Food vs. Fuel to collect food for senior citizens

The CSEA Women’s Committee is collecting food for Senior Citizens this winter with a program called Food vs. Fuel, which will run from October 25 until November 8.

Items that are needed include hearty soups (Progresso or Healthy Choice), crackers, peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, rise, pasta, spaghetti sauce, instant potatoes, applesauce, sugar-free cereal, oatmeal, powdered milk, canned milk, salt and pepper, sugar (1 lb. box), jello, pancake mix (just add water only), sugar-free pancake syrup, and low-sugar canned fruit.

There will be collection boxes in the following buildings: Alumni Field House (Office), Alumni Hall (2nd floor lobby), Chase Gym, Health & Wellness Center, Hunt Union main lobby, Milne Library, MOC, Morris Hall Lobby, Netzer (1st floor lobby), Welcome Center and Wilsbach (Res. Life).

Contact Anne Winchester with any questions.



Congratulations to college-bound scholarship recipients

CSEA Local 635 would like to congratulate the following college-bound students on receiving a scholarship toward college expenses:

Payton Graham – daughter of Dawn Graham, Payroll/employee Services

Austin Stockert – son of Katherina Stockert, Office of Admissions

Gerald Wells – son of Nelson Wells, Milne Library

CSEA local 635 members who are taking classes toward earning an eligible degree can receive a reimbursement for books up to $100.  To request reimbursement or if you would like more information, please contact Paula Trask.

New CSEA online certificate program available for enhancing customer service

The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training (Partnership) is pleased to announce a new online blended learning certificate program for CSEA-represented New York State employees.
The Navigating Customer Service Challenges Certificate Program is an engaging four-week learning opportunity for employees who wish to enhance their customer service skills in an accelerated format and earn a certificate for that acquired knowledge.
It is a four-week (2 hours per week) blended learning program that helps employees acquire techniques and skills to more effectively handle difficult customers. Supervisory approval is required to participate in this program.
Application Period: May 4, 2018 – June 4, 2018
Certificate Duration: June 4, 2018 – June 29, 2018
For technical support and questions, contact the Partnership at: (518) 486-7814 or (800) 253-4332 or email

Tuition Benefits Program 2018-2019 information

The office of Human Resources is pleased to announce the Partnership’s Tuition Benefits Program 2018-2019 for eligible CSEA-represented New York State Executive Branch employees.
The Tuition Benefits Program provides educational benefits to help employees
achieve greater career mobility, qualify for promotional opportunities, improve job
skills, and prepare for future state workforce needs.
For information and application forms, visit:

Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for welding continues

The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training (Partnership) is pleased to announce the continuation of the Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Welding. This program provides tuition assistance to CSEA-represented NYS Operational Services Unit (OSU) employees who wish to take welding courses.

Currently, most CSEA-represented NYS employees are eligible to receive two tuition benefits per fiscal year. The Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Welding allows eligible OSU and DMNA employees to receive up to two additional tuition benefits if they are taking a welding course.
For more information about the Statewide Targeted Tuition Program for Welding, please call a Partnership Advisor at (518) 486-7814 or (800) 253-4332, or email:

CSEA prescription drug co-pay benefits info

CSEA members who are enrolled in the Empire Plan or an HMO are entitled to reimbursements for NYSHIP prescription drug card co-pays and covered prescriptions less than the co-pay once annually, up to a maximum of $150 per family per calendar year.  To obtain the maximum benefit of $150, members must wait until their co-pay expenses reach $450 before filing a claim. For purposes of the Prescription Drug Co-pay Benefit, “Family” includes Domestic Partner.

  • Members who are enrolled in the New York State Health Insurance Program (either the Empire Plan or Health Maintenance Organization) are entitled to a reimbursement once annually for NYSHIP prescription drug co-pays for themselves and their eligible dependents.
  • Only one claim per calendar year (January – December) is processed.  To obtain the maximum benefit, wait until your co-pay expenses reach $450.00 before filing your claim.
  • If you do not accumulate $450.00 before the end of the year, submit your claim after December 31 for what you did pay over $300.00.

The Deadline for submission is March 31 of the following year for the co-pays accumulated during the previous calendar year. Therefore, for 2017 the deadline is March 31, 2018.

Submit your completed form with itemized pharmacy printout clearly indicating the patient name, co-pay amount, and prescription drug names, along with a photocopy of your Empire Plan or HMO insurance card. Cash register receipts, canceled checks and credit card receipts are not acceptable. The fund will then send the check to the member.  Prescriptions must be dispensed by a licensed pharmacist.

To obtain more information and print the form go to this website:

Targeted Tuition for Welding

The NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training is pleased to announce the continuation of the targeted tuition program for Welding. This program provides tuition assistance to CSEA-represented NYS OSU and DMNA employees who wish to take welding courses. Eligible employees can receive two targeted tuition benefits (vouchers or reimbursements). Each targeted benefit can provide tuition assistance for one non-credit welding course up to $1,140 or one credit-bearing welding course, up to a maximum of four credits at the resident tuition per credit rate, not to exceed $285 per credit. Applications must be received by March 31, 2018 and courses must be in session sometime between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

Targeted Tuition Welding Brochure 2017-2018