidapp/don334.  Donations may also be mailed.  More information in that regard is available on the Polar Plunge web site.

 

EMPIRE PLAN UPDATES

See the link below for information regarding various upcoming changes  for Empire Plan enrollees, effective in 2014, including a new prescription drug provider, new mental health/substance abuse program provider, as well as information on obtaining a participating provider directory.  If you have additional questions, please contact the CSEA Health Benefits Department at 1-800-286-5242 or e-mail healthben@cseainc.org.

Empire Plan Updates

Updates November 4, 2013 CSEA November 4, 2013 03:55 PM

IMPORTANT:  ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

Tomorrow, exercise your right and your privilege to vote.

 

BJ's DISCOUNT MEMBERSHIP OPEN ENROLLMENT

CSEA Member Discount open enrollment period for BJ's Wholesale Club is November 3-16.  Visit the CSEA web site, https://cseany.org/%3Fpage_id%3D6494, for complete details.  Have your CSEA Member ID number available to access the form/instructions.

REMINDERS - TOMPKINS COUNTY DINNER MEETING & ONEIDA, HERKIMER,MADISON COUNTY UNIT 4 MEETING

Reservations for our November 21st Local 334 dinner meeting at the Boat Yard Grill in Ithaca must be made by next Wed., November 13th.  Please e-mail brenda@csealocal334.com with your dinner selection, choosing from:  Honey-soy Grilled Salmon, Wood-fired Chicken Pasta, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Black Currant Pork Chop, Boatyard Queen Prime Rib, Vegetarian Pasta dish.

Unit 4 President Roni Mezza will be holding a dinner meeting at Aqua Vino Restaurant in Utica on this Thursday, November 7th, 5:30 p.m.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there.  Remember to bring your donation of new or gently used children's books.

Updates November 7, 2013 CSEA November 7, 2013 02:58 PM

FLEX SPENDING REGISTRATION

A reminder that the deadline is tomorrow, November 8th, 2013, to register for the Flex Spending program, which includes the Dependent Care Advantage Account and the Health Care Spending Account.

OSWEGO UNIT 1 MEETING, DECEMBER 5TH

Oswego Unit 1 President Adolph Eckstein will be holding an informational dinner meeting at GS Steamers (within the Econo Lodge), 70 East 1st Street, Oswego, on Thursday, December 5th, 6:00 p.m.  A $10 refundable deposit is required, checks made payable to "CSEA Local 334 Unit 1."  Reservations will be accepted through November 25th.  Please note your dinner selection from the following: Sirloin, Broiled Seafood Platter, Chicken Parmigiana.  RSVP with your $10 deposit and dinner selection to Lori Costo, 104 Valley View Drive, Oswego, NY 13126.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  This meeting is open to all Local 334 members.

REMINDERS - TOMPKINS COUNTY DINNER MEETING

Reservations for our November 21st Local 334 dinner meeting at the Boat Yard Grill in Ithaca must be made by next Wed., November 13th.  Please e-mail brenda@csealocal334.com with your dinner selection, choosing from:  Honey-soy Grilled Salmon, Wood-fired Chicken Pasta, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Black Currant Pork Chop, Boatyard Queen Prime Rib, Vegetarian Pasta dish.  This meeting is open to all Local 334 members.

Updates November 26, 2013 CSEA November 26, 2013 10:56 AM

COURT OFFICER SURVEYS

UCS will be randomly mailing surveys out to Court Officers about their work performed on the job.  CSEA encourages our members to participate in this information-gathering endeavor, which can be completed on UCS time and is also submitted anonymously.

 

ENDICOTT - "A CHRISTMAS CAROL"

CSEA Local 002 in the Binghamton area has extended an offer to our members to receive discount tickets to "CSEA Night" at the Cider Mill Playhouse's production of  A Christmas Carol on December 19th .  The Cider Mill Playhouse is located in Endicott.  Tickets are discounted to $10, and reservations must be made by December 12th.  If you would like to reserve tickets, please call Tammy at 607-721-8777 and indicate that you from Judiciary Local 334.  See the link below for further information.

Cider Mill Playhouse - Dec. 19th

 

LOCAL 334 RETIREMENT BENEFIT

A reminder if you are planning to retire in the near future, our Local offers a $50 Member Retirement Benefit.  See the link below for further information.

Local 334 Member Retirement Benefit Form

Updates November 27, 2013 CSEA November 26, 2013 07:14 PM

(James Hennerty, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, November 27, 2013)

The UCS Team met with CSEA on November 19 and 20th.  Management's intention is to make structural changes to the expired contract which will fundamentally reduce their costs and our pay and benefits.  They were more specific than they have been before.  As required by law, CSEA will review their proposals and respond.  What the CSEA Team hopes is that both sides will work out an agreement that satisfies both parties. We have no intention of rushing or stalling-we want to do what is needed to achieve a good result.

It is more likely that this will be a lengthy process than a short one, but we want a contract that is fair and reasonable.  We hope UCS shares our goal.

Updates December 17, 2013 CSEA December 17, 2013 12:31 PM

POLAR PLUNGE - SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Many thanks for all of the generous donations to our Polar Plunge team, raising funds for Special Olympics.  Our Judiciary plungers donned their costumes (this year as pirates) and  joined the CSEA Region 5 team on Sunday, December 8th, jumping into the cold waters of Oneida Lake in Brewerton.  We are proud to report that our Judiciary team raised over $2,100, and over $14,000 so far has been raised by entire CSEA Region 5 team.  For those that donated, we sincerely thank you for your generosity!

Our Polar Plungers this year were Don Lynskey, Brenda Leone, Natalie Spilman, Gaige Spilman (Natalie's son), Sheila Sears, and Catrina Leone.

(Photo 1 - Before the Plunge.  Photo 2 - Don and Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton.  Photo 3 - CSEA Region 5 Team beginning the plunge.  Photos 4 & 5 - Into the freezing water, photo one, photo two.  Photos courtesy of Mark Kotzin, CSEA Region 5 Communication Specialist.)

 

CSEA EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

Co-Pay Reimbursement forms may be submitted to the EBF once you have accumulated $325 in combined prescription and physician co-pays OR at the end of the calendar year.  The deadline to file for the 2013 benefit is March 31st, 2014.  Please review the guidelines on the EBF form, available by clicking on the link below.  You must include an itemized pharmacy printout for prescription co-pays and must submit the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your health insurance carrier for physician co-pays (office visits only).  Cash receipts, original pharmacy/physician receipts and cancelled checks are not acceptable.  Questions?  Call the Employee Benefit Fund at 1-800-323-2732.

CSEA EBF UCS CO-PAY FORM

COURT OFFICER SURVEYS

Court Officers, please review the letter (click the link below) from Ron Younkins, Chief of UCS Operations, and Gene Myers, Chief of Staff of the Chief Administrative Judge, regarding the purpose of the Court Officer surveys that have been/will be sent out to some of our members.  CSEA does recommend that you complete the survey(s).

