The Future is Now!

NO Separate Building Plan! Not for Charters not for Merges, nor Multiple Campus

                                                                                                                                                                                                   October 12, 2018

Local 891 Members,

We have received reports of Charter Schools approaching Custodian Engineers with self-formulated Annual Plans. Please be reminded that you, the Custodian Engineer, are the only person who formulates your Annual Plan in consultation with your primary rating officer. Once fully agreed upon and executed, you may then share your Annual Plan with all other Department Principals and Charter School Organizations. This is your one and only plan that covers merged sites and multiple campus schools housed within your assignment. TCs are covered under their last Annual Plan, do not formulate a short term plan.  For questions on formulating your Annual Plan please refer to the email I sent you on July 17, 2018.  It’s reprinted below for your convenience.  Enjoy your weekend!

Regards,
Robert

Under no circumstances shall you agree or sign off
on any Annual Plan presented to you by a Charter School Organization

Email from July 17, 2018:

Local 891 Member,

    Once you have evaluated your FY 2019 allocations you should establish a new Annual Building Plan, one that can be easily accomplished with your base budget. Many assignments have received cuts in the available man hours for the year. We recommend that you reduce expectations. Explain to your Principal that you will continue to provide the best service possible with the funding you receive, but you can not commit to providing services that the Department is not funding.

    We recommend you use this sample building plan. Remember the CE now writes the plan in consultation with the Principal. If the rating Principal refuses to sign the plan you establish be sure to keep a record of your interactions with them regarding the plan. In the unlikely event of a Principal’s Rating grievance the Special Master will now hold the CE accountable for the lack of a plan, but not for the lack of a Principal’s signature, if you can show you consulted with the Principal.

Regards,
Robert


Columbia Association Custodian & Administrative Employees Charitable Foundation
October 12, 2018

Local 891 Member,

The Columbia Association Custodian & Administrative Employees Charitable Foundation is having their Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Vetro’s Restaurant in Howard Beach. This year’s “Man of the Year” is Custodian Engineer Joseph Dellacava.

For details click here!

Robert


Local 891 Member,

Once you have evaluated your FY 2019 allocations you should establish a new Annual Building Plan, one that can be easily accomplished with your base budget. Many assignments have received cuts in the available man hours for the year. We recommend that you reduce expectations. Explain to your Principal that you will continue to provide the best service possible with the funding you receive, but you can not commit to providing services that the Department is not funding.

We recommend you use this sample building plan. Remember the CE now writes the plan in consultation with the Principal. If the rating Principal refuses to sign the plan you establish be sure to keep a record of your interactions with them regarding the plan. In the unlikely event of a Principal’s Rating grievance, the Special Master will now hold the CE accountable for the lack of a plan, but not for the lack of a Principal’s signature, if you can show you consulted with the Principal.

Regards,

Robert


FY-2019 Custodial Budgets

                                                                                                                                           June 27, 2018

Local 891 Member,

Most of you are aware that the FY 2019 Budget amounts are now posted in Galaxy. In addition to the 202 funding changes mentioned in the circular, some assignments had other budget adjustments that were not laid out in Circular No. 4 2017/18. Some buildings had additional reductions to the number of custodial employee hours for which they are funded. Notify your DDF if you feel the funding provided is not sufficient. We have asked for copies of the “IBM Cards” for each assignment.

Also, it is vital that you carefully examine the new yearly 113 allocation and determine if it significantly under-funds your building’s extra activity needs. If it does, inform your Plant Managers in writing immediately. Please keep us informed of their response.

Although the Department is still using the same basic “IBM Cards” funding formula they have used in the past, there is no requirement they adhere to that schedule. You must adjust your Annual Building Plans and your staffing to reflect the funding provided. Run your assignment without accumulating a “reserve” in any funding category.” If you don’t utilize the funding provided, they are likely to steal it again. Most assignments should enter the school year with a negative “burn rate.” How else would we accomplish the work necessary over the summer?

