December 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Everyone should be aware that we are engaged in serious ongoing negotiations for a new CBA (CollectiveBargainingAgreement). We are seeking a contract that covers the period January1, 2008 until December 31, 2016. The economic terms will likely be very similar to the UFT and the recently settled 32BJ agreements. Settling the 32BJ agreement has helped to move our negotiations closer to completion. Obviously, I cannot talk about the specific terms until an agreement is reached. I appreciate the unified support of the membership which has aided me tremendously at the table. I assure you, I will bring you a contract that delivers the raises and entire back pay to which we are entitled. Just as important, I will deliver a contract that preserves our job, our membership and the future of our Union.

As we approach the holiday season, I hope you and your families are doing well. I ask that you please be generous and donate a toy to our Annual Children’s Holiday Party. Each year we adopt one school and give each child in that school a gift. Once again, I am asking our retirees to contribute and help us attain the large volume of gifts needed for the event. We try to choose a school that is in an area where unemployment is high and incomes are low. This annual tradition is truly one of the greatest things we do as a union. I urge everyone to participate in your borough holiday party. The Borough Chairmen work hard to put together an event that is affordable and enjoyable. They need your support.

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.