Town of Oyster Bay Civil Service
Employees Association


Over 1,100 Town Employees
President: Jarvis T Brown

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Syosset NY 11791

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CSEA 881
Executive Board Page

 

Meet Your Executive Board

 

 

Jarvis T Brown President CSEA 881

Jarvis T. Brown
PRESIDENT

Greetings Members,
For as long as I can remember, I have always worked hard to help others from coordinating Toys for Tots for Long Island Jewish Health System to volunteering in my local fire department. So when presented with the opportunity to serve the membership in the Department of
Sanitation as a shop steward, I jumped at the opportunity. I enjoyed the challenging task of working with management to address and resolve member’s issues and concerns. Four years ago, I had the opportunity to serve the membership as an assistant to the former president, Robert Rauff, Jr. Under his leadership, I have improved my knowledge of every department in the Town of Oyster Bay and the day-to-day business of the union. In 2009, I was elected 2nd Vice President. I continued to work closely with the officers and shop stewards of Local 881 to enhance communication, re-energize the membership with the goal of fostering greater solidarity.
When I became 1st Vice President in 2011, I participated in several leadership training courses including, Contract Negotiations, Grievance Handling, CSEA’s President and Vice President training and Treasurer’s training. It was during this time that I also graduated from CSEA’s
Leadership Institute. I am extremely pleased and honored to serve as the President of CSEA Local 881 and look forward to working with the new Executive Board.
Our goal is to strengthen the membership through open and honest communication, on-going training and development, and building positive working relationships with management and the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay.
In Unity,
Jarvis T. Brown

Executive Vice President

 

Betsy Healey
Executive Vice President

Greetings Members,
After receiving my degree from SUNY Stony Brook, I worked for a few years as a Grant Writer for an Arts
Council; a job where I first started to learn about contracts and budgets, and one that I really enjoyed.
After successfully scoring number one on a competitive civil service exam, I became the certified Grants
Technician for the Town of Oyster Bay in the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Department
where I have spent my entire civil service career. In 2003 I started to work as a fiscal coordinator for the
Division of Employment and Training, where I expanded my knowledge of contracts and budgets, and
also the Town’s accounting system. In 2012, I was promoted to the Acting Director of the Division of
Community Development before becoming the Executive Vice President of CSEA Local 881. For five
years, I was the Department’s Equal Opportunity Officer, a position that required me to be trustworthy
with confidential information, and also a good listener. In 2010, I became the Treasurer of Local 881,
where I computerized the Treasurer accounting records, and was able to use my fiscal experience to
bring the role of Treasurer to a higher level. Concurrently, I was the chairperson of the Bette James
Scholarship Committee, a CSEA program that awards scholarships to high school/college/trade school
students.
I was honored when President Jarvis T. Brown asked me to be on his slate as the Executive Vice
President. I then realized just how much all the skills and knowledge I gained throughout my career
would be the training ground for my new position, and enable me to be an effective and positive part of
any discussion. I am excited to be a part of the new team and look forward to representing the
membership.
Thank You,
Betsy Healey

 

Pat Davino 1st Vice President

 

 

Pat Davino
1st Vice President

Greetings Members,
Being active in the Union has had many rewards over the years; from helping a fellow member
with a work or personal problem, to having barbecues and info days, to getting out and meeting
all of the members. After 25 years of being employed at the Town of Oyster Bay, we are in the
most challenging times I have ever seen. The new Union board has made a commitment to face
these challenges, and to make the sometimes difficult decisions together as one. Hopefully, the
membership will give us a chance to earn their trust.
Thank you,
Pat Davino

 

 

Sal Cecere 3rd Vice President

 

 

 

Sal Cecere
2nd Vice President

I have been employed by the Town of Oyster Bay and a member of the Local 881 since 1988. I have
been employed by the Highway Department since I started. I have held various positions throughout my
career, from a Laborer in 1988 to a Highway Maintenance Supervisor, presently. I became an active
member of the union in 2003 as Shop Steward. Presently, I serve on the Executive Board as 2nd Vice
President.
I feel very lucky to be able to act as a liaison between employees of the Highway Department and CSEA
Local 881. As a result, I have developed a rapport with the employees of my department at all levels.
Throughout my tenure, I have served on several committees and witnessed our committee membership
grow. The union coordinates several events throughout the year. As the Chair of the Social Committee,
I encourage you to attend union sponsored events and be a part of our success.
Thank you,
Sal Cecere

 

 

 

