CSEA Local 611

226B Hewitt Union
Oswego, NY 13126
Tel:  315-312-2732
Email:  csea611@oswego.edu

President - Joseph Miceli
Vice President - Casey Walpole
Secretary - Christina Briglin
Treasurer - Dan Hoefer
Delegate - Andy Salvagni

For Immediate Release 


CSEA employees are entitled to reimbursement for their prescription co-pays for 2014 if the co-pays totaled more than $300.

Below is a link to the the form you need to submit to CSEA Employee Benefit Fund along with an itemized pharmacy printout. 
The deadline for submission is March 31. Please contact CSEA at 1-800-323-2732 if you have any questions.


Manhattan, NY– At a meeting of the federation’s Executive Council today, Thursday, March 5, 2015, the New York State AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a 
resolution opposing the Executive Budget proposal in S2010/A3010 on education reform and called on the Governor to remove it from the state budget. 
The resolution’s passage brings together public sector, private sector and building trades unions in a united front against what is an attempt to 
erode collective bargaining and due process for teachers and other workers in our public schools. 

“Today’s vote by our Executive Council sends a powerful message,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. 
“The labor movement is speaking with one very clear voice in denouncing this misguided policy and calling it what it is – an attempt to ultimately 
allow for circumvention of the collective bargaining process. “The education reform section of the budget proposal would allow a 
receiver to nullify provisions of any contract within the targeted public schools. “This is a direct threat to collective bargaining rights in this state. 

Under this proposal, any contract can be abrogated, regardless of the union, regardless of the job title. That is unacceptable. 
“In addition, the proposal would roll back due process rights, which would have a chilling effect on the ability of teachers to advocate for their students. 

“As the resolution points out, the proposed reforms would not address real issues in and outside the classroom that hinder student performance. 

“The New York State AFL-CIO is calling for the removal of the education reforms policy from the state budget,” said Cilento. 
The New York State AFL-CIO is a federation of 3,000 affiliated public sector, private sector, and building trades unions throughout the state 
representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families. Our State Federation, which is the largest and most diverse in the country, is committed to 
helping working families achieve a better life. 

For more information on the Labor Movement in New York, visit _www.nysaflcio.org_ 
(http://www.nysaflcio.org/) .

Contact: Darcy Wells - _(518) 436-8516 x 240

Information and Goings On

 Health & Safety News

NYS & CSEA Partnership for
Education and Training

Attention CSEA-represented NYS Employees:

Applications are still being accepted for the Partnership’s Spring 2015 Skills for Success courses. Skills for Success courses are free and provide employees with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to accomplish job assignments more effectively.

Below are links to two flyers with information about classes, dates, locations, and the application forms for both courses and webinars that are available to employees in the CSEA Central Region through June 2015:

CSEA Central Region 5  Courses – Spring 2015
Webinar Courses – Spring 2015

Employees must receive supervisory approval to attend courses. Classes fill quickly so apply as soon as possible. The registration deadline for each course or webinar is three weeks before the first day of the class.

To view the complete spring 2015 Skills for Success web catalog, including course and webinar descriptions, please visit


For further information, please call (800) 253-4332 or
email learning@nyscseapartnership.org. Thank you.

Please take advantage of these valuable training opportunities.

For further information, please contact the Partnership at (518) 486-7814 or for areas outside the Capital Region call (800) 253-4332, or email learning@nyscseapartnership.org.


Option Transfer Extension

The option transfer period has been extended to January 16, 2015. 

If you are interested in changed your health insurance option for 2015, you must complete a NYS Health Insurance Transaction form located at the link below

Below is the rate for the Empire Plan. If you are currently enrolled in an HMO, please see the rates here.

2015 Empire Plan Rates
Individual (salary equated to Grade 9 or below)         $ 35.42
Individual (salary equated to Grade 10 or above)          47.23
Family (salary equated to Grade 9 or below)             149.56
Family (salary equated to Grade 10 or above)           178.28

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melissa Newman at ext. 3643 or hr@oswego.edu.

Prescription Drug Reimbursement

Once your co-pays reach $300, the next $150 in prescription
drug co-pays is reimbursable. To obtain the maximum benefit of $150, wait until your co-pay expenses reach $450 before filing
your claim.

 If you do not accumulate $450 before the end of the year, submit your claim after December 31 for what you did pay over $300.

Submit your completed Prescription Drug Reimbursement form ( located on the Forms and Information page) along with an Itemized pharmacy printout clearly indicating the co-pay amount to the address indicated on the form.

The form can be submitted between
December 21, 2014 - March 31, 2015

CVS  CareMark Mail Service Order Form

If you formerly used Medco for your mail in prescriptions, you will need to contact your healthcare provider for new written prescriptions and submit them to CVS CareMark using the

Mail Service Order Form


According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control)  The “peak month of flu activity” is February,  the month with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens(http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/overview.htm) testing positive for influenza virus infection. Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

Some steps you can take to help prevent the spread of the flu virus include practicing a few good health habits.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or when you are sick yourself
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects including keyboards, phones and doorknobs.
Although I don't consider myself a germ-a-fobe, some of my personal OCD's include:
  • when washing your hands in a public restroom, use the hand towel to turn off the water & open the bathroom door
  • NEVER read the books and magazines in a doctors office (everyone in there is sick and touching them too)
  • Keep your pen out of your mouth! always try to have your own so you don't have to use a pen that someone else had their dirty hands all over.
  • If you're sneezing or coughing into your hands...don't shake hands with everyone you meet.
  • when walking up or down stairs, if you don't have to, don't touch the hand rail. I've seen the underside of hand rails in hospital stairways that would make you sick just looking at them!
Many more helpful tips can be found on www.cdc.gov.


The Clean Air Steering Committee is currently reviewing our campuses smoking policy. As a member of this committee and representative for CSEA I would like to share your views,concerns and ideas with the committee. What do you think of the current policy? Is it too strong/Not strong enough? Should there be designated areas for smokers or should the campus be completely smoke free/Tobacco free? Are you a smoker who would like to quit smoking? Have you used/would you try cessation programs if available? What about enforcement? Is smoking outside really as bad as lighting up inside a building? Should violations be treated the same? No names or personal identifiable information will be shared with the committee. Whether you are a smoker or a non-smoker this policy(revised or as it stands) will have an effect on your working environment and your input is very important.



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Andy Salvagni
Co-chair CSEA Safety & Health
Local 611  SUNY Oswego


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