MaBSTOA ANALYSTS NEED AND DESERVE A UNION

You Can Make It Happen in 2017!


WHO WE ARE

The Organization of Staff Analysts (“OSA”) is a vibrant and growing union representing 5,000 professionals in New York City government. Originally formed as a professional association in 1969, OSA gained collective bargaining rights for analysts at the Board of Education in 1985. Since then, we have grown to represent analysts and related titles in every City agency, the Health and Hospitals Corporation, the Transit Authority and the Housing Authority. As a medium-sized, independent union, we are accessible and service oriented.

Since 1999, OSA has provided effective representation to Staff Analyst Trainees, Staff Analysts, Associate Staff Analysts and, more recently, Administrative Staff Analysts Level I in the NYC Transit Authority.

We were approached by analysts in MaBSTOA who wanted the benefits of union membership enjoyed by their brothers and sisters in the Transit Authority. As a result, OSA is launching a drive this year to represent you and all of the other MaBSTOA analysts.

Some of you are undoubtedly already acquainted with the value of belonging to a union. Others of you may be relatively new MaBSTOA employees and less familiar with the benefits of union membership.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?

Starting on June 21st, when ballots are mailed to you, you will have the opportunity to vote in an election conducted by the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) on whether you wish to have OSA represent you as your union. Over the past few months, OSA’s organizers have been contacting you to provide you with information about the financial benefits and increased respect and rights on the job you will enjoy as an OSA member.

We will post information on this website. Along with emails and flyers, it will provide you with information to consider prior to voting on whether to become OSA members. We will also provide you with information about the representation election process itself.

WHY DO YOU NEED A UNION?

RESPECT AND RIGHTS ON THE JOB

Currently, MaBSTOA analysts are “at-will” employees. No matter how long you have been employed by MaBSTOA, you can be terminated at any time for any reason, with or without cause.

As an OSA member, you will be covered by a contract negotiated by the union with MaBSTOA. It will contain many provisions, including work rules, salaries and other compensation. In those negotiations, we will be seeking the creation of a formal grievance procedure. Once you are unionized, should management believe you have engaged in misconduct or violated its rules, not only will they have to prove their case in a hearing, but you will have union representatives to defend you. In other words, you will have “due process” rights.

BETTER PAY AND NEGOTIATED RAISES

Over the past 15 years, TA analysts have done better financially than their MaBSTOA brothers and sisters. Why? Because they were OSA members. In 2009, unionized TA analysts received a 4% raise, but unrepresented MaBSTOA analysts did not receive that raise until 2013 and they did not receive retroactive payments for the period of the delay. In addition, represented TA analysts have enjoyed negotiated longevities, while MaBSTOA analysts have not.

If MaBSTOA analysts vote to become OSA members, we fully expect to accomplish for you what we have been able to achieve for your TA brothers and sisters.

WHAT WON’T CHANGE?

  • You will remain on the MaBSTOA payroll and be a member of the MaBSTOA pension system.
  • Your medical, dental and vision coverage will remain the same, including your co-pays.
  • Your vacation, sick leave, overtime, personal leave and other leave balances will be retained and calculated in the same way.
  • You will retain access to the programs you now enjoy, including vacation cash-out, health coverage opt-out, healthcare flexible spending account, life insurance, long term disability insurance, the college savings program, transit check, deferred compensation, long term care insurance (through NYPERL), COBRA coverage, the dependent care spending account and health club membership.
  • Because you are not in a civil service title, you will not have to take a civil service exam or any other test to retain your position.
  • You can download this page in pdf flyer format by clicking this link.

    THINK YOU DON'T NEED A UNION?

    If you think you don't need a union or can't figure out the benefits of belonging to one, you might want to download the cartoon available at this link which explains -- in a humorous way -- the value of a union to workers.

    You also might want to download this list of 36 reasons you might want to join a union.

    WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OSA'S HISTORY?

    Take a look at this illustrated history of the Organization of Staff Analysts that we put together for our 40th anniversary celebration.

    An Illustrated History of the Organization of Staff Analysts

    HAVE QUESTIONS FOR US?

    Contact OSA at (212) 686-1229. Ask to speak with an organizer on the MaBSTOA campaign (Michael Altman, Iris Bailey, or David Berger). You can also email your question to mabstoa@osaunion.org. We’ll be happy to set up a personal or group meeting. You can always email John LaGuardia, the assistant to our chairperson Bob Croghan at jlaguardia@osaunion.org and ask to meet with Bob. In addition, please visit this section of our website frequently as we will be updating it.


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- AUGUST 10, 2017

    Become Active in Your New Union

    It was my pleasure, during the recent collective bargaining election campaign, to have had the chance to meet with many of you. I am grateful to all who gave me their time and attention.

    Naturally, I am even more grateful to those who assisted us in the effort to obtain union status for all those involved.

    As matters turned out, voters selected the Transport Workers Union Local 100 to be their collective bargaining representative. I and my entire team of volunteer organizers are disappointed that OSA will not have the chance to add your strength to our own.

    About 20 years ago, we also lost an election at MaBSTOA, but in that case the voters - by a small margin - made the error of choosing to trust management over their fellow workers. On this occasion, of those voting, nine out of ten chose one or the other union and less than 10% made the mistake that was made a generation ago.

