The Future is Now!

Extremely Unrealistic Expectation!

August 3, 2020

Local 891 Member:

I know you are extremely dedicated and always try to do the best job possible. Unfortunately, we have all heard of the unrealistic expectations that are being placed upon you and your staff should schools reopen. If the students and staff return in September, even at a greatly reduced capacity, you cannot possibly do everything they expect to get done each and every day.

I urge you not to make promises you cannot keep. Do not include DSF’s daily sanitizing protocols in your Annual Plan. Be sure to establish a plan that fits within your base budget, as required in our contract. In these uncertain times, be sure to state “all services are predicated on there being no reductions to the available funding.”

I hope you are getting some rest and enjoying some time with your family.

Stay safe!
Robert


New York Magazine Article

August 3, 2020

Local 891 Member:

Last week I had mentioned ongoing advocacy on your behalf.

Please read the New York Magazine article by  clicking here regarding the reopening of schools.

Stay safe!
Robert


Passing of Paul McGovern

August 3, 2020

Local 891 member,

It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Paul McGovern, 52 years old and the brother of Custodian Engineer Patrick McGovern (M485-LaGuardia H.S. Manhattan).

Wake will be held this Wednesday, August 5th at the family home located at Finnerville, Bundoran, County Donegal, Ireland.

Funeral Mass will be held this Thursday, August 6th, 2020.  Details yet to be determined.

Regards,
Robert

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


COVID-19 Reasonable Accommodations Questions

July 17, 2020

Local 891 Member,

In yesterday’s email, there was an error with my phone number. The correct number is listed below.

If you have any question regarding the Covid-19 Reasonable Accommodation email that was sent from the DOE, please contact your Borough Chairperson or me via email at president@local891.com, call the Local 891 office (718) 455-9731 or you can call my cell phone at (917) 887-1350.

Regards,
Robert


Contractor Permit Submittals Update 6/3/2020

Local 891 Member,

Please read the following email from Maria Addamo, Custodial Payroll, regarding the submission of Contractor Permits.

If you have any questions contact Local 891 Payroll/Permits Committee Chairperson Andrew Foti at payroll@local891.com or
(917) 280-2082

Subject: Contractor Permits

Good morning,

During this time, we would like to ensure that all 2020 contractor permits have been entered. We are assuming that all permits from 7/1/2019 to 12/31/2019 have been entered prior to the pandemic. Would it be possible to send a correspondence to your Local 891 members advising that we are now accepting contractor permits issued prior to the NYC Pause order in March? Please remind your members of the temporary protocols in place for contractor permit submission. We are aware that contractor permit costs are included when calculating a building’s 113 budget for a fiscal year. As we approach the start of FY21, we would like to make every effort to accurately represent contractor costs in NYC public school buildings.

Thanking you in advance for your continued support.

Regards,
Maria

Please view the email addresses for my staff and the building codes they are responsible for.

Bronx and Staten Island:      Gail Moore,  Email address: gmoore2@schools.nyc.gov

Brooklyn 1-88:                          Miaolian (Lillian) Lin, Email address: mlin12@schools.nyc.gov

Queens 113 – Q999:            Miaolian (Lillian) Lin, Email address:  mlin12@schools.nyc.gov

Brooklyn K89 –K999:          Milagreta Ramsumare, Email address: mramsumare@schools.nyc.gov

Queens 1 – Q112:                 Cheryl Seaton, Email address: cseaton@schools.nyc.gov

Manhattan:                                Cheryl Seaton, Email address: cseaton@schools.nyc.gov

Regards,

Robert


NYC Curfew Procedure

June 2, 2020

Local 891 Member,

While New York City is under Curfew please be guided by the following:

If you are required to travel to your assignment during curfew hours be sure to have your DOE ID and be able to explain the need for you get there.

