State Office of Children and Family Services Local President Richard Chaffin discusses national health care reform with local member Kerry Simonds during the local's 5th annual "I Scream" event in Rensselaer, which raises awareness each year about a hot political issue, informs the membership and "spurs debate."
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) activists Shekema Brown, left, and Kathy Hartwig get to know each other during a break in the town hall meeting held during the 99th Annual Delegates Meeting.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Executive Vice President Mary Sullivan and statewide Secretary Denise Berkley join with members of the CSEA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Caucus held during the 99th Annual Delegates Meeting.
From left, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Silver Creek Unit member Brianna Griewisch, unit President Joe Reed, and unit members Gary Grover, Jeff Griewisch and Bill Quinn continue to work out of a parking lot following a flood that destroyed the village's public works building.
Bronx Psychiatric Center Local President Abraham Benjamin, Metropolitan Region Executive Vice President Lester Crockett and Health Research Inc. Local President Deb Hanna, far right, join other members on the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) float at the 2009 New York City Labor Parade.
Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo, Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte, statewide Secretary Denise Berkley and Metropolitan Region President George Boncoraglio lead the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)delegation in the 2009 New York City Labor Parade.
Civil Service Employees Association CSEA members, led by Onondaga County Local President Phil Graham, statewide President Danny Donohue, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Central Region President Colleen Wheaton, march in the 2009 Syracuse Labor Day Parade at the state fairgrounds.
Damaris Samolinski, far right, a VOICE/Civil Service Employees ssociation (CSEA) activist from Suffolk County, speaks at a rally to show support for comprehensive health care reform legislation that was also attended by other CSEA activists and other labor representatives. Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte led the rally near a busy intersection off Route 107 in Hicksville that included members from the Oyster Bay 881 and Touro College locals. CSEA/VOICE member and Childcare educator Luisa Lucera also spoke at the rally.
Lifespire Local President Pam Marshall, flanked by members Marion Frampton and Helen Hane, testifies before a panel of OMRDD representatives at Bernard Fineson that the elimination of the Medicaid trend factor make it difficult for workers to perform their jobs to the fullest extent.
Albany County Unit members and their supporters demonstrate before a county legislature meeting to protest the five planned furlough days which cut public services and hit county workers in the wallet.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) President Danny Donohue leads CSEA members and activists, including Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte, Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo, statewide Secretary Denise Berkley, Western Region President Flo Tripi and Central Region President Colleen Wheaton, in a demonstration in front of Erie County's Rath Building.
From left, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) members Betty Robinson, Health Research Inc. Local President Deb Hanna, Damaris Rodriguez, Lizette Smoak, newly elected AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Suzy Lopez, and Division of Housing Local President Janet Ventrano-Torres. Trumka and his officers held a news conference on Wall Street.
In Erie County, hundreds of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) members attending CSEA's 99th Annual Delegates Meeting joined with members of the CSEA Erie County Unit to rally in front of the county's Rath Building in downtown Buffalo. Erie County Unit President Joan Bender addressed the crowd. The county executive, Chris Collins, systematically has been dismantling county services and undermining CSEA representatives.
Cover of the October, 2009, Work Force. In Erie County, hundreds of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) members attending CSEA's 99th Annual Delegates Meeting joined with members of the CSEA Erie County Unit to rally in front of the county's Rath Building in downtown Buffalo. The county executive, Chris Collins, systematically has been dismantling county services and undermining CSEA representatives.
Joseph Lochner, known as "Mr. CSEA," was Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) first employee and would remain an employee for the next 45 years. Photo was taken around the time of his retirement in 1975.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)statewide Secretary Denise Berkley swore in new Department of State Local officers at an event at Troy's Joe Bruno Stadium. Berkley was also on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for that night's ValleyCats game. Berkley poses with ValleyCats fan Dylan Mendez, son of Department of State Local member Anna Mendez, and two ValleyCats players.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Western Region President Flo Tripi, right, rallies Monroe County members during a demonstration outside the county office building. Members protested the county's unfair labor practices, which have included Taylor Law violations, attempts to weaken the union, and a "whistleblower hotline" that encourages people to report "illegal" or "unethical" behavior by CSEA members.
