Monday, October 26, 2009



Candidates Muscato, Condello, Bredes and Meleca-Voigt earn targeted repsect of Monroe County's largest public employee union. Members and retirees urged to Get Out The Vote!

Rochester, N.Y.-- CSEA Local 828 political action committee members are organizing and mobilizing around two central action items before Election Day. Local 828 President Bess Watts says, "Advocating for and electing these individuals for the County Legislature in the Districts 4, 13, 18 and 19 will go along way to creating a better relationship between our members and the lawmakers who represent us. What we are looking for is better partners in good government."

CSEA Local 828 will be hosting a phone bank this Friday 10/30 to educate members on which candidates best support the issues of our working families. There are also many volunteer opportunites for members right up to Election Day. Here are some details:

What: Phone calling CSEA members about our important County Legislature races
When: Friday, Oct 30, 5 pm - 8 pm
Where: Region 6 Satellite Office, 3495 Winton Place, Bldg E

Dinner will be provided. President Watts encourages all Unit Presidents to come and bring your members!

GOTV literature distribution efforts will continue on Saturday, October 31 through Election Day. For more info about walking in your district, call Ove at 585.423.9862.

Here is a list of endorsed candidates for the Monroe County Legislature:

District 02 -- Sheldon Myers (D)

District 03 -- Michele Weaver (D)

District 04 -- Frank Muscato (D)

District 07 -- Rick Antelli (R)

District 13 -- Michael Condello (D)

District 14 -- Travis Heider (D)

District 18 -- Nora Bredes (D)

District 19 -- Jo Meleca-Voigt (D)

District 21 -- Carrie Andrews (D)

District 23 -- Paul Haney (D)

District 24 -- Harry Bronson (D)

District 28 -- Cynthia Kaleh (D)

District 29 -- Saul Maneiro (D)

Any questions regarding this year's election cycle, please don't hesitate to call the Local 828 office at 585.328.5250.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009



(click on map for larger view of Finn Park. The park is located in the lower left portion of map near Rt. 104)

Rochester, N.Y.-- On Thursday, November 5 at 5:30, CSEA Local 828 will be hosting a talk by Julie Schmidtke from The Next Generation United (NGU). NGU is an organization of labor enthusiasts who are dedicated to increasing the visibility of younger workers through education, engagement, and mobilization for social and economic justice.

The meeting will be held at the Liberty Lodge at Finn Park, 850 Maple Drive, in Webster, N.Y.

Besides our usual business meeting agenda, Schmidtke will speak to the need for the younger generation to take ownership of their workplace and get more involved with the labor movement in general. President Watts is asking Unit Presidents to invite some of the younger members who may be interested in learning more about what is happening locally on the labor front. Younger is described as 40 or younger.

Please check your mailboxes for a meeting announcement letter from President Watts dated October 16. It includes driving directions and other related information for the meeting.

Please contact Barbara no later than Monday, October 26 confirming your attendance. It's important that we get an accurate count of attendees so we can provide the necessary materials and food for the event. Call the Local 828 HQ at 585.328.5250 and leave a message or email her at

If you have any questions or concerns about Local 828 business, please feel free to contact Bess anytime at

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


CSEA President Danny Donohue (center)
leads the largest employee union in New York State
with nearly 300,000 members
photo: Ove Overmyer

Albany, N.Y.-- Governor Paterson's action today directing another 11 percent across-the-board cut in state operations reflects poor management and bad public policy. State Executive Branch operations account for less than 10 percent of the total state budget, yet this is the only area the governor continues to target for cuts.

"Lives will be put at risk and services will be undermined by the governor's latest action," said CSEA President Danny Donohue. "Meanwhile, the governor has not addressed the problem of top-heavy management in state operations: only about 50 management/confidential personnel were approved for the administration's buyout plan while thousands of lower-paid positions held by people who actually deliver front-line services to the public every day have been eliminated by attrition and reduction."

He added, "The public is not well served by Governor Paterson's poor choices and misplaced priorities."