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The Future is Now!

December 9, 2019

Dear Local 891 Member:

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Simon Kocovic CE X014 recently Retired because of illness.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Balsamo Funeral Home
3188 Westchester Avenue
Bronx NY 10461

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (ONLY) From 2 to 9 pm

Church Services:
Mass will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 am
St. Lucy Church
833 Mace Avenue
Bronx NY 10467

Local 891 Beneficiary Fund is continuing to accept Donations on the behalf of the Kocovic Family. We are asking our Brothers and Sisters to do whatever they can to assist the Family at this difficult time. Local 891 Beneficiary Fund will match each donation dollar for dollar.


Our deepest sympathies are with the Kocovic Family at this time.

Local 891 Annual Reception– January 24, 2020

Click Here To View and Complete Reply Form

Local 891 is moving its annual dinner event to January. This year’s event will be a less formal affair. It will be at Russo’s on the Bay, Howard Beach, New York from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. It is a five hour reception to raise revenue for the 891 Beneficiaries Fund. There will be no Journal, no outside guests and no assigned seating.  Next year we will be returning to our more traditional sit down dinner.

Each active or retired member may purchase one ticket for themselves and one guest only. Each ticket requires a minimum donation of $25.00. Any additional contributions will help the Beneficiaries Fund.

All tickets must be paid for prior to the party. Checks are to be sent to the Union office and must be made payable to the Local 891 Beneficiaries Fund.  You may reply to this email and attach the completed form, but you check must be mailed or delivered to the Union Office.


Come on January 24th and enjoy the company of your friends. There will be a DJ, a continuous open bar and a much more extensive menu than our past cocktail hours. One feature will be lobsters which are included in this year’s menu. Of course, there will be a generous selection of other dishes in addition to numerous desserts. This reception is to add to the Local 891 Beneficiaries Fund so we can continue to help our 891 brothers and sisters when confronted with a crisis. We have helped many members in the past and want to continue to help them.

We will be having a 50/50 raffle that evening.

I look forward to seeing you on January 24th!




November 22, 2019

Local 891 Member,

Your Union is accepting donations to assist the family of Custodian Engineer Simon Kocovic (X014), who is currently in hospice care. We are asking our brothers and sisters to do whatever they can to help Simon, his wife, and four children during this difficult time.

Checks can be made payable to “Local 891 Beneficiary Fund” and forwarded to Local 891, 63 Flushing Avenue – Bldg 292 Suite 401, Brooklyn, NY 11205. In the memo section of the check, make the notation “Kocovic Family”. Donations are considered tax-deductible.  Local 891 will match each donation dollar for dollar.

Your help is most appreciated.

Michael King
Bronx Borough Chairman
781.455.9731 ext. 220

November 4, 2019

Local 891 Member,

The Local 891 General Membership Meeting is this Thursday, November 7 at M.S. 167 in Manhattan. The building is located at 220 East 76th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. At the October meeting, the membership took a vote and decided to advertise the start of all future General Membership Meetings as 6:30 PM so please be aware of the earlier start time.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Additionally, for those of you who live in NYC, the MLC has recommended that you vote no on all five ballot questions. It’s important that you vote on these questions.


Time Off to Vote – Floating Holiday

October 29, 2019

Local 891 Member,

If you request 3 hrs. off on Election Day to vote, it does not affect your floating holiday. If you use your floating holiday on Election Day, you will not get the three hours off without charge.

Thank you,

Please Support the CSA!

October 29, 2019

Local 891 Member,

Great Schools Begin With Great Leaders! Please join our Brothers and Sisters, the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA) at their rally. They need you there! You can view the flyer by clicking here.

A Rally For NYC School Leaders PRINCIPALS • APs • EAs • ECE


Join them tomorrow as they fight for a fair contract!


Salaries/Benefits / Fair Student Funding / Working Conditions /

School Safety / Respect / Paperwork / Discipline / Health Insurance

Their working conditions are students’ learning conditions!


40 RECTOR STREET, 12 FL., NEW YORK, NY 10006 | TEL: 212 823 2020 | ASKCSA@CSA-NYC.ORG

MARK CANNIZZARO President | HENRY RUBIO Executive Vice President | ROSEMARIE SINCLAIR First Vice President


Thank you,

October 28, 2019

Local 891 Member,

The Department of Education has agreed to our demand that the room change form be modified. The new version of the form was supposed to be distributed to the Principals. If you are presented with any Room Change Request Form, except this one, We asked you contact us ASAP. Use the form in the link above.

Thank you,


October 11, 2019

Local 891 Member:

On Thursday, October 3, 2019 DSF sent out the vacancy list. Please read the cover letter very carefully and be guided by the instructions! One additional day was added to the transfer period due to the holiday this week.

Note that all Level II assignments require that you include a current copy of your Stationary Engineer License and if you have Stepped Up to Level II with an Approved Educational Equivalent, a copy of your degree as well.

Every time we have a transfer list there is an average of twelve to fifteen people disqualified. Please do not let this happen to you! Review your application carefully. The top five reasons for disqualification are:

1.  Failure to sign the application (Requires an original hand signature)
2.  Late postmark date (No later than Tuesday, October 15, 2019)
3.  No license(s) or copy of Degree attached
4.  Expired License
5.  Hand delivery of an application is not acceptable (Applications must be mailed)

September 19, 2019

Local 891 Member,

I have been in contact with the Commissioner of Labor Relations as well as the Commissioner of DCAS to voice my concern over the large number of disqualifications sent by DCAS regarding Custodian Exam 9013. DCAS claims 51% of the candidates received disqualifications.

