OSA Newsline -- March 29, 1999

Our recent mailing to members failed to reproduce a flier asking for a Staff Analyst transfer-in. If you are a Staff Analyst with computer background -- and interested in a change -- call Yvonne at 686-1229 and we'll send you a copy of the flier. The work site is 450 West 33rd Street, a part of FISA.

We will hold a citywide activists meeting of our Transit Authority members at the union office this Tuesday. A bargaining team will be selected at that meeting.

Members interested in acting as trainers for the upcoming Staff Analyst exam training course must return their coupons quickly. Training the trainers will begin on April 7th. The training course will start the next evening.


OSA Newsline -- March 22, 1999

This week's mailing went out a bit late but is very important to those of our members desiring to take the Staff Analyst exam.

Filing will open for that exam on April 7th and is set to close by April 27th. All members taking the exam should also take our union test preparation review course. Coupons are in the mail this week.

The general membership meeting is set for this Thursday, 6pm, at 125 Worth Street, second floor auditorium, four blocks north of City Hall or four blocks south of Canal Street.

Among the topics on the agenda will be a full discussion of our bargaining strategy at the Transit Authority. This will be our first contract at TA and we expect a serious round of bargaining.


OSA Newsline -- March 15, 1999

The union continues in a state of shock and grief over the sudden loss of OSA Welfare Fund Administrator, Barbara Kohler, 13 days ago. The family has asked that we express their gratitude for the many kind words and thoughtful cards sent in sympathy. A mailing is due out next week and will include some available jobs, a change in our Welfare Fund, and news about the pending Staff Analyst exam.


Special OSA Newsline Update -- March 4, 1999

On Wednesday, March 3rd, Barbra Kohler, Administrator of the OSA Welfare Fund, died suddenly at 38 years of age. There was no warning and she had been in touch with the union office only ten minutes earlier.

Barbara was very special to our union. She had come to work for us when we were tiny and operating out of an apartment. Barbara provided honest, intelligent and responsive leadership to her section and, as a result, all of us have benefitted.

The wake will be held at Ribustello and Sons Funeral Home, 811 Morris Park Avenue from 2 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm this Friday. Take the 2 or 5 subway to East 180th Street, cross the street and take the #21 bus about ten blocks north. Services will be held Saturday at St. Dominick's Church, nearby, at 1739 Unionport Road, cross street Morris Park Avenue, time 10AM.

She is survived by daughter Krystal and son Johnny. She will be missed.


OSA Newsline -- March 1, 1999

A new mailing should be in your hands and posted in the News From OSA section of this website shortly.

One topic covered, as promised, is a return to Jay Warshofsky's sheet on the compounding of longevity monies. When do you do and when do you don't -- and where does it show up in your paycheck.

Also discussed is a free movie for March 11th at the OSA office. The movie The Killing Floor is an excellent story, a winner at the Sundance Film Festival. It was produced by Elsa Rassbach. Eat first, but coffee and cake will be provided for all who attend.

For sheer enjoyment, the mailing also reviews HRA's latest code of conduct. Did you know that HRA employees hired after March 16, 1990 have only ten days after starting work to read and conform to Chapters 49 and 68 of the City Charter? Oops! Too late.