CO SURVEY LETTER

SAVE THE DATE - OWEGO DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local Dinner Meeting on Thursday, January 23rd in Owego, Tioga County, open to all members.  More details will be sent out after the holidays.

 

DISNEY ON ICE DISCOUNT TICKETS - SYRACUSE

Disney On Ice will be presenting "Passport to Adventure" at the Syracuse OnCenter from January 2nd to January 5th, 2014.  See the attached flyer for discount ticket information.   The discount offer expires on Thursday, December 27th, 2013.

DISNEY ON ICE

 

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and the best in the New Year!  And a happy retirement to a number of our members that will be leaving over the holidays.  From your Local 334 Executive Board ~Don Lynskey, Brenda Leone, Natalie Spilman, Ian Spencer, Sheila Sears, Catrina Leone and Adriane Marino

Updates January 7, 2014 CSEA January 7, 2014 01:39 PM

TIOGA COUNTY/OWEGO DINNER MEETING

We will be holding a Local dinner meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23rd in Owego, Tioga County, open to all Local 334 members, at the Owego Treadway Inn & Conference Center, 1100 State Route 17C.  Reservations will be accepted through Friday, January 17th .  E-mail your dinner choice to brenda@csealocal334.com, selecting from:  Chicken Cordon Bleu, Horseradish Encrusted Salmon, Boneless Prime Rib.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be there at 5:00, to allow time to visit with our members before the dinner meeting.  If you do sign up to attend and then find that you have to cancel your reservation, please have the courtesy to let us know that as soon as possible.

REMINDER:  CSEA EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

Co-Pay Reimbursement forms may be submitted to the EBF once you have accumulated $325 in combined prescription and physician co-pays OR at the end of the calendar year.  The deadline to file for the 2013 benefit is March 31st, 2014.  Please review the guidelines on the EBF Reimbursement form.  You must include an itemized pharmacy printout for prescription co-pays and must submit the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your health insurance carrier for physician co-pays (office visits only).  Cash receipts, original pharmacy/physician receipts and cancelled checks are not acceptable.  Questions?  Call the Employee Benefit Fund at 1-800-323-2732.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Updates February 4, 2014 CSEA February 4, 2014 02:30 PM

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

(Mary Rubilotta, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

CSEA held negotiations with UCS on 1/30/14 and 1/31/14.

UCS painted a bleak picture of their financial health over the last four years. Since 2010, UCS has had a negative growth operating budget, meaning their costs are greater than the money coming in.  Over this time period, UCS has been able to absorb these increased costs by streamlining administration and reorganizing or consolidating offices and programs that provide services to the courts and the public. Other steps that have also been taken include eliminating or reducing programs that are not critical to the court's core mission, modifying court operations, only spending on essential services and significantly reducing the workforce.

The UCS submitted a 1.81 billion dollar budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 that they like to call the "Road to Recovery" budget (2.5 % increase over the 2013-2014 budget).  The Governor submitted the UCS budget to the Legislature but included a commentary saying this proposal is out of step with his goal of a fiscally responsible New York and encouraged the Legislature to keep any increase to 2 percent or less.  UCS told us that anything less than 2.5 % could be disastrous for the court system.

UCS indicated at the bargaining table that any increases CSEA sought to the collective bargaining agreement would have to be paid for by finding savings somewhere else in the agreement.

CSEA reminded UCS that during these difficult fiscal times, Judge Lippman has implemented or is seeking to implement several expensive initiatives like judges' raises, indigent criminal defense standards, civil legal services, judge extensions, assignment of judges to Acting Justices of the Supreme Court, judge conferences, adding new Family Court judges, and keeping court operations open to 5 p.m.  During this same time period, court employees have endured layoffs, doing more with less, receiving no cost of living increases, having additional health insurance costs, and the discontinuation of QTP (Partnership for Education funds) and child care/elder care programs.

CSEA went on to say that if UCS really valued the non-judicial employees as much as they say, they would show it by negotiating a fair agreement. If there is to be pain, then everyone should share in it - judicial and non-judicial employees.

Additional negotiation dates have been set for the end of February and early March.

REGION PRESIDENT MESSAGE - STRONG COMMUNITIES WORK

CSEA Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton's Winter 2014 newsletter talks about the new initiative called "Strong Communities Work."  Click the link below to see her attached message about this vital new program, which we will be talking about at future membership meetings.

2014 Winter Newsletter

UNION PLUS  MORTGAGE PROGRAM

Click the link below to for information on the Union Plus Mortgage Program, available to active or retired CSEA members, providing home financing options and also offering a First-Time Home Award to eligible buyers.  Wells Fargo provides financing options exclusively to union members for both buying and refinancing a home.  A number of our CSEA Judiciary members have already taken advantage of the Union Plus Mortgage Program.

Union Plus Mortgage Program

SCHOLARSHIPS

We will be sending out information on CSEA Local, Region & statewide scholarship applications in the very near future.

Updates February 5, 2014 CSEA February 5, 2014 10:57 AM

CSEA LOCAL 334, REGION 5 AND STATEWIDE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

(Terri Vecchio, Local 334 Scholarship Chair)

Below are links for scholarship applications and information for CSEA Judiciary Local 334, CSEA Central Region 5 and the Flaumenbaum Scholarship programs.  Please note the application deadline of April 30th for the Local 334 and Flaumenbaum applications and the deadline of May 1st for the CSEA Region 5 application.  Incomplete applications will be disqualified, so please read the directions carefully.

CSEA Judiciary Local 334 Scholarship Cover Letter

CSEA Judiciary Local 334 Scholarship Application

CSEA Central Region 5 Scholarship Cover Letter

CSEA Central Region 5 Scholarship Application

2014 Flaumenbaum CSEA Reg5 Application

Updates February 25, 2014 CSEA February 25, 2014 10:45 AM

Contract Negotiations Update 2/25/2014

(Mary Rubilotta, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

CSEA met again with UCS on 2/19/14 and 2/20/14.

The CSEA Negotiating Team had another tension filled, frustrated negotiations session with the UCS. UCS continues to seek major concessions in both economic and non-economic areas of the contract like compensation, uniform and equipment allowance, workweek and employee benefit fund, to name a few.

In addition to trying to maintain or increase current benefits in the contract, the Team raised a number of specific issues it felt needed to be addressed if the parties are going to reach an overall agreement. Examples of such issues include disciplinary process, layoff notice and seniority.

The Team is working hard to find common areas in order to move the negotiations forward and progress was made on some minor issues. This process is very fluid, but we will keep you apprised as we continue to negotiate with UCS for a fair contract that we can bring back to the membership for ratification.

The Negotiating Team meets again in early March.

Updates March 18, 2014 CSEA March 18, 2014 08:23 AM

INCREMENTS/BONUSES

UCS has informed CSEA that increments and bonuses will be paid in April, presumably the second paycheck, considering our lag payroll.

SICK LEAVE BANK

CSEA and UCS have agreed that there will be no annual contribution required by Sick Leave Bank members this year.

