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.

During our endeavors to launch the new dental and vision plans (Solstice), we found unexpected administrative issues. The Employee Benefit Fund (EBF), the provider of the benefit, required additional contracts to be in place prior to DASNY offering the benefit. Local 698 and DASNY have been working diligently on this issue for the past few weeks.

DASNY now has a finalized Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in hand. We hope to have the MOA signed by both DASNY President Bushell, and CSEA Statewide President Donohue in the coming week.

When this occurs, Human Resources will email information to all staff regarding the available benefits. This is significant for those looking to retire soon. Remember, in order to be able to have dental and/or vision coverage in retirement, you must be subscribed to the Solstice plans 90 days prior to your last day of work.

Again, HR will push out details as soon as we have all signed documents. If you have questions, please contact Local 698 President Liz Moran (presidentlocal698@outlook.com).

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.