OSA Newsline -- July 12, 2018

The first reports are now coming in of members whose paychecks no longer include a dues deduction. We did expect the 600 agency shop fee payers to be dropped, but the Cityís record keeping seems to be very poor. Many, many voluntary union members are being dropped off as well.

The union is putting out mail to obtain fresh union designation cards whenever we hear about such cases, but it is a problem and potentially a very big one.

There will be further updates on this as it develops. Meanwhile, if your dues deduction is missing from your paystub, please call the union office and let us know. If you do not call, we will not know for weeks to come, until the City sends us the member list with you missing.

Other news. Activists, officers and staff handed out over 5,000 green pencil cases at the Staff Analyst Trainee exam this week. Each case included a calculator, pens, a card for test-takers to return to the union so we can stay in touch with them, and, of course, a little bit of candy to tide them over during the exam.

We have also learned that the City will be offering filing for a Staff Analyst exam in August from August 1-21. If you have friends interested, look for the Notice of Exam early next month. We will have it on the newsline page and on the "Exams, Lists and Training" page of this website.

Check back. we may need to update the newsline sooner, but normally, in July, the newsline is biweekly.

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AUDIO July 12, 2018

OSA Newsline -- July 2, 2018

The speed of the past two weeks in negotiations will probably now slow down. When we called to schedule a bargaining session for our local unit agreement, we learned that the Deputy Commissioner assigned to OSA was out-of-town and would be gone over a week.

Thatís okay. The details of the health benefits agreement, plus the details of the economic pattern will be sent out in the summer mailing to our members. There are a lot of details. Too many for the newsline, certainly.

Our union will be busy this summer for many reasons. The Staff Analyst Trainee exam is next week. The NYC Health + Hospitals organizing drive is fully in action. DC37 will be holding citywide bargaining on non-fiscal issues within the next few weeks and we must absorb the impact of the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME.

All this in addition to our intention to get started on local unit contract negotiations, assuming the City cooperates.

Even so, since all of this will take time, the newsline will now go to biweekly, since July is upon us. Naturally, the newsline will be updated in between if anything dramatic occurs.

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AUDIO July 2, 2018