NYC Labor Day Parade

Received this morning from CSEA Local 1000:
The NYC Labor Day Parade will take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014. CSEA has been assigned Sector VI with an estimated March Time of 1:30 pm. We will assemble at 11:30 am on West 47th Street Between 5th & 6th Avenues. We will provide lunch and refreshments. Each region* will supply T-shirts to their members.
Finally, there will also be a Labor Mass on the same morning, September 6th at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 5th Avenue at 51st Street at 8:30 am for anyone who would like to participate.Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
*Our region is Suffolk County Local 852.

A Thought for Labor Day

labor day bbq

This Labor Day, whether you are chowing down on hamburgers and  hot dogs at a backyard barbecue, enjoying the waning summer sun on the patio or at the beach, or ensconced on the sofa catching up on multiple seasons of a favorite television program on DVD, take a moment to reflect on how much working people and labor unions have contributed to American civilization, strength and national pride, and remember that you and your co-workers are among those hard-working people making their own contribution every single day.

To supervisors and schedule-makers to those who check books, CDs and DVDs in and out; to those who find the right book or magazine article or provide help with an e-reader, to those who instill the joy of reading in our youngest patrons; to those who process materials, sort the mail, keep the ledgers, pay the bills and keep our buildings and equipment clean, safe and working properly, always remember this: the Smithtown Library works because you do.


A Response

The Union’s Executive Board has received a response to its inquiry concerning the contractual implications of the August 21, 2014 job posting and is now examining the Union’s options with CSEA legal counsel. We will inform the membership of management’s position and the Union’s reply as soon as possible.

There will be a meeting of the general membership very soon, date and time to be announced.

A Message to Members

Considerable concern has been expressed by members regarding the August 21, 2014 employment posting. The Union’s Executive Board shares this concern.  

Because this posting proposes to create what would appear to be a sixth confidential employee position, the Union, in consultation with CSEA, has asked the Library Director and the Board of Trustees in writing whether they believe this to be in accord with Section I-A of our Collective Bargaining Agreement.

We will apprise the membership of their response and any further developments.


Defensive Driving Classes for Union Members


The New York Safety Program offers defensive driving classes to CSEA members and their families at a reduced rate of $19.00 per person in a classroom setting or $23.95 per person over the internet. Call (800) 942-6874 or visit to register, and use the code shown on the flyer posted on your branch’s CSEA bulletin board (or email Richard Riis for the code).

After completing the six-hour course, you will be entitled to a 10% reduction of your collision, liability and no-fault insurance base rate premiums each year for the next three years. Additionally, up to four violation points may be reduced from the total on your driving record if you have incurred violations during the 18 months prior to completing the course.

In-person classes are held at the CSEA Region One Headquarters, 3 Garet Place, Commack, NY 11725, and are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, September 13, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Thursday, September 24 & 25: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Thursday, November 19 & 20, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 6; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Thursday, December 17 & 18; 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

CSEA Employment Benefit Fund News for Retirees

Effective July 1, 2014, The Library will no longer be administering the CSEA Benefit Fund for retirees covered under COBRA at the current monthly cost of $162.52. The CSEA EBF will instead be administered for all current and future retirees by CSEA.

Retirees will no longer make out and send monthly payments for the CSEA EBF to The Library. All transactions will be handled directly with CSEA EBF.

Retirees will be receiving a packet from CSEA EBF with all the information needed to ensure a smooth transition.

Questions may be directed to Jean DeLauro or Joanne Grove in Administration. More in-depth information may be obtained by contacting CSEA EBF; contact options will be included in the packet.

Legal Expenses? Your Contract Provides Coverage


Full-time employees covered by our Collective Bargaining Agreement are entitled to benefits that include full or partial reimbursement for many common legal expenses, including consultations, wills and trusts, estate matters, real estate closings, foreclosure proceedings, adoption, contracts, family, traffic and criminal matters. You are free to use the attorney of your own choosing.

Full details and claim forms are available here.


Summer Is Vacation Season! Check Out These Member Benefits

Stilllife on the beach with sunglasses cocktail in coconut and flip flop

Summer will soon be here  and there are some budget-stretching benefits available to union members planning vacations or other recreational activities.

Vacation Tours

The Union Plus Worldwide Vacation Tours has teamed up with GoAhead Vacations, a leading global travel company with more than 100 offices in 43 countries. Take $150 off the vacation of a lifetime or get a free trip for members who organize a trip with 12 or more participants. For more information call 1-800-590-1104 or visit Union Plus Website for more information.

Tickets to Plays, Movies, Theme Parks and Sporting Events

Through Working Advantage, union members can use Union Plus Entertainment Discounts — including movie tickets, theme park discounts, Broadway shows, sporting events and much more.

Call 1-800-565-3712, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST or visit the Working Advantage website.

Visit your CSEA Region Page for details on great offers right in your backyard including, in season game discounts with Penn Minor League Baseball teams across NY,  Major League New York Yankees, discounts to NASCAR, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Times Union Center, Six Flags Great Escape, The Buffalo Zoo and much more.

Discounts on Hotels, Airfare, and More

Visit the Union Plus Travel Center where you are able to search for hotels, airfare, condos, cruises and much more.

To access the Union Plus Travel Center just visit the Union Plus website.

Need New Tires, Auto Parts or Maintenance?

tireCash in on the following union members-only deals for Goodyear discount tires and more: 10% off all Goodyear tires, including car tires, snow tires, all-terrain, truck tires and more. Save 10% off car service, maintenance and auto parts or 5% on preventive maintenance.

To take advantage of Goodyear discounts,  download a Goodyear coupon here  and take it along with your union membership card to your local Goodyear Gemini Auto Service Center or call 1-888-439-7786 to find a center near you.

Retiring? Join the CSEA Retirees

For only $2 a month, retired members can maintain their CSEA membership. As a retiree member you enjoy the following benefits:

  • Legislative and political action programs designed to enhance and protect retiree pension and health benefits.
  • Participation in a Retiree Local of CSEA.
  • Access to insurance plans at CSEA’s low group rates.
  • Money-saving member benefits.
  • A discounted consumer items buying service.
  • Discounted Dental and Vision Care Programs.
  • A personal legal services referral network.

Our upcoming retirees have already received CSEA Retiree Membership Applications. Additional copies may be downloaded here:

Download a CSEA Retiree Membership Application

Read the CSEA Retiree Guide Online

All members now have a toll-free number to call for information regarding your pension. Call 1-866-805-0990.



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