    I am consoled somewhat by that fact and also by the fact that the Transport Workers Union Local 100 is a strong and honorable union. No union is perfect, neither OSA nor TWU, but both OSA and TWU have a long history of being good unions.

    I urge all of you to become active in your new union. You are not hiring them, you are joining them. If you add your strength and talents to labor's cause, we will all benefit.

    All that is left to say is that I, and your brothers and sisters of OSA, remain

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chairperson

    OSA


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JULY 24, 2017

    The deadline for the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to receive your ballot in the current collective bargaining election is rapidly approaching. It must be in their hands by Tuesday, August 1st at 1pm, a week from now. Ballots received after that time may not be counted. Since you are mailing your ballot to the Albany area, we would encourage you to immediately put the ballot in the mail, if you have not already done so.

    If you have already voted, thank you. You have taken an active role in determining how your working life will be going forward. We congratulate you, no matter how you voted.

    If you have not yet voted, we hope you will not choose to vote for "no union." We have explained carefully in our literature and our videos what we see as the extraordinary value of union representation.

    Finally, we hope you have had a chance to consider our arguments about why we believe OSA is the appropriate choice for you as a MaBSTOA Analyst or Assistant Budget Chief. OSA is the union that Analysts built. We have nearly a half century of experience representing workers just like you. We hope you will agree that your dignity and rights on the job, as well as your paycheck, will be enhanced as an OSA member.

    The ballots will be counted in Brooklyn on August 9th. It has been a long campaign, but now it is down to the wire. We hope we will have the opportunity soon to welcome you as the newest members of the Organization of Staff Analysts.

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chairperson

    OSA


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JULY 13, 2017

    You probably have heard, as we have, that non-represented NYCT employees will be getting a two percent raise, effective July 1st. You can find the agency memo outlining the raise at the link below:

    NYCT July 1, 2017 Raise Memo

    I've recorded a short video in which I explain why two percent is definitely not enough. If you haven't voted yet in the collective bargaining election for your title (or even if you have), I encourage you to take the time to watch the video. You can find it at this link:

    Finally, you might also wish to take a look at a video we produced for our campaign to represent Senior Consultants (Management Information Services) at New York City Health and Hospitals. It was specifically made for that campaign, but it is about the value of a union and applies to you as well. You can view the clip at this link:

    Meanwhile, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have. You can email us at mabstoa@osaunion.org or directly reach me via my assistant John LaGuardia at jlaguardia@osaunion.org.

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chairperson

    OSA


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JULY 10, 2017

    An important reminder. Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11th, is the "call-in" date for MaBSTOA Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs who have not received a ballot in the current collective bargaining election and believe they are eligible to cast a vote. If you have not received a ballot in the mail as yet from the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), which is overseeing the election,you have one day and one day only to obtain your ballot from PERB. You must call them tomorrow, between 8:30am and 4:30pm. The number to call to obtain a ballot is 1-800-994-0110.

    For those of you who have received a ballot, we encourage you to vote promptly. PERB will reject any ballot received after 1pm on Tuesday, August 1st.

    Meanwhile, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have. You can email us at mabstoa@osaunion.org or directly reach me via my assistant John LaGuardia at jlaguardia@osaunion.org.

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chairperson

    OSA


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JUNE 30, 2017

    The Organization of Staff Analysts has received a number of good questions during the course of this campaign. We have been answering them on a one-on-one basis, but the information contained in our response will likely be of interest to many of you. I created a short FAQ to assist you in making your decision in this very important election.

    What are the advantages to voting for OSA over TWU?

    One of the chief advantages to selecting OSA is that we consist almost exclusively of employees in Analyst or related titles. Our smaller size and specialization means you get more individual attention and that your interests are our primary concern. We already have decades of experience representing employees just like you in the Transit Authority, the various City agencies, the Housing Authority and NYC Health + Hospitals. OSA has smart and experienced staff, many of whom are former Analysts themselves, from various agencies, who can help you through the issues that may arise during your employment, from factors to consider when contemplating promotional opportunities, to preparing for retirement, to strategies for taking civil service exams (should you decide to take one in order to move on from MaBSTOA to another agency). In my experience, OSA consistently goes the extra mile for our members. OSA was built by and for Analysts.

    There are, of course, many other differences between the two unions, including important differences in costs and benefits. Bob Croghan, our president, would be happy to meet with you for lunch or for a bite after work at your convenience (his treat). If you still have questions, he can go into detail about the advantages OSA offers.

    How much are OSA's union dues and how/when are they deducted?

    It takes a while for dues to kick in after the bargaining unit is certified, but once they do, OSA's dues are a reasonable 7/10th of 1% (0.7%) of your salary. The dues are deducted from each paycheck.

    How will being in the union affect my job security?

    With respect to keeping your job, you are always in a better position as a member of a union than without a union. Currently, you are an at-will employee. With a few exceptions, your employer can terminate you for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. Unionized employees typically cannot be fired except for cause. In other words, MaBSTOA must prove that they have a legitimate reason to terminate a unionized employee and the union can fight terminations and other disciplinary actions through a grievance procedure that includes neutral, binding arbitration. The importance of this right cannot be overstated.