JUDICIARY LOCAL 334 GRIEVANCE REPRESENTATIVES

Our Local is spread out over four different Judicial Districts.  We have grievance reps in various locations throughout our 20 counties, each representing the entire membership.  I would like to personally thank each and every one of our reps for taking the time and effort to either become certified or that have recertified.  They are:  Brenda Leone, Natalie Spilman, Ian Spencer, Sheila Sears, Catrina Leone, Adriane Marino, Stacey Heffernan, Melanie Chapman, Barbara Tracz, Roni Mezza, Norm Eddy, Christine Barry, Catrina Leone, Adolph Eckstein, Dallas Kinney, Lori Costo, Tammy Ackerman, Heather Berry, Dorothy Brunson, Patricia Cline, Randall Sterling, Randall Duffey, Sallie Young, and Nancy Quill.

Updates March 21, 2014 CSEA March 21, 2014 03:40 PM

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 3/21/14

(Mary Rubilotta, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

Negotiations continued this week with UCS on March 19th and March 20th.

Both parties focused on areas not involving compensation and significant progress was made. UCS withdrew a good number of their proposals concerning time and leave issues and overtime. In return, CSEA agreed to a number of UCS proposals dealing with direct deposit, blood donation, personal history folders, printing of the Agreement and pre-tour prep when on LODI. Other areas  were also discussed where UCS agreed to changes requested by CSEA like return to duty exam, sick leave bank, layoff notice and jackets worn in the summer months.

Later in the negotiations, UCS made a compensation proposal to the CSEA Negotiating Team. UCS started out by telling the Team again that they expect to receive a flat budget, which means UCS will start off the fiscal year in a deficit due to other initiatives (like the legislation creating more NYC Judges) having unexpected costs that they must absorb. UCS expressed concern that they will not have enough money to meet payroll the last payroll period of the fiscal year and living with flat budgets through attrition and not backfilling vacancies is no longer a viable way to run the court system.  Among other changes, the UCS compensation proposal contains significant structural changes to the way employees are currently paid in such areas as step increases, longevity increments, service bonus awards and across the board increases.  UCS also proposed a lag that would only be triggered if they could not meet payroll at the end of the fiscal year.

The CSEA Negotiating Team took some time to digest this proposal.  While the Team acknowledges that UCS is facing some financial operating issues, it is unwilling to agree to all of the drastic structural changes sought by UCS. UCS has been living with flat budgets for the last three years and Judge Lippman has done nothing during that time to scale back on any of his costly initiatives. It took several years for UCS to get into this bad fiscal shape and they want to solve it overnight on the backs of the non-judicial employees. The Team made a counter proposal that it believes showed some movement in the area of compensation that will allow UCS to realize some savings in future years. UCS did not seem to appreciate the counter proposal and said they would have to review it and get back to us next week. The CSEA Negotiating Team has additional dates scheduled to meet with UCS on March 26th and 27th.

Updates March 31, 2014 CSEA March 31, 2014 08:57 AM

SICK LEAVE BANK

The CSEA/UCS Sick Leave Bank open enrollment period will run from March 27th through April 23rd.  CSEA strongly encourages our members to join the Bank if they meet the eligibility requirements.  UCS recently directly e-mailed employees the enrollment information and application.

CSEA REGION 5 WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY - SAVE THE DATE

CSEA Region 5 will observe Workers Memorial Day and conduct a memorial tree-planting ceremony on Monday, April 28th, 2014, this year in Utica at 10 Harbor Lock Road West, NYS DOT Fleet & Support Building, 12:00 noon.  Please join us if you can.

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office Tuesday, 4/1/14, through and including Friday, 4/11/14.  If you have a union issue, please refer to our web site for officer contact information or leave a message at 1-800-498-0334 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. ~Don

 

Updates April 12, 2014 CSEA April 12, 2014 01:47 PM

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

(As posted on the CSEA Statewide web site 4/11/14, www.cseany.org)

Following a long and challenging set of negotiations, CSEA - New York's leading union - and the New York State Office of Court Administration have reached agreement on a contract for 5,700 employees of the Unified Court System.

"This was a very difficult negotiation that demonstrates a fair agreement can be reached when both labor and management work in good faith," said CSEA President Danny Donohue. "The result addresses management's need for long-term reform of the compensation structure while maintaining the rights and benefits of the CSEA members who work hard every day."

"I am very proud of the CSEA negotiating team for their focus and determination to get the job done responsibly," Donohue said.

The six-year agreement runs from April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2017 with the following highlights:

  • Two (2) percent across-the-board salary increase in October 2014;
  • Two (2) percent across the board salary increase in April 2015;
  • Two (2) percent across-the-board salary increase in April 2016;
  • $750 Bonus (pensionable) payable March 31, 2017;
  • Transition from a two to a three tier longevity system beginning in April 2016 with changes in the payment amounts and other reforms;
  • Maintaining benefits provided through the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund;
  • A variety of changes in work rules and other contract provisions.

Changes in health insurance were already made in 2011.

The agreement also establishes a contingency for the possibility of up to a two-day payroll lag in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 fiscal years to avoid layoffs in the event that the UCS budget is not approved by the state legislature and the governor as submitted.

Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti said, "The Unified Court System is pleased that it has reached this agreement with CSEA, which will provide salary increases over the next three years for approximately 40 percent of the court system's work force. We believe the agreement balances the state's ongoing fiscal constraints with the desire to provide increased compensation and benefits for the court system's hardworking employees. Moreover, it addresses a number of CSEA's longstanding concerns, including the return to work process, seniority and expediting the disciplinary process for alleged time and leave violations. We look forward to ratification and implementation of this agreement."

CSEA will move quickly in the next few weeks to seek approval of the tentative agreement by the union's rank and file court employees. If approved, it must also be acted on by the state legislature.

CSEA members, who work in the Unified Court System statewide, perform a wide range of duties from clerk and administrative work to court officers and reporters.

Click Here to download Tentative Agreement Highlights

TIMELINE AND HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE TENTATIVE CSEA/UCS 2011-2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Timeline for the UCS Contract Ratification
There will be an announcement regarding the Agreement in the May edition of The Work Force, which will include exact contract language.

Contract ballots will be mailed on May 12, 2014. The package will include a letter from President Donohue, a ballot, a fact sheet and instructions.

Replacement ballots will be available between May 19th and May 23rd.  Members can request replacement ballots by contacting the Contract Administration Dept. by phone.

The deadline to return ballots is June 9th, by 5 p.m.

The ballots will be counted and the results announced on June 11th

LOCAL 334 RATIFICATION MEETINGS

We will be scheduling ratification meetings very soon in various locations throughout our Local.  Please plan to attend and bring your questions to the meetings, rather than sending individual questions now.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

Updates April 15, 2014 CSEA April 15, 2014 03:29 PM

CONTRACT RATIFICATION MEETINGS

We are in the process of scheduling ratification meetings throughout many of the counties of our Local.  We have two confirmed dates/locations and are working on six or seven more over the next few weeks.  Dinner will be served and all members are welcome to attend any/all meetings.  We have tried to cover the Local geographically, reaching as many members as possible, realizing some may have to travel to attend.  If the time of the meeting is an issue, let us know, we will try to accommodate everyone and will consider beginning the meeting a little later.  It would be ideal to have a dinner meeting in every one of our 20 counties, but since time is of the essence, we have done our best to travel to as many locations as possible.  Every member is encouraged to attend one of these meetings to talk about and understand your tentative contract.

