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Message from the President

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This fall and winter have been a busy time for your Executive Board, Legal and Political Action teams. We met often locally, as well as with the State in Albany at N.Y.S.U.T. Headquarters. This letter is to bring you up to speed as to what your Union has been doing to represent you.

We held our bi-annual Representative Assembly meeting at Danford’s Hotel in Port Jefferson N.Y. We made suggested revisions to our By-laws that we hope to approve at the spring meeting. The proposed changes are posted in The Guardian, and in the Long Island Chapter newsletter, the Bucket and Buoy.

Time was spent reacquainting ourselves with the Delegates from our upstate regions, and discussing local problems. We are still trying to recruit members and representatives across the state. The following regions are still not represented: Allegany Parks, Genesee Parks, New York City Parks, Palisades Parks, Saratoga Capital District, Taconic Parks and Thousand Island Parks. If you are a lifeguard in any of these Regions, please contact us as we welcome your support.

The Delegate Assembly approved our operating budget for 2011. We provided the opportunity for Regions to have access to dues money to be used for local needs.

Negotiations were ongoing for the entire fall and winter. Our Negotiating Team met with the Governors Office of Employee Relations in October. Our Team rejected their offer to settle the 2003-2007 contract. The offer remains confidential, but it is fair to say that the offer from the Division of Budget represented no gain for the lifeguards across the state. We sent a letter to GOER requesting a follow-up on negotiations. N.Y.S.U.T’s lobbying staff is currently trying to get support from the Governor’s Office.

Negotiations are on-going, and we hope to get some movement in our direction from Albany. Even though this fiscal environment represents a challenge, we will not waiver from the task before us. We are committed to continue negotiations until we can offer our members a settlement that reflects the superior job we all do. We are working directly with the American Federation of Teachers in researching lifeguard agencies across the country, to determine their pay scales and conditions of employment. We will use this valuable information as we move forward with future negotiations.

As President of the NYSLC, I was invited to give testimony to the New York State Standing Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports. This was an oversight analysis and investigation committee as it applies to the budget. This was the first time in the history of the New York State lifeguards that we were recognized as a labor union and asked to speak in Albany to the Assembly. My testimony is posted in The Guardian. I emphasized the point, that to insure public safety, we could not have a reduction in Lifeguards. We achieved some progress, as the Governor’s budget for the summer of 2011 shows no cuts in lifeguard staffing for this summer. The Union also actively pursued a grievance on behalf of a member’s pay issue. This grievance was settled after being argued at the Governors Office of Employees Relations. The member’s pay was adjusted as we had hoped. This is a significant step for our Union, because it established our right to pursue a grievance at the highest levels.

As the winter winds down and we prepare for summer, we continue to represent our Lifeguards across the state. We are in a difficult time, as organized labor across the country is under attack. We will continue to stand strong and united. Be safe as we look to the warm weather.

I look forward to meeting with you on the beach this summer.

In solidarity,  Bruce Meirowitz

Re-Hire 2011

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Saturday, May 21 · 10:00am - 1:00pm 

Nassau County Community College

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Additional re-hire swim dates and times are all at NCCC. For those dates the run component will be at WBH after the swim. The dates and times are:
Thursday, May 26, 5pm
Saturday, June 4, 10am
Thursday, June 9, 3:30pm
Saturday, June 11, 10am
Friday, June 24, 3pm

Junior Lifeguards 2011

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current openings:
10 year olds there will be 15-20 openings
11, 12, 13 year olds there will be 7-10 openings
14 year old has 7 openings
15 & 16 year olds is closed out


The 2011 Jones Beach Junior Lifeguard tryouts will be as follows:
  • Sunday, June 5th , 2011,  8:00AM at the West Bathhouse pool. Qualifying swim day for children previously in the 2010 program ONLY.
    You must make this day in order to keep your spot in the program for 2011.
    There will be no exceptions to this unless I am notified well in advance.

  • Sunday, June 12th, 2011, 8:00 am at the West Bathhouse pool.Tryouts for children ages 10-16 previously NOT in the 2010 program.

  1. The number of positions available for each age group (if any) will be determined after the Qualifying swim day for children already in the program. The # of openings in each age group will be posted on the website before the June 12 tryout. There will be 15-20 entry level 10 year old spots available.

  2. All new positions will be based on the top qualifying times in the 100 yard swim and the number of spots available in each particular age group.
  3. Birth certificates will be required for all new children when trying out. There will be 15-20 entry level 10 year old spots available.

  4. The sessions will run each Sunday from 8:00 am – 10:00 am starting Sunday June 26 through August 7th at the East Bathhouse pool.

Tentative dates:

  • Sunday, June 26th 8:00 am - First Day of Program at the East Bathhouse Ocean

  • Monday, July 11th - Junior Lifeguard Tournament at Jones Beach: at the East Bathhouse Ocean

  • Sunday, August 7th - Last Day of Program

The 100 yard qualifying times are as follows:

  • 10 year olds - 1:45 for 100 yards

  • 11 year olds - 1:30 for 100 yards

  • 12-14 year olds - 1:20 for 100yards

  • 15-16 year olds - 1:15 for 100yards

The registration fee will be $100 from all who qualify. Please have your cash or checks on the date of tryouts payable to “Natural Heritage Trust”
We urge all the children to keep practicing now and throughout the year. Thank you for your continued support.
We are looking for any type of sponsorship for the program and the Jones Beach Tournament. Company logos can be printed on any one of our issued uniform pieces.

Any questions can be directed to Scott Riegel at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . These guidelines were formed by the Junior Lifeguard Staff for the 2011 season.


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