    How will being in the union affect my pension?

    Your pension comes from State and City laws and the State Constitution, not from collective bargaining. Unions may be involved through legislative advocacy, but the pension benefit is not covered by the collective bargaining agreement.

    At present, you are most likely covered by either the MaBSTOA Tier 4 or Tier 6 pension, depending on your employment start date. Under the terms of these pension plans, the only difference between being unionized (represented) or non-unionized (unrepresented) is that, if you were appointed after January 1, 1999, and have not opted into the pension, participation would become mandatory once you become represented. For those of you who were appointed prior to January 1, 1999, and those who have already opted into the pension plan (regardless of start date), becoming unionized will have no impact on your pension.

    Regardless of your union status, if you leave MaBSTOA for a different city agency, you will be eligible for your MaBSTOA pension only to the extent that you are already vested at the time you leave MaBSTOA; you cannot port your MaBSTOA pension to a new employer. You will be put into a new pension plan applicable to your new employer. For most mayoral agencies, and for the NYC Transit Authority, this would be the NY City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS). OSA offers pension counseling and can assist with this process.

    Will my union membership be affected if I move to another City agency or to a managerial position?

    Your union status is determined by the collective bargaining unit, if any, to which a title and position belong. We represent certain titles in mayoral agencies, including Staff Analyst Trainees, Staff Analysts, Associate Staff Analysts, and Administrative Staff Analysts Levels I-III. The employees we represent in mayoral agencies are in a different bargaining unit from the one that has been proposed for your title at MaBSTOA, so the contract and benefits would also be different.

    Under the New York State "Taylor Law," which governs public sector collective bargaining, "managerial” positions are not eligible for collective bargaining, and therefore cannot be represented by a union. However, there are many positions that are currently classified as “managerial” that are not actually managerial within the meaning of the law. Positions which are currently considered managerial may become unionized in the future.

    Moving from MaBSTOA to a mayoral agency or to the NYC Transit Authority or even changing titles within MaBSTOA, can have a significant impact on your rights and benefits.

    OSA helps our members navigate these differences to make the best possible decision in their own particular circumstances.

    I hope you found these answers helpful. I encourage anyone who has not yet met our President, Bob Croghan, to call the office and set up a time to meet with him. Bob has been with OSA from its inception and can give you tremendous insight into the union’s history and strengths.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any additional questions you may have. You can email us at mabstoa@osaunion.org or directly reach Bob's assistant John LaGuardia at jlaguardia@osaunion.org

    Yours in solidarity,

    Nora L. Sullivan, Assistant General Counsel

    Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JUNE 27, 2017

    As we've gone through the campaign to gain collective bargaining rights for you, a question that has come up often is: what are we promising to get for you if we become your union? The most important thing is a good, fighting union that will represent you ably and negotiate for you diligently.

    But what about the nuts and bolts? If MaBSTOA Analysts vote to become OSA members, we fully expect to accomplish for you what we have been able to achieve for your TA brothers and sisters.

    From the very beginning of this campaign, in our first piece of literature, we've made it very clear that we will fight to maintain those things you presently enjoy and want to keep and to achieve whatever additional gains you as a bargaining unit feel would be beneficial to you.

    As you are aware by now, over the past 17 years, TA analysts represented by OSA have done better financially than you have. If you haven't yet, take a look at the chart we've mailed to you and posted on our website under the MaBSTOA Analysts tab. It has the title "Don't Let MaBSTOA Throw You Under the Bus". The TA analysts we represent have enjoyed better raises and negotiated longevities, while MaBSTOA analysts have not. You can also find it at the link below:

    Don't Let MaBSTOA Throw You Under The Bus-A Comparision of Raises

    Meantime, if you become an OSA member, you will remain on the MaBSTOA payroll and be a member of the MaBSTOA pension system. Your medical, dental and vision coverage will remain the same, including your co-pays. Your vacation, sick leave, overtime, personal leave and other leave balances will be retained and calculated in the same way. You will retain access to the programs you now enjoy, including vacation cash-out, health coverage opt-out, healthcare flexible spending account, life insurance, long term disability insurance, the college savings program, transit check, deferred compensation, long term care insurance (through NYPERL), COBRA coverage, the dependent care spending account and health club membership.

    And we will fight for any additional gains the negotiating team from the new bargaining unit wishes us to fight for. That is the promise we make to you. That is the only honest promise any union can make to you.

    Fraternally,

    Robert J. Croghan, Chairperson

    Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JUNE 23, 2017

    I've recorded a new short video that explains why we at OSA have never given up on getting you into the union.

    In the video, I talk about OSA's three year campaign to gain dignity and respect on the job for MaBSTOA Analysts (Staff and Transit Management) and Assistant Budget Chiefs.

    I also explain OSA's reasonable union dues, which are only 7/10ths of one percent of your salary.

    The video runs under 5 minutes and you can view it here:

    I hope you will take the time to watch it. If you have any questions about OSA, please email my assistant John LaGuardia at jlaguardia@osaunion.org or call me or any member of the organizing team at 212-686-1229.

