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Updates October 28, 2015 October 28, 2015 03:27 PM

JURY DUTY – RETURN TO WORK

CSEA members that report for Jury Duty have the option to return to work after fulfilling their duties as a juror for the day.  There should be no charges to a member’s accruals if they choose not to return to work on a jury duty day.

 

LONGEVITY PAYMENTS; PROMOTING

There have been numerous questions regarding the Longevity Payments that will begin in April of 2016.  Longevity Payments are based on years past Maximum on the salary schedules.  Under our current contract, if you have completed four years past Max as of April 1st of 2016, you will be entitled to a Longevity Payment of $2,250 each year.  If you have completed eight years past Max as of April 1st of 2016, you will be entitled to a Longevity Payment of $4,600 each year.  If you have completed 13 years past Max as of April 1st, 2016, you will be entitled to a Longevity Payment of $6,900 each year.  Other requirements to receiving a Longevity Payment are:  having worked 120 workdays within the fiscal year and receiving a performance rating higher than unsatisfactory.  Longevity Payments are not added to base pay but are pensionable.  Longevity payments are pro-rated for employees working less than full time. 

 

Regarding promotions and Longevity Payments, if you are at or above Max in your present position and promote and remain at or above Max in the new position, you are entitled to take your years of service credit for Longevity Payment purposes with you to the new promotional position.

 

DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO “THE PRODUCERS” – BINGHAMTON

CSEA Local 002 has arranged for (and extended the offer to our Local members) discounted tickets to Tony Award winning musical “The Producers” at the Forum Theatre in Binghamton on November 17th at 7:30 p.m.  Reservations must be made by November 13th by calling Tammy at 607-251-2778.  Click the link below for further details. 

2015 "The Producers" - Binghamton 

DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO DISNEY PRODUCTIONS – SYRACUSE

Discounted tickets are available to our members for two upcoming Disney productions at the OnCenter Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse.  Feld Entertainment will produce Disney Live, “Three Classic Fairy Tales” on Sunday, November 15th.  Feld Entertainment will also produce Disney on Ice, “Dare To Dream” from December 30th through January 3rd.  See the link below for further details.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call 866-248-8740, choose Option 3, or e-mail Taveun Ferguson at TFerguson@feldinc.com

2015 Disney Live Discounts - Syracuse

2015 Disney On Ice Discounts - Syracuse

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Beginning next month, we will randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20!

 

Updates November 6, 2015 November 6, 2015 07:07 AM

JEFFERSON COUNTY DINNER MEETING – DECEMBER 2ND

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at Ramada Inn, 21000 State Rt. 3, Watertown, Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.   Please RSVP by Tuesday November 24th, 2015 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

LONGEVITY INCREMENTS

Longevity Increments cease to exist as of April 1st, 2016, which is the reason that they are no longer listed in the 2016 salary schedule.  While they are no longer listed in the salary schedule for April 1st, 2016, no member will lose an increment that they have already received prior to that date.  (Do not confuse the Longevity Increments with the new Longevity Payments that begin in April 2016.)

 GRIEVANCES

A reminder, grievances must be filed within 45 days of when a member becomes aware of or should have reasonably become aware of the condition/circumstance giving rise to the grievance.  (See Article 15 of the contract)

 EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT

Physician office visit and prescription drug co-pays are reimbursable up to a maximum of $325 annually by submitting appropriate documentation and application to the EBF (click link below).  If you have already reached the maximum reimbursement prior to December 31st, you may submit it now.  Reimbursement applications for 2015 will be accepted through March 31, 2016.  Please read the guidelines carefully for acceptable forms of co-pay reimbursement documentation.

Click Here - UCS EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENT FORM

Updates November 17, 2015 November 17, 2015 02:47 PM

POLAR PLUNGE 2015

It's that time of year again - CSEA Region 5 is participating in the Polar Plunge on Sunday, December 6th 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://2015CNY.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=12&i=1141911&g=6449687 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://2015CNY.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1141911&supId=245645077.  Donations may also be mailed.  More information in that regard is available on the Polar Plunge web site.  Thank you for your support to raise funds for the Special Olympics athletes!

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 Thursday, December 10th.  See the link below for complete information and the reservation form.  Reservations are due by 12/1/15.

2015 Radio City Music Hall Trip

REMINDER - JEFFERSON COUNTY DINNER MEETING – DECEMBER 2ND

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at Ramada Inn, 21000 State Rt. 3, Watertown, Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.   Please RSVP by Tuesday November 24th, 2015 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Beginning this month, once a month we will randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our November 2015 member that received a $20 check was from Tompkins County.) 

