|OSA Newsline - July 30, 2015
The list for the 2014 Staff Analyst Trainee exam has now been established. It contains 2,964 names and is posted in the "Exams, Lists and Training" section of this website.You can download or search the list below in numerical (score) order and separately in alphabetical order by the first initial of the candidate's last name.
|OSA Newsline - July 28, 2015
The item analysis for the Administrative Staff Analyst exams is now complete and the results are posted below and in the "Exams, Lists and Training" section of this website.
Please be sure to read the cover sheet on the appropriate Item Analysis for an explanation of what the highlighted answers mean. Also, please share the item analysis with any candidates you know of who may not be regular visitors to this website.
|OSA Newsline - July 20, 2015
The newsline will now become biweekly until Labor Day, since matters tend to slow down in the summer.
The exams. We have been working very hard on redoing the item analysis for the Staff and Associate Staff Analyst exams and the results are now posted below and in the "Exams, Lists and Training" section of this website.
We have also read, analyzed and categorized the many letters of complaint about the exams of May and June. The results will be reported in detail in the summer mailing, but the big picture is already evident.
The May exams did result in some candidates criticizing exam content, but these complaints were minor compared to the large number of complaints regarding exam administration. Some schools provided a worse experience than others.
The June exams were generally an administrative success, with far less complaints about delays, lack of bathrooms or other distractions. The major single complaint regarding these exams was that the time allotted was woefully inadequate. In some cases, other objections were raised, but shortage of time was the main one.
Contract negotiations will proceed throughout the summer and so will visits by the union leadership to locations explaining the course of those negotiations. A critical point has been reached and either we will soon obtain agreement from the city or else we will await the results of impasse hearings. We will know which way it will go by the fall.
|OSA Newsline - July 13, 2015
The funeral mass for Tim Collins was very well attended. His family and friends, union staff past and present, city representatives and many, many OSA members came to pay tribute to a fine and caring person. He will be greatly missed.
On the topic of the recent exams, there was an unfortunate development. We have removed the item analysis that we posted earlier this week for the Staff and Associate Staff Analyst exams given at the end of May. Information provided by DCAS to the union on Friday, July 10th leads us to conclude that the original tallies need to be recalculated. Please ignore the original version and discard it if you printed it out.
We are in the process of doing the recalculation and hope to have the revised analysis posted in advance of the test review and protest sessions scheduled by DCAS for these exams on July 22-24.
|OSA Newsline - July 7, 2015
Services for beloved OSA Chief Negotiator and Grievance Department Director Tim Collins, who passed away unexpectedly on June 26th, have been set for Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Most Holy Redeemer Church, 173 East Third Street in Manhattan. The church is located between Avenues A and B. You can read a news release about Tim by clicking this link.