Frequently Asked Questions

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Who Are We?

The Syosset Teachers Association, Local 1596 (STA), is the elected exclusive bargaining agent for all full and part time teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, tutors and summer school employees in the Syosset Central School District.

STA is affiliated on the local level with Election District (ED 19), on the state level with the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and on the national level with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

What is Collective Bargaining?

A bargaining agent is the organization that is the exclusive representative of a group of workers or employer in the process of collective bargaining.

Collective bargaining is the process of negotiations between the union and management over wages and working conditions.

The Syosset Teachers Association, Local 1596 (STA), is the elected exclusive bargaining agent for all full- and part-time teachers, counselors, psychologists, nurses, tutors, and summer school employees in the Syosset Central School District.

How am I represented?

In addition to the elected officers of the STA, there are Building Representatives, each directly responsible for his or her own school and each elected solely by STA members in that school.

The building representatives elect one of their own as Head Representative.

With what other organizations are we affiliated?

STA is affiliated

  • on the local level with Election District (E.D. 19)

  • on the state level with the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)

  • on the national level with

    • the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA)

    • the American Federation of labor/Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL/CIO)

which benefits come from the district and which come from the union?

Syosset Central School District

STA

  • Major Medical/Hospitalization

  • Dental

  • Life Insurance

  • Long Term Disability

  • Early Retirement Incentive

  • Participation in 403b Plan

  • Participation in STA Benefit Trust

  • Vehicle Vandalism Insurance

  • Direct Deposit of Pay

  • Payroll Deduction to Pay Credit Union Obligations

  • Payroll Deduction for Dues and VOTE COPE...

 

  • Health Supplementation

  • Reimbursement for Umreimbursed Medical or Legal Expenses

  • Employee Assistance Plan

  • Hospital Supplement

  • Vision Plan

     

 

What "Political Action" do we engage in?
  • Working to elect candidates who support our interests

  • Promoting the passage of school budgets

  • Contacting elected officials via letters, phone calls, email

  • Participating in coordinated political action

Why are teachers so influential in new york politics?
  • There are a lot of us

  • We're organized

  • We vote

  • We have a powerful lobby called VOTE COPE

What benefits are covered by our STA Trust fund?
  1. vision care benefit

  2. Employees Assistant Plan (EAP)

  3. Excess Major Medical Insurance Plan

    1. one million dollars additional coverage

    2. rehabiliation services

    3. eyeglass coverage

  4. in-hospital benefits

  5. payments of certain un-reimbursed expenses

Where can I get information about tax-sheltered annunities [403(b) plans]?

A list of Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b) Companies will be updated soon. Stay tuned.

what is the health insurance buy-out?

Question: Why might it benefit you to take family health insurance even if you prefer to be insured under your husband’s/wife’s/partner’s plan?

Answer: Because if you drop it after one year the School District will reimburse you 50% of the 85% of the health premium they would have to pay on your behalf—and they will do it every year!

How are officers elected?

A nomination committee shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Representative Council. This committee is charged with the task of selecting qualified and interested members to fill positions of the STA. The Chairperson of the Nomination Committee presents a nominated slate of officers at the April meeting of the Representative Council. Nominations from the general membership in the form of a petition signed by twenty (20) members may be submitted to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee to be included on the ballot. All nominations shall be closed twenty-five (25) days prior to the date of election. Voting shall be by secret ballot. A majority of the votes cast is necessary for elections of officers of the STA. The results of the election shall be published.

Committees

The STA appoints committees when necessary, such as Negotiations, Grievances, and Elections. The Negotiations Committee is responsible for negotiating our contracts with the Board of Education. The Executive Committee prepares an annual budget for the operation of the union and recommends dues, subject to approval by the Representative Council. The Elections Committee oversees all elections and membership referenda. Other committees are formed by the STA on an as-needed basis.

What is the mentor intern program?
  • Mentoring will be available within the first year of employment to teachers holding initial certification pursuant to New York State Teacher Certification requirements effective February 2, 2004, unless they have successfully completed two years of teaching experience prior to this service.

  • Mentoring will also be made available to first year teachers employed for forty-one days or more.

Membership/Dues

When one joins the STA, the member automatically becomes enrolled in NYSUT, AFT, and AFL-CIO through a mandatory three-way unified membership. Of the total dues paid, approximately 51% goes to national and to the state, while the local retains about 49%. (These relative percentages change slightly from year-to-year depending upon how each group determines its needs and dues structure).

What is a grievance?

A grievance is a claiim by any teacher based upon any violation, misinterpretation, or misapplication of the contract agreement between the Syosset Central School District and the STA.

How do I move on the salary schedule?
  • Movement on the salary schedule is granted after every 15 credits of study

  • Credits may be a combination of graduate courses and in-service courses

  • All individual courses must receive prior approval from the Deputy Superintendent's office (using MyLearningPlan.com)

  • Moves can be made only once each calendar year

ratio of grad to in-service credit

  • Salary advancement from one column of a salary schedule to the next may take place only at regularly scheduled intervals.

  • When courses have been successfully completed, or a degree earned for advancement, placement on the higher schedule will take place as follows:

    If you’re ready to advance after:

    The District needs to receive your application:

    The District needs to receive your transcripts:

    Your salary will increase on or retroactively to:

    Spring Semester

    Prior to 9/1

    Prior to 11/1

    9/1

    Summer Semester

    Prior to 9/1

    Prior to 11/1

    9/1

    Fall Semester

    Prior to 2/1

    Prior to 3/15

    2/1

     

 

STA & PTA: What’s the Connection?

We work together to advocate for all Syosset students.  We meet monthly to share plans and strategies, to problem-solve, and to develop plans for future advocacy for our students.