At this time we are urging those that received disqualifications to file an appeal. Use the guidelines we sent yesterday. Please share this information with your staff members, friends or family that took the exam and were disqualified.

If you have any questions on how the appeal process should be handled contact us at education@local891.com


September 13, 2019

Local 891 Member,

I.U.O.E. General President James T. Callahan swore in the newly elected Officers to their three year terms as well as the recently hired Custodian Engineers into Local 891. This was the first time (as long as anyone can remember) that the General President of the I.U.O.E. was present at an 891 meeting.

New York State Senator John Liu spoke about his admiration and appreciation of Local 891

Thank you for the tremendous turnout! Both General President Callahan and Senator Liu were impressed by the attendance last night.

August 26, 2019

Local 891 Member,

Local 891 will hold its monthly General Membership meeting on Thursday, September 12th at M167, 220 East 76th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues at 7:00pm.

I.U.O.E. General President James T. Callahan will attend this meeting to swear in the newly elected Officers to their three year terms and also swear in the recently hired Custodian Engineers into Local 891.

Anniversary Pins will be distributed to those members that have served 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years in the IUOE

New York State Senator John Liu is also attending this meeting for a presentation! Senator Liu is Chairperson of the Senate’s Committee on New York City Education.

I hope to see you all on September 12th!

Local 891 will again be participating in the NYC Central Labor Council “Labor Day Parade” on Saturday, September 7th. We will be serving a hot breakfast prior to marching at the Jacqueline Onassis H.S., starting at 9:00 am. The building is located at 120 West 46th Street between 6h & 7th Avenues. We have a scheduled march time of 11:30 am.

Hats and Golf shirts will be distributed for free to all participants.



July 3, 2019

Local 891 Member,

Local 891 is holding a Summons Meeting on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 10:00 AM at Lincoln H.S. in Brooklyn to ratify the 2019 MOA (Memorandum of Agreement). I will answer any questions you may have. On Tuesday, July 2nd, the Local 891 Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse the approval of this MOA.

I have attached the MOA here

Lincoln H.S. is located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11235

You do not need to Book out Personal Business to attend! Hope to see everyone there!



June 12, 2019

Local 891 Member,

You may click on the links below for the top five standing from Circular #2 2018/2019:

Top Five Bronx
Top Five Brooklyn
Top Five Manhattan
Top Five Queens
Top Five Staten Island

Please contact Rating and Transfer Committee Chairman Robert Calamia at 718.455.9731 ext. 269 or via email at ratingandtransfer@Local891.com if you have questions or concerns. The effective date of transfer is June 28, 2019.


June 5, 2019

Dear Local 891 Member:

You may click here for the official list of Local 891 members who were awarded a Transfer from the recent Vacancy/Transfer List.

Congratulations to those who were awarded a transfer. Please contact Rating and Transfer Committee Chairman Robert Calamia at 718.455.9731 ext. 269 or via email ratingandtransfer@Local891.com if you have questions or concerns. The top five standings will be sent once they become available. The move date is anticipated to be June 28, 2019.


Local 891 Member,

Local 891’s Picnic 

We have updated the Reservation Form to include bus service from Staten Island. The form can be opened by click here can be filled out online and saved. You must first click “Fill & Sign” otherwise your information will not be saved. You can also save it blank to your computer desktop or other folder before filling it in. Double check that your information is saved on the form and email it back to Pat Mariani at OfficeManager@Local891.com. the rest of the information below is unchanged from previous email

Come and be a part of Local 891’s picnic at the Plattduetsche Biergarten in Franklin Square, New York on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. It’s guaranteed to be an afternoon of fun, food and friends all shared with your Local 891 brother and sisters.

Each active member will be offered complimentary admission for themselves as well as for your spouse or guest. If you would like to bring your family, please do. Your children under 21 years of age who are registered dependents are included at no cost to you. Anyone else you bring will be charged as described below.

The event will include four hours of beer, wine, and soda as well as delicious German food that is outstanding.  Our picnic will be outdoors and if it is rainy weather, the picnic will be moved indoors. Although children are most welcome, please realize there will be no children specific activities. You must insure any minor you bring does not consume the available alcoholic beverages. You cannot bring your own food or drink.

If you would prefer not to drive, Local 891 is providing round trip bus service from central locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn for this event. The buses have limited seating and it is on a first come, first serve basis. Reply quickly if you need seats

There is an admission charge for each additional guest that you bring other than yourself, your guest and your children.  The admission charge for an adult (21 years and older) is $45.00. Young adult children (ages 13 to 20 years old) tickets are $30.00 and young children (3 years old to 12 years old) are $20.00 per ticket. Infants are free

The offer for two free tickets is for active Local 891 members only. Your name will be on the guest list.  If you are Retiree and would like to join us, you too are most welcomed but there will be an admission charge of $45.00.

There will be a “50/50” raffle, bring cash if you wish to participate.

If you want to be part of this fun summer afternoon, please fill out the form by clicking here and return it to the Local 891 union office no later than June 7th.  THERE WILL BE NO ADMITTANCE THE DAY OF THE EVENT WITHOUT HAVING FIRST REGISTERED FOR THE PICNIC WITH LOCAL 891.

FILL OUT THE ATTENDANCE FORM AND RETURN IT TO Local 891. Save the completed PDF to your computer and email to officemanager@local891.com no later than June 7th, 2019