  

Updates December 1, 2015 December 1, 2015 10:53 AM

CSEA NIGHT - LIGHTS ON THE LAKE – SYRACUSE

Monday, December 7th, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. is CSEA Night in Syracuse at “Lights on the Lake,” a two-mile holiday lighting display.  CSEA members can purchase discount tickets for $3 per vehicle by stopping at Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center (formerly known as Sainte Marie Among The Iroquois)  in Liverpool prior to going to Onondaga Lake Park. Onondaga Local 834 will also be providing refreshments and a special visit from Santa for the kids from 6 to 7:45pm.  There will also be a collection of donations for the Food Bank of Central New York, so please help by bringing your generous donation of non-perishable food to Skä•noñh. 

REMINDER - POLAR PLUNGE 2015

It's that time of year again - CSEA Region 5 is participating in the Polar Plunge this Sunday, December 6th 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.  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://2015CNY.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=12&i=1141911&g=6449687 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://2015CNY.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1141911&supId=245645077.  More information in that regard is available on the Polar Plunge web site.  Thank you for your support to raise funds for the Special Olympics athletes!

REMINDER - JEFFERSON COUNTY DINNER MEETING – DECEMBER 2ND

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Local dinner meeting at the Ramada Inn, 21000 State Rt. 3, Watertown, tomorrow, December 2nd, 2015, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.  

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month we will randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our November 2015 member that received a $20 check was from Tompkins County.) 

 

SAVE THE DATE – 2016 WATER SAFARI

For those that like to plan ahead, our 2016 Old Forge Water Safari event, which is typically held in July, is scheduled on August 13th next year.

Updates December 18, 2015 December 18, 2015 10:36 AM

CSEA 2016 ELECTION NOTICE

Click the link below for information regarding the upcoming 2016 elections.  Our Local 334 members are part of CSEA Region 5.  As indicated on the notice, we will be mailed a ballot in later January to elect our Statewide Officers.  There are no other contested races in our CSEA Region.  Please follow the voting directions carefully.  You will need to know your CSEA Member ID in order to vote.

2016 CSEA Election Notice

BJ’s DISCOUNT

Click the link below for information on obtaining a discounted membership to BJ’s Wholesale Club during the open enrollment period, January 1-14, 2016.

January 2016 BJ's Discount Enrollment

POLAR PLUNGE 2015

Thank you to everyone that supported the Polar Plunge this year – and to our Polar Plungers.   You have helped to make a difference in lives of the Special Olympics athletes! 

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office from Monday, January 4th through and including Thursday, January 7th, returning January 8th.  Please refer inquiries/e-mails to the union representatives listed on our web site or by leaving a message at 1-800-498-0334.

 

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, Ian Spencer, Sheila Sears, Catrina Leone and Barb Tracz.

 

Updates January 8, 2016 January 8, 2016 03:09 PM

HERKIMER COUNTY DINNER MEETING – JANUARY 28TH  

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at PK’s Pub, 221 King St., Herkimer on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.   Please RSVP by Friday, January 22nd, 2016 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

Updates January 21, 2016 January 21, 2016 03:10 PM

CSEA STATEWIDE OFFICER ELECTIONS – VOTE!

Ballots have been mailed to members to vote for our CSEA Statewide Officers.  Please follow the instructions very carefully and return your ballot as soon as possible.  Ballots must be received by 8:00 a.m. on February 10, 2016 in order to be counted.

REMINDER - HERKIMER COUNTY DINNER MEETING – JANUARY 28TH  

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at PK’s Pub, 221 King St., Herkimer on Thursday, January 28th, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00.   Please RSVP by tomorrow, Friday, January 22nd, 2016 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

AFSCME PHONE CALLS MEMO

See the link below to read the memo from CSEA President Danny Donohue regarding AFSCME phone calls to our members’ home numbers for the purpose of updating members on the Friedrichs case pending at the Supreme Court and to update member information.

AFSCME Phone Calls Memo

Updates February 4, 2016 February 4, 2016 01:54 PM

CSEA LOCAL 334, CSEA REGION 5 AND STATEWIDE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

(Terri Vecchio, Local 334 Scholarship Chair)

Click the links below for scholarship applications and information for (1) CSEA Judiciary Local 334, (2) CSEA Central Region 5 and (3) the MetLife/Flaumenbaum/Pearl Carroll Scholarship programs.  Note the application deadline of April 1st for the CSEA Region 5 application, April 15th for the Flaumenbaum application, and April 30th for the Local 334 application.

Please distribute in your work place/to your co-workers.  Thank you.

CSEA Judiciary Local 334 Scholarship Application

CSEA Region 5 Scholarship Application

MetLife/Flaumenbaum/Pearl Carroll Scholarship Application

Updates February 5, 2016 February 5, 2016 10:02 AM

GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL – RETIREE HEALTH PREMIUMS

The Governor has asked in his proposed budget to change the contribution amount for some retirees for health insurance premiums.  See the link below for complete information.  Obviously, CSEA is strongly opposed to this change and will fight to defeat it.

