Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Local 828 Donates to Area Veterans

For the second year the generosity of our Local came through with the delivery of shoes, socks, scarves, gloves, candy and more for the Rochester Veterans Transition Center (RVTC).  These items will be used as stocking stuffers to give out to Veterans who have been down on their luck and need a helping hand.  This year we engaged the retirees who are part of a knitting circle who worked tirelessly to make sure the Veterans were taken care of…a special thank you to Cris Zaffuto for leading the charge.    The RVTC is a federally funded program that provides necessary life-saving services for Veterans in the Rochester and Monroe County area.
Louis, Angela and Kathy - Photos by Bess Watts
Gifts were overflowing
Kathy, Angela and Bess 
Big props go to Local 828 Women's Committee Chair Angela Muscianese for her organizing efforts and to Kathy Begemann & Local President Bess Watts for their assistance in delivering the gifts and provisions.  A special shout out to the Public Defenders Office for going above and beyond with their donations.  

The generosity of CSEA members (and retirees) never ceases to amaze. And a big THANK YOU to all our generous units for making this effort a huge success!   
Angela-Chair of the Local Women's Committee

Saturday, December 10, 2016

This week in Albany

This Week in Albany

Week ending December 9, 2016

Economic Development
This week, Governor Cuomo announced over $700 million in “economic development” funding that will be distributed as part of the annual Regional Economic Development Council process.
While the State continues to spend billions on programs with a questionable return on investment, CSEA will continue to fight to ensure that New York properly funds the services that our communities depend on.
At a Glance
The State Senate and Assembly have been discussing the possibility of holding a special session next week to address a number of issues, including possibly the first pay raise for legislators since 1999. Governor Cuomo has publicly released a list of reforms he would like to see taken up if the legislature does hold a special session, but no session has been officially called yet.
Federal Update
Congress has been working to reach an agreement on a continuing resolution to keep the government funded until April 28. The bill generally maintains current government funding, with additions including $872 million for healthcare measures and $170 million to deal with water contamination issues.
At the time of this writing, the bill had passed the House but faced a potential roadb
lock in the Senate. Several Senate Democrats have said that they will not vote for the bill unless it contains a longer-term extension of healthcare and retirement benefits for miners whose benefit fund is running out of money.
Current funding for the government expires on Saturday.
In other federal news, President-elect Donald Trump announced Andrew Puzder as his choice for secretary of Labor. Puzder, who is the CEO of a fast-food company that includes Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., has a long record of opposing provisions to help workers. Puzder is skeptical of raising the minimum wage, opposes the Obama administration’s efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay, has criticized paid sick leave policies, and supports increased automation in his industry.
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Student Loan Debt Relief Clinic

ATTENTION Rochester, NY/Monroe County residents: There will be a Student Loan Debt Relief Clinic on Saturday, December 10 in the Kate Gleason Auditorium of the Central Library - 9:30 -- 12. It is open to the public and free.   Please click on the link below for Registration Information. or contact
Mildred Garcia at 518-257-1411 or