Southold Unit members listen to unit and local leaders explain the agreement putting an end to town Supervisor Scott Russell's plan to lay off 10 percent of the town work fore and severely cut the quality of public services.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Orange County Unit member Nick Ercoline, right, and his wife, Bobbi, embrace in an image taken at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969. The image was later used on the cover of a live album from Woodstock. The Ercolines eventually married and are still together.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Orange County Unit member Nick Ercoline holds a photo of him and his wife, Bobbi, taken at Woodstock in 1969. The photo has since become an iconic image of the festival.
Long Island Region members, including Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte and Nassau County Local President Jerry Laricchiuta, demonstrate in front of the Rat, which has been in front of the Nassau University Medical Center since July 17, 2009.
City of Saratoga Springs Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) members demonstrate outside of a state Conference of Mayors function in the Spa City. The workers were demonstrating over stalled contract talks with Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson.
Irving Flaumenbaum speaks at a Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) event, circa 1966. Flaumenbaum was one of CSEA's most influential leaders throughout the growth of the union's local government units starting in the 1950s, the dawn of collective bargaining under the Taylor Law in the 1960s and the historic affiliation with AFSCME in the 1970s.
An illustration by Graphic Artist Ralph Distin depicting the birth of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) in 1910 and the growth of a union through 100 years of progess in 2010, with much more to come.
Shenendehowa Central School District Unit Vice President Gary Lanahan drives buses for the district but also is a passionate booster of the school's hockey and baseball teams. Lanahan spearheaded the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) unit's efforts three years ago to provide fund-raising support to the teams.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Lifespire Local President Pam Marshall, right, with bullhorn, leads CSEA members in demonstrating for a fair contract outside the Empire State building in Manhattan.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Occupational Safety and Health Specialist Lynnet Witherell, left, writes down the violence concerns of library worker Yvonne Fuller, right, during workplace violence prevention training for library employees. Fuller was at an evening program at the Liverpool Library with her young children 15 years ago when a man lurking outside the library shot and killed his wife as she left the library. She is now an employee of the library. At the time of the murder, library workers feared for their safety, but weren't sure how to best respond to protect themselves and their patrons.
Liverpool Library workers listen to the presentations about the library's new workplace violence prevention program. Part of New York's workplace violence prevention legislation in 2006, which Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) led the way to passing, requires employers to work with labor to ensure an effective workplace violence prevention program is in place. Liverpool Library has proved to be an example of how public employers can help reduce the risk of violence for workers and the public.
Capital District Psychiatric Center Local Vice President Dwayne Parsons, left, congratulates Carl Shank who was honored for his dedication, hard work and longevity. At the time of this photograph, Shank was 85 years old and still working with no plans to retire.
Former Governor George Pataki recorded a video interview for the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) 100 History Project. Pataki shared his perspective on his relationship with CSEA throughout his time in office. For more than 10 years CSEA conducted interviews with key individuals who played a role in CSEA's history to be archived at the University at Albany's Grenander Special Collections. The interviews were also used as part of the CSEA history book and video documentary for the union's 100th anniversary in 2010.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Metropolitan Region President George Boncoraglio was honored by the New York Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) with its Distinguished Service Award.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Executive Vice President Mary Sullivan marches in a demonstration in front of New York state Farm Bureau Headquarters in Albany to urge state senators to pass legislation granting equal workers' rights to farm workers.
An illustration by Graphic Artist Ralph Distin, titled The Ant and the Grasshopper, depicts that health care workers should prepare for new strains of flu while state health administrators have no comprehensive strategy to address the health issue.
