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Update of OSAS Membership List

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									                                       O.S.A.S.
                ORGANIZATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND SUPERVISORS
                                LOCAL 28, AFL-CIO, AFSA
                       330 FISHER BUILDING ● 3011 W. GRAND BLVD.
                                DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48202
                     TELEPHONE: (313) 972-4740 ● FAX: (313) 874-4446
                         VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.osasdetroit.org

                                    Newsletter #4


                                                                               February 11, 2009

UNION WINS WORKSHOP ARBITRATION

In October 2007, the district announced the revised workshop rates for the 2007-2008 school
year, which reflected a 10% decrease for OSAS employees. The union filed a grievance stating
that the 10% wage concession applied only to the base wage scale for its central office members,
but did not apply to workshop pay, which is additional compensation. The arbitrator ruled in
favor of the union, stating “the clear language of the parties’ agreement supports the union’s
contention that the reference to Base Wage Scale in the Wage Concessions … only applied to the
OSAS Schedule C for 52-week employees. Consequently, the wage concession cannot be
interpret to apply to the workshop rates.”

This award affects every unit member who participated in a workshop during the 2007-2008
and 2008-2009 school years. The district must reimburse members at the appropriate workshop
rate. The rates are: $41.88 for Consultant/Director; $22.01 for Participant.

In most cases, members will only receive a small reimbursement, but the greater issue is that the
union stands ready to safeguard your every penny.


CURRICULUM LEADER RECEIVES OVER $3,000 IN GRIEVANCE AWARD

At the start of the 2007-2008 school year, a curriculum leader was assigned to a high school. The
principal stated that she wanted a teacher rather then a curriculum leader, and proceeded to
assign the curriculum leader a teaching schedule of five classes. The curriculum leader called
the union, and the union made several attempts to resolve the matter on the school level. Since
the principal refused to comply with contract language, the union filed a grievance. The district
chose to settle the grievance by paying the member for each class she taught in excess of the
contractual maximum of three classes per day.
February 11, 2009
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UNION WINS ON PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

In September 2008 the union received a copy of the Employee Performance Evaluation Process
Manual - Draft #14, and was asked to make comments. In response, the union requested to
bargain the content and form of the evaluation; however, the district refused. Therefore, the
union filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge against the district, citing the district’s failure
to bargain with OSAS in this regard.

In a meeting held January 6, 2009, the union and the district agreed to settle the case. The
settlement agreement stipulates that any written report of an evaluation conducted after
September 1, 2008 shall be removed from the employee’s personnel file and destroyed, upon the
request of the unit member. Since we are unsure when evaluations will be completed and
forwarded for filing, the union suggests that every member write a letter to Human Resources
at the conclusion of the evaluation process, and request the removal of any and all unwanted
evaluations completed and filed for the 2008-2009 school year.

Further, the agreement states that the union and the district will begin bargaining on the
evaluation instrument and evaluation standards during current negotiations to replace the
collective bargaining agreement that is due to expire on June 30, 2009.

This was a great victory! The employer learned that they cannot unilaterally impose their will
on employees.


DISTRICT RESTORES MEMBER’S SICK DAYS

A central office member lost time in her sick bank as a result of seeking medical treatment
necessitated by an alleged assault in the workplace. While the district would not agree to the
essence of the grievance, they did agree to restore the days to the member’s illness bank.


LAST DAY OF WORK FOR THE 2008-2009 ACADEMIC YEAR

Curriculum leaders and curriculum coordinators are scheduled to work until Friday, June 19
(200 days or 40 weeks). Curriculum supervisors (47-week employees) are scheduled to work
through Friday, August 7.

For 10-month OSAS members on the 22-pay cycle, June 23 is the last pay date for the 2008-2009
school year. Review the district’s 2008-2009 Pay Calendar for specifics.


ANNUAL UNION DUES

Membership dues or the agency shop service fee paid to OSAS may be deductible on your
federal tax return. This fee equals 1.3% percent of each member’s annual salary. The
cumulative amount paid for 2008 appears in the year-to-date area of your December 23, 2008
paycheck advice.
February 11, 2009
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UPDATE OF OSAS MEMBERSHIP LIST

Please help your union to maintain a current membership database by advising us in the event
of any change in name, address, job classification, or work location. You may mail or fax
changes to the OSAS office.

Also, members who are promoted outside of the OSAS bargaining unit are responsible for
stopping their union dues payments, by submitting a written notice to the district’s Office of
Payrolls.


PASS THE WORD

As you are aware, all employees working in OSAS bargaining unit positions should be
members of the union. If colleagues tell you that they did not receive a newsletter/mailing from
OSAS, please have them contact the union office so that we can obtain their name, address, and
work location, and officially welcome them to the union with an enrollment package.


OFFICE OF RETIREMENT MAKES CHANGES IN DETROIT OFFICE

Beginning February 1, 2009, the Office of Retirement Services (ORS) Detroit office hours of
operation will change. The office will be open by appointment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first
and third Tuesdays of each month. They will be open for walk-ins, but encourage customers to
make an appointment by calling 1-800-381-5111 to ensure the best possible service.


AMERICAN FEDERATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS’ (AFSA) SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2008-2009

The 2008-2009 AFSA Scholarship Program is open to all children of AFSA members in good
standing, and applicants must be attending college for the first time during 2009. Five (5) $2,500
scholarships will be awarded. All application materials MUST be typewritten or computer
printed, and received in the AFSA National Office no later than Saturday, February 28, 2009. To
download the application package, follow the “News” link at: http://www.afsaadmin.org.


TURN AROUND AMERICA – EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT (EFCA)

America’s working people are struggling to make ends meet these days, and our middle class is
disappearing. The best opportunity working people have to get ahead economically is by
uniting to bargain with their employers for better wages and benefits. Recent research has
shown that some 60 million U.S. workers would join a union if they could.

But the current system for forming unions and bargaining is broken. Corporations routinely
intimidate, harass, coerce and even fire people who try to organize unions and bargain for
economic well-being -- and today’s labor law is powerless to stop them. Every day employers
deny working people the freedom to make their own choice.
February 11, 2009
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This must stop! Employees should be able to organize and have a union. President Obama has
stated that he would sign the Employee Free Choice Act, if it gets to his desk. The National
AFL-CIO is waging a $20 million advertising campaign to ensure that the legislation becomes
law, and union members across the country are being asked to make a contribution. That is
why AFSA President Jill Levy is asking each of us to contribute $7.00 to the National AFL-CIO
Employee Free Choice Act Campaign Fund. Please make your check or money order payable to
AFSA – EFCA, and send it to the OSAS office before March 31.


CLASSICAL ROOTS CELEBRATION IX

Since 1978, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s annual Classical Roots Concert has been a
celebration of African-American contributions to classical music and a proud partnership with
Detroit’s own Brazeal Dennard Chorale. The series runs March 6 – 8, 2009 at the Max M. Fisher
Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. For tickets call (313) 576-5111, or
order online at www.DETROITSYMPHONY.com.

The highlight of the series is the Classical Roots Celebration IX Benefit Dinner and Concert on
Saturday, March 7, 2009. There will be an elegant reception and dinner prior to the concert,
with a dessert afterglow following the performance. To attend the Celebration, please contact
Cynthia Dodd at cdodd@dso.org, or call 313-576-5072.




                          OSAS GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

      The next OSAS membership meeting for 2008-2009 will be held on Thursday,
      March 12, 4:30 p.m., at the IBEW Hall, Lower Level, located at 1358 Abbott.
      (Enter the parking lot off of Porter Street.)




In solidarity,


Diann Woodard
President

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