    You might also wish to view the other videos on this page, including my initial video at the top of the page and the comments by TA Analysts Patricia Lynch and Mike Daflos, OSA Board member Dolores Parson and yet another video where I discuss our promise to bring even those who are excluded from this election into unionized status. Those videos are lower down on this page.

    Fraternally,

    Robert J. Croghan, Chairperson

    Organization of Staff Analysts

    P.S. Ballots were mailed to you by PERB in Albany on Wednesday, June 21st and you should be receiving them in the next few days. If you have been receiving these emails from us, you are an eligible voter, so keep an eye out for your ballot.


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JUNE 21, 2017

    Our research division drew up a comparison chart of the raises given over the years from 2000 onwards. You will notice that OSA won larger raises for our union members than were "given" by MaBSTOA to our unrepresented brothers and sisters. You can view the chart at the link that follows:

    Don't Let MaBSTOA Throw You Under the Bus - A Comparison Chart of Raises

    It is grossly unfair that workers doing the same work as you, with the same seniority and skills, earn 5% more than you. The reality, as shown on the chart, is that MaBSTOA management can, will and does treat workers unfairly — unless they have a union.

    Money is not the most important reason to vote for a union. The fairness on the job that is enforced by a Grievance Department, the job security that is enforced by Due Process provisions of a union contract, and the union's ability to fight for better conditions on the job are all more important.

    Even so, a difference in money is the clear and obvious sign of the value of a union.

    Since MaBSTOA has chosen to pay less to non-represented employees, you should choose to be represented by OSA.

    Also you can view a Chief newspaper article listing our gains on our last contract at the following link:

    OSA Contract Offers Possible Alternative Working Schedules

    We won the regular raises plus a bit extra in longevities, but please note the non-economic gains. Those non-economic gains are just as important to OSA members as the monetary increases.

    Fraternally,

    Robert J. Croghan, Chairperson

    Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JUNE 19, 2017

    In this series of postings, we hope we have given you some good reasons to choose OSA as your union. We are the union that Analysts built.

    Our union is, and has been, anxious to share the benefits of union coverage with you and all of our MaBSTOA brothers and sisters. Even so, there are other Analysts who need and deserve union coverage and OSA has been active on their behalf as well.

    Mike Daflos, an Administrative Staff Analyst at the Transit Authority and so, one of your own, is now a retiree who chose to help OSA out at the Department of Education. In the flyer you can download below, he shares his long-held belief in the value of a union for professional workers and his support for the Organization of Staff Analysts.

    Mike Daflos On Why OSA Is His Union

    You can also view Mike talking about his involvement with OSA in the video below:

    At the DOE, the United Federation of Teachers found Mike's expertise very valuable in enabling them to increase the number of Education Analysts covered by a union contract nearly tenfold. Enclosed, you will find the Chief ad celebrating the resulting victory.

    UFT/OSA Joint Organizing Team Gains Representation for Education Analysts

    You can also download below, a Chief article about a 2015 OSA victory that delayed our efforts to gain a union election at MaBSTOA. We were challenged on a title in the Health and Hospitals Corporation by the powerful DC37 and its parent union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. We won at HHC, did what was needed, and filed for and finally obtained the election now scheduled for you at MaBSTOA.

    OSA Defeats DC37 In Senior Consultant MIS Collective Bargaining Election

    Our union was created by Analysts for Analysts. Our successes in the City, the Hospitals, the Housing and Transit Authorities and the Department of Education are most gratifying.

    Even more so will be our chance to welcome you as a fellow member of the Organization of Staff Analysts if you vote for OSA in the upcoming election.

    Fraternally,

    Robert J. Croghan, Chairperson

    Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JUNE 17, 2017

    At the link below, you will find an illustrated timeline of the history of the Organization of Staff Analysts. I hope you will find it of interest.

    The History of the Organization of Staff Analysts

    Our competition in this election also has a fine history and we would not say otherwise.

    Even so, our history is uniquely wonderful in that Analysts and other workers, just like you, got together. We stayed together and fought for our rights for over twenty years.

    Other unions did try to help us, but none of them stayed the course. We finally did the job ourselves. It is a tale of persistence and our belief in each other.

    We are now a tough and aggressive union because we had to be that in order to come into existence.

    OSA is the union that Analysts built. We never doubted that Analysts deserved a union and would one day have one and we've never doubted that MaBSTOA Analysts deserved the same.

    Also, you can download below a list of excellent reasons for joining a union in general and, finally, a bit of light humor making the same point.

    36 Reasons to Thank A Union

    10 Reasons We Are Against Unions

    Fraternally,

    Robert J. Croghan, Chairperson

    Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JUNE 15, 2017

    A few more arguments in favor of voting for OSA.

    Here is "testimony" from Patricia Lynch, a retired Transit Authority Administrative Staff Analyst. Pat joined the union as one of our earliest members and watched as "her" OSA grew in strength and effectiveness, year after year.

    Then, as a retiree, she learned of our efforts to help our brothers and sisters at MaBSTOA. She immediately volunteered to come in to the union office a couple of days a week to help us get the union message out to you.

    You can read Pat's story at this link.

    You can view a video of Pat talking about OSA and the value of OSA membership below:

    Sam Mason is not at all retired. He is an active and vital part of our union as an on-location delegate at the Transit Authority. It is from the ranks of delegates like Sam that OSA has drawn it's strength over the years. In the flyer you can view at the link below, Sam discusses the value of OSA's grievance department.

