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CSEA's Mission Statement

As working men and women - every one and everywhere - we are our greatest resource. We organize and represent workers to ensure our voice is heard, our place at the table is kept and the American dream is ours in the 21st Century. As a labor union, we hold these values as our working principles:


We are honest with ourselves and each other.


Every group, every idea is welcome.

Full Participation

We encourage and expect full participation in all union matters.


We respect each other and honor our differences.


We celebrate our diversity and use it to strengthen us.

Open Communications

We listen and provide for open communication across all parts of our union and in all directions.


We are accountable for our actions and decisions.

Fiscal Responsibility

We conduct our business in a fiscally sound manner.

As a labor union, we are committed to union democracy and we follow these values with integrity.                 

For the election results of CSEA Local 856 - please click here

Deferred Comp Flyer for Jan 31st 2022

Stay in touch with Deferred Comp

An email went out earlier from CSEA to members whom we believe are in Tier 6, asking for them to support our campaign for Tier 6 reforms. These people had previously been emailed last year with a survey asking them to prioritize which reforms they’d most like to see.

PAC reports that we’ve had a great response to the online form contacting state legislators, but we’ve not had a great response to the request for phone calls. I know no one likes making phone calls anymore (myself included!) but it really gets noticed by legislators more than the emails. Please ask other CSEA members to make phone calls, it would be very much appreciated. They just need to use the number we provided and state that they support Tier 6 reform. The most the legislators’ aides will likely ask is for the person’s zip code, which helps them keep track on their end.

I’m attaching the flyer PAC provided. Below is the text of the email sent yesterday, which can be used if you’re contacting members yourselves:

CSEA Campaign to Fix Tier 6.

Join our campaign by

writing a letter to your state legislators
and then calling them at


Since going into effect in 2012, Tier 6 has become the dominant benefit tier within the Employees' Retirement System. 

Tier 6 requires employees to pay more for their retirement for a longer period, only to receive a smaller benefit than employees in other pension tiers. 

If we are serious about fixing our recruitment and retention issues within the State, local government, and school district workforces, reforms to Tier 6 must be on the table. 

The changes we are proposing would encourage employees to make careers in public service by making them more appealing and competitive with the private sector. 

With employer pension contribution rates set to decline significantly this year, and the State and our local governments in their best financial position in years, we must seize this opportunity to invest in he workers who make our state the Empire State.

Together, we can Fix Tier 6!

Jessica Ladlee
Communications Specialist
CSEA Southern Region Office
568 State Route 52
Beacon, NY 12508
Office: (845) 831-1000


CSEA - Group Sponsored Insurance program, announces a new CSEA Insurance Representative to contact.Click here or on the image for more details...

At Pearl Insurance, our Insurance Representatives can facilitate plan enrollments via fax, email and in some cases, directly online.

Simply call, text or email your CSEA Insurance Representative:

Shannon Johnson
CSEA Region 3 Insurance Rep.


To setup a one-on-one appointment to speak over the phone or meet at a time & location convenient for you.

Call Today!

College Scholarships

We are organizing this drive to benefit the elderly and aging population of Ulster County. We are assisting Adult Services with filling their pantry and Office of the Aging with supplies for their senior hub. We are requesting donations of the following:

Senior Hub:

Decaffeinated Coffee *coffee filters* coffee stirrers
Disposable coffee cups/lids * sugar packets * Equal * Splenda* non-dairy creamers*
Dessert sized disposable plates * plastic forks/spoons/knives* napkins
Individually wrapped snacks like breakfast bars * fruit and nut bars* cookies

Adult Services:

Hormel Complete Meals – for microwave
Breakfast bars *cereal bars * Oatmeal
Cheese and crackers / Peanut butter and crackers – individual packs
Fruit cups * Applesauce Cups
Tuna Fish in Packets * Cans of chicken with flip tops
Microwave individual mac and cheese
Chef Boyardee spaghetti and meatballs or other variety – flip top if possible
Cans of varied vegetables * Cans of Soup * Saltine Crackers
Toothbrushes * Toothpaste * Mouthwash

Please check the expiration dates on all products donated!

2-1-22 Shop Steward list

For Additional Information:

Call us- (845) 706-9620.  Or email: president@cseaunit8950.com

Open by Appointment:  Give us a call!

Ulster County Works, because we do.

CSEA Unit 8950, Kingston,

NY 12401

Phone: 845-334-5038

The January 1, 2017 through December 31st, 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement has been modified. All other provisions remain unchanged except modification of dates where applicable. The Memorandum of Agreement is subject to ratifications/approval by the respective parties.

Term of Agreement is for January 1st, 2020 through December 31st, 2024.

For details regarding these modifications, please click here....

Shop Steward list - Revised 07-1-2021

CSEA - Group Sponsored Insurance Program Representative

Tina Buono

CSEA Unit President

UNION CONTRACT - Several searchable PDF version's of the current January 1,2020 - December 31, 2024 contract (with and without the salary pages included in the document, are available on the Contract page

Memorandum of Agreement

Did you know that by contributing to New York State Deferred Compensation Plan you can put off paying taxes on your contributions and any earnings.