Governor's Proposal

Every Friday, CSEA emails a short summary of what has transpired in Albany during that week, with important updates for our members on legislative and political issues that may affect each one of us (such as the Governor’s proposal to change retiree health premium contributions).  Below is a link for a sign-up sheet to receive these e-mails, “This Week in Albany,” TWIA.  You can enroll online at www.cseany.org, under the “Legislative & Political Action” section, or click the link below,  complete the form and email to our CSEA Region 5 Legislative and Political Coordinator Rick Noreault at rick.noreault@cseainc.org.  As State employees, it is imperative that you keep informed of issues that may affect you!

 TWIA Sign-up

SWIPING OUT – END OF SHIFT

Incidents of employees swiping out at the end of their shift and then going back to work continue to be reported to the Local.  Not only is it inappropriate to swipe out and then continue working, there could also be consequences from UCS for doing so.  No one should be continuing to work after swiping out.

LOCAL OFFICERS’ CONTACT INFORMATION

All Local Officers’ contact information is available on our web site, www.cseajudicairy.org, under Locals, Local 334, “Contact.”

SYRACUSE MONSTER JAM – DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Discounted tickets are available for UCS employees to the Syracuse “Monster Jam” on Saturday, March 5th.  Click the link below for details.

Syracuse Monster Jam 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our December 2015 member that received a $20 check was from Jefferson County.  Our January member was from Herkimer County.) 

 

Updates February 19, 2016 February 19, 2016 02:42 PM

 NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONING WEEK

Court Reporters are invited to celebrate “National Court Reporting and Captioning Week” this week at a social get-together sponsored by the NYS Court Reporters Association tonight at 5:15 p.m. at Cantina Laredo at the Destiny USA Mall.

SCHUYLER COUNTY DINNER MEETING – MARCH 8TH  

Our Local will be holding a dinner meeting at Jerlando’s Restaurant, 400 North Franklin St., Watkins Glen,  on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Vendors have been invited to attend and will be providing information and materials from 5:00-6:00, prior to the meeting,   Please RSVP by Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 to Brenda Leone by e-mail at brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting is open to all members of our Local.

 

2016 INCREMENTS/LONGEVITY PAYMENTS

CSEA has been notified that those eligible for an increment and/or longevity payment will see those reflected in the May 4th paycheck.

 

Updates March 7, 2016 March 7, 2016 10:29 AM

PROPOSED NYS CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION

In November 2017, voters will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention.  Is it premature to discuss the referendum?  Absolutely not.  We must educate all of our members, families and friends about the risks and costs involved, particularly as State employees.  What type of risks?  Changes to our pensions, union rights and more.  Who would make these decisions?  Only those that could afford an expensive campaign to be voted in as a delegate.  See the links below for more information. 

 

As posted in the weekly “This Week in Albany” email blast that we discussed previously, CSEA will also be holding an evening webinar on this important topic on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.  This topic is vitally important to our members, and I encourage you to educate yourself on the referendum and possible consequences.  Control + Click here to register for the webinar. 

Constitutional Convention Flier

Constitutional Convention Timeline

GRIEVANCE/OUT-OF-TITLE TIMELINES

A reminder that contract language provides that grievances/out-of-title grievances must be filed within 45 days of the occurrence or when the member should have know of the occurrence/event.  Failure to comply with this contract language could ultimately result in a denial of the grievance based on timeliness, regardless of how much merit the grievance holds. 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our February 2016 member that received a $20 check was from Delaware County.) 

Updates March 11, 2016 March 11, 2016 10:46 AM

REMINDER – EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENTS

A reminder that EBF prescription and physician office visit co-pay reimbursement forms must be submitted by March 31st.  Please read the instructions carefully and submit the appropriate documentation.

 Co-Pay Reimbursement Form

ITHACA POLAR PLUNGE

(Source: Mark Kotzin, CSEA Region 5 Communications Specialist)

CSEA Region 5 will be participating in the Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics on Saturday, March 19, 2016.  The plunge will take place in Cayuga Lake at Taughannock Falls State Park. Plunge registration will begin at 11 a.m. and the plunge will take place at 1p.m.  Tompkins County CSEA activist Jamie Breedlove has agreed to be our Region 5 Team Captain. Anyone with questions can reach out to her at:  jbreedlove@tompkins-co.org.

We are certainly looking for people to join our CSEA team.  They don't necessarily have to be members... the more the merrier! Participants must commit to raising a minimum of $100 to cover their plunge registration fee, but the more they raise, the more we can help the athletes of Special Olympics.  If you don't want to join our team, we are also accepting secure online donations of any amount.