    Samuel Mason's Story: Why OSA Is My Union

    Sam and Pat are in good company. OSA's support from the Superior Officers of School Safety and Traffic Enforcement is made clear in the results of a recent collective bargaining election. You can read more about that election and these members' view of OSA in an article from last year's Chief-Civil Service Leader newspaper at this link:

    Superior Officers Keep Faith in OSA

    We are a good union and, as members of the union, we care about each other.

    Fraternally,

    Robert J. Croghan, Chairperson

    Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JUNE 13, 2017

    Now comes the decision.

    Your job title was created to be exempt from union protections and raises. Your employer would prefer you to remain unprotected.

    We disagree.

    The Organization of Staff Analysts was created (in 1969) by professional workers just like you. OSA sought coverage under collective bargaining for Analysts. We won that right in the Department of Education in 1985, in all the City agencies by 1992, in the Health and Hospitals Corporation by 1994 and in the Transit Authority by 1999.

    We sought to represent MaBSTOA Analysts in the late 90s but, by a few votes, those workers chose to trust management. Thereafter, management treated them as well (financially) as the Analysts OSA represents – for about ten years. As of 2009, this began to change and, by today, MaBSTOA Analysts are (on average) 5% behind our unionized TA Analysts in raises.

    Money is not the most important difference between how unionized and non-union Analysts are treated, but it is the most visible.

    OSA, at the request of MaBSTOA Analysts, began again to file for a collective bargaining election. MaBSTOA resisted for several years, but we persisted, and now it will be up to you to decide.

    A mail ballot will arrive at your home the week of June 21st.

    We will be sending you some arguments in favor of voting for OSA.

    In addition, we are very willing to talk with you in person, by phone, or e-mail. Have any questions? Give my assistant John LaGuardia a call at 212-686-1229 or email him at jlaguardia@osaunion.org and I'll be happy to get back to you.

    Fraternally,

    Robert J. Croghan, Chairperson

    Organization of Staff Analysts

    P.S. Here are links to two flyers we encourage you to read. One provides an overview of why you need and deserve a union and why it should be OSA. (It's dated 2016. That is when we issued it, but its content is still accurate.)

    In the other, OSA board member Dolores Parson tells a personal story of why being a member of our union saved her job:

    Why MaBSTOA Analysts Need and Deserve a Union

    Dolores Parsons' Story


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JUNE 5, 2017

    The Public Employment Relations Board has provided more information about the upcoming collective bargaining election:

    • Voting will be limited to those Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs on salary as of May 15, 2017 and still employed as of June 12, 2017.

    • They have set June 12th for the posting of the Notice of Election on bulletin boards at your work locations.

    • The ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on June 21st. There will be a stamped, pre-addressed envelope enclosed.

    • As we had requested, voters now have three weeks to report a failure to receive a ballot. Three weeks should be plenty of time to be sure the ballot has not come. However, PERB requires that eligible voters who have not gotten a ballot must call in to a PERB "800" number to request a ballot on only one day, July 11th (not before, not after). The call must be made between 8:30am and 4:30pm that day.

    • Ballots are to be sent by voters to a PERB post office box in Latham, New York so they are received by PERB by 1pm on August 1, 2017.

    • Counting will take place in PERB's Brooklyn office on August 9th at 11:30am.

    • For some odd reason, PERB requires MaBSTOA to provide PERB with the names and home address labels on June 12th but denies this information to OSA until July 27th. Exactly how we are to reach out to all the voters when we are denied that information until after almost everyone has voted is not clear. We will attempt to persuade PERB to be more reasonable, but the rules, for now, are the rules.

    As always, if you have any questions about the election process or our union or why the Organization of Staff Analysts would be the best union to represent you, please do not hesitate to call me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant, John LaGuardia, at jlaguardia@osaunion.org

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chair, Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- MAY 23, 2017

    The collective bargaining election is now tentatively set to proceed as follows.

    • Voting will be limited to those Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs on salary as of May 15, 2017 and still employed as of the time of the voting.

    • Notice of the election is to be posted in work locations on June 9th.

    • Ballots are due to be mailed out on June 20th.

    • Eligible voters will have until June 29th to call in to ask for a ballot if they have not received one.

    • Ballots are to be sent by voters to PERB in Albany so they are received by PERB by July 26th.

    • Counting will take place in Brooklyn on August 9th.

    None of this is final, since PERB in Albany can make changes and our union believes a failure to receive a ballot should be reportable for at least two weeks. Meanwhile, we are glad that the election is at least tentatively scheduled.

    Also, one of our volunteer activists, Dolores Parson, has asked to have a chance to explain why she likes OSA. Her story, which she tells in the video you can view on Youtube below. It is especially timely as hundreds of "managerial" employees are again being laid off by New York City Health + Hospitals.

    You can also read Dolores' story by downloading this flyer.

    As always, if you have any questions about the election process or our union or why the Organization of Staff Analysts would be the best union to represent you, please do not hesitate to call me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant, John LaGuardia, at jlaguardia@osaunion.org

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chair, Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- MAY 16, 2017

    The PERB judge has actually set the date for the collective bargaining election. If all goes well (and it often does not), ballots in the MaBSTOA collective bargaining election for Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs will go out in late July and early August.

