New York State Swears In First Female Governor

Former Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in as New York’s first female governor at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. She takes over mid-term for Andrew Cuomo who resigned amidst a sexual harassment scandal that surfaced last year and came to a head with a report released by State Attorney General Letitia James. Read more here or here.

NYC Mandate on COVID Vaccinations or Testing FAQ

Local 246 has received calls and emails from members ever since the mayor announced his mandate on COVID vaccinations for New York City employees. While employees do have the choice of getting vaccinated or submitting to weekly PCR testing, that’s where the choice ends. As of now, citywide unions, including Local 246, are working together under the auspices of the Municipal Labor Committee, to determine what penalties can be imposed on employees unwilling to comply as that falls under the terms of union contracts and must be negotiated. The city does have a right at this time, however, to mandate vaccinations or testing because COVID is a pandemic. This Frequently Asked Questions was distributed by the City. It is suggested that members read the FAQ in its entirety in order to fully understand but please keep in mind that the scope of this mandate is subject to change.

Departments of Sanitation and Correction Now Hiring


Department of Sanitation is hiring one Electrician (Automobile), Job ID #464205. Title Classification is competitive. Work location is 52-35 58th Street, Woodside. The title code is 91719 with a proposed salary range of $37.28-$43.40 per hour.

To apply, submit resume and cover letter at www.nyc.gov/careers. City employees can apply via Employee Self Services. Click Here for full details

The Department of Correction is now hiring two Sheet Metal Workers, Job ID #469204. Title Classification is competitive. The title code is 92340 with a proposed salary range of $405.44 daily.

To apply, City employees should go to Employee Self-Service (ESS) – www.nyc.gov/ess and search for Job ID# 469204. 

For all other applicants: Go to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov and search for Job ID# 469204. Submission of a resume is not a guarantee that you will receive an interview. Only candidates under consider will be contacted.
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Educate, Engage & Activate for Election Day

The New York City Central Labor Council will host a series of volunteer activities throughout the 2021 Election cycle in NYC to educate, engage and activate members of union households.  

With such a huge turn-over of representation in elected positions throughout the city, it is critical we elect public servants who will put working families first. Help reach union members and their households to ensure they know when, where, and now with the process of ranked-choice voting, HOW TO VOTE in the upcoming elections.

For more information on who the NYC Central Labor Council has endorsed, please visit laborvotes.nyc

Choose one or multiple actions to kick-start your engagement with NYC Labor Votes! To receive on-going communications on the activities of NYC Labor Votes, sign-up to receive our NYC Labor Votes! emails here: NYCLaborVotes-Activate

The NYCCLC LaborVotes! initiative focuses on educating, engaging and activating union members’ and their households’ ability to cast their ballot for labor-endorsed candidates. LaborVotes! is the member-to-member electoral program of the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.  

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Don’t Be A Victim of Coronavirus Scams

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the country, scammers have seized the opportunity to prey on consumers of all ages. Text message scams, scam robocalls, fake emails and social media posts, even official-looking letters in the mail are hitting as fast as the pandemic itself.

Opportunists are unscrupulous and surface faster than you can blink an eye each time there is a crisis. They target anyone and everyone they think will take the bait. While it used to be that senior citizens were the largest target group, with today’s technology, scammers don’t even bother to single out a particular group like they used to; they just go after the masses.

Scammers prey on financial and medical fears tied to the current pandemic. Knowing that many Americans are more isolated than ever before thanks to social distancing and quarantining, scammers are constantly changing their tactics to catch people off guard.

President Joe Colangelo said Local 246 is encouraging all members to be more vigilant and remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. In fact, even the Internal Revenue Service has been sending out warning notices lately. Some scammers have been around for so long that they have had ample time to perfect they pitches to the point that they actually sound legitimate.

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Retiree Dues for 2020

Retirees’ annual dues for 2020 should be sent to the Union office no later than January 31, 2020. Please make your check or money order payable to NYC Local 246, and send to 217 Broadway Suite 501, New York, NY 10007 in the amount of $60. The amount is nominal and just covers the per capita and dues mailings. Once received, retirees will be mailed a 2020 membership card.

Back Pay Dates Confirmed

The Back Pay date for our recently ratified contracts for Mayoral Agencies is confirmed for 11/29/2019 for Sheet Metal and Supv. Sheet Metal Worker, Letterer & Sign Painter, Carriage Upholsterer, Rubber Tire Repairer, Auto Mechanics et. al. and Auto Service Workers et.al. For NYCHA members, the confirmed Back Pay date is 11/21/2019. The Union is awaiting the Back Pay Date for all other Non-Mayoral Agencies, CUNY, Department of Education (DOE), and H+H.

Members who want to change their New York City Deferred Compensation Contribution to capture the 11/21/2019 and the 11/29/2019 paychecks with the back pay, must do so before October 18th due to the fact that OLR will have a “blackout/transition” period from Tuesday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m., EST, and end on or about Monday, November 11th. As soon as updates become available for members in the Non-Mayoral Agencies, CUNY, Department of Education (DOE), and H+H, we will notify everyone.

Benefit Improvements to Active & Retiree Funds

Due to the diligence of the trustees of both the Active and Retiree Welfare Funds, both funds continue to do well financially, which has allowed trustees to make improvements for all members and retirees.

The Active Welfare Fund will be providing an out-of-pocket reimbursement after each fiscal year. Providers for prescription, dental, and optical will submit a file to the Union’s third party Administrator A.S.O. and the trustees will evaluate the total out-of-pocket amount to be reimbursed per member annually.

The Retiree Welfare Fund will be increasing the prescription drug cap for each Retiree group Non-Medicare Member and Dependent from $3,000 combined to $5,000. The prescription drug cap for Medicare Retirees will increase from $3,500 to $5,000, and for their dependents, from $500 to $1,500. The effective dates for all changes are to be determined once we receive clarification from attorneys for the Funds regarding compliance with the Affordable Care Act law notification guidelines.

Union Works to Settle Open Contracts with the City

As with most unions in New York City, contracts are long expired and officials are working now to negotiate new deals. The same holds true for Local 246 who held its most recent negotiation with City representatives on March 18.

With the DC 37 citywide contract resolved and approved, the Local 246 Contract Negotiating Committee has been in talks on the Union’s nine separate contracts for many months. In addition to the Union’s officers, Committee members include Rich Mazze representing Rubber Tire Repairers; Alex Soltanis representing Sign Painters/Letterers; Mark Bardes representing Sheet Metal Workers; and the general committee representing Carriage Upholsterers and Auto Service Workers.

Since the Union holds a joint bargaining certificate with IUOE Local 15 for Tractor Operators and Motor Grader Operators, a separate meeting was held with members in those titles on March 12 to update them on the status of those contract talks. The consensus of most 220 titles is that the ever-increasing pension costs now reported to be 34% or more will make it very difficult to negotiate a prevailing rate match with the private sector contracts.

President Joe Colangelo talked in depth about the contract negotiations at the March membership meeting. “We are almost finished with several contracts, and we have made significant progress on others. We don’t want to give out any specific details yet as amounts may fluctuate and change as we try to finalize everything,” he told members.

Since the previous negotiation meeting was December 11, 2018, and it took almost three months to get the meeting in March, Colangelo said the Negotiating Committee sent a list of unanswered questions to OLