CSEA Western Region 6

CSEA Western Region 6 We promote the virtue of working people and the value of public service. Call us 716-691-6555. GENTLE REMINDER -- DISCLAIMER: CSEA encourages robust debate and welcomes all points of view on our social media platforms.

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Photos from Kevin Hardwick for Erie County Comptroller's post
10/24/2021

Photos from Kevin Hardwick for Erie County Comptroller's post

VOTER ALERT -- Early voting starts today! Please get out to vote and cast your ballot for labor friendly candidates. In ...
10/23/2021

VOTER ALERT -- Early voting starts today! Please get out to vote and cast your ballot for labor friendly candidates. In the Mayor's race in the City of Buffalo, WRITE DOWN BYRON BROWN! Election Day is Tuesday, November 2.

VOTER ALERT -- Early voting starts today! Please get out to vote and cast your ballot for labor friendly candidates. In the Mayor's race in the City of Buffalo, WRITE DOWN BYRON BROWN! Election Day is Tuesday, November 2.

The November 2021 CSEA Work Force is now available to read online. It includes in-depth coverage of the union's 111th An...
10/22/2021

The November 2021 CSEA Work Force is now available to read online. It includes in-depth coverage of the union's 111th Annual Delegates Meeting and much more.

Visit cseany.org/workforce to read our current issue, or check out the e-book here: https://cseany.org/ebooks/Work_Force_November_2021.

The November 2021 CSEA Work Force is now available to read online. It includes in-depth coverage of the union's 111th Annual Delegates Meeting and much more.

Visit cseany.org/workforce to read our current issue, or check out the e-book here: https://cseany.org/ebooks/Work_Force_November_2021.

A CALL TO ACTION! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LIT DROP FOR BUFFALO MAYOR BYRON BROWN -- 2019 Seneca Street, AFSCME Local 264 HQ...
10/21/2021

A CALL TO ACTION! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LIT DROP FOR BUFFALO MAYOR BYRON BROWN -- 2019 Seneca Street, AFSCME Local 264 HQ, 10:30a

A CALL TO ACTION! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LIT DROP FOR BUFFALO MAYOR BYRON BROWN -- 2019 Seneca Street, AFSCME Local 264 HQ, 10:30a

10/21/2021

WRITE DOWN BYRON BROWN!

Here are some video tips to consider when voting for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown this election season!

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEARFinger Lakes -- You can feel it in the air—the profound seasonal change—when the landscape becomes...
10/20/2021

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR

Finger Lakes -- You can feel it in the air—the profound seasonal change—when the landscape becomes painted with red and orange foliage and fierce winds whip us into a frenzy.

Get in the fall spirit with a visit to one of New York's greatest scenic locations—the Finger Lakes Region near Rochester, NY. And, there is no better park in the United States to leaf peep than Letchworth State Park – the “so called” Grand Canyon of the East. It’s time to experience the best of what autumn has to offer.

If you plan on visiting New York’s parks this fall, please remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your household and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing. Call ahead or check attraction websites and social media for the most current information on openings and amenity availability while staying as local as possible.

Get out there and have some fun and thank a CSEA parks worker for keeping our recreation areas as pristine as they are!

“We want to make sure everyone who visits our parks this fall stays safe and has a wonderful experience.”

-Marshall Bennett
Parks & Rec Aide
Letchworth State Park
CSEA Local 110

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR

Finger Lakes -- You can feel it in the air—the profound seasonal change—when the landscape becomes painted with red and orange foliage and fierce winds whip us into a frenzy.

Get in the fall spirit with a visit to one of New York's greatest scenic locations—the Finger Lakes Region near Rochester, NY. And, there is no better park in the United States to leaf peep than Letchworth State Park – the “so called” Grand Canyon of the East. It’s time to experience the best of what autumn has to offer.

If you plan on visiting New York’s parks this fall, please remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your household and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing. Call ahead or check attraction websites and social media for the most current information on openings and amenity availability while staying as local as possible.

Get out there and have some fun and thank a CSEA parks worker for keeping our recreation areas as pristine as they are!

“We want to make sure everyone who visits our parks this fall stays safe and has a wonderful experience.”

-Marshall Bennett
Parks & Rec Aide
Letchworth State Park
CSEA Local 110

Heads up! Share this important information with your coworkers, friends and family!
10/20/2021

Heads up! Share this important information with your coworkers, friends and family!

Deaf and hard of hearing survivors face unique circumstances and barriers to getting help. In NYS, help is available for all survivors. Deaf and hard of hearing survivors can reach advocates via text or online chat by contacting the NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline. #deafawarenessmonth

CSEA News: The CSEA Western Region Veterans Committee will be holding their annual Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, No...
10/19/2021

CSEA News: The CSEA Western Region Veterans Committee will be holding their annual Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Come support those who have given so much. 🇺🇸

CSEA News: The CSEA Western Region Veterans Committee will be holding their annual Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Come support those who have given so much. 🇺🇸

Ove Overmyer to retire from CSEA
10/19/2021
Ove Overmyer to retire from CSEA

Ove Overmyer to retire from CSEA

WNY -- After a 24-year affiliation with the Civil Service Employees Association, Western New York Communications Specialist Ove Overmyer is set to retire on October 29, 2021.Ove Overmyer is an award-winning photojournalist and writer who has promoted the virtue of working people and the value of

CSEA PAC News -- What you need to know:(We encourage robust debate. However, if you would like to comment here, please s...
10/19/2021

CSEA PAC News -- What you need to know:

(We encourage robust debate. However, if you would like to comment here, please stay on topic and avoid namecalling. This post is being carefully monitored for misinformation and objectionable content that violates our terms of use policy. Sharing this content is designed to educate our membership on issues of the day. Please be respectful to your union brothers and sisters.)

CSEA PAC News -- What you need to know:

(We encourage robust debate. However, if you would like to comment here, please stay on topic and avoid namecalling. This post is being carefully monitored for misinformation and objectionable content that violates our terms of use policy. Sharing this content is designed to educate our membership on issues of the day. Please be respectful to your union brothers and sisters.)

The CSEA ebook version of the Fall 2021 Retiree News is now available. Stories about Western Region members Bernie Giamb...
10/18/2021
Retiree News Fall 2021

The CSEA ebook version of the Fall 2021 Retiree News is now available. Stories about Western Region members Bernie Giambra and Joan Bender are featured in this edition. You can use this link to access the news:

Retiree News Fall 2021

10/15/2021

We're still hiring seasonal and permanent plow drivers across the state. Must have a clean CDL and be able to pass a physical and drug test.

Learn more: www.ny.gov/dotjobs

REQUIRED OFFICER TRAININGS SCHEDULEWe remind all elected union officers that per our constitutions, you are required to ...
10/15/2021

REQUIRED OFFICER TRAININGS SCHEDULE

We remind all elected union officers that per our constitutions, you are required to take the training for your office during your current term of office. This training must be taken each time you are elected, even if you’ve taken it during a previous term in office.

To satisfy this constitutional training requirement, our union has scheduled several virtual trainings for Presidents/Vice Presidents, Secretaries, and Treasurers. Please make plans to attend the training for the office you hold. You will register by contacting your CSEA Region Office and letting them know which training and date you are registering for. Participants must use their own time or have approved Release Time to attend this training if attending during normal work hours.

President/Vice President Trainings:

Note: Please only register for the training for matching your status as either previously trained or first-time attending. Registration deadline for 11/6 training is November 1. Registration deadline for 11/15-16 training is November 8.

November 6, all sectors, previously trained - 9 am to 12:00 pm
November 15 & 16, all sectors, first-time attending - 6:00 to 7:30 pm (must attend both sessions)

Secretary Trainings:

October 20 – 5 to 7pm
October 27 – 5 to 7pm
October 21 – 10:30am to 12:30pm

Treasurer Trainings:

November 9 – 5 to 8 pm
November 10 – 10 am to 1 pm

Go here to officers resources page to log on:
https://memberlink.cseany.org/login.aspx?ReturnURL=https://cseany.org/officer-resources?page_id=1453

REQUIRED OFFICER TRAININGS SCHEDULE

We remind all elected union officers that per our constitutions, you are required to take the training for your office during your current term of office. This training must be taken each time you are elected, even if you’ve taken it during a previous term in office.