We will meet at Vona's in Oswego, West 10th & Utica Sts., at 6:00 on Tuesday, April 22nd.  Please send your reservation to brenda@csealocal334.com by this Friday, April 18th, as we will need a count for the restaurant.

Our next meeting will be in Utica at Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road East, 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28th.  Please send your reservation to brenda@csealocal334.com by 12:00 noon, Tuesday, April 22nd.

We have tentative plans to have meetings in the following counties (with projected dates):

Lewis (Lowville) - April 30th; St. Lawrence (Canton) - May 1st ; Otsego (Oneonta) - May 6th; Broome (Binghamton) - May 7th; Schuyler (Watkins Glen) - May 8th; Onondaga (Syracuse) - May 9th.   These locations/dates are subject to change, based on availability.

Updates April 21, 2014 CSEA April 21, 2014 11:38 AM

CONTRACT RATIFICATION MEETINGS - UPDATED

The Contract Ratification dinner meetings will take place over the next few weeks in the following locations.  Please pay particular attention to RSVP dates and to whom your reservation should be sent.  We have made every effort to cover as many geographic areas of the Local as possible.  Plan to attend one of the meetings in order to better understand the background and details of the proposed contract.  Every effort has been made to answer individual questions that have been sent to date, but since we will be traveling over the next few weeks, it will be difficult to answer further inquiries from this point forward, so bring your questions to the dinner meetings.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, April 22nd, Oswego County, Vona's, West 10th & Utica Sts., Oswego, 6:00 p.m.  RSVP - deadline passed.

Monday, April 28th, Oneida County, Aqua Vino Restaurant, 16 Harbor Lock Road East, Utica, 6:00 p.m.  RSVP by Tuesday, April 22nd to brenda@csealocal334.com.

Wednesday, April 30th, Jefferson County, Art's Jug, 820 Huntington St., Watertown, 6:00 p.m.  RSVP by Friday, April 25th to sheila@csealocal334.com.

Thursday, May 1st, St. Lawrence County, The Lobster House, 95 South Main St., Rt. 56, Norwood, 6:00 p.m.  RSVP by Friday, April 25th to sheila@csealocal334.com.

Tuesday, May 6th, Otsego County, Sabatini's Restaurant, Rt. 23, Southside Oneonta, 6:00 p.m.  RSVP by Tuesday, April 29th to brenda@csealocal334.com.

Wednesday, May 7th , Broome County, Doubletree by Hilton, 225 Water Street, Binghamton, 6:00 p.m.  RSVP by Thursday, May 1st to brenda@csealocal334.com.

Thursday, May 8th, Seneca County, Deerhead Inn, 2554 Lower Lake Rd., Seneca Falls.  Joint meeting with Local 333, 6:00 p.m.  RSVP by Friday, May 2nd to brenda@csealocal334.com.

Friday, May 9th, Onondaga County, Twin Trees Too,  1029 Milton Avenue, Syracuse, 6:00 p.m.  RSVP by Friday, May 2nd to Barb Tracz, Syracuse City Court, with $5 check to hold your reservation.

Updates April 23, 2014 CSEA April 23, 2014 02:02 PM

CONTRACT RATIFICATION MEETINGS - ONE ADDITION

Monday, May 12th, Tompkins County, Holiday Inn Ithaca Downtown, 222 South Cayuga St., Ithaca, 6:00 p.m.  RSVP by Tuesday, May 6th to brenda@csealocal334.com.

Updates May 6, 2014 CSEA May 6, 2014 10:05 AM

PROPOSED CONTRACT & BALLOT INFORMATION

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming Contract Ratification dinner meetings, tonight through next Monday evening.  If you are not attending one of the meetings about the contract, please be in contact with a co-worker that is attending to get accurate information and to make an informed decision when voting.  There is a great deal of inaccurate information both on the web and Facebook, from sources other than your union.  I will be providing firsthand knowledge and facts to assist you in making an informed decision, so please do not rely on social media for information about your tentative contract.

If you need to contact me over the next week, please be patient, I will get back to you as soon as possible while traveling.

The CSEA "Work Force" newspaper was mailed on Friday and includes an insert for all CSEA-represented UCS employees, setting forth all contract language that would be added/deleted or modified in the proposed agreement.  If contract language is not included in the insert, then there is no change from the present contract.  The same insert information is currently available on the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by signing in with your user name and password, scrolling down to the CSEA-OCA Tentative Contract posting and clicking on the link "see ratification timeline and tentative agreement."

Ballots will be mailed to members on Monday, May 12thPlease be certain to follow the directions very carefully! Failure to properly follow the instructions will result in your vote being discarded.  You will need your CSEA Member ID Number to vote.  If you do not have that number, you may obtain it through the CSEA Statewide web site, www.cseany.org.  There is a red banner at the top of the page, "Look up your CSEA ID."  Supply the required information and a replacement card with your CSEA ID number will be provided instantly on the web site.

If you are interested in observing the contract ballot count, it will be held on Wednesday, June 11th at CSEA Headquarters, 143 Washington Ave. in Albany.  So that ample room can be provided for all in attendance, you must notify the CSEA Contract Administration Department if you wish to attend, 1-800-342-4146.

Updates May 10, 2014 CSEA May 12, 2014 08:17 AM

For those that have attended our recent Ratification Meetings, you are already aware of the inaccurate information being distributed by the New York City coalition of unions (not CSEA) against our proposed contract, mailed to most every court location last week, without a return address.

Your decision for/against this contract is yours to make, but make that informed decision based on facts, not inaccurate rhetoric from people outside your union who are only looking out for their interests, certainly not ours.  If you happened to see the mailing, note that when comparing our proposed contract to the Executive Branch, the NYC unions forgot to mention that:  Executive Branch employees had nine days of furloughs and still encounter layoffs and closures; we do not.  Executive Branch employees receive lower longevity payments at five and ten years; we would receive much higher longevity payments at four, eight and 13 years.  Their information states that Executive Branch employees retain Longevity Steps;  Executive Branch employees do not even HAVE longevity steps.  I could point out further inaccuracies in their information, but you get the idea.

One UCS employee from NYC (not CSEA) even e-mailed our Union President and suggested that if we are going to be swiping out five minutes before the end of our shift instead of 15 minutes before the end of the shift, we should receive additional compensation for giving UCS 10 more minutes a day!  This is the mentality that we are dealing with.

I've also been made aware of members that have not attended a ratification meeting that are talking against the proposed contract.  Again, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but consider the source of the information that you hear from these people - is it based on facts?

If you have any questions, let me know.  Please distribute this information/flyer to your co-workers, particularly those that may not have attended a recent ratification meeting:

CSEA-represented Court System Workers:

Don't trust the "OUTSIDERS" when it comes to YOUR contract! Get the FACTS yourself!