    The election will be by mail ballot. Additional details are not yet available. We will be pushing for those details because we would prefer to ensure that no one loses his or her right to vote due to being on vacation.

    July and August may not be the ideal months for a vote, but at least a vote is now scheduled.

    Meanwhile, in response to questions we've received about those Analysts and Budget Chiefs left out of the voting, there is a video.

    You can find a brief discussion about the "managerial and/or confidential" exemptions on Youtube here:

    As you will learn, OSA is very experienced at overcoming the delaying tactics of "managerial and/or confidential." We do not anticipate any serious problem in obtaining full union coverage for most of those employees now exempted. The law, as we will explain to MaBSTOA management at the PERB hearings to come, is the law. We are on the side of the law.

    As always, if you have any questions about the election process or our union or why the Organization of Staff Analysts would be the best union to represent you, please do not hesitate to call me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant, John LaGuardia, at jlaguardia@osaunion.org

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chair, Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- APRIL 24, 2017

    The recent meeting at the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) did not give us a definite date for the upcoming vote on collective bargaining for MaBSTOA Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs. Instead, MaBSTOA provided a new "current list of employees" in these titles and that sparked debate over which list to use for purposes of the election.

    The December 19, 2016 employment list was used to obtain a showing of support, but the Administrative Law Judge was unsure if this new, more current, list was to be preferred over the earlier list. After much discussion, both management and labor agreed that the December 19, 2016 list should be used for a showing of support, but a more current list may be used for the election. This was a good decision, since the alternative could have sent the unions back out gathering cards again for the umteenth time and that would have meant further delay.

    This begins to resemble Zeno's Paradox. Zeno was a Greek philosopher who pointed out that a race can not be won nor a journey completed for an "obvious" reason. However long it takes you to go halfway, half the journey is still left. Once you have gone half the remaining distance, you will still have a ways to go. In fact you will "always" have half of the last segment in front of you once you complete the first half. Thus, goes the paradox, you can never arrive.

    There have been times when our efforts to bring union protections to MaBSTOA Analysts have seemed like Zeno's Paradox brought to life. However, there is an answer. Thousands of years ago, upon hearing the paradox stated, an ancient Greek Analyst stood up and walked across the room, completing his journey easily.

    So, also in real life, we will get our election.

    in the meantime, if you have any questions about the election process or our union or why the Organization of Staff Analysts would be the best union to represent MaBSTOA Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs, please do not hesitate to call me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant, John LaGuardia, at jlaguardia@osaunion.org

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chair, Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- APRIL 7, 2017

    A compromise has been reached with MaBSTOA management regarding employees to be exempted from the vote on unionization among MaBSTOA Analysts and Budget Chiefs. They are now willing to agree that the election go forward with only 46 employees exempted from the vote -- instead of the original 89 requested by management.

    Both OSA and TWU have made clear that we believe that nearly all of the 46 claimed exemptions are not valid exemptions under the terms of the New York State Taylor Law. We have also made clear that, assuming those employees allowed to vote do vote for the union, we can and will seek to bring all those eligible for representation under union protection.

    We re actually furious with MaBSTOA management's use of the process to deny 46 of our brother and sisters a vote in this election. Even so, both OSA and TWU agree it would be a mistake to let MaBSTOA management's ploy further delay this long overdue vote.

    On behalf of OSA, I commit to seeking coverage of those left out of the vote immediately after certification of the election by the Public Employment Relations Board. Our next meeting is with PERB and it is set for 2pm on April 19th.

    We're hoping that our next news is of the rules and dates of the collective bargaining election.

    As always, in the meantime, if you have any questions about the election process or our union or why the Organization of Staff Analysts would be the best union to represent MaBSTOA Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs, please do not hesitate to call me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant, John LaGuardia, at jlaguardia@osaunion.org

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chair, Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- APRIL 3, 2017

    As of last week, we were assured that MaBSTOA management would get back to us with a final answer on the issue of allegedly managerial or confidential employees. Their due date for a response was Tuesday or, perhaps, Wednesday. Out of our natural generosity of heart, we were willing to wait patiently through Thursday and, with growing impatience, even Friday.

    We wish we could report on their success in getting back to us but, they did not. So, while we will continue to await their response, we also decided to take action. We have reached out to the Public Employment Relations Board judge, seeking to set a meeting date.

    Perhaps, we will obtain management's response this week and that will be good. Perhaps, their response will be acceptable and that will be even better.

    If not, before April ends, we will all be before the judge once again. This campaign has been long and hard, but it will get to the moment of voting at some point.

    The reason why management might fear a vote and might seek to delay the process is clear.

    Since 2009, MaBSTOA Analysts have received lower raises than Transit Authority Analysts represented by OSA.

    We suspect that as soon as MaBSTOA Analysts get the chance to vote, the practice of giving lower raises to MaBSTOA Analysts will come to an end.

    More news as it occurs.

