OSA Newsline - January 15, 2018

Today, we honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mail was sent to the mailing house last week and should arrive at your home by Friday. If not, call George at the union office so he can check your address and mail you another copy.The content of the mailing is already posted on this website as the January 2018 OSA Newsletter.

In the mailing, we note that the January membership meeting was delayed until Thursday, February 1st. This was done since we feared a late arrival of our January mailing. And then, following Murphy’s Law, the mailing house notified us the mail would arrive this week.

The Activist Classroom Training again will occur after the membership meeting. Therefore, the meeting will start at 6 pm sharp, break for food thereafter, and the ACT training should start around 7 pm.

An early report on negotiations will be the high point of both the meeting and the training. Nothing yet has been decided, but the preliminary steps do have interest.

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AUDIO January 15, 2018

OSA Newsline - January 8, 2018

This newsline was delayed so we could report on the collective bargaining session held today. The session was important because we were scheduled to join with DC37 at the bargaining table.

The bad news is that we were premature. Henry Garrido of DC37 confirmed his intention of bringing all the civilian unions together for bargaining, but he is still getting approval from the City. So next time.

Meanwhile, 37's intentions are to get a three or more year contract with decent raises, an equity payment, and added funds for education and health. The City’s apparent plan is to ask us for changes in our basic health coverage to generate the extra monies needed for a good settlement.

Well, we know what we want, but we are more than a little cautious about what the City wants. Changes in health benefits are properly decided by the Municipal Labor Committee and so that negotiation may have to come first.

So, the good news is that we are hearing more than usual at this stage and expect to hear more still as the weeks pass.

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AUDIO January 8, 2018

OSA Newsline - January 1, 2018

A Happy New Year to all of our members and retirees. The big news this week is that next week, on January 8th, OSA and most civilian non-pedagogical unions will sit down alongside DC37 in its collective bargaining with the City.

Historically, civilian coalition bargaining did occur under the leadership of Victor Gotbaum and Stanley Hill. Then, once DC37 fell into receivership, the practice took a twenty year break. During those twenty years, on occasion, Randi Weingarten of the United Federation of Teachers did attempt coalition bargaining with some major successes, but also some disappointments.

OSA, particularly, made efforts to encourage both Randi and Lillian Roberts of DC37 to go the coalition route, but our efforts fell short of success. However, as of next Monday, our persistence has persuaded Henry Garrido, leader of DC37, to return to the prior practice.

This does, by no means, guarantee, either speedy or entirely pleasing results, but it is still better for more of us to be united in seeking gains for our members.

So, we start 2018 on a cautiously hopeful note and that is a good way to start a year.

Most appropriately, our Activist Classroom Training session, set for January, will focus on Negotiations. If you are interested, call John LaGuardia at the union office to sign up for training.

Please check back on Tuesday, January 9th so we can give a report fresh from the bargaining table.

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AUDIO January 1, 2018