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President’s Message

Local 870 would like to wish all of our members and their families a very happy and healthy holiday season

and only the best for the upcoming New Year. 

We look forward to making 2024 a stellar year for our Local. .Together we win!! 

Pictures of Local 870 Officers/Members Celebrating the Holiday Season



TAs in Springs Say Salaries were lowered without warning CLICK HERE for more

Hampton Bays School District Honors 2017-2023 Retirees !

Plaques presented to Retirees were Handmade by Unit President Mike Lloyd














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.

This workshop is for all CSEA Members who want to build a stronger union.

Tue December 12and Wed December 13, from 6 pm to 8 pm**

To register:https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=1146



Conducting Successful Meetings

Much of the business of the union is done during meetings–general membership meetings, executive board meetings, committee meetings, steward meetings and many other types of meetings. In order for these meetings to be productive and useful, the leaders and participants of the meetings must be aware of some basic information. In this workshop, we will identify the characteristics of successful meetings, examine the different types of meetings held within the union context, learn the basics of parliamentary procedure, and practice meeting preparation and participation techniques.

Wednesday, December 13, from 12 pm to 2 pm

To register:https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=1147



Labor History

Labor History is our history! But what is Labor History? Labor activists rarely have the opportunity to reflect on the history of labor and the American labor movement. In this workshop, participants will learn about different events in labor history, including the workplace struggles that preceded us. We will discuss how we can use our knowledge of these struggles to help write the history of the current and future labor movement. Finally, we will learn how CSEA’s history fits into the American labor movement.

Thursday, December 14, from 6 to 8 pm

To register:https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=1148



Advanced Grievance: Introduction to Contract Interpretation

This advanced workshop is designed for Local/Unit Officers and Certified Grievance Representatives who have completed the Local Government/Private Sector Grievance workshop. The workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and basic skills necessary to understand and interpret contact language.

Friday, December 15, from 12 pm to 2 pm

To register:https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=1149



Representing Members in Discipline and Interrogations Recertification

This workshop is designed for officers and activists that have completed the basic discipline 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.

Monday, December18, from 6 to 8 pm

To register:https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=1150



An Overview of the Family Medical Leave Act

Would you like to learn the basic knowledge and skills necessary to understand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? In this webinar, you will focus on eligibility requirements, qualifying conditions, and certification requirements to enable CSEA Activists to be better prepared to represent CSEA members who wish to use the FMLA.

This workshop is designed for CSEA Local/Unit Officers, Stewards, Grievance Representatives, and Activists who are interested in learning their rights, roles, and responsibilities under the FMLA.

Tuesday, December 19, from 12 pm to 2 pm

To register:https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=1151



Grievance Representation Recertification

This workshop is designed for officers and activists that have completed the basic grievance representation 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 will ensure compliance with the CSEA Local and Unit Constitutions’ Article 5, Section 6.

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

Tuesday, December 19, from 6 pm to 8 pm

To register:https://memberlink.cseany.org/Event.axd?e=1152





**This is a 2-part workshop, must participate in both parts to receive credit


Pictures from the Local 870 Open House Fall 2023

Members voice their disapproval of anti-union groups bothering them
SUNY Oswego Local President Gary Thompson shares how he communicates to members – like janitor Gabe Gonzales, about how anti-union groups are targeting CSEA members across the state and what to do with their scam emails and mailings. Watch the video:  https://youtu.be/t-mwTuU2QyU.
Pictures from the Western Suffolk Boces Unit Membership Meeting
Photos from the 2022 CSEA Local 1000 Annual Delegates Meetings in NYC
Our Team attending the AFSCME delegates conference, fighting for workers rights!
(Music by Elegant Orchestra, They were amazing!
Our CSEA Local1000 delegation representing our workers in AFSCME!  158 Elected delegates from CSEA Attended.


Installation of Officers 2021 Photos

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2022 CSEA Statewide Scholarship Recipients

CSEA is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Irving Flaumenbaum, Pearl Insurance and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships.

Our union presents the scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors who are eligible dependents of CSEA members. 
Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarships (three in each region):
Long Island Region:
Nia Clement, whose parent, Natasha Mathlin-Clement, is a monitor at the Baldwin Union Free School District.
Cassidy Czujko, whose parent, Kim Czujko, is a teacher aide at the Southold Union Free School District.
Matthew Clark, whose parent, Victoria Clark, is a payroll supervisor at the Town of Smithtown.

MetLife Insurance Company:

Lily Hammond, whose parent, Stacey Hammond, is a principal clerk at Miller Place Union Free School District.


The Navarro Team Local 870

2022 Scholarship Winners

Devon Duchowski, Miller Place High School Graduate 2022
Parent Member: Jeannine Duchnowski- Miller Place School District
Unit President: Maria Tyler
Lily Hammond, Sachem East High School Graduate 2022
Parent Member: Stacey Hammond- Miller Place School District
Unit President- Maria Tyler

Jack Walter Maloney, Miller Place High School Graduate 2022
Parent Member: Lynette Maloney- Miller Place School District
Unit President- Maria Tyler 
Sydney Thorp, Riverhead High School Graduate 2022
Parent Member: Melissa Thorp
Unit President- Maria McGevna


CSEA Region One, Suffolk Educational Local 870, Longwood School District Unit Members stand together to show Unity and Support of Workers getting a fair contract !!










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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2019 MEMBER CONFERENCE PHOTOS (click here) 🙂 






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.”


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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