Regards,
Robert


                                                                                                                                                 June 25, 2018

Local 891 Member,

The new fiscal year (FY2019) will begin on July 1, 2018. It is unclear whether FY 2017 data and information will still be retrievable on Galaxy. Please print out copies of any information and or data you wish to retain, such as DARs. We have been informed that in the near future, individual space sheet payment amounts will only be visible in CPS, not on Galaxy.

Regards,

Robert


Local 891 Member,

Local 891 has been informed that the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has begun the process of formulating a new Civil Service Test for the position of School Custodian Engineer (CE). I will provide more information when the details become available. Local 891 will likely provide a prep course for the exam. The course will be free for Provisional Local 891 Members.

The process of developing the test, advertising the exam, scoring the exam, establishing a list, and ultimately hiring new CEs is obviously very time-consuming. It’s good that the process has finally started. We have been advocating for this for a long time.

Currently, the Division of School Facilities is reviewing Provisional Applicants and will continue to hire CEs with a Steam or Refrigeration License through that process until the new list is established. I ask that you encourage any qualified individuals to submit a resume to DSF. Level 1 CE vacancies will continue to be filed from the existing civil service list.

You can click on this link to view the Official Transfer Winners Circular #3 and/or the links below to view the top five standings for each assignment recently awarded on the vacancy list. The official move date is June 29, 2018. Congratulations to those that were successful in the process.

Regards,

Robert


Honor The Past – Shape Our Future!

Local 891 Member,
 You may  click here for a 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.
Regards,

Robert


Changes to FY-2019 Custodial Budgets

The Future is Now!                                                                                                                                                                    5/23/18

Local 891 Member,

          Several weeks ago, we met with DSF officials to discuss FY-2019 custodial budgets. No budget dollar figures were presented to us at that time, nor since. There was no discussion of an overall budget cut, although that is obviously always a possibility.

             The discussions focused on two significant changes to the way we receive funding. We were informed that the new annual 202 amount you receive this July will be increased to cover the wage increase that our staff received last year and six months of increase for the wage increase our staffs will get in January 2019. Additionally, many items, such as additional vacation, PlaNYC and, water flushing, that were previously funded through emergency reimbursement (202s), will be front loaded into your annual 202 amount. Emergency reimbursement (202s) will be reserved for unexpected emergencies, such as snow, heating below 20F, fire, flood, sick worker replacement (*32BJ only) and other unpredictable events. The method for determining each building’s 202 amount will still be based on the same formula used on the old “IBM card.”

             The other more significant change will be the way we are funded for extra activities. The permit and space sheet process will remain the same, but each building will receive this funding in a front-loaded annual (113) amount.  The (113) amount for each building will be based on three year’s historical usage at each site, adjusted up to cover the current custodial employee pay rates. In future years the amount will be adjusted based on the space sheets submitted the prior year. Plant Managers have been tasked with evaluating the changing usage needs of each site and will have limited discretion to increase or decrease your 113 amount to reflect each site’s actual needs. If your building’s usage changes the amounts should be adjusted. The use of the 113e category and code will be eliminated.

             There are still many unanswered questions. We are scheduled to meet again with DSF on June 12th to further discuss this matter and get additional details. Knowing your total funding for the year upfront should make the scheduling of your staff simpler and more efficient. The most important question still to be answered is what are the amounts we will receive.  This is the only information we have about this subject right now. If funded properly, these changes should be positive and are in keeping with what we negotiated in our MOA.

Regards,

Robert


 

 

Honor The Past – Shape Our Future!

Local 891 Member,

You may use this 2018 TDA Temporary Rate Change form to change your TDA contribution rate on your upcoming lump sum payment, which is scheduled to be paid on 07/12/2018. Please consider maximizing your contribution for the year. You need only submit the front of the form, unless you have a change of address, in which case print and submit this back page of the form as well.

All signed forms MUST be returned to Pension Committee Chairperson by June 1st so the document can be checked for correctness prior to processing. They can be handed directly to the Pension Committee Chairman, Chris Attianese at the May 3rd Union Meeting, or scanned and emailed to pension@local891.com, or mailed directly to the union office where the Pension Committee will retrieve them.