CSEA Court System workers should learn the facts about the tentative agreement with the Office of Court Administration and vote. Ignore the lies and interference of outside groups. Remember, these are the self-serving people who wouldn't join in solidarity with CSEA members to avoid layoffs!These other unions have had three years to negotiate their own contract - most haven't had a single negotiating meeting with the courts but now want to tell you how to think and act by circulating untruths about the agreement.

To support their own agenda, the Outsiders are counting on you to believe their simple but inaccurate comparison between CSEA's Executive Branch and Judicial Branch contracts. These are completely different contracts, and you can't do an honest apples-to-apples direct comparison between the two in one quick flyer.

The fact is, there are many enhancements contained in this contract agreement that have been conveniently ignored by the Outsiders. Such as:

● Our proposed contract adds a sixth year with an additional 2% wage increase for all CSEA workers for 2016 (Executive Branch workers only had a five year contract);

● Step increments were preserved, and longevity increments were converted to longevity payments;

● Our proposed contract includes much higher longevity payments than what Executive Branch workers get;

● No furloughs are contained in this tentative agreement;

● Improved Seniority language, and many other enhancements!

Don't let the Outsiders determine how you vote or take your rights away.

Talk to any member of our CSEA Negotiating Team to get first-hand knowledge and facts to assist you in making an informed decision! Then, make sure you vote.

It's YOUR contract - not anyone else's.

Click Here to Print This Flyer

Updates June 6, 2014 CSEA June 6, 2014 01:44 PM

ENCHANTED FOREST - WATER SAFARI

Click the link below for the registration form for the Enchanted Forest Water Safari day in Old Forge on Saturday, July 19th.  Lunch and dinner are included in the price, and reservations must be received by July 9th.  We always have a great turnout and a fun day.  Hope to see you there.

Water Safari Registration/Information

MEMBER REMINDERS

A couple general reminders:

  • Whether you are required or not required to swipe into KRONOS, you must be present for your entire shift each day.  If you approve your time sheet indicating hours worked that in fact were not worked, serious problems can and do arise.
  • If you receive a counseling or coaching in writing, you must sign that you have received the document, not that you necessarily agree with its content.  You are strongly urged to indicate "see attached response" under your signature and contact a union representative to discuss your response.

ROME HONOR AMERICA DAYS PARADE

Save the date of July 26th to attend the Rome "Honor America Days" Parade.  CSEA Region 5 will be marching in the parade, accompanied by the musical "Blues Brothers" group.  Let me know if you plan to attend, as we will be providing candy to distribute during the parade.  See the link below for further details.

Honor America Days Parade Information

PROPOSED CONTRACT - BALLOT COUNT

The ballot count for the proposed contract is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11th at 9:30 a.m. in Albany.   We will notify everyone of the results as soon as possible.

 

June 11, 2014 Contract Ratified CSEA June 11, 2014 04:14 PM

CSEA court employees overwhelmingly approve new contract

Intense focus by CSEA negotiating team produces strong turnout, support

June 11, 2014

ALBANY  - CSEA-represented employees of the Unified Court System have voted 2-to-1 in favor of a new contract amid strong member turnout.

 

"This was a very difficult negotiation and I am proud that CSEA members ignored outside noise and focused on the facts about this agreement," said CSEA President Danny Donohue. "The CSEA negotiating team worked hard at the bargaining table to protect the rights and benefits of CSEA members. They kept that focus in presenting the agreement details to our members and it made all the difference in the vote count.

 

The six-year agreement runs from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2017 with the following highlights:

  • Two (2) percent across-the-board salary increase in October 2014;
  • Two (2) percent across the board salary increase in April 2015;
  • Two (2) percent across-the-board salary increase in April 2016;
  • $750 Bonus (pensionable) payable March 31, 2017;
  • Transition from a two to a three-tier longevity system beginning in April 2016 with changes in the payment amounts and other reforms;
    • Maintaining benefits provided through the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund and
    • A variety of changes in work rules and other contract provisions.

 

The agreement also establishes a contingency for the possibility of up to a two-day payroll lag in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 fiscal years to avoid layoffs in the event that the UCS budget is not approved by the state legislature and the governor as submitted.

 

The agreement must now be acted on by the state legislature.

 

CSEA represents 5,700 employees who work in the Unified Court system statewide. They perform a wide range of duties, from clerk and administrative work, to court officers and reporters.

Updates June 16, 2014 CSEA June 16, 2014 01:03 PM

LOCAL 334 SCHOLARSHIPS

(Terri Vecchio, Scholarship Chairperson)

CSEA Judiciary Local 334 recently presented three Academic Scholarships and one Financial Assistance Scholarship to graduating high school seniors, children of court employees represented by the union.  The three $1,000.00 recipients were Brandon Lewandowski of Little Falls, New York, Jaclyn Hajec of Utica, New York, and Kyle A. Barnes of Mohawk, New York.  The $750.00 recipient was Robert D. Jeffrey, Norwich, New York.  
Brandon Lewandowski is a graduate of James A. Green High School and is the son of Mark E. Lewandowski, NYS Court Officer, Herkimer Multi-Bench Courts.  Brandon will be attending Binghamton University in the Fall, majoring in Biochemistry and Physics.

Jaclyn Hajec is a graduate of Notre Dame High School, and is the daughter of Stephen A. Hajec, NYS Court Officer, Herkimer Multi-Bench Courts. Jaclyn will be attending Quinnipiac University in the Fall,  majoring in Radiology.

Kyle A. Barnes is a graduate of Little Falls High School, and is the son of Sharon M. Barnes, Herkimer County Commissioner of Jurors Office. Kyle will be attending Cornell University in the Fall, majoring in Astrophysics.

Robert D. Jeffrey is a graduate of Norwich High School, and is the son of Monica Jeffrey, Senior Court Office Assistant, Chenango County Family Court.  Robert will be attending LeMoyne College in the Fall, majoring in Political Science and Communications.

Other Academic Achievement and Financial Assistance Scholarships were awarded to the following students:

Elisa L. Alweis  is a graduate of Binghamton High School, and is the daughter of Aaron R. Alweis, Senior Court Reporter.  Elisa will be attending Yeshiva University-Stern College for Women in the Fall, majoring in Biology and Physical Therapy.

Nikki Lupia-Eannace  is a graduate of Holland Patent Central High School, and is the daughter of Paula J. Eannace, Senior Law Librarian. Nikki will be attending Clarkson University  in the Fall, majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

Lindsay Loeper is a graduate of Cazenovia High School, and is the daughter of William Loeper, Principal Office Assistant.  Lindsay will be attending LeMoyne College in the Fall, majoring in Psychology and Criminology.

Rachel Roberts is  a graduate of Herkimer Junior/Senior High School, and is the daughter of Patricia A. Roberts, Court Assistant.  Rachel will be attending the University of Buffalo in the Fall, majoring in Computer Science.

Mieka Scott is a graduate of Remsen Central School, and is the daughter of Jennifer L. Scott, Court Assistant. Mieka will be attending SUNY Fredonia  in the Fall, majoring in Theater Production and Design.

