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January 13, 2020

Dear Local 891 Member:

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of James B. Wagner, retired CE James Madison H.S. Brooklyn. James is the father of retired Custodian Engineer Robert (K540) and active CE Christopher (K062) and former Brooklyn Borough Chairman.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

James P. Byrnes Funeral Home
2384 Gerritsen Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11229
(718) 743-1099

Today-Monday January 13 from 2:00 to 4;00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, January 14 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Church Services:

Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 15 at 9:30 am
Resurrection RC Church
2331 Gerritsen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229


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

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 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.


Next Certified Pool Operator Course

December 12, 2019

Local 891 Member,

The next Certified Pool Operator (CPO)- 16 hour course, will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 11th & 12th, 2020 from 8:00 to 4:00 both days.

We have initiated the limited locksmith training that consists of Master Keying and repinning cylinders. 144 members have registered. We are working to see that everyone
who has registered has an opportunity to attend.

Please submit all requests and questions to the Education Committee at


Frank Byrne

Local 891 Annual Reception– January 24, 2020

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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


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


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.




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 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 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.