All DASNY employees are invited to a New Year’s celebration on Saturday, January 13, 2018 in Albany, NY. Sponsored by CSEA Local 698, this party goes back to bring everyone together to have a good time! Our membership team has coordinated a phenomenal event. We are even grabbing a block of rooms because we are hearing of some many people who are coming from outside of the Capital Region. This will be a night to remember!

Be sure to RSVP with Michelle Rigney. Detailed information is contained in the attachment!

2018 New Years Celebration

Nearly 400 ballots have been mailed to eligible members giving you the opportunity to cast your vote on a new contract. Eligible voters will receive a large, brown/yellow envelope in the mail. It has the CSEA logo as the return address…you can’t miss it!

You will need your CSEA membership ID number in order to cast your vote. Many people have their cards. However, if you misplaced it, there is an easy way to get your number.

Go to www.cseany.org. At the top of the window on the CSEA, Inc. website, you will see a red banner button that says “Look up your CSEA ID!”. Select that button. Complete the information requested, and then submit. A new window will appear with your membership number. You will be able to print that as a wallet card for future reference.

If this does not work for you, please contact President Liz Moran @ presidentllocal698@outlook.com.

What a Con!

I thought you might be interested in news articles from around the State regarding the Con Con. Vote NO on the Constitutional Convention (on the back of your ballot)!

DiNapoli Says Con Con Could Cost $50M

DiNapoli Says Con Con Could Cost $50M

New York State of Politics
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli estimated on Thursday a constitutional convention could cost the state at least $50 million — a figure he said was a “conservative” estimate.

UFT Head: Constitutional Convention a Threat to Key Employee Benefits
http://thechiefleader.com/uft-head-constitutional-convention-a-threat-to-key-employee-benefits/article_3e495e52-a2c8-11e7-936f-1beb204d85c8.html

The Chief Leader
United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew, flanked by a coalition of activists and labor organizers, called a Constitutional Convention “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” during an Oct. 11 press conference aimed at encouraging New Yorkers to vote against the Election Day proposition.

Proposal would change how communities in the Adirondack Park make changes to land
Proposal would change how communities in the Adirondack Park make changes to land

News 10
Many people know of the Constitutional Convention ballot proposal and the one that would take away pensions from government officials convicted of corruption.

LTE: Constitutional Convention could open Pandora’s Box
http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/12/letter-constitutional-convention-could-open-pandoras-box/

Buffalo News
New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote next month on whether or not they would like to have a state constitutional convention. This is an important decision that could dramatically change agriculture as we know it.

Constitutional Convention

No doubt, many of you have heard about the NYS Constitutional Convention. This November, New York voters will again vote whether or not to hold a state Constitutional Convention. The convention, or Con Con, as it’s known in political circles, is an opportunity to make long-lasting changes to New York’s state constitution. The vote to hold a Con Con happens every 20 years.

If a majority statewide votes “yes,” a constitutional convention will be set for the spring of 2019. The convention would be made up of elected delegates. Delegate elections would occur next year. These delegates would come together with unlimited abilities to propose amending the constitution in any and all ways they can agree upon. Any amendments approved by delegates would need to be ultimately approved by the voters. This is important to remember: No changes can occur to the constitution without statewide approval at the ballot box.

There are many, many arguments for and against a Constitutional Convention. CSEA and most other NYS unions are entirely against a Con Con, and are encouraging members and the public-at-large to vote NO.

The Con Con puts EVERYTHING at risk and on the chopping board. Not just our pensions and labor rights, but also issues that are very important to many — gun rights, reproductive rights, right to a fair/good education, protections for the Adirondacks, and so many other important items.

Do your best to read up on the Constitutional Convention. There are a myriad of websites to visit and a host of articles. Look up New Yorkers Against Corruption. That’s a good place to start.