For the NYCSSS employees at your buildings:

If you can move them temporarily to the day shift then do so. If it is not feasible to move their shift, notify NYCSSS that your worker needs a letter stating that he or she is an essential worker and the hours they work necessitate that they be out past Curfew. In the meantime write a similar letter on your school stationery that they can carry with them and be sure to inform them they should have their school ID on them

Regards,

Robert


NYC Council Introduced and Voted on the Following Intros

(That is the Council’s term for Bills)

May 15, 2020

Local 891 Member,

Yesterday, the New York City Council held a remote stated meeting, during which a number of bills were voted on and introduced. Actions that might be of interest to you are detailed below:
The bills voted on include:
* Pre-considered Int. No. 1940-A – in relation to license, permit, consent and registration renewal extensions, and requiring at least 45 days notice for renewal following the COVID-19 emergency.
* Passed unanimously.
This bill will now be delivered to the mayor for his signature.
* Preconsidered Int. No. 1941 – in relation to requiring health insurance coverage for surviving family members of municipal employees who died as a result of a complication related to the coronavirus disease, COVID-19
* This bill would require health insurance coverage to be extended to the surviving family members (surviving spouse, domestic partner and children) of municipal employees who have died as a natural and proximate result of a complication of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
* Introduced by CM Miller, the Public Advocate, and nine other CMs.
* This preconsidered bill has already been heard at a May 5th hearing of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor.
* Preconsidered Res. No. 1322 – calling on the New York State Legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation automatically classifying the deaths of all municipal employees who died from COVID-19 as line-of-duty deaths.
* Introduced by CM Miller, eight other CMs, and Public Advocate Williams.
* This preconsidered bill has already been heard at a May 5th hearing of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor.

I have attached a copy of the agenda from the hearing to this email. If you have any questions on any of the legislation voted on or  ntroduced, or would like us to monitor any additional legislation for you, please let us know.

Regards,

Robert


Business Manager/President Troeller Appointed by Mayor to Advisory Council

May 12, 2020

Local 891 Member,

The following is taken in part from an article from ny.chalkbeat.org.

Local 891 Business Manager President Robert Troeller has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to a panel of education leaders and advocates to guide the city’s reopening plans which will begin meeting Wednesday.

The 45-member Education Sector Advisory Council is made up of parents, higher education officials, charter and religious school representatives, nonprofit and union leaders, and more.

The council is one of six that the mayor hopes will inform the city’s COVID-19 recovery and reopening in more fair and equitable ways. They will meet weekly.

It’s very, very important that we think about everything that makes up life in this city,” he said at a recent press conference. The councils will “help us understand what is needed to get this restart right.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed his own advisory council, partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to “reimagine” education in the state. That move sparked outrage here, especially after no current New York City educators were named to the group though the school system is the largest in the state, as well as the country.

Here are all the members of de Blasio’s education council.

For the complete list of panel members and to read the article click here


 

Contractor Permit Submittals Update

May 11, 2020

Local 891 Member,

Please read the following email from Maria Addamo, Custodial Payroll, regarding the submission of Contractor Permits. Please submit copies of Contractor Permits that apply to the time frame below to the person that handles your building code.

If you have any questions contract Local 891 Payroll/Permits Committee Chairperson Andrew Foti at payroll@local891.com  or (917) 280-2082.

Subject: Contractor Permits

Good afternoon,

As per our discussion, please view the email addresses for my staff and the building codes they are responsible for.

Bronx and Staten Island
Gail Moore, Email address: gmoore2@schools.nyc.gov

Brooklyn 1-88
Miaolian (Lillian) Lin, Email address: mlin12@schools.nyc.gov

Queens 113 – Q999
Miaolian (Lillian) Lin, Email address: mlin12@schools.nyc.gov

Brooklyn K89 –K999
Milagreta Ramsumare, Email address: mramsumare@schools.nyc.gov

Queens 1 – Q112
Cheryl Seaton, Email address: cseaton@schools.nyc.gov

Manhattan
Cheryl Seaton, Email address: cseaton@schools.nyc.gov

My staff has informed me that the number of permits being forwarded to them for data entry has subsided. That being said, would it be possible to send a follow-up email to Local 891 members reminding them of the temporary protocols in place for contractor permit data entry? Additionally, I would like to open up submissions to include post 3/26/2020 and future contractor activities. I am not privy to any information regarding our return to 65 Court Street and would like to keep any backlog to a minimum.

Thanking you in advance for your continued support.

Regards,

Maria


 

Safer Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Strategies

April 29, 2020

Local 891 Member,

Please review the informative link here regarding safer cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting strategies to reduce and prevent Covid-19 transmission. Following the information are useful resources for cleaning and disinfecting.

As a reminder, I realize that you may not be able to open the link on your DOE computer but you can on your personal devices.