To join our CSEA team, or to make a secure online donation, visit:
http://tinyurl.com/cseaithacapeeps2016

Please spread the word with your members, families and friends. Attached is a flyer that you can print out and post to help share this information.

Ithaca Polar Plunge Flier

Updates March 24, 2016 March 24, 2016 11:42 AM

EOB Forms – EBF CO-PAY REIMBURSEMENTS

If you need to retrieve Explanation of Benefits (EOB) forms for the EBF co-pay reimbursements, go to the United Healthcare web site, www.myuhc.com , sign in (register if you don’t have a user name/password).  You may then access the EOB forms sent to you in calendar year 2015 to be submitted with your co-pay reimbursement form (deadline to submit is next Friday, 3/31/16).


SICK LEAVE BANK OPEN ENROLLMENT

Open enrollment for the CSEA-UCS Sick Leave Bank is from 3/24 through 4/20/16.  Current members need not reapply, and there is no contribution for 2016.  Those eligible to join the Bank are strongly encouraged to do so.  Application information has been sent to all employees from UCS HR personnel.

PHONE CALLS

We recently notified you that AFSCME/CSEA has been making phone calls to members’ homes for the purpose of providing updates on the Supreme Court Case of Friedrichs and updating membership information.  We encourage members to take two minutes of your time to take a call from AFSCME.

But there have also been reports of members being called by anti-union groups, trying to persuade the caller to quit their union. 

So if you happen to get a phone call, we would ask you to please pay careful attention to who is calling, write down the name of the organization, when the call was received, and let me know that information so that I can pass it along to CSEA Region 5 staff/LRSs.

 

Updates April 1, 2016 April 1, 2016 09:38 AM

SAVE THE DATES – UPCOMING LOCAL/UNIT DINNER MEETINGS

Information will be sent out in the next few weeks regarding upcoming Local/Unit dinner meetings, for the following dates:

  • Lewis County, Turin, Wednesday, May 11th
  • Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Unit, Vernon, Friday, May 13th
  • Broome County, Binghamton, Wednesday, May 18th
  • Onondaga County, Cicero, Thursday, May 19th

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office on Union business Monday, April 4th through and including Thursday, April 7th, 2016, with limited access to email, returning Friday, April 8th.  If you need assistance, please contact a Local or Unit officer, as listed on our web site. 

Updates April 11, 2016 April 11, 2016 01:29 PM

LOCAL DINNER MEETINGS – May 2016:

Local 334 will be holding the following dinner meetings.  Please RSVP by the appropriate date to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are open to members from all counties within the Local.  Vendors will be available from 5:00-6:00 p.m.  We will have a guest speaker at the Oneida County and Onondaga County meetings. 

  • Lewis County, Turin, Steak N Brew, 4497 NY 26 ,Turin, Wednesday, May 11th , RSVP by May 2.
  • Oneida County (Oneida/Herkimer/Madison Unit), Vernon, Friday, May 13th, 2016, Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel, 4229 Stuhlman Rd., Vernon.  RSVP by May 5th.   For anyone wishing to stay overnight at the Hotel, for a limited time a discounted room rate of $89 is available by calling 1-877-888-3766, mention “CSEA Dinner Meeting.”  Our dinner speaker will be from the NYS Retirement System.
  • Broome County, Binghamton, Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, Double Tree, 225 Water Street.  RSVP by May 10th
  • Onondaga County, Cicero, Thursday, May 19th, 2016, Borio’s, 8891 McDonnells Parkway, Cicero.  RSVP by May 11th .  Our dinner speaker will be Mark Kotzin, CSEA Region 5 Communications Specialist. 

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR CSEA ID NUMBER?

Every CSEA Membership Number begins with “123.”  If you do not know your membership number, you may obtain it through the CSEA web site, www.cseany.org, by clicking on “Look up your CSEA ID” at the top of the home page.  Once a month, we randomly insert a member’s ID number somewhere within the text of a Receiver Notice.  If you see your member ID number, contact me within 48 hours and you will receive a check for $20.  (Our March 2016 member that received a $20 check was from Chemung County.) 

 

Updates April 28, 2016 April 28, 2016 03:00 PM

OSWEGO UNIT/ LOCAL DINNER MEETING – May 25, 2016:

Local 334 Unit 1 will be holding a dinner meeting in Oswego on May 25th, 2016, at Vona’s Restaurant, 9 Willow St., Oswego.  Please RSVP by May 18th to to:  brenda@csealocal334.com.  The dinner meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to members from all counties within our Local.  Vendors will be available prior to the meeting, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. 

 

OUT OF OFFICE

I will be out of the office and unavailable on Monday, 5/2 and Tuesday, 5/3.  If you need union assistance, please call 1-800-498-0334 or contact an Officer as listed on our web page under Local 334, Contacts.

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