The plan is tax-deferred . That means that you pay less current federal and New York State income taxes today and have the opportunity for your money to grow tax-deferred.  You don't pay taxes until you decide to make withdrawals, which are taxed as ordinary income.

Investing involves market risk, including possible loss of principal.
Be tax smart.
Sign-up for the Plan today.


Ask questions, review your account or join 
Ulster County Employees
New York State Deferred Compensation Plan
Please contact Gene for more information about your benefit.
For general info please visit:  www.nysdcp.com
For MORE information, contact Gene Nescot at his voicemail (614)854-4364

or send Gene an email to gene.nescot@nationwide.com

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The location is the NYSUT  building - Home of CSEA Local 856 and CSEA Unit 8950. The building is located at:

200 Stockade Drive

(2nd Floor office in Building 200)

Kingston, NY 12401

(It is behind the Merrill Lynch building)

Check with your Representative or Shop Steward for more information

When: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
Time:   5:30 PM at Local Office
open to: ALL MEMBERS
Please RSVP - a light dinner will be served.

All members of CSEA are welcomed and encouraged to attend this meeting. You are our future and we need you to keep our future strong. If you are interested in being part of the Next Wave, but are unable to attend, please contact us and we will collect your information to keep you posted on new and upcoming activities. For information, contact the committee chairperson, Sheri Farrell at 845-706-1865.

Do you have a graduating high school senior headed to college or trade school? Consider having them apply for our CSEA Southern Region Scholarships!

Each year, scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors whose parents or legal guardians are active CSEA members working in the Southern Region. This year, applications will be accepted until June 11, 2021.

Download the application here.

CSEA Pearl Insurance Program for CSEA Members

2021 Unit 8950 Scholarship Winners

Hours of Operation for 2022

CSEA Members Savings Announcement

The Ulster County Unit #8950 Representative list (as of November 1st, 2021) is now available to print or download.

To view the printable versions of this and any other posting you see on this website, please click on the appropriate image.


CSEA will award the following college scholarships for children of CSEA-represented employees in New York State who are graduating high school seniors:
> Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship

> Pearl Insurance Award in memory of Charles Foster

> Met Life Award in Memory of Joseph D. Lochner

Filing deadline is April 15th. One application includes all scholarships!
Download the application from: cseany.org/scholarships

Food & Personal Need Drive to benefit Ulster County Adult Services and Office of the Aging

NY HEALTH ACT - Additional Info

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$1,000 (Carmine Nigro Memorial Scholarship)- Tina Buono for Thomas
$500 – James Fisher for Dustin
$500 - Darlene Higley for Benjamin
$500 - Peter Esposito, Jr for Andrew
$250 - Melinda Salinas for Rebecca
$250 – Kirk Peters for Elise
$250 - Barbara Vazquez for Eva
$250 - Laura Wesolowski for Zachary
$250 - Melinda Salinas for Gabriel
$250 - Nancy Derella for Brennan
Alternate 1 - Erika Scannell for Joshua
Alternate 2 - Susan Frank for Eric

2022 College Scholarships


We will be available
to Unit 8950 members,
by appointment, the following days:

 March 17th,

April 21st and May 19th.

From 3pm-5:30pm

By Appointment Only

Please call 845-706-9620 or email
to schedule a time.

Dear CSEA Sisters and Brothers,


Your Unit 8950 officers are here for you. Any questions or concerns you might have are important to us. We will give you honest and straightforward answers. If we do not have an answer, we will do our best to get one for you. I urge you to call us on 845-334-5038 or 845-706-9620 if you have any concerns, questions, or just want to talk. ​These are trying times and we all need to keep calm, level headed, patient and do our best every day.  

In solidarity,

Tina Buono
Unit 8950 President

Exclusive Benefits Available to CSEA Members only!

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CSEA Unit 8950 - Is also on Facebook 

 Click Here to check out our Facebook Page

CSEA Members can save with the CSEA Visa Credit Card, and can also apply for a Vehicle Purchase or Loan Refinance. Click on the printable flyer for more details...

The New York Health Act is a proposal in the New York State Legislature to create a government run health care system. Under this plan, all New Yorkers would be mandated to participate, NO EXCEPTIONS. It would eliminate private health insurance including plans negotiated in a collective bargaining agreement.

What happens to the health insurance I have now?

Your current health insurance would be eliminated.....

Click on the images for further information..


NY Health Act - OPPOSED

NY Health Act - Questions and Answers

CSEA Local 856 and CSEA UNIT 8950 Scholarship application forms for both Unit 8950 and Local 856 are available on the scholarship page or by clicking on this link. Please note that the application filing deadline for both applications is May 15th, 2022

CSEA Local 856 and CSEA UNIT 8950 General Membership Meeting and Scholarship Drawings to be held on June 6th,2022 click here for further details