CSEA MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is simple: to represent our members as best we can in any way we can; and to continue our role as a leader among labor unions.

To accomplish these goals, we will promote and protect union democracy. We will defend workers' rights. We will improve the quality of our members' work life. We will organize workers and represent them in the best, most effective manner possible.

As a labor union, we are committed to excellence in this work. We are committed to treating our members as our most important asset.

Because the union is the sum of its members, we will promote member participation in the union.

We will efficiently use our members' dues money.

We will negotiate the best contracts we can and enforce these contracts.

We will effectively use legislative and political action to improve contracts, work life and laws affecting our members.

We will train our members, leaders and staff.

We will communicate and process information important to our members and the union.

We will strive to secure a safe work environment for all our members.



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Member Benefits

DEFENSIVE DRIVING REIMBURSEMENT:

CSEA Local 815 will reimburse members for half the cost (up to $17.50) for completing the NYS Point/Insurance Reduction Program of your choice.

The CSEA Region VI Office offers classes once a month at a cost of only $19.00. Family members are welcome to take these classes at this reduced rate.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF UPCOMING CLASSES: CLASS Schedule

To Register, please call the New York Safety Program directly to register (1-800-942-6874). To register you will need your driver's license number, credit card information and an e-mail address.

CSEA and NYSP (New York Safety Program) are also offering online classes. Online classes are available by logging onto www.nysponline.com and entering code “CSEA” to receive the reduced rate of $23.95 per person.

To claim your reimbursement you must send a copy of your receipt of payment and a copy of your official completion certificate to CSEA Local 815, 570 Kennedy Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227 or fax to 896-8921


CELL PHONE DISCOUNT

Union members can receive a special 15% discount on wireless service from AT&T (formerly Cingular), the only wireless company that can, and does, proclaim that it is "Proud to Be Union."

The 15% discount is available off the regular monthly rate for any AT&T individual or family plan.


FOR MORE INFO: Cell Phone Discount




SCHOLARSHIPS:

The following scholarships are now available for high school seniors who are dependents of CSEA Local 815 members:

AFSCME Family Scholarship

Knowledge Is Power

Looking for financial support for college? Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors that will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.

Download the brochure and application now.

AFSCME FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Are You Eligible?
To be eligible, you must:

* Be a graduating high school senior
* Be a daughter, son or financially dependent grandchild of an active or retired, full dues-paying AFSCME member.
* Be an applicant to an accredited college or university and subsequently accepted as a full-time student in a four year degree program.


How to Apply

To apply, you must meet all eligibility requirements as identified above. Make sure your complete application, with all support documentation (essay, transcripts, letters of recommendations, SAT or ACT scores, proof of AFSCME membership, etc.), is mailed together in one envelope, POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, to:

AFSCME Family Scholarship Program
Attention: AFSCME Advantage
1625 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

If you have any questions, please call us at (202) 429-5066.



UNION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP

How to Apply

Visit the Union Plus site for more information: UNION PLUS


Eligibility for Scholarships

Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (including foster children, step children, and any other child for whom the individual member provides greater than 50% of his or her support) can apply for a Union Plus Scholarship. (Participating union members from Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam and Virgin Islands and U.S. citizens are eligible.) Members do not have to purchase any Union Plus program product or participate in any Union Plus programs to apply for the scholarships and scholarship awards are not based upon participation in a Union Plus program.

The individual must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Note: Graduate students are now eligible.
Evaluation criteria

The scholarship program is open to students attending or planning to attend a college or university, a community college, or a technical college or trade school. Applicants for scholarships are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

Scholarship applications are judged by a committee of impartial post secondary educators.
Scholarship award amounts

The amount of the award ranges from $500 - $4,000. This is a one-time cash award sent to individual winners for study beginning in the fall of the same year.



CSEA LOCAL 815 will be offering three $1,000 college scholarships to graduating seniors who are dependents of CSEA Local 815 members.

Applications will be available at the union hall or you may download a copy.

DEADLINE: June 2, 2014

Download Scholarship Application


CSEA,INC. sponsors the Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Program. High School Seniors who apply for this scholarship are automatically in the running for the Pearl Carroll and MetLife Insurance Company Scholarships.

DEADLINE: To be announced

Download CSEA Scholarship Application


The Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship Program is an ongoing program available to children of AFSCME members. Under the program, one scholarship in the amount of $5,000 will be awarded annually to two students majoring in the social sciences for his/her junior and senior years of study. The chosen students will also be given the opportunity to intern at the International Union headquarters in the Political Action department during the summer between his/her junior and senior year or for one semester during his/her junior or senior year. Once awarded, the scholarship will be renewed for the senior year of study, provided the students remain enrolled in a full-time course of study as a social science major.

Any student in his/her sophomore year of study who is enrolled in a full-time four-year degree program in any accredited college or university, and whose parent, legal guardian, or financially responsible grandparent is an AFSCME member and who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply for the scholarship:

1. The student must have a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above.
2. The student must be a social science (i.e., political science, sociology, ethnic studies, communications, etc.) major at an accredited college or university.

Download Brochure and Application


Civil Service Test Preparation Services

CSEA's WORK Institute has Civil Service Test Preparation Booklets available for order. They are also available free to members online in the Members Only area of CSEA Headquarters websiteCSEA Civil Service

There are 29 review booklets designed to help individuals prepare to take state and local government civil service exams. Booklets coincide with various areas listed on civil service announcements under "Subject of Examination." Cost $4.00 per booklet for CSEA members. For an order form and advice for exam preparation, contact the CSEA WORK Institute at 1-866-478-5548.

Civil Service Test Preparation Video Titled "Making the Mark: Tips and Strategies for Civil Service Test Takers," this is an interactive video test preparation program including a 50 page workbook. It includes section on general test-taking tips and Understanding and Interpreting Written Material, and Evaluation Conclusions in the Light of Known Facts. Cost: $8 for members. Available from the CSEA WORK Institute at 1-866-478-5548.


AFSCME LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

For CSEA member activists who want to learn how to effectively represent their members, strengthen CSEA's political power and organize more workers.

Sign on to:
AFSCME Leadership Academy

Register today for the Leadership Workshops.