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The benefits of our newly ratified contract

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Sep 29, 2014

Message from Mia Jorgensen, EVP

Mia We are pleased to announce that members at CWA Local 1104: Graduate Student Employee Union, have a newly ratified contract. Money from the negotiated raises and contractual funds such as Recruitment and Retention, Fee Mitigation, Downstate Location, and the Professional Development fund will be available in as soon as 60 days.    
The Professional Development Fund is Back!
Please keep your receipts for conferences and any research expenses for which you can use to apply for up to $1,000 from the Professional Development Fund. The amount awarded is determined by the total number of applicants and your campus representatives. 

The Dependent Care Advantage Account is Back!
Due to the newly ratified agreement between the State and the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU), the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount) Employer Contribution will be available for GSEU-represented employees for the 2015 plan year. 

GSEU-represented employees will be eligible for a $600 Employer Contribution, regardless of salary, which can be used toward childcare. 

Open enrollment for the 2015 plan year begins on October 6 and closes on November 7, 2015. 

How to Enroll?  
Getting Started 
You will need your most recent paystub to get started. 

Apply Online 
You can apply for enrollment in either the HCSAccount or the DCAAccount, or both, through the Internet. The application process is paperless, quick, and easy. On the enrollment application, you will be asked for basic information-your name, address, phone number, department ID, negotiating unit, NYS EMPLID number, and the amount you want to set aside in your account for the plan year.  
Apply Over The Telephone 
If you do not have access to the Internet or choose not to enroll online, simply call 1-800-358-7202, option 1, and a customer service representative (CSR) will take your application over the phone. The CSR will ask you for the same basic information described above. 

After your application has been processed and your eligibility confirmed, you will receive a letter from the FSA administrator by late November that confirms your 2015 enrollment. Your FSA enrollment lasts for only one year. Re-enrollment is not automatic. During the open enrollment period each year, you will have an opportunity to sign up for the next plan year.

Pended Applications 
If you receive a message that your application is pended, don't be alarmed. There are several reasons why your application may pend: 

You have been recently hired and are not active in the payroll system. Your application will be pended until your new hire status has been verified by your agency.  
You are on a leave of absence or have recently returned from leave and are not currently active in the payroll system. Your application will be pended until your return to work has been verified by your agency.  
You entered your information (NYS EMPLID number, negotiating unit, or department ID) incorrectly.  

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