    As always, in the meantime, if you have any questions about the election process or OSA or why the Organization of Staff Analysts would be the best union to represent MaBSTOA Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs, please do not hesitate to call me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant, John LaGuardia, at jlaguardia@osaunion.org

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chair, Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- MARCH 24, 2017

    The meeting between MaBSTOA and our two unions (OSA and TWU) on Friday, March 24th again went fairly well, but again was not conclusive.

    Both unions raised valid objections to the assigning of the "managerial/confidential" label to individual employees whose work was obviously neither managerial nor confidential in a labor relations context. We cited decisions made by the Office of Collective Bargaining and the Public Employment Relations Board to bolster our arguments . We are getting closer.

    Management has acknowledged that they will now agree to allow many of those on the "exclude" list to be included in the final voting unit. Exactly how many, and who, will be left excluded by their final proposal should be known to us as soon as MaBSTOA Labor Relations has concluded dealing with their own divisions. The due date for their response is before the end of this month.

    Both unions are anxious for an election to be held, but we are also working hard to include as many as possible of those who signed our cards and, thereby, showed their interest.

    Please keep in mind that any agreement reached is subject to later amendment. Hypothetically, an employee might end up excluded at this time due to the intransigence of his or her division head. In those cases, the exclusion will probably not be upheld in subsequent hearings. Thus, we are discussing only who is allowed to vote, not who ends up covered by the union after a vote.

    We do not want endless hearings before the vote, since it would delay union coverage unnecessarily. Once the vote has been taken, we can and will seek coverage for any left out of the vote.

    We appear to be getting close to a conclusion of negotiations and we will let you know the results as soon as we know.

    As always, if you have any questions about the election process or OSA or why the Organization of Staff Analysts would be the best union to represent MaBSTOA Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs, please do not hesitate to call me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant, John LaGuardia, at jlaguardia@osaunion.org

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chair, Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA -- ANALYSTS MARCH 17, 2017

    The meeting between MaBSTOA Labor Relations, OSA and TWU to discuss individuals MaBSTOA contends are managerial/confidential was held on March 8th. Both unions argued against so many (89) individuals being denied representation. MaBSTOA initially seemed intransigent, but the unions’ arguments appear to have been persuasive in some cases. Thus, both sides did move a bit closer to a compromise.

    Since the issue was not completely resolved within the hours allotted, a further (and hopefully final) meeting was set for March 15th. This meeting replaced the previously set Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) formal session.

    Alas, no meeting was held, thanks to the snowstorm on March 14th. MaBSTOA management cancelled the meeting – and we are pushing them to reconvene as soon as possible.

    Delays happen and a snowstorm is a better excuse than some we have heard. We are, however, anxious for this matter to proceed, so we will be urging MaBSTOA to complete the process. We are making progress and that, in itself, is good.

    As always, if you have any questions about the process or OSA or why OSA would be the best union to represent MaBSTOA Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs, please do not hesitate to call me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant, John LaGuardia, at jlaguardia@osaunion.org

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chair, Organization of Staff Analysts


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- MARCH 7, 2017

    As most of you know, District Council 37 asked the Organization of Staff Analysts to complete their organizational drive at MaBSTOA among Transit Management Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs, in addition to our ongoing effort to unionize MaBSTOA Staff Analysts. This meant that we needed more cards signed by our MaBSTOA brothers and sisters designating OSA as their potential collective bargaining agent.

    Our volunteer organizers went to work, alongside our on-location activists, and more than enough cards were easily obtained. I wish to thank all those involved – the MaBSTOA activists, the OSA volunteers and, of course, especially those of you who actually signed the cards to enable us to succeed.

    Next will come clarification of management’s position on managerial/confidential employees. This will occur this week and, if necessary, we will ask the Administrative Law Judge at the Public Employment Relations Board to assist us in expediting the matter. Neither OSA nor TWU wants any further delay.

    This has been a long fight, but it has been worth it. As soon as you and our other MaBSTOA brothers and sisters have union representation, the slow erosion of your wages that began in 2009 will be brought to an end.

    All MaBSTOA management ever had to do in order to prevent unionization was to treat their Analysts as fairly as the unionized TA Analysts were being treated. That level of fairness was apparently too much to ask.

    If you have any questions about the electoral process or would like more information about the Organization of Staff Analysts and why we believe we are the best choice for MaBSTOA Analysts and Budget Chiefs, please contact me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant John LaGuardia at jlaguardia@osaunion.org. I would be happy to speak with you further.

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chairperson, OSA


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- FEBRUARY 21, 2017

    I want to provide a new update on the progress of efforts to unionize MaBSTOA Analysts and Budget Chiefs.

    Last week, the Organization of Staff Analysts and the Transport Workers Union met to discuss MaBSTOA management's contention that 89 of you are managerial and/or confidential employees.

    The meeting went very well. Both unions had analyzed the list of 89 allegedly managerial and confidential employees. Both unions concluded that MaBSTOA management was mostly talking nonsense.

    For example, management's allegation that Trainees are used to set the policy for MaBSTOA is absurd on the face of it.

    Why, then, did management send us such an absurd list? We suspect they are seeking to delay the collective bargaining election for months by seeking a hearing on each and every employee.

    To counter this, OSA and TWU will now jointly negotiate with MaBSTOA management. We will bring the results of these negotiations to our assigned Public Employment Relations Board judge for a ruling.

