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Online union-building webinars scheduled 
The Education & Training Department staff continue to provide opportunities for members to gain and enhance their skills through our online trainings. Here is a summary of upcoming offerings. These trainings are open to members in all Regions. Registration is available online only athttps://cseany.org/education-and-training-webinars

NEW! CSEA offers additional COVID-19 vaccine webinars
CSEA wants you to have all the facts regarding the new COVID-19 vaccines so that you can make an informed decision for you and your family. Our Occupational Safety and Health Department is now offering a one-hour program to answer the most asked questions regarding how the vaccines work, employee rights, the NYS Roll Out Plan and post-vaccine protocols in the workplace. CSEA staff will also be on hand to answer any other questions you may have about the vaccine process. This webinar is open to anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
On-demand safety webinars reminder
CSEA’s Occupational Safety and Health Department has a full complement of safety webinars designed to help you stay safe during this pandemic, available on-demand and for free. Visit https://cseany.org/osh-webinars to register and view them. You can download a flyer listing all these trainings at: https://tinyurl.com/csea-safety-webinarsNov2020
Long Island Region

TO REGISTER FOR WEBINARS IN REGION 1 CALL  631-600-4800 OR USE THE LINK PROVIDED FOR EACH WEBINAR

Advanced Grievance: Power In Numbers
Want to identify issues that present organizing opportunities and plan strategic campaigns that use escalating tactics to pressure management into improving the workplace. This workshop will cover the importance of one-on-one conversations, small meetings, and rank-and-file activism in establishing the foundation of a thriving union. Completion of this workshop does not comply with the grievance representation training requirement as outlined in the CSEA Local and Unit Constitutions’ Article V, Section 6.

This workshop is for all CSEA Local/Unit Officers or Grievance Representatives who have taken grievance training and have experience in handling grievances and other violations in the workplace.

March 24-25, 2021**-  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  – Open to all Regions

To Register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=162

Steward Workshop
Our union is strongest when our members come together, ready to fight for what’s right. Every day, CSEA stewards make this happen at worksites throughout the state. In this two-part workshop, you will learn more about our union and how stewards build power by organizing, educating, and communicating with coworkers. After receiving certification for your participation in this workshop, appointments to the steward position are made by your local/unit president.

March 27, 2021 – 10:00 am – 2:30 pm – Open to all Regions

To Register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=163

State Government Grievance Workshop
Have you ever wondered what recourse you have when you are wronged in the workplace?  Are you interested in gaining a better understanding of what your contractual rights are?  In this new and exciting 2-part webinar, you will learn to work with your contract and identify your contract’s grievance procedure, while understanding your role and responsibility as a Grievance Representative.

Completion of this workshop complies with the CSEA Local/Unit Constitutional mandate, Article 5 Section 6.  To be appointed as a certified Grievance Representative, members must complete this workshop and be appointed by their Local/Unit Presidents. 

This workshop is for State Government bargaining unit (ASU, ISU, OSU & DMNA) officers and activists who have little or no experience handling grievances and other violations in the workplace.

April 7-8, 2021** – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To Register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=164

Steward Workshop
Our union is strongest when our members come together, ready to fight for what’s right. Every day, CSEA stewards make this happen at worksites throughout the state. In this two-part workshop, you will learn more about our union and how stewards build power by organizing, educating, and communicating with coworkers. After receiving certification for your participation in this workshop, appointments to the steward position are made by your local/unit president.

April 12-13, 2021 ** – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To Register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=165

Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Webinar!
Do you know your rights in a disciplinary investigation? Want to make sure your co-workers don’t get railroaded in an interrogation? Every day, CSEA discipline representatives educate and advocate for their co-workers. In this two-part webinar, you will learn about your discipline procedure, your rights, and how to effectively represent your co-workers.

Completion of this workshop complies with the CSEA Local/Unit Constitutional mandate, Article 5 Section 6. In order to be appointed as a certified Discipline & Interrogation Representative, members are required to be appointed by their Local/Unit Presidents.