Matthew B. Mooney is a graduate of South Lewis Central School and is the son of Teresa M. Warcup, Secretary to Judge.  Matthew will be attending Jefferson County Community College in the Fall, majoring in Pharmacy.

Miranda R. Gilbert is a graduate of Watertown Senior High School, and is the daughter of Catherine R. Gilbert, Senior Court Office Assistant.  Miranda will be attending Alfred University in the Fall, majoring in Environmental Engineering.

Breanna Reilly is a graduate of West Genesee High School, and is the daughter of Rosanne Reilly, Senior Court Analyst.  Breanna will be attending Onondaga County Community College in the Fall, majoring in Nurse Practitioner.

Christine E. LaShomb is a graduate of Brasher Falls High School, and is the daughter  of Sarah J. LaShomb, Court Assistant.  Christine will be attending Paul Smith's College in the Fall, majoring in Environmental Technology.

The Lt. Michael D. Carraway Memorial Scholarship program is named in memory of Retired  Judiciary Local 334 President Sharon Carraway's husband, a Utica Police Lieutenant and union activist who died unexpectedly in 1994.

Updates June 25, 2014 CSEA June 25, 2014 03:10 PM

2011-2017 CONTRACT NOW IN EFFECT

The CSEA-UCS 2011-2017 contract was signed by CSEA and UCS yesterday afternoon and is effective immediately.  The contract is available to download on our CSEA Judiciary web site, Under "News" and "Contract," or on the UCS intranet, under Human Resources, Labor Relations.  A reminder, contracts will no longer be printed.

Members now have the option to swipe out of KRONOS up to five minutes (changed from 15 minutes) prior to the end of their shift but should continue working until the end of their workday.

Updates July 25, 2014 CSEA July 25, 2014 12:45 PM

ROME HONOR AMERICA DAYS PARADE

CSEA Region 5 will be marching in the Rome Honor America Days Parade tomorrow, Saturday, July 26.  Parade lineup as at 9 a.m. at the 100 Block of East Oak Street and CSEA T-shirts will be given out to the first 100 marchers.  We will be accompanied by the Blues Brothers on our CSEA float.  Come join us - the weather is looking perfect!

BINGHAMTON CLAMBAKE

CSEA Locals in the Binghamton area, including our Local 334 Judiciary, will be having our annual clambake on Saturday, September 6th at Mountain Top Grove, 550 Hance Road in Binghamton, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Tickets are $15 per member, $45 for guests.  There will be music, raffles and door prizes.  For information and tickets, contact Tammy Witteman at 607-721-8777.  Deadline for reservations are Friday, 8/22/14.  See the link below for further information.  Hope to see you there!

Click Here - Binghamton Area Clambake

CSEA REGION 5 EVENTS

The CSEA Region 5 Members Services Committee has planned events throughout the year, including New York Yankees games, shopping trips and more.  See the link below for further details.  Information and sign-ups for these events are available at www.cseany.org/r5 or by calling Tammy at 607-721-8777.  Thank you to Region President Colleen Wheaton and the Region 5 Member Services Committee, who are all volunteers, for organizing all of these events.

Click Here - Region 5 Events

SAVE THE DATE - LOCAL 334 CLAMBAKE

Our CSEA Judiciary Local 334 clambake will be held on Sunday, September 21st from 12:00-4:00 at Hinderwadel's in Syracuse.  Further information will be send out as the date gets closer.

Updates July 29, 2014 CSEA July 29, 2014 11:00 AM

LABOR DAY PARADE

On Labor Day, Monday, September 1st, CSEA will again participate in the CNY Labor Federation's parade at the New York State Fair.  CSEA President Danny Donohue and Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton invite you and your family members to join them, with free fair admission for all who march, free parking passes (limited number available - car pool, please!), and free CSEA T-shirts while they last.  Sign up by August 18th by contacting Brenda Leone at brenda@csealocal334.com, indicating the members number and number of tickets requested.  Please make a note, marchers should assemble by 10:30 a.m. outside the Fair's Indian Village, between Gates 4 & 5 - look for the CSEA banner.  Join CSEA at the parade!

Click Here - Labor Day Parade Info

Updates August 1, 2014 CSEA August 1, 2014 12:33 PM

GREAT ESCAPE DISCOUNT TICKETS

Great Escape/Six Flags theme park has announced "Union Appreciation Days" July 28-August 17 at their Queensbury location between Exits 19 and 20 off I-87.  Members are eligible to save $29 on general admission tickets by buying tickets online at sixflags.com using promo code UAD14.

ELMIRA AREA - CSEA FAMILY PICNIC

CSEA Local 808, in the Elmira area, has once again invited Locals 002 and our Local 334 to join them at a Family Picnic on Thursday, August 14th, from 5-9 p.m. at Eldridge Park.  Tickets are $5 per member, $10 for Member and Guest, $20 for Member and Family, and must be purchased in advance.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Our members can contact Tammy at 607-721-8777 to reserve tickets.  See the link below for further information.  Deadline for reservations is Friday, August 8th.

August 14 Elmira CSEA Picnic Flyer

Updates August 7, 2014 CSEA August 7, 2014 01:42 PM

LOCAL 334 CLAMBAKE

Join us on Sunday, September 21st for our Local 334 Clambake, being held this year at Hinerwadel's in North Syracuse, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.  We'll have lots of food, door prizes, a DJ providing music, 50-50 and more.  Members pay $10, guests pay $63.  Reservations accepted until Friday, September 12th.  Click the link below for reservation information.   Hope to see you there.

Local 334 Clambake Information

REGION 5 ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

CSEA Region 5's annual golf tournament, a fund raiser for the Region scholarship fund, will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the Camillus Country Club, 9:30 a.m.  $75 per person includes golf, card, hamburger/hot dog, soda, a steak dinner afterward and many prizes.  See the link below for further information and registration materials.  Reservations accepted through Tuesday, September 9th.

Region 5 Golf Tournament Information

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office from Monday, August 11th through and including Wednesday, August 27th, returning August 28th.  Please refer inquiries/e-mails to the union representatives listed on our web site or by leaving a message at 1-800-498-0334.

Updates September 11, 2014 CSEA September 11, 2014 11:55 AM

SICK LEAVE BANK SPECIAL OPEN ENROLLMENT

Open enrollment for the CSEA-UCS Sick Leave Bank runs from today, 9/11/14, through 10/9/14.  Employees who wish to join the Bank must have a minimum of 56 hours accrued sick leave as of 9/10/14.  Contact your HR office if you have not yet received the memo with eligibility information and contribution requirements.  All members are strongly encouraged to join the Sick Leave Bank.

FINAL REMINDER - LOCAL 334 CLAMBAKE

Join us on Sunday, September 21st for our Local 334 Clambake, being held this year at Hinerwadel's in North Syracuse, from 12:00-4:00 p.m.  We'll have lots of food, door prizes, a DJ providing music, 50-50 and more.  Members pay $10, guests pay $63.  Reservations accepted until this Friday, September 12th.

