News From OSA - August, 2006

More good news than usual. Not only are OSA’s constant efforts to organize the unorganized doing well, we also had a breakthrough in negotiations.

We are not done organizing nor are we done negotiating, but it is nice when we can note some progress along the way and, this year, we can.

NEGOTIATIONS. In 2002, DC37 negotiated a contract calling for a $1000 bonus for one year from July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003, 3.00% for the second year from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004 and 2% for the third year from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005. There was also a final 1% available, in return for additional givebacks.

OSA accepted the DC37 pattern, even though we had been excluded from the bargaining that led to the agreement. We were also later excluded from the final 1% for the third year, in spite of the fact that we offered the same givebacks as had been accepted from DC37.

In 2006, OSA, while still continuing to pursue the 1% due us on the prior contract, accepted a one year and 12 day contract covering the period July 1, 2005 through July 12, 2006 for 3.25% with no givebacks.

In June, DC37 was negotiating again. Givebacks were being discussed again and a three year contract offer by the City for 3.15%, 2%, and 2% was termed a “final” offer – unless givebacks were forthcoming.

As a result, OSA joined a coalition led by Randi Weingarten of the United Federation of Teachers and Harry Nespoli of the Sanitation Union.

Randi Weingarten has since claimed that the City immediately improved the offer to DC37 in response to the formation of the larger bargaining coalition. Lillian Roberts has disagreed.

No matter who is correct, the offer to DC37 did improve dramatically very soon after the coalition was announced.

The recent DC37 settlement is excellent because it provides a “floor” for the next 20 month period.

The terms of the DC37 settlement are as follows:

Date Contractual Event
7/1/05 3.15% Raise
7/1/05 $100/capita increase in annual payments to the DC37 Welfare Fund
8/1/06 2.00% Raise
11/1/06 $166.67/capita lump sum payment to the DC37 Welfare Fund
2/1/07 4.00% Raise
3/2/08 Contract Expires and 0.34% is available for equity

In addition, City workers will now be allowed to reside in the six suburban New York countries outside the City.

OSA members in most agencies have already received the raise for July 1, 2005 through July 12, 2006 (3.25%). Our Transit members are due that raise upon ratification of their contract.

We are, however, not currently due to receive the monies for the final 20 months of the DC37 contract because we are members of a different bargaining coalition. The larger coalition of UFT/Sanitation Workers may agree to a 20 month contract or, more likely, a longer one, instead. It would be unacceptable to our Coalition to settle for less than DC37 got and the Mayor will insist that we shall get no more . As a result, the 2% and the 4% would appear to be the floor beneath which we will not fall.

We would like to get more and half of the reason why we joined the coalition is because we felt that the recent history of low raises and employee givebacks was intolerable. The second half of our reason for joining was that pattern bargaining had begun, quite recently, not to work for us at all.

Leaving aside serious problems affecting some of our members in school safety and similar situations, we still have the 1% problem from the prior contract unresolved. We were pleased that DC37 members got the “extra” 1% raise for July 1, 2004 with no real givebacks. If, however, we are now being told our members should delay future raises for 10 months in order to get the 1% for July 1, 2004, pattern bargaining is no longer pattern bargaining. We accepted the DC37 pattern last time and we are still owed that 1%.

In the meantime the mayor will try to negotiate as slowly as he can manage, in order to delay the larger coalition and to build up the pressure to accept what has been offered to DC37. If the coalition does cave in too easily, however, we would deserve the truly horrid contracts that could follow.

ORGANIZING. During 2006, a number of organizing campaigns have finally succeeded. As you read this, we will have already welcomed over 200 new members in the Senior Management Consultant title of the Health and Hospitals Corporation.

In addition, the Enrollment Sales Representatives and the Senior Project Leaders of HHC may soon have a chance to choose a union. OSA’s work over many years has finally lead to the ESR and SPL elections and we do hope they vote to join us. Unfortunately, the HHC has stated that they intend to appeal the Office of Collective Bargaining’s decision on the Enrollment Sales Representatives. If so, that will delay the representation of the ESR’s for a while.

Meanwhile, many thanks are due to our magnificent volunteer field organizers, our aggressive legal team, and to our executive director and her staff of able assistants. OSA started with none of us entitled to collective bargaining. It took us fifteen years before we got collective bargaining status for the first thirty-eight Analysts. In the twenty years since, we have grown a hundred fold. This is good, but, to borrow from the motto of the Transport Workers Union, “the best is yet to come.” .

EXAMS AND LISTS. The Staff Analyst list is moving slowly but steadily. List number 460 was reached and, if you are being reached or were passed over, now is a good time to call Executive Director Sheila Gorsky for advice.

The Administrative Staff Analyst list is moving very well. Some agencies have already promoted every candidate on their list and others are nearly done. The speed of movement on this list is due to the decision by most agencies to promote to non-managerial Administrative Staff Analyst positions all candidates not needed, at present, for managerial jobs.

Please note also that the Staff Analyst Trainee exam is now set to open for filing on March 7, 2007 for an exam to be given on June 16, 2007, and the next Associate Staff Analyst exam will be given on May 5, 2007, with filing opening on January 3, 2007. Training courses will be provided at no cost to members of OSA and OSART.

PRIVATIZE THIS. One of the articles you can download below is the story of a transit strike that occurred soon after World War I. The story is of historical interest, but also, in passing, makes the point that wehn a private transport system goes on strike, it is not illegal.

The recent Transport Workers Union strike was generally supported by OSA members, but some of our members did not agree. Over a dozen letters were received expressing intense disapproval of the strike. Almost all of the critical letters made a special point of the illegality of the strike. The 1919 strike then raises the question, would our members who were critical of the recent TWU strike have supported that strike if it were legal?

LABOR DAY PARADE. The Parade will be held this year on Saturday, September 9th. OSA members are gathering at 1:30pm on the southeast corner of 47th Street and Sixth Avenue. Download and keep our invitation to march with the OSA contingent as a reminder. All those marching will receive OSA hats and t-shirts. Tell your co-workers. Family and friends are invited and welcome. If you can join us, please call the union office at (212) 686-1229 and speak with Michael Weiss, Bobby Lee or Rob Spencer and let them know you are planning to come and how many folks you are bringing with you.

OSA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. The next General Membership meeting is to be held on Thursday, September 28, 2006 starting at 6pm sharp in the union office at 220 East 23rd Street, Suite 707. A meeting notice can be downloaded here to remind you of the date.


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