To satisfy this constitutional training requirement, our union has scheduled several virtual trainings for Presidents/Vice Presidents, Secretaries, and Treasurers. Please make plans to attend the training for the office you hold. You will register by contacting your CSEA Region Office and letting them know which training and date you are registering for. Participants must use their own time or have approved Release Time to attend this training if attending during normal work hours.

President/Vice President Trainings:

Note: Please only register for the training for matching your status as either previously trained or first-time attending. Registration deadline for 11/6 training is November 1. Registration deadline for 11/15-16 training is November 8.

November 6, all sectors, previously trained - 9 am to 12:00 pm
November 15 & 16, all sectors, first-time attending - 6:00 to 7:30 pm (must attend both sessions)

Secretary Trainings:

October 20 – 5 to 7pm
October 27 – 5 to 7pm
October 21 – 10:30am to 12:30pm

Treasurer Trainings:

November 9 – 5 to 8 pm
November 10 – 10 am to 1 pm

Go here to officers resources page to log on:
https://memberlink.cseany.org/login.aspx?ReturnURL=https://cseany.org/officer-resources?page_id=1453

Photos from CSEA Western Region 6's post
10/14/2021

Photos from CSEA Western Region 6's post

A CALL TO ACTION -- All working people deserve a union. Without a union workers have very few rights, can be fired for n...
10/13/2021

A CALL TO ACTION -- All working people deserve a union. Without a union workers have very few rights, can be fired for nearly any or no reason, earn less than their unionized counterparts and have fewer benefits.

In a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when the richest few are holding nearly all of the wealth in our nation and world, unions are the necessary balance. To answer this crisis, we need to see a massive growth in union membership nationwide.

Passing the PRO-Act would significantly re-write the rules on union organization throughout the country. The Act is a game changer making it possible for millions of workers that already want to be union members an become new members!

Rochester Next Up, AFL-CIO is planning a rally in support of the PRO-Act for Rochester. We will need your help to show the support for all workers to have real access to a union.

WHERE: Federal Building, 100 State Street, Rochester, NY
WHEN: Wednesday, October 13th 5pm

A CALL TO ACTION -- All working people deserve a union. Without a union workers have very few rights, can be fired for nearly any or no reason, earn less than their unionized counterparts and have fewer benefits.

In a time of massive wealth and income inequality, when the richest few are holding nearly all of the wealth in our nation and world, unions are the necessary balance. To answer this crisis, we need to see a massive growth in union membership nationwide.

Passing the PRO-Act would significantly re-write the rules on union organization throughout the country. The Act is a game changer making it possible for millions of workers that already want to be union members an become new members!

Rochester Next Up, AFL-CIO is planning a rally in support of the PRO-Act for Rochester. We will need your help to show the support for all workers to have real access to a union.

WHERE: Federal Building, 100 State Street, Rochester, NY
WHEN: Wednesday, October 13th 5pm

10/06/2021

Union Strong. Labor Endorsed: Byron Brown for City of Buffalo Mayor.

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Photos from CSEA Local 815's post
10/05/2021

Photos from CSEA Local 815's post

CSEA Western Region Remarks by President Steve Healy  111th CSEA ADM: EDUCATION AND TRAINING A TOP PRIORITYSeptember 27 ...
10/05/2021

CSEA Western Region
Remarks by President Steve Healy

111th CSEA ADM: EDUCATION AND TRAINING A TOP PRIORITY
September 27 – October 1, 2021

On behalf of the 46,000 members of CSEA Western Region-- we welcome everyone to our 111th Annual Delegates Meeting.

As we convene this week and in the days that follow, I am asking all our delegates, members and guests to rededicate efforts to improve the lives of all working people.

We also ask for our community partners and allies to help us bring economic justice to the workplace and to improve social justice outcomes in New York State and across this great nation.

