James Sullivan — New Local 698 1st VP

Congratulations to Jim Sullivan, an Engineer in DASNY’s NYCO, who has become the 1st Vice President of CSEA Local 698. In a recent special election, Jim went unopposed. He will immediately assume the role. Please congratulate Jim!

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Fall 2018 REH Award Winners

Congratulations to all seven applicants! All will receive a 2018 Richard E. Hohn Educational Assistance Award. Awards are issued based on ranking:

Bryan Jones — $1,000
James Donald Ralston — $800
Morgan Felitte — $700
Laine Thelian — $500
Sarah Gamarra — $500
Daniel Wrenn — $500
Katherine Moore — $500

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Alternative Work Schedules — Available This Week

This week CSEA bargaining unit members and shop fee payers will receive an email, from DASNYs Human Resources unit, providing benefit information and availability for Alternative Work Schedules.

This negotiated benefit offers CSEA employees the option to modify your work schedule lending to a work-life balance. The pilot program options are an alternative work schedule, a compressed work week or a compressed pay period. The information that will be distributed provide the application, policy and procedures, as well as guidelines that will be helpful both to the supervisor and employee including eligibility criteria and guidelines.

This pilot program ends on March 31, 2021.

Please be sure to reach out to sister Jamie Hewitt (Information Services) and brother Rich Buckey (Upstate Construction) who have worked diligently on your behalf to bring this benefit to you. They have been instrumental in influencing and shifting a traditional management mindset opening the doors to meaningful and productive discussion about today’s work environment. We strongly believe that collaboration on issues that have a positive impact on our employee’s personal lives will result in a more productive and happy workforce.

Thanks to Jamie and Rich on a job well done!

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Alternative Work Schedules Update

The Alternative Work Schedule Labor/Management Committee met earlier this month, and have a second meeting today. The immediate task of this committee is to review and revise past procedures and forms pertaining to this pilot program. That said, Local 698 representatives have heard your voices and is committed to ‘upgrading’ the program to allow for more flexibility and creativity with compressed work weeks schedules.

The past program limited hours worked to a pay week (37.5 hours). Employees are looking to enjoy flexibility for the entire pay period (75 hours). This can allow for variety of alternative work schedule scenario while maintaining an highly productive workforce.

Additionally, the team has opened the door for additional discussion regarding telecommuting. While this is an important issue and a work practice that is becoming widely used, this issue will not hinder our timeline for getting the new pilot program up and running.

Our intent is to launch the program very soon, and then continue with discussions regarding telecommuting options for the workforce.

Please be sure to extend a thank you and words of encouragement to Jamie Hewitt and Rich Buckey as they are working diligently to bring you this great negotiated benefit.

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