Regards,
Robert


DO NOT LAY-OFF OR REDUCE HOURS

April 27, 2020

Local 891 Member,

You should not Lay-Off or reduce the hours of any custodial helper without first contacting Committee Chairperson, Marvin Rodriguez at grievances32-94@local891.com He will guide you through the proper procedures. No one should be losing their income needlessly during these difficult times.

Regards,
Robert


UNION PLUS MORTGAGE BENEFITS

April 23, 2020

Local 891 Member,

Your employment is secure. Unfortunately, many of our family members could end up unemployed. This is an important update for you and any family members who may have obtained a mortgage through Union Plus.

Are your family members concerned about missing a house payment because they’re disabled, laid off, furloughed, locked out or on strike?

If they have a Union Plus Home Mortgage, they’re protected by a unique mortgage assistance program administered through the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Plan.

Union Plus Mortgage Assistance provides interest-free loans and grants to help make mortgage payments when you’re disabled, unemployed, furloughed, locked out or on strike.  The program has provided over $11.2 million in assistance to union members.

If rates drop very low, as they did earlier in the week, you and your eligible family members might seek a refinance through Union Plus.

Additionally, rates are low and it might be a great time to refinance. For additional information or to apply for a Union Plus mortgage, please contact:

Christine Dawson
Union Plus Mortgage Consultant
NMLSR ID 536805
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Cell 516-445-0521
Christine.B.Dawson@wellsfargo.com

Be Safe,
Robert


COVID-19 and Family Members

March 26, 2020

Local 891 Member,

I have received several questions regarding the Department’s recommendations for members 70 years of age and older, those with compromised immune systems and those with underlying illnesses to stay home and take other precautionary measures to reduce their exposure to COVID-19.

The Guidance memo details permitted leave based on your own condition, not the condition of a family member. While you certainly could choose to take precautions regarding any family member, you would need to use your personal time.

Remember that if you have a compromised immune system or an underlying medical condition you will need to provide documentation from your physician. If you are 70 or older, just send them an email that you decided to stay home base on the guidance memo. Continue to take all the necessary precautions to mitigate the chances of getting sick.

Stay safe,
Robert


Custodial Staff COVID-19 RELATED ABSENCES

March 24, 2020

Good Morning,

Please be advised you can not order your staff to stay home. You could certainly strongly advise your staff to check with their physician and stay home if so advised. They will need a note to be covered under the NYCSSS COVID-19 leave policy. Any custodial staff member who wishes to be out under the NYCSSS COVID-19 policy must follow the NYCSSS guidelines that were emailed you yesterday. The staff member must notify you and submit their documentation letter to NYCSSS at humanresources@nycsss.org. You can email it for them.

Once documentation is submitted to and approved by NYCSSS you will no longer enter that person’s hours. NYCSSS will enter that custodial employee’s hours for the duration of the approved absence based on their usual work hours. Follow up with NYCSSS to ensure the absence was approved. Otherwise, an employee who does not get approval can still be paid by you using their accrued time if they wish.

Be Safe,
Robert


March 19, 2020

PAYROLL ADMINISTRATION MEMORANDUM
2019-2020
NO. 13 REVISED

DATE: March 9, 2020

TO: BCO Directors (Via Email) Principals (Via Principals’
Weekly) Payroll Secretaries/Timekeepers (Via Email)

FROM: Francine Perkins-Colón

SUBJECT: Timekeeping Procedures for Absences Related to the 2019 Novel
Coronavirus

In accordance with policy issued by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and adapted for the Department of Education, the following timekeeping procedures are enacted for absences that are or will be documented as related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus virus (COVID-19) under specific circumstances as outlined below.

Eligibility

Absences on or after February 2, 2020 shall be excusable and not charged to either sick or annual leave banks when the absence is a result of one of the following:

1) A confirmed case of COVID-19 where the employee is under quarantine or isolation in accordance with a directive issued by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) or other state or federal health agency.

2) Where an employee is symptomatic and under investigation for COVID-19 infection and required to remain absent as directed by DOHMH or other state or federal health agency.

3) Where an employee has been in close contact, as per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines (e.g. within 6 feet for a prolonged period of time) with an individual who has a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 and needs to undergo testing and/or self-monitoring requiring absence from work, as certified by their doctor, DOHMH or other state or federal health agency.

4) Where an employee has recently returned to New York from other countries/areas designated by the CDC or DOHMH requiring absence for self-monitoring.