This workshop is designed for Local Government, NYS Authorities & Canals bargaining unit officers and activists who want to represent members in disciplinary matters.

April 14-15, 2021 ** – 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
To Register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=166

Local Government/Private Sector Grievance Representation
Want a stronger union? Attend this upcoming Grievance Representation workshop!  Help enforce the contractual rights you and your co-workers have won.  Every day, CSEA grievance representatives represent their co-workers in contract grievance procedures. In this new and exciting two-part webinar, you will learn how to follow a contractual grievance procedure, investigate a case, write a grievance, and present a grievance to management.

Completion of this workshop complies with the CSEA Local/Unit Constitutional mandate, Article 5 Section 6. To be appointed as a certified grievance representative, participants must complete this workshop and be appointed by their Local or Unit president.

This workshop is designed for Local Government, Private Sector, and New York State Authority officers and activists who have little or no experience handling grievances and other workplace violations

April 17, 2021 – 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
To Register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=167

Discipline Interrogation Recertification
This workshop is designed for officers and activists that have completed the basic workshop. Participants will have an opportunity to review their role and employee rights within the disciplinary process and practice their skills in preparing for and representing members during disciplinary interrogations.

Completion of this workshop will ensure compliance with the CSEA Local and Unit Constitutions’ Article 5, Section 6. To be appointed as a certified Discipline & Interrogation Representative, members must complete this workshop and be appointed by their Local/Unit Presidents.

This workshop is for ALL State, Local Government and Private Sector bargaining unit officers and activists who have completed the basic discipline and Interrogation workshop.

April 20, 2021- 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To Register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=168

State Government: Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogation Workshop
Would you like to learn how to build a stronger union? Do you want to know what is required to represent your brothers and sisters effectively? In this new and exciting 2-part webinar, you will review the elements of your contract’s disciplinary procedure, you will learn how to investigate disciplinary grievances and distinguish between an interview and an interrogation. Also, learn what your rights are in a disciplinary investigation and ensure that those you are representing are being treated fairly.

Completion of this workshop complies with the CSEA Local/Unit Constitutional mandate, Article 5 Section 6. In order to be appointed as a certified Discipline & Interrogation Representative, members are required to be appointed by their Local/Unit Presidents.

This workshop is for State Government, Local Government and Private Sector bargaining unit Officers and Grievance Representatives who are responsible for representing members in disciplinary issues in the workplace.

April 21-22, 2021 ** – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To Register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=169

Grievance Recertification
This workshop is designed for officers and activists that have completed the basic workshop. In this interactive workshop, participants will practice reviewing fact patterns, conduct a grievance investigation, apply applicable contract language, and discuss the basics of presenting a grievance to management.

Completion of this workshop complies with the CSEA Local/Unit Constitutional mandate, Article 5 Section 6.  To be appointed as a certified Grievance Representative, members must complete this workshop and be appointed by their Local/Unit Presidents.

This workshop is for ALL State, Local Government and Private Sector bargaining unit officers and activists who have completed the basic grievance workshop.

April 26, 2021 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
To Register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=170

Duty of Fair Representation
In this brief webinar, you will learn about The Duty of Fair Representation (DFR), the legal obligation of a union to fairly represent all workers in a bargaining unit whether they are members or not. This workshop will explain the CSEA activists’ obligation to fairly represent all members of a bargaining unit. This training is geared specifically for CSEA grievance and discipline representatives but is accessible to all members. Attendance of this workshop does not meet any training requirement for officers, grievance representatives, or discipline representatives.

April 27, 2021, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

To register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=171

Weingarten Rights: What You Need to Know
In this brief webinar, you will learn about how to protect and enforce your right (known as Weingarten rights) to union representation when faced with an investigatory interview. An investigatory interview occurs when a supervisor questions an employee to obtain information that could be used as a basis for discipline or when a supervisor asks an employee to defend her or his conduct. Attendance of this workshop does not meet officers’ and discipline representatives’ Discipline & Interrogation training requirement.