Updates October 6, 2014 CSEA October 6, 2014 03:40 PM

PROBATIONARY PERIOD - CHANGES

(Mary Rubilotta, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

CSEA is pleased to announce that UCS has approved our request to have the Rules of the Chief Judge changed to be consistent with the civil service rules and regulations for State Executive Branch employees relating to the number of absences during a traineeship probationary period that may be considered as time served.

The following new language will now appear in the Rules - "When the probationary term for a trainee appointment exceeds one year, any periods of authorized or unauthorized absence in such probationary term aggregating up to 20 workdays multiplied by the number of years, including a fraction of a year, constituting the probationary term, may in the discretion of the appointing authority, be considered as time served in the probationary term."

This rule change goes into effect immediately.

LEWIS COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, 10/16/14, at the Steak 'N Brew Restaurant, 4497 State Route 26, Turin, 5:30 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  As always, members from throughout all counties of our Local are invited to attend any Local dinner meeting.   Reservations should be sent to Brenda Leone at brenda@csealocal334.com by Monday, October 13th.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

Updates October 10, 2014 CSEA October 10, 2014 08:50 AM

CONTRACTUAL RAISES

CSEA has been informed that our October 2014 contractual 2% raise should be in the October 22nd paycheck.

COURT REPORTERS/ELECTRONIC RECORDING

(Kathy Guild, CSEA Contract Administration Specialist)

CSEA, along with DC 37, the 9th JD Court Employees Association and the Association of Surrogate's and Supreme Court Reporters, met with UCS Management on September 17th to discuss electronic recording, the per diem rate for Court Reporters, Transcription Audits and computer aided real-time transcription from Hearing Impaired in the Courts.

At that meeting, CSEA informed UCS of the expansion of the electronic recording equipment in the 8th Judicial District after the 2009 ER policy was issued that limited where it could be used.  We also discussed the shortage of Court Reporters in Upstate New York.  The following day, UCS informed us that they were immediately releasing all the PARS (requests) for the following CSEA-represented Court Reporter positions:  3rd JD - 1 Senior Court Reporter; 4th JD - 1 Court Reporter; 7th JD - 1 Court Reporter and 1 Senior Court Reporter.  An additional PARS was later released for the 5th JD - 1 Sr. Court Reporter.  UCS has agreed that we will have further discussions regarding the shortage of Court Reporters at the upcoming Statewide Labor/Management meeting in November.

We will keep you updated on any developments regarding these issues as we go forward.

SAVE THE DATE - CHENANGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, 11/20/14, at Fred's Inn in Norwich.  More information to follow.

REMINDER - LEWIS COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, 10/16/14, at the Steak 'N Brew Restaurant, 4497 State Route 26, Turin, 5:30 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  As always, members from throughout all counties of our Local are invited to attend any Local dinner meeting.   Reservations should be sent to Brenda Leone at brenda@csealocal334.com by Monday, October 13th.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

SYRACUSE CRUNCH TICKETS

Click the link below for information on discount tickets to the Syracuse Crunch v. Utica Comets game on November 22nd.  Tickets may be mailed or picked up at the "call window."  Reservations must be made by November 12th.  Contact Mike Kelly at (315) 473-4444, ext. 27 for further information.

Syracuse Crunch Information

Update October 17, 2014 CSEA October 17, 2014 10:46 AM

CSEA Judiciary Local 334 Officers pictured with NYS Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.  CSEA supports Tom DiNapoli in the upcoming election as the best candidate to protect our pensions.  Tom's opponent in the election believes that our public employee pension system should change to a defined-contribution system, similar to a 401-K.  We cannot risk the fate of our pensions to a candidate that would make changes like that.  Get out and vote for Tom DiNapoli in November - and tell your friends and family to do the same!

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Updates October 17, 2014 (1) CSEA October 17, 2014 01:32 PM

SHEILA SEARS RECOGNIZED WITH CSEA MISSION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Our CSEA Local 334 Treasurer Sheila Sears recently received CSEA's highest honor by winning the CSEA State Division Mission Achievement Award.  CSEA President Danny Donohue and Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton presented Sheila with the award at the Annual Delegate's Meetings in New York City.  On behalf of the Local 334 Executive Board and members, congratulations - we're very proud of your well-deserved achievement, Sheila!

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CHENANGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

We will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, 11/20/14, at Fred's Inn, 5149 State Highway 12, Norwich, 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  As always, members from throughout all counties of our Local are invited to attend any Local dinner meeting.   Reservations should be sent to Brenda Leone at brenda@csealocal334.com by Friday, November 14th.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

 

CSEA REGION 5 MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES

Visit the CSEA Region 5 web site, www.cseany.org/r5/ to see the list of upcoming events, with registration information, including:

  • Saturday, November 8th, Veterans Day Parade in Syracuse
  • Tuesday, November 11th, Veterans Day Parade in New York City
  • November 15-16, Outlet Shopping trip to Lancaster & Reading, PA
  • Friday, December 12th, Discount bus trip to New York City, Radio City Music Hall for the 2014 Christmas Spectacular

 

DISNEY LIVE - SYRACUSE - DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Advanced discount tickets are available for "Disney Live - Mickey's Music Festival" coming to Syracuse on Sunday November 9th.  See the attached flyer for the ticket information.  Deadline to order is October 30th, 2014.

Click Here - Disney Live Ticket Information

Updates October 23, 2014 CSEA October 23, 2014 01:04 PM

PROMOTING - LONGEVITY PAYMENTS

(Mary Rubilotta, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

CSEA has reached an agreement with UCS that in some instances will no longer discourage an employee from taking a promotion because he/she fears losing time toward a longevity payment or receiving the longevity payment itself when they begin in 2016. This agreement will allow certain employees who promote to utilize their service time at "job rate" toward meeting the longevity payment eligibility in the new higher-graded position.

For instance, a grade 18 employee who has been at or above max for three years and takes a promotion to a grade 19 and remains at or above max will get credit for the three years at or above max at the lower salary grade toward meeting longevity payment eligibility in the promotional position. This employee would not have to start over and work an additional four years of service at or above max before earning a longevity payment.  Instead,  this employee would be credited with three years of service at or above max and need one more year to earn a longevity payment in the higher graded position.

REMINDER - SYRACUSE CRUNCH TICKETS

See the October 10th posting (below) to view the flyer about discount tickets to the Syracuse Crunch v. Utica Comets game on November 22nd.  Tickets may be mailed or picked up at the "call window."  Reservations must be made by November 12th.  Contact Mike Kelly at (315) 473-4444, ext. 27 for further information.

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office from Monday, October 27th through and including Friday, October 31st, returning November 3rd.  Please refer inquiries/e-mails to the union representatives listed on our web site or by leaving a message at 1-800-498-0334.

Updates November 3, 2014 CSEA November 3, 2014 09:20 AM

IMPORTANT:  ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 4TH

Tomorrow, exercise your right and your privilege to vote.   Visit the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, for guidance as to which candidates/propositions are beneficial to our members regarding pension security, various propositions, etc.