Saratoga Springs Department of Public Works Unit President Gary Benincasa, right, presents Mark Roberts, left, and Mark Milks, center, with certificates of recognition by the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) unit. The two public works employees are credited with saving the life of a stabbing victim.
Western Region President Flo Tripi examines the boots that support the "Arch D'Boot," a sculpture built from Buffalo State College workers' boots. The boots represent the work of members of the Campus Services Department and other classified titles: their work holds up and supports the rest of the campus.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Buffalo State College Local President Jerry Richmond, addresses a crowd during the dedication ceremony for "Arch D'Boot," a towering sculpture built from workers' boots. The sculpture is a tribute of the importance of what the workers at Buffalo State College do every day to help the college run.
A traveling display presenting Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Century of Service made public appearances in all six CSEA regions. The displays were on an 18-month odyssey that took them to every corner of the state to tell CSEA's story in highly visible public locations.
Ken Allen, executive director of AFSCME Oregon Council 75, which as the first AFSCME affiliate to achieve a collective bargaining agreement like those in VOICE and CCPT, spoke to a group of activists attending the VOICE and CCPT-NY Leadership Summit in Albany.
Among those addressing a VOICE and CCPT-NY Leadership summit in Albany were New York State Assembly member Susan John. The summit brought together leaders from both child care campaigns, as well as state leaders and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) statewide officers.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) President Danny Donohue spoke at a VOICE and CCPT-NY Leadership Summit in Albany. The meeting coincided with the formal signing of a four-year memorandum of agreement between CSEA and New York state after 18 months of negotiations.
VOICE and CCPT-NY activists listen to speakers at an Albany summit for the two groups. Leaders from Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) VOICE and CCPT-NY child care groups met in Albany to advance CSEA's advocacy role with childhood educators.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Executive Vice President Mary Sullivan is presented with the Capital District Women's Employment & Resource Center's Harriet Rifkin Leadership Award by the center's Board Chairman Glenn Clermont. Sullivan was honored for her longtime efforts to advance working women. She also serves as the officer liaison to CSEA's statewide Women's Committee. The private, not-for-profit group helps women find success in the workplace by building their economic and personal independence.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Unit Vice President Joe Manning, at left, addresses members of the Sullivan County Legislature. Workers at the Sullivan County Jail are paid dramatically less than their counterparts in neighboring counties causing a high turnover rate as new correction officers gain experience and leave for nearby federal and state correctional facilities.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) member Brigitte Higgins-Havlicek, a registered home health care nurse from Fulton County, testifies at a state New York State Assembly hearing in Manhattan about her concerns about mandating H1N1 vaccinations for health care workers.
Cover of the November, 2009, Work Force. A Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Onondaga County worker, with a child who carries the sign: "Don't Cut My Mommy's Job," joined more than 1,000 other Local members, clad in black CSEA shirts, demonstrating outside a county budget hearing. CSEA successfully stopped the threat to reduce the work schedules of 2,149 full-time county workers.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) was a proud major sponsor of the WPBS-TV "All Star Auction" in Watertown in 2009. Dozens of CSEA volunteers from around the North Country helped the TV station answer phones, sell auction items, and work behind the scenes to make the magic happen and raise money for the last night of the annual television auction.
Capital District DDSO Local President Joseph Howard and Western New York DDSO Local President Dawn Smith with certificates of appreciation they received from the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Diana Jones Ritter and John Monteiro, Deputy Commissioner for Workforce and Talent Development. Both are retiring from state service.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) member and Broome Developmental Center Local President Deborah Davenport received a certificate of appreciation from Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Diana Jones Ritter and John Monteiro, Deputy Commissioner for Workforce and Talent Development. Davenport is retiring after more than 34 years of state service.
Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) state Department of Taxation and Finance activist Willie Terry speaks at a Capital District labor group meeting. Terry, a past president of the state Department of Taxation and Finance Local in New York City and a CSEA member for 28 years, received the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist's (CBTU) Capital District Chapter's 2009 Nadra Floyd Membership Award.