April 28, 2021, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

To register: https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=172

**must attend both dates

 

 

Local 870 Member Diana Pirolo, RN from the 
Mattituk Cutchogue School District
President Lisa Hinsch, Unit President
The Following Article is From THE SUFFOLK TIMES

Meet the nurses protecting everyone’s health in schools during pandemic

THE NURSE’S OFFICE inside each school building is often a hub of activity.

Students are treated for minor bumps and bruises. At times, more serious injuries like concussions or broken bones require additional medical care. Nurses administer daily medications that some children require, monitoring those with chronic health conditions or who face potentially life-threatening allergies. There are immunizations to track and health exams for student-athletes to be eligible for sports.

Communication is constant with parents and fellow staff members.

“The responsibilities of keeping our students safe have grown, but the hours in the day have stayed the same.”

ALISON SOTO

As school nurses returned to work earlier this fall, the job suddenly took on even greater importance. To resume in-person learning amid a global pandemic, school districts outlined detailed plans to account for social distancing, personal protective equipment, transportation adjustments and daily screenings, among many other changes.

School nurses found themselves on the front lines to confront the unprecedented challenge of keeping buildings with hundreds of students and staff operating safely.

Returning to school in September after the sudden shutdown last March came with many unknowns about what exactly the upcoming school year would entail.

“It was very anxiety-provoking trying to determine what we were going to find in September when we started back,” said Diana Pirolo, the registered nurse at Cutchogue East Elementary School. “I think the anticipation was worse than the actual, but we did a lot to be prepared.”

Ms. Pirolo, who’s been a school nurse for 17 years and is in her sixth year at Cutchogue East, said an isolation room was set up in the building for any student who may get sick while at school. The district set up screening protocols for temperature checks as students enter the building. She said when a student’s temperature checks above 100 degrees, the nurse will be called for further evaluation.

“Sometimes the temperature will be high because they had the heat on in the car and the kid is sitting right in front of the heater,” she said. “Not very frequently, but every once in a while on those real cold mornings when mom’s got the heat high.”

Nearly four months into the academic year, local schools have largely avoided any major outbreaks within buildings, even as students and staff test positive from time to time. Part of that can be attributed to the protocol and guidelines school nurses work daily to maintain. County health officials have said that COVID-19 cases, which have been rising for weeks, have been linked to community spread and not directly to schools. Riverhead Central School District, which has seen 60 cases among students, teachers and staff members, recently completed a mandatory testing program due to the Riverhead hamlet becoming a micro-cluster under state guidelines. (The district declined to make any of its school nurses available for this story.)

Alison Soto, the registered nurse at Prodell Middle School in Shoreham-Wading River School District, said they added a health aide position this year to assist nurses with the added COVID responsibilities. The health aide would accompany any student with COVID symptoms to an isolation room, where they would wait for a guardian to arrive and pick the student up. Each morning, attestation forms are collected to assess a student’s health as well as any travel or exposure history, she said. Those are saved for 14 days.

The health aide then calls each parent or guardian for students who may have forgotten the form or filled it out incorrectly, she said.

“The responsibilities of keeping our students safe have grown, but the hours in the day have stayed the same,” Ms. Soto said in a written response to questions. “[The] majority of us are either in early, stay late, or do both in order to try to get everything accomplished.”

Registered nurse Alison Soto (right), who works at Albert Prodell Middle School in Shoreham, has received assistance this year from health aide Kristy McInnes due to the added work from COVID-19. (Courtesy Photo)

Ms. Soto estimated that COVID-specific duties now account for about 75% of the workday. There are frequent phone calls with parents, staff and administration regarding constantly shifting protocols and policies from agencies like the Suffolk County Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The five school nurses in the district update a master Google Sheet document daily with all COVID-related cases. SWR has now seen 41 students test positive, plus another 13 teachers or staff members, according to the database published by the state Department of Health.

“The nurses also collaborate amongst each other regarding siblings in other buildings,” she said.

In the Southold School District, nurses limit the number of students in the health offices at any one time to reduce exposure by requiring teachers to call prior to sending any student there. They’ve also added nursing carts stocked with general first aid supplies so nurses can visit students outside their classrooms to assess for symptoms.