    If we are successful, the long-awaited election will be held soon. The unions have made it clear we want no further delays by management.

    In the meantime, if you have any questions about the electoral process or would like more information about the Organization of Staff Analysts and why we believe we are the best choice for MaBSTOA Analysts and Budget Chiefs, please contact me at 212-686-1229 or email my assistant John LaGuardia at jlaguardia@osaunion.org. I would be happy to speak with you further.

    Fraternally,

    Bob Croghan, Chairperson, OSA


    UPDATE FOR MABSTOA ANALYSTS -- JANUARY 23, 2017

    The Organization of Staff Analysts (OSA) has represented Staff, Associate, and Administrative Staff Analysts at the New York City Transit Authority since the late 1990s.

    In fact, we are proud to represent the overwhelming majority of Analysts throughout City government, including the mayoral agencies, the NYC Housing Authority and New York City Health + Hospitals. We believe that professional workers, like ourselves, do better if we join together in a union.

    Our union began by representing 38 Analysts. Over the years, our membership has grown to approximately 5,000 active members and 2,500 retirees. Our union was originally organized by Analysts seeking the benefits of a union for ourselves and our fellow Analysts. We understand well the needs of Analysts. We are Analysts. We are you.

    Over the past year, both OSA and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 have been seeking to represent Analysts at the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority (MaBSTOA). Both unions and MaBSTOA management have been holding meetings with an Administrative Law Judge assigned by the NY State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). We are in the process of moving toward an election in which you will be given the chance to decide if you wish to be in a union and, if so, whether that union will be OSA or TWU.

    In this message, we want to provide a little more information about OSA’s longterm efforts to represent MaBSTOA Staff Analysts, and why we are now seeking to represent you and others in the Transit Management Analyst series.

    Back in the 1980s, then-Transit Authority President David Gunn was allowed to create the Transit Management Analyst series in order to more effectively run the TA and MaBSTOA. Hundreds of new and existing employees were given raises to take on the new title and duties, but none were allowed union status.

    Many of the newly appointed Transit Management Analysts sought union covered status. The Architects and Engineers, Local 375 of AFSCME District Council 37, took up their cause and, seven years later, over 200 Transit Management Analysts were granted union status.

    At the end of the 1990s, OSA brought our fight to unionize Analysts to the TA and MaBSTOA. We would have been happy to represent all unrepresented Analysts at both agencies, including Transit Management Analysts, but Local 375, properly, objected since that local already represented members of that title series.

    Local 375 wanted to join OSA in a joint organizing campaign. They would seek to become the union for non-represented Transit Management Analysts and OSA would make the case for the Staff Analyst series. We agreed.

    To OSA’s regret, Local 375 did not keep its commitment and DC 37 itself ceased organizing. We were left to continue. OSA won a representation election for the Staff Analyst series at the TA, but, by a narrow margin, MaBSTOA Staff Analysts voted to remain non-union.

    For years after the election, MaBSTOA treated the non-represented Analysts equally as well as the OSA-represented TA Analysts. Then, the bosses forgot that OSA was still out there and began to underpay the MaBSTOA Analysts.

    We were asked by MaBSTOA Staff Analysts to make a second attempt at unionization and we began reaching out to MaBSTOA Staff Analysts to ask them to sign union designation cards which would indicate their interest in union status.

    We had thought that DC37 was seeking to represent Analysts in your title series but DC 37, sadly, has not been as focused on organizing as we have been in recent years. So, DC 37 has agreed that OSA should organize the Transit Management Analyst series and the Assistant Budget Chiefs, as well as the Staff Analyst series. We have always been excellent at organizing and equally excellent at delivering honest and competent representation and service for our members.

    We will be seeking to represent a MaBSTOA unit of Staff Analysts, Transit Management Analysts and Assistant Budget Chiefs and, since all Analysts perform similar tasks as a part of their work, representation of the unit will be natural to the Organization of Staff Analysts.

    At this point, we have obtained signed union designation cards from many of your brothers and sisters at MaBSTOA . We do hope you will sign a union designation card for us as well. The cards are simply a showing of interest in the union. The actual decision for OSA, or another union or no union will occur when you will have an opportunity, in a few months, to vote by mail, or computer, or telephone or even in person.

    As you may -be aware, both OSA and TWU asked MaBSTOA to voluntarily recognize our unions as the representative for collective bargaining at their agency. MaBSTOA said no.

    Analysts, by any name, are smart. If we were not, we would be of small use to our bosses. Smart folks are clear about which side of their bread is buttered. Since MaBSTOA is opposed to Analysts being covered by a union, there must be something in the union that management fears. There is — a chance for you to insist, not to ask, plead or beg, but to insist on a greater degree of fairness on the job.

    We would like the opportunity to talk with you further about the benefit of having a union and why that union should be OSA. We believe you will benefit from an organization dedicated to your needs, made up of workers from your own job title and with a record of accomplishments as good as any.

    You can arrange to meet with me personally or with any of our organizers by calling my assistant, John LaGuardia, at 212-686-1229 or by emailing him at jlaguardia@osaunion.org. I would be pleased to meet with you.

    Fraternally,

    Robert J. Croghan, Chairperson


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