PROPOSED NYS CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
On Election Day 2017, November 7th, voters in New York will be given a referendum on the ballot regarding a proposed New York State Constitutional Convention to be held in the future. The vote this year will be whether there should be a Constitutional Convention in the future (see attached timeline). 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 to the Constitutional Convention. See the attached flyers for more information, facts and a timeline, and then talk with your family and friends – New York State does NOT want or need a Constitutional Convention!
What could happen if there is a NYS Constitutional Convention and our collective bargaining rights were taken away? It has already happened in Wisconsin (as well as in other states). Click the link below to access the attached article, copied/pasted from the May 2017 CSEA “Work Force.”
AFSCME FREE COLLEGE BENEFIT
The AFSCME Free College Benefit has announced a number of changes to the program, including offering Associate Degrees or Certificate programs in the following categories: Healthcare, Business, Paralegal, Individualized Studies, Associate of Arts and Early Childhood Education. Learn more by contacting the program at www.FreeCollege.AFSCME.org or calling 888-590-9009 to enroll.
COURT REPORTER PRACTICE DICTATION VIDEO
The Unified Court System has posted a two-minute Court Reporter practice dictation video on their public website in order to help reporters prepare for the upcoming Court Reporter exam. They intend to create a similar video for the upcoming Sr. Court Reporter exam in the fall. Click the link below to access the video, then scroll down to "Practice Dictation" under "Court Reporter Exam."
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