“We have been able to assess and triage whether the student needs more care in the health office or if a quick mobile visit will suffice,” the district’s three nurses — Cori Pearsall, Patty O’Day and Patty Amato — wrote in a response to questions. “This has been very helpful in decreasing time spent in the health office and increasing time in the classroom.”

The nurses said they dedicate a significant amount of time to communicating directly with parents about protocols for returning to school after an illness and whether their child would require medical clearance from their health care provider. COVID-19 symptoms overlap with the common cold, allergies or flu, so assessment from a health care provider is often required.

“The biggest hurdle this year is the process to return to school after having symptoms that the DOH recognizes as COVID-19 symptoms,” the Southold nurses wrote. “We are required to receive a note from the health care provider stating that the symptoms were not COVID-19 related or the provider must provide an alternate diagnosis. If we do not receive this documentation, the student must remain home for 10 days.”

An underlying issue nurses say they have seen is the mental health aspect of the pandemic. Fortunately, COVID-19 has not shown to be as devastating for children as compared to older adults. And children have adapted well in terms of wearing masks and social distancing to reduce the spread, the nurses said. But there’s an anxiety factor for children who fear getting sick, possible shutdowns or isolation that can come with a positive diagnosis.

The anxiety extends to faculty and staff members as well, Ms. Soto said. And students face added stress when a friend isn’t in school, is sent home early or is absent for an extended period.

“A lot of time is spent between the nurses, health aides, school psychologists and counselors helping students (and potentially faculty/staff) verbalize their feelings and supporting them during this time of uncertainty,” Ms. Soto said.

Nurses must constantly adapt to the changing landscape surrounding COVID-19. They check daily for updated guidance from the county health department and the state health department hosts weekly webinars with updates that the nurses share with their fellow school staff.

Ms. Soto said the nurses at SWR took the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Contact Tracing course, which was approximately six hours, prior to the start of the school year. Now, there are frequent Zoom meetings with the superintendent and district administrators and principals.

“These Zoom meetings, as well as frequent emails, keep us up to date on the ever-changing guidelines,” she said.

 

 

 

 

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Telemedicine for State employees:
CSEA’s Joint Committee on Health Benefits has worked with New York State to offer a pilot Telemedicine Program for Empire Plan enrollees to begin immediately. The voluntary Empire Plan Telemedicine Program will allow members enrolled in the Empire Plan access to a live doctor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without leaving their home. Medical as well as mental health telemedicine visits for Empire Plan enrollees/dependents are COVERED IN FULL with no cost sharing during the pilot program period (through 12/31/20).
Immediate access by Empire Plan enrollees/dependents can be obtained by registering at https://www.empireblue.com/nys/ (the necessary coupon code which allows the full cost of the LiveHealth Online visit to be covered under The Empire Plan is contained here). During the log in, enrollees should choose “Empire BlueCross BlueShield NY” as the health plan and enter the coupon code (where payment options are discussed); the result will be $0 visit fee.

 

 

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Please be advised that the defensive driving classes scheduled for March 25 & 26 and April 29 & 30, 2020 have been cancelled

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William Floyd Clerical – Suffolk Educational Local 870 school district members donates back to schools ! William Floyd clerical donate to Billy’s Closet” in the William Floyd School district ! The community school children can go to the pantry to get school supplies ! All school district participants from Our Local 870 school district conference donated supplies and The Local  distributed school them accordingly !

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2020 Scholarship Winners

Alexander Beardsley- Patchogue Medford School District 

Member- Anna Trimboli 

Unit President- Michelle Jordan 
Nicholas Vicinanza- Southold High School
Member- Lisa Vicinanza
Unit President- Tom Schade
Julia Vicinanza- Southhold High School 
Member- Lisa Vicinanza 
Unit President- Tom Schade 
Kathryn Parrella- Connetquot High School 
Member- Joseph Calandrino 
Unit President- Jason Velez 

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