I am extremely honored to be your Western Region President. Nonetheless, I certainly did not expect the past two years to be one of the most troubling and problematic times in the history of our union.

A never-ending global healthcare crisis, an ever-changing landscape of workplace mandates and directives, aggressive attacks by anti-union forces, dissent among each other, massive uncertainty about our futures and the inability of lawmakers to deal with several crises all at the same time has created a very complicated world.

To define our statewide and region strategies moving forward, our statewide officers plus my executive board and I have concluded that education and training our leadership and bolstering our committee work will be a centerpiece of doing the business of our union as we move into 2022.

Here in the Western Region, we believe our committee work is really the heart and soul of who we are and what we do—and living up to measurable short and long-term goals will be part of this plan.

One key benefit that can help deliver more value to our members is a strong, engaging education and training program that keeps learners coming back for more useful experiences.

And, as most of you know, consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic still linger, and has changed how we CSEA members communicate with each other. It has tested our abilities to adapt and learn new skills.

I sincerely believe this happenstance can make us even stronger and can provide our union members the ability to connect leadership with rank-and-file members through an energetic series of webinars, email updates utilizing Action Network, social media connections, conference calls and video conference meetings.

In-person or virtual conferences and regional meetings enable our members to connect with their peers, other union leaders and subject matter experts. Data shows these events are valued highly by our CSEA members and staff. Considering the fact that we are spread over a very large geographical area, we still have the opportunity to grow, connect and discuss challenges and ideas with other union members who share similar experiences.

Cloud-based learning platforms, our website and social media channels offer opportunities to connect in real-time through discussion forums, online communities, or other collective learning features. Providing the technology and tools to help our members build strong connections, continue conversations, and learn from each other can strengthen our union, and ultimately improve the way we do business.

It must also be stated we are stronger as a union when we invest in our most precious resource—the people and families who take an active role in making their communities better by delivering on the promise of a job well done. When CSEA members are offered personal enrichment tools and resources to be successful on and off the job, good things happen.

Another primary effort we will be advancing in the Western Region is a leadership succession plan. A succession or replacement plan will ensure our union will continue to operate efficiently after leadership and union officers move on to new opportunities, retire or pass away. Keeping and maintaining our union’s institutional knowledge will be key to successful outcomes in the future.

And today, despite all the challenges we face, CSEA members and all working people have good reason to be proud. Our union and the Labor Movement has proven once again, when tough times and difficult choices appear on the horizon, we continue to deliver on our promise to keep our communities strong and vibrant.

Our members are still performing at a high level. The reality is, we are still settling contracts, advocating for social justice issues, improving health and safety standards, volunteering in our communities, marching in solidarity and organizing new members to strengthen our collective voice.

CSEA members and most working people understand the value of union membership and that is why we remain strong especially during uncertain times. We are still getting it done – but there is still so much more to do.

As we come together and celebrate another Annual Delegates Meeting, we must all take time to remind friends, family and co-workers how much is at stake right now—from our paychecks and benefits to our basic dignity on the job.

My 2021 message to our delegates is this-- if you want to stay employed, enjoy due process, improve your working conditions, if you want to beat back anti-union sentiments, if you want a fair and just society and if you want to save our democracy to win a new day for America’s workers, let’s join together and rise up once again to strengthen and grow our ranks like never before.

For our emerging leaders and new officers, the first step to achieving this goal is to create a powerful and dynamic CSEA education and training experience with you.

Today we proudly stand with each other arm in arm to celebrate all things labor and to protect the rights and values that helped build our union.

And finally, thank you to all our former union officers, activists, emerging leaders and retirees who continue to advocate on our behalf. CSEA represented employees and all workers must always have a seat at the table– because when unions are strong– workers are strong. And when workers are strong– America is strong.

CSEA Western Region
Remarks by President Steve Healy

111th CSEA ADM: EDUCATION AND TRAINING A TOP PRIORITY
September 27 – October 1, 2021

On behalf of the 46,000 members of CSEA Western Region-- we welcome everyone to our 111th Annual Delegates Meeting.