PENSION BUY-BACK FOR VETERANS BILL DELIVERED
(Rick Noreault, CSEA Central Region 5 Political Action Coordinator)

A bill (A. 6974-B Paulin / S. 7839 Larkin) that would allow all honorably-discharged military veterans to buy-back up to three years of pension credit for their military service has been delivered to Governor Cuomo. The bill was one of CSEA's top priorities in the 2014 legislative session.

The Governor must decide whether to sign or veto the bill before Veterans Day. Call the Governor at 1-877-255-9417 to urge him to ensure that the brave men and women who have risked their lives in the service of our nation be entitled to receive this benefit in recognition of their service.

POLAR PLUNGE 2014

It's that time of year again - CSEA Region 5 is participating in the Polar Plunge on Sunday, December 7th in Brewerton.  Most of our Local Officers will be "freezin' for a reason," jumping into the frigid waters of Oneida Lake to raise money for New York State Special Olympics.  If every member were to donate 50 cents, our Local would collect well over $500 to contribute to this fantastic cause!  Consider passing the hat in the office to collect and pledge a few dollars.  You can contribute to the CSEA Region 5 team online at http://2014CNY.kintera.org/pp/cseapolarpeeps or select one or more of our Local Officers on the Region 5 team page to donate to the individual team member.  The link to my personal fundraising page is http://2014CNY.kintera.org/pp/don334.  Donations may also be mailed.  More information in that regard is available on the Polar Plunge web site.  Thank you for your support!

LOCAL 334 UNIT 1 OSWEGO COUNTY INFORMATIONAL LUNCHEON

(Adolph Eckstein, Unit 1 President)

We will be having an informational luncheon on Friday, November 21, 2014, from 11:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Jury Room, Oswego County Public Safety Center, 39 Churchill Rd, Oswego, NY, 13126.  Sandwiches will be served, along with refreshments.  Vendors have been invited to attend.  As always, members of our Local from other counties are invited to attend as well.  Your Unit Officers look forward to seeing you and talking to you there.

Updates November 13, 2014 CSEA November 14, 2014 12:54 PM

UNIFORMED PERSONNEL - NEW AGREEMENT BETWEEN CSEA AND UCS

(Mary Rubilotta, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration, November 14, 2014)

After lengthy discussions over the last year between CSEA and UCS regarding uniformed personnel, CSEA is pleased to announce the following agreement for our uniformed officers:

"For the reminder of the term of this collective Agreement, uniformed personnel will have the option from November through April to wear either the Class (B) summer uniform or Class (B) winter uniform shirt with tie.  A decision will be made by the Department of Public Safety as to whether this option will be continued upon expiration of this collective Agreement.  The Association acknowledges that such decision is in the sole discretion of the court system and determinations regarding the Prescribed Uniform for uniformed personnel are not subject to negotiations."

REMINDER - CHENANGO COUNTY DINNER MEETING

A reminder, we will be holding an informational dinner meeting on Thursday, 11/20/14, at Fred's Inn, 5149 State Highway 12, Norwich, 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend.   Reservations should be sent to Brenda Leone at brenda@csealocal334.com by tomorrow,  Friday, November 14th.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

REMINDER - POLAR PLUNGE 2014

It's that time of year again - CSEA Region 5 is participating in the Polar Plunge on Sunday, December 7th in Brewerton.  Most of our Local Officers will be "freezin' for a reason," jumping into the frigid waters of Oneida Lake to raise money for New York State Special Olympics.  If every member were to donate 50 cents, our Local would collect well over $500 to contribute to this fantastic cause!  Consider passing the hat in the office to collect and pledge a few dollars.  You can contribute to the CSEA Region 5 team online at http://2014CNY.kintera.org/pp/cseapolarpeeps or select one or more of our Local Officers on the Region 5 team page to donate to the individual team member.  The link to my personal fundraising page is http://2014CNY.kintera.org/pp/don334.  Donations may also be mailed.  More information in that regard is available on the Polar Plunge web site.  Thank you for your support!

KRONOS UPDATE CSEA November 17, 2014 02:41 PM

KRONOS

(Mary Rubilotta, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

UCS has indicated that they are no longer pursuing statewide changes to the Kronos protocols.  Based on this new information, OCA and CSEA have agreed to return to the 5/15 minute swipe in/swipe out configuration.

Effective November 20, 2014, CSEA-represented employees will return to the 5- and 15-minute swipe in/swipe out configuration.  This configuration in no way is intended to modify the 35-hour work week.  Employees are still required to begin their workday at the start of their shift and stay until the end of their shift.  The configuration simply provides employees with some flexibility to swipe at a convenient time within the limited window period

Updates November 25, 2014 CSEA November 25, 2014 11:23 AM

Lag Provision Language

(Mary Rubilotta, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

It appears that UCS may not reach agreements with its other unions, so CSEA has negotiated a modification to the current lag side letter. UCS will continue to submit timely and responsible budget requests to provide the funding necessary to support personnel costs and implement the terms of our Agreement.  In the event a lag becomes necessary but not all the represented and unrepresented non-judicial employees are lagged, each CSEA employee who is lagged will receive annual leave credit equivalent to the amount of the lag, in addition to having the lag repaid when they leave state service. The credit will be posted on the time card for the pay period when CSEA is notified of UCS's intention to implement the lag.  If you have any questions, please contact your Local President.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Clock the link below to see the flyer and letter from Region 5 President Colleen Wheaton, supporting "Small Business Saturday," this Saturday, November 29th, an initiative in support of our communities' small businesses.

Click Here - Small Business Saturday

DISNEY ON ICE DISCOUNT

Discount tickets are available for Disney On Ice in Syracuse.  See the attachment for ordering information.

Syracuse Disney On Ice

 

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from your Local Executive Board!

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Updates December 18, 2014 CSEA December 18, 2014 10:06 AM

POLAR PLUNGE

Many thanks for all of the generous donations to our Polar Plunge team, raising funds for Special Olympics athletes.  Our Judiciary Plungers, Don, Sheila Sears, Ian Spencer and Eric Eckel, joined the CSEA Region 5 team on Sunday, December 7th, jumping into the cold waters of Oneida Lake in Brewerton.  We are proud to report that our Judiciary team raised over $1,100, and over $12,000 so far has been raised by the entire CSEA Region 5 team.  For those that donated, we sincerely thank you for your generosity!  (Photos courtesy of Mark Kotzin, CSEA Region 5 Communication Specialist.)

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CSEA EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

Co-Pay Reimbursement forms may be submitted to the EBF once you have accumulated $325 in combined prescription and physician co-pays OR at the end of the calendar year.  The deadline to file for the 2014 benefit is March 31st, 2014.  Please review the guidelines on the form (link below).  You must include an itemized pharmacy printout for prescription co-pays and must submit the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your health insurance carrier for physician co-pays (office visits only).  Cash receipts, original pharmacy/physician receipts and cancelled checks are not acceptable.  Questions?  Call the Employee Benefit Fund at 1-800-323-2732.

Co-Pay Reimbursement Form

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays from your CSEA Judiciary Local 334 Executive Board!

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