The starting and ending payroll dates should both be 07/12/2018 for Lump Sum purposes. This form will be made available on the BERS website in the near future and will also be used for increasing your TDA rate on your primary assignment during a Temporary Care. When submitting this form for a Temporary Care, the dates should reflect the first and last check dates.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please DO NOT submit a TDA rate change between now and the lump sum payment to avoid issues with the actual lump sum rate change. If you have submitted a rate change recently, please make a note of it on the form.

Additionally, you should consider joining the City’s 457 TDA program. You can use this program to double the allowable amount of your tax differed savings. The 57 Program DOES NOT offer the same 8.25% guarantee rate that the BERS TDA program currently offers.

You can read about the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan and enroll by clicking this link. There is still time to enroll and further maximize the deferral of taxes on this and future Lump Sum payments. This 457 program allows you to change rates online and turn your contributions on and off as you desire.

Regards,
Robert



 

 


 


June 12, 2017

Local 891 Member,

Any member that is transferring assignments and needs assistance from the trucking division should send an email to the Director of Facilities. Your email should list the items and quantities to be moved as well as the start and end locations. The custodial staff at each location must bring the items to and from the truck. Please contact Supplies Chairman, Michael Kelly at SuppliesChair@local891.com

Regards,
Robert

 


Local 891 Member,

You may Click Here  for the official results 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 effective date of transfer is June 16, 2017.
Regards,
Robert

 



 

March 2, 2017

Local 891 Member,

     The next asbestos screening for Local 891 Members will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 beginning at 7AM and ending at 12 Noon.     Please fill out this form and fax back to Joanne Oneill @ 212-941-4835 or email it to: occupationalhealth@local891.com.   The location of the exam is;   Medical Associates of Wall Street 65 Broadway Suite 903 New York, N.Y. 10006.

    When I receive your application you will receive an E-Mail with appointment time and forms to fill out and bring with you to the screening.    

Respectfully Yours,  

Joanne ONeill, Occupational Health & Safety Chairperson Local 891

718-455-9731  Ext. 266

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S-12 & S-13 Prep Classes/Extended Use Rates

There has been renewed interest in the S-12 and S-13 Certificate of Fitness exam prep  courses conducted by Local 891. If you would like to attend one or both of these In-Service prep courses, please contact us at education@local.redpenguinwebserver.org and let us know which course you wish to enroll in .  If you need to take both exams, let us know. For your convenience, we will schedule both exams on the same day.

This document contains the latest extended use rates.  The amounts reimbursed may vary.  We will be sending an email clarifying which holidays the custodial workers have off this month, as soon as the information is confirmed.

Regards,

Robert


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“This is my role according to the International Union of Operating Engineers Constitution, Article XXIV-Subdivision 2 Powers and Duties of Officers Section (a) President.”

“It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings, enforce the Constitution, Laws, Rules, Ritual and customs of the organization; to decide all questions of order subject to an appeal to the Local Union; to cast the deciding vote in case of a tie; to sign all orders on the Treasurer for the disposition of funds authorized by the Local Union; to appoint all committees unless otherwise provided for; to be custodian of the quarterly password and examine the credentials of any member before bestowing the same; to furnish the General President full and complete information on any subject within his control or knowledge when requested; and to perform such other duties as appertain to his office or which may from time to time be delegated to him by action of the Local Union or other authorities in the organization. I would like to add, that I see it as my responsibility that to the best of my abilities, I ensure that each and every member of this union receives fair and equal treatment from anyone serving in any capacity for this union. I recognize it is my obligation to keep the membership informed about actions taken by my administration which will affect our membership. I will work to defend the contract under which this membership works, by all means necessary and available. I encourage those of you who did not check the “yes” box to be included in the mailing list when you registered to go back and do it through the edit profile section available on the main menu bar of the site. This will add your email address to a list of members who receive occasional updates from me, including links to newspaper articles and various documents of interest. Those of you who chose this option will also receive emailed versions of most relays. I strongly encourage all members to participate in all events sponsored by the union, including district lunches, monthly membership meetings, and our annual Dinner Dance. I welcome all comments and suggestions, use the link on the left to send me email.”

Fraternally,

Robert J Troeller
President/Business Manager