As we convene this week and in the days that follow, I am asking all our delegates, members and guests to rededicate efforts to improve the lives of all working people.

We also ask for our community partners and allies to help us bring economic justice to the workplace and to improve social justice outcomes in New York State and across this great nation.

I am extremely honored to be your Western Region President. Nonetheless, I certainly did not expect the past two years to be one of the most troubling and problematic times in the history of our union.

A never-ending global healthcare crisis, an ever-changing landscape of workplace mandates and directives, aggressive attacks by anti-union forces, dissent among each other, massive uncertainty about our futures and the inability of lawmakers to deal with several crises all at the same time has created a very complicated world.

To define our statewide and region strategies moving forward, our statewide officers plus my executive board and I have concluded that education and training our leadership and bolstering our committee work will be a centerpiece of doing the business of our union as we move into 2022.

Here in the Western Region, we believe our committee work is really the heart and soul of who we are and what we do—and living up to measurable short and long-term goals will be part of this plan.

One key benefit that can help deliver more value to our members is a strong, engaging education and training program that keeps learners coming back for more useful experiences.

And, as most of you know, consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic still linger, and has changed how we CSEA members communicate with each other. It has tested our abilities to adapt and learn new skills.

I sincerely believe this happenstance can make us even stronger and can provide our union members the ability to connect leadership with rank-and-file members through an energetic series of webinars, email updates utilizing Action Network, social media connections, conference calls and video conference meetings.

In-person or virtual conferences and regional meetings enable our members to connect with their peers, other union leaders and subject matter experts. Data shows these events are valued highly by our CSEA members and staff. Considering the fact that we are spread over a very large geographical area, we still have the opportunity to grow, connect and discuss challenges and ideas with other union members who share similar experiences.

Cloud-based learning platforms, our website and social media channels offer opportunities to connect in real-time through discussion forums, online communities, or other collective learning features. Providing the technology and tools to help our members build strong connections, continue conversations, and learn from each other can strengthen our union, and ultimately improve the way we do business.

It must also be stated we are stronger as a union when we invest in our most precious resource—the people and families who take an active role in making their communities better by delivering on the promise of a job well done. When CSEA members are offered personal enrichment tools and resources to be successful on and off the job, good things happen.

Another primary effort we will be advancing in the Western Region is a leadership succession plan. A succession or replacement plan will ensure our union will continue to operate efficiently after leadership and union officers move on to new opportunities, retire or pass away. Keeping and maintaining our union’s institutional knowledge will be key to successful outcomes in the future.

And today, despite all the challenges we face, CSEA members and all working people have good reason to be proud. Our union and the Labor Movement has proven once again, when tough times and difficult choices appear on the horizon, we continue to deliver on our promise to keep our communities strong and vibrant.

Our members are still performing at a high level. The reality is, we are still settling contracts, advocating for social justice issues, improving health and safety standards, volunteering in our communities, marching in solidarity and organizing new members to strengthen our collective voice.

CSEA members and most working people understand the value of union membership and that is why we remain strong especially during uncertain times. We are still getting it done – but there is still so much more to do.

As we come together and celebrate another Annual Delegates Meeting, we must all take time to remind friends, family and co-workers how much is at stake right now—from our paychecks and benefits to our basic dignity on the job.

My 2021 message to our delegates is this-- if you want to stay employed, enjoy due process, improve your working conditions, if you want to beat back anti-union sentiments, if you want a fair and just society and if you want to save our democracy to win a new day for America’s workers, let’s join together and rise up once again to strengthen and grow our ranks like never before.

For our emerging leaders and new officers, the first step to achieving this goal is to create a powerful and dynamic CSEA education and training experience with you.

Today we proudly stand with each other arm in arm to celebrate all things labor and to protect the rights and values that helped build our union.

And finally, thank you to all our former union officers, activists, emerging leaders and retirees who continue to advocate on our behalf. CSEA represented employees and all workers must always have a seat at the table– because when unions are strong– workers are strong. And when workers are strong– America is strong.

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