Guadalupe Johnson
3rd Vice President

Greetings members,
I began my career in Nassau County in 2003 as an Accountant for the Assessment Department. I was hired by an outside agency, which made me a non-union member. Soon after, I realized that I had no union protection. I started taking Civil Service Exams to become a full-time union employee, which would give me job security and fully paid health benefits.
In 2005, I became a permanent union employee in the Assessment Department, and became an active Shop Steward.
In 2007, I had the opportunity to work in the CSEA Local 830 Union office. I became the Assistant to the President. Underneath his leadership, I learned how to represent the union workforce. As a Grievance Representative, my responsibilities were to deal with any issues that violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In 2015, after 9 years in Nassau County, I had the opportunity to join the Town of Oyster Bay Local 881 Union office as the Office Manager. My responsibilities are member engagement, to work with different committees, and to run the daily needs of the union office.
In October 2016, I was appointed as the 4th Vice President of our Local. In 2017, I was elected to the position of 3rd Vice President.
I look forward to using my extensive knowledge and experience in Binding Arbitration, Grievance and Discipline procedures to assist our members.

 

 

 

 Monica Bunjowski Recording Secretary

 

Monica Bujnowski
4th Vice President

In 2003, I started working for the Town of Oyster Bay in Human Resources handling the self-insured NYS Workers compensation program, and as of 2015 I also handle the self-insured NYS Short term disability for our town employees. The skills I developed by handling workers compensation and disability include being organized, conscientious and understandable. In 2011, Tim Brown asked me to get involved in the CSEA Local 881 Next Wave group, and by 2013 I started serving the membership as a Shop Steward. From 2014-2017, I served the CSEA Local 881 membership as the Recording Secretary, which has helped me develop a better scope of the membership and how can I serve the members better. I have taken Labor classes in college, attended Leadership classes and have continued to take workshops and training classes through CSEA. I serve on several committees for CSEA including Next Wave, Women's, Political Action, and Orientation, and as a delegate for the Long Island Federation of Labor. As a newly elected Vice President, I want our membership to have a brighter future, and the Executive board and I want to attain that for the longevity of our members.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Robinson
5th Vice President

Greetings Members,
I started working for the Town of Oyster Bay in 2005 with the Department of Planning & Development, where I still currently work.  In July 2013, I became the shop steward there, a job that has been both rewarding and fulfilling personally.  Since then, I have truly grown as a union activist, accruing my knowledge with workshops such as Grievance Training, and committees such as the Next Wave.  I have always enjoyed helping others, and when I was presented with an opportunity to further myself as a mediator and voice for the Local 881 membership, I jumped on it without question.  I will proudly serve as your Vice President by working with the new executive board to build this union and protect our fellow brothers and sisters with only one direction in mind:  Forward.

Regards,
Thomas J. Robinson

 

 

Kathy Law Treasurer

 

Kathy Law
Treasurer

My name is Kathy Law and I have worked for the Department of Public Safety since January
2009. I am posted at Town hall North in Oyster Bay at 54 Audrey Avenue. In 2010 I was
approached to become a Shop Steward for my department, and have served on the Audit and
Next Wave committees. My background has been in credit and collections and I was honored to
be asked by Jarvis “Tim” Brown to run with him as Treasurer for the new board. I look forward
to continuing to be fiscally responsible to all our Local 881 brothers and sisters.
Thank You,
Kathy Law

 

Gina Valli
Recording Secretary

 

In 1999 I became a full time employee for the Town of Oyster Bay, working in the Parks Department. Throughout my career in the Department I've held various positions and titles, from Receptionist to Finance, and presently Beach Administration.
In 2014, a Next Wave meeting came to my attention and little did I know it would change my relationship with the Union forever. It was during this meeting I was encouraged to express my feelings about my current work environment, and how significantly it seemed to be changing. The once fun and friendly place that I considered to be my second home had become a place of constant negative energy, poor morale, and unnecessary stress. The next day President Brown approached me and asked if I would be interested in becoming a Shop Steward. It would allow me the opportunity to work with his team and to begin making positive changes that would help in their efforts to make the Town of Oyster Bay a place where we would all once again enjoy coming to work every day.

I accepted his offer, with a bit of apprehension, however during my time as Shop Steward I have gained a whole new perspective on the Union's purpose. I realize what an incredible resource the Union can truly be for its workforce. I've been on the Audit Committee, the Bette James Scholarship Committee, and have spent countless hours helping fellow employees during tough contract negotiations by answering questions, combating rumors by helping them acquire the facts and being a person that my coworkers know they can come to and trust.As Recording Secretary, I hope to improve my skills as a representative by learning from those on the Board, from more expansive training, and from learning and listening to the needs and wants of my fellow peers. My goal is to continue to provide all of the factual information that my fellow union members are entitled to and increase Union organization and relations within the workforce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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