5) Any other case where an employee has specifically been ordered or directed to be quarantined, isolated, or absent for self-monitoring by the DOHMH related to COVID-19 including any quarantines recognized by DOHMH from other public health agencies.

Employees in these categories will not have absences charged to their sick or annual leave banks for the duration of the period they need to be out per the guidelines of the applicable agency. Thereafter time will be charged to leave balances. Employees who have exhausted their sick or annual leave days may be advanced days in accordance with collective bargaining agreements, the NYC DOE Rules and Regulations governing administrative employees, and the Chancellor’s Regulations.

Please note that absences due to regular illness or general flu like symptoms will be treated according to the standard sick leave/time policy unless they qualify, with appropriate documentation, as set forth above.

If/as there are any updates to COVID-19 excused absences, this memo will be updated accordingly.

Timekeeping Codes and Procedures

Timekeeping Codes
The following codes are to be used to record excused absences due to COVID-19

Cybershift Code:
QCV Description – QUARANTINE – CORONA VIRUS PAID

EIS Codes:
Code Absence Description Applicable Employee Group

31QCV Quarantine for Corona Virus Education Administrators
41QCV Quarantine for Corona Virus 10 month Pedagogical Titles
(e.g. Teachers, Guidance Counselors, School Secretaries, 10 month APs,etc.)
52QCV Quarantine for Corona Virus Education Paraprofessionals
61QCV Quarantine for Corona Virus EBank Hourly titles
71QCV Quarantine for Corona Virus CSA 12 month titles, except EAs

Documentation
All such excused absences require documentation of meeting the criteria as set forth above. Such documentation may include directives from the applicable health agency, medical documentation from a doctor, and/or documentation of travel.

Timekeeping Entry
In order to help monitor these absences, for these codes only, timekeepers are both asked and authorized to enter them immediately upon a person’s report of being absent, even if receipt of such documentation is pending, if the individual attests or there is a good faith indication that the absence was in accordance with the above guidelines. In part, this is necessary because absences of this nature may make it difficult to provide documentation immediately and because tracking such absences is an important part of monitoring the spread of COVID-19. The failure of an employee to provide said documentation at the earliest opportunity will result in absences being charged to their sick or annual leave bank retroactively.

Robert


March 18, 2020

Local 891 Member,

We simply don’t know what measures the City or State might take next to slow the spread of COVID-19. The members of our Union are often called to respond to school buildings under emergency conditions. Always be prepared. Carry your Department of Education ID, be professional and prepared to explain yourself at all times.

Robert


March 18, 2020

Local 891 Member

Due to the current Coronavirus situation the General Membership meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd has been dispensed with.

All classes at Local 891, both day and evening, have been postponed until further notice. The Local 891 office is open and we will continue to be here. We will continue to send you the latest information regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Robert


SCHOOL CLOSING UPDATE

March 17, 2020

Local 891 Member,

I wanted to share with you comments made yesterday by Mayor de Blasio during his press conference on the Coronavirus. At 5:25 to 6:14 in the video, the Mayor mentions the work we are doing. See Mayors Comments Here. If this link is blocked type into your personal device https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o3HjfAW06I.  Again the work you are doing is being noticed!


March 3, 2020

Local 891 Member,

The following In-Service courses are being offered by the Local 891 Education & Training Fund.

Certified Pool Operator – 16-hour course. The class will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 & 13,  8:00 am to 4:00 pm both days.

S-12 (Sprinkler) and S-13 (Standpipe) are scheduled for Monday, April 20 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

In May and June of 2017 many members took part in CPR/AED training from the American Red Cross. Those certificates expire this year. I have arranged for another date; Monday, May 4, 2020 to update your CPR/AED training. This training begins at 8:00 am. Please contact the committee to schedule and let us know if you are recertifying or attending for the first time.

Please submit all requests and questions to the Education Committee at education@local891.com.

Regards,

Frank Byrne


Click here for pictures from Local 891’s Cocktail Reception at Russo’s on the Bay.

January 24, 2020


December 20, 2019

Local 891 Member,

You may click here for the list of the 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 at ratingandtransfer@Local891.com if you have questions or concerns. Official notification and the top five standings will be sent once they become available. The transfer will occur on January 10, 2020.

Regards,
Robert


 

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,

Robert


 

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

Regards,
Robert


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.


 

 

TOP 5 TRANSFER STANDINGS CIRCULAR #2 2018/19

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.

Regards,
Robert


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.

Regards,
Robert