Local 891 Member:  

     The $10,000 transition bonus is scheduled to be paid on October 6, 2016.  Every member on active payroll status on May 5, 2016 will receive the bonus.  Members hired after that date, or those in retired status before that date, are not eligible. The bonus is pensionable.   Unfortunately, the Board of Education Retirement System (BERS) is unable to make a onetime adjustment to your TDA contribution rate for that one pay-period.
     All schools are being taken away from private contractors and returned to our system.  The first part of our special transfer process required by our recent Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is currently underway.  Everyone, other than the 100 members just hired this August, are eligible to transfer.   You must consider this unique opportunity to move to a higher paying assignment carefully.  It is only on this list and the second list that will follow that Level 1 Custodian Engineers (CE) without a Refrigeration License can apply for Level 2 assignments.  Assignments not chosen by Level 2 CEs will be awarded to a Level 1 CE.  You must have a Stationary Engineer’s License for buildings with high pressure plants and/or a Refrigeration License for buildings with a plant that requires that license.  That requirement is not waived.  The final version of Appendix “A” of our MOA can be found by followingthis link.  Make certain you are making your decisions based on the correct information.  This link is the vacancy list and the addendum.  Some people are having trouble printing the application correctly.  This link will take you to form that should print correctly.
     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, September 20, 2016)
  3. No license(s) attached
  4. Expired License
  5. Hand delivery of an application is not acceptable (Applications must be mailed)