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

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

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.

2017 Fall CSEA_Awards_Application

The 2017 Fall application is now available for the Richard E. Hohn Educational Assistance Award. Application deadline is August 11, 2017. Full details including application instructions has been emailed to all members who have subscribed to the Local 698 website. The application has also been posted to the DASNY Intranet and all CSEA bulletin boards (one in each of DASNY’s main offices).

CSEA’s Capital Region will award a scholarship to a 2017 graduating high school senior who plans to attend an accredited institution of higher education in New York State. The scholarship will be for $750.00.

This scholarship has been established in Dan Campbell’s memory. For almost 30 years he worked as a Communications Associate in CSEA’s Capital Region 4 Office. Dan was popularly known as the “Spokesman” for his high profile in the Capital District as the voice of CSEA and working families. His commitment to unionism as well as his personal values and character made him a beloved figure who still touches the lives of all who knew him. He was truly someone who would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.

To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • A 2017 high school graduate.
  • A parent or guardian who is a member of CSEA’s Capital Region
  • Accepted to an accredited institution of higher education in NYS.

The applicant must submit a completed application form by May 10, 2017 to:

CSEA Capital Region
c/o Janet McKeon, Chair Education Committee
1 Lear Jet Lane, Suite 2
Latham NY 12110

Application must be accompanied by:

Note* If any of these items are missing, your application will not be considered.

  • An official transcript and SAT scores.
  • A short essay on the topic: Please choose a man or woman in Labor’s history and describe his/her impact on the present day labor movement.
  • Please include acceptance letter from college/university which states your curriculum.

Name Address ____________________________________________________

City, State, Zip Phone ___________ ____________________________________

Parent or Guardian _______________________ _E-Mail _____ ______________

Parent’s Employer _________________________________________________

Parents Signature _________________________________________________

High School _____________________________________________________

College________________________________________________________ _

Applicant’s Signature____ __ _________________________________________


Another Round of Negotiations takes place Today

On March 29th, your Local 698 Negotiation Team will meet with management to continuing discussions regarding the CSEA collective bargaining agreement. We expect to hear a financial presentation from Mike Corrigan and Caroline Griffin. In addition, we will get more information from management regarding some of their proposals.

Show Your Solidarity

Do you support a negotiation process that is fair and expedited? Are you seeking a contract that provides for fair salary/wage increases, sustains or increases our workplace protections, and recognizes the hard work of our union employees? Then we hope that you are wearing blue to support your Local 698 Negotiations Team in striving to accomplish for you. Remember to wear blue on Solidarity Days!