CSEA is pleased to announce a new Member Benefit in the form of a partnership with Purchasing Power.

Purchasing Power will permit CSEA members to purchase select brand-name products through manageable payroll or checking account deductions, with zero interest, over a 12-month period.

  • Purchasing Power is the premier purchase program for leading employers and organizations, as well as the federal government and military.
  • Shop thousands of premium, brand name products, vacation packages and education services.
  • Your job is your credit. Simply meet the minimum eligibility criteria to participate.
  • Payments are automatically deducted over time from your paycheck.
  • Budgeting is easy with responsible spending limits based on salary and tenure.

For a limited time, Purchasing Power is offering 15 percent off your order. This offer expires May 2, 2015.

Visit https://www.purchasingpower.com/?domain=cseany

to sign up and start shopping today.

Union Dues for 2015

Please be advised that there have been slight increases to CSEA union dues for 2015.

CSEA dues are set not by our union, CSEA, or by the Library, but by the New York Office of the State Comptroller. Neither the union nor the Library has any input into the process.

The new dues schedule shown here is taken from OOTSC Bulletin 1371, dated January 20, 2015:

Annual Salary: Bi-Weekly Deduction

Under $5,000: $ 6.29
$5,000 to $9,999: $ 9.35
$10,000 to $12,999: $12.89
$13,000 to $15,999: $15.64
$16,000 to $21,999: $17.51
$22,000 to $27,999: $19.44
$28,000 to $29,999: $19.80
$30,000 to $31,999: $21.00
$32,000 to $33,999: $22.06
$34,000 to $35,999: $22.46
$36,000 to $37,999: $23.59
$38,000 to $39,999: $24.74
$40,000 to $44,999: $25.57
$45,000 to $49,999: $26.21
$50,000 to $54,999: $26.86
$55,000 to $59,999: $27.51
$60,000 and over: $28.17

Celebrating the Season

The holiday season was celebrated Caribbean-style at the dinner following the General Membership Meeting at the Bahama Breeze Island Grill in Lake Grove on December 5. Special thanks are due to Dina Lally, who handled the bulk of the arrangements with the restaurant; and to Sheila Doherty, who ably assisted. Several fine items were raffled off during the dinner, including some delectable treats, a basket of hair care products donated by Michelle Aro, wife of Carmine, and a lovely red woolen throw fashioned by Florence Lucker.

Seventy-three people attended the dinner. Unit President Richard Riis’ remarks at the General Membership Meeting that preceded the Holiday Dinner included mention of the Unit’s achievement in bringing the Unit’s 2013-2014 to balance, and, on a social note, extending the Unit’s congratulations and best wishes to several members recently engaged, including Beth Bielskas, Lisa Bitran, Samira Brigati, Sheila Doherty, Jesse Lemke, and Erin McCann. Romance was certainly in the air in 2014!

Photographs of the festivities may be viewed by clicking the “Photo Gallery” link at the top of this page.

Prescription Drug Co-Pay Reimbursement

medicinemoney120810-304Now is the time to prepare for your prescription drug co-pay reimbursement from the CSEA Employee Benefit Fund. The EBF reimburses co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs which are not covered by the member’s regular prescription drug plan once annually, up to a maximum of $200 per family per calendar year. Prescriptions must be dispensed by a licensed pharmacist. Drugs, vitamins, diet supplements, etc., which can be purchased without a prescription are not covered.

Complete the claim form (see link below) and submit with your itemized pharmacy printout and/or Explanation Of Benefits (EOB) from your health insurance carrier when you have reached the maximum benefit(s) for the current calendar year. If you do not accumulate the maximum allowed, submit your claim after December 31 for what you did pay.

The deadline for claim submission is March 31, 2015.

Cash register receipts, original pharmacy/physicians receipts and cancelled checks are not acceptable.

PS: The claim form requires your EBF ID Number. This number can be found on your EBF card, not your CSEA union card. If you do not have an EBF card, you can call EBF Member Assistance at (800) EBF-CSEA or (800) 323-2732.

CLAIM FORM: To access the claim form, follow this link to the EBF page, select “Reimbursed Benefits” from the menu at left, then select “Rx Co-Pay Form (Local).”

Annual December Union Meeting and Dinner

New Disciplinary and Interrogation Representatives

Dina Lally and Dorothy Callahan-Harris have completed the required training and have been certified by CSEA to serve as a Disciplinary and Interrogation Representatives for members of our Unit.

Dina and Dorothy join Kim Seliger, Julie DeLaney and Richard Riis as our Unit’s certified Disciplinary and Interrogation Representatives.

Media Update

For those who may not yet have seen it, the union’s budget endorsement was given a prominent quarter-page space in this week’s Smithtown Messenger.

sm messenger letter

Unit Editorial Budget Endorsement on the Web

The union’s editorial endorsement of the 2015 operating budget for the Smithtown Special Library District has been posted by the Smithtown Matters website.

It also appears in the “Bulletin Board” sections of the Smithtown, Commack and Kings Park Patch websites, and in the “Forum” section of the Topix website, which deals with news and opinion from all of Suffolk County.

Members will be alerted if and when Smithtown News, Smithtown Messenger, Times of Smithtown and Newsday print the union’s endorsement.

 

Press Release

The following press release was recently sent to newspapers and other media outlets serving the Town of Smithtown. In view of the discussion at the recent General Membership Meeting, it seems appropriate to post it on Our Union Page as well.

csea press release 2

Interested in Helping Your Union? Become a Certified Disciplinary Representative

“The union representative… safeguarding not only the particular employee’s interest, but also the interests of the entire bargaining unit by exercising vigilance to make certain that the employer does not initiate or continue a practice of imposing punishment unjustly.” — U.S. Supreme Court, National Labor Relations Board v. Weingarten Inc. (1975) 420 U.S. 251

Any union member in good standing may become a disciplinary representative by taking a CSEA-presented course, being certified by CSEA and appointed by the unit president. Certification is good for four years, after which representatives must be re-certified.

CSEA certification courses are offered at periodic intervals at locations in Nassau and Suffolk County. The next Local Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop is being offered close to home at CSEA Region 1 Headquarters at 3 Garet Place, Commack, on Wednesday-Thursday, October 15 and 16, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is being taken now. Call (631) 462-0030. There is no fee.

Those who forward a copy of their certification to Richard Riis will be eligible for appointment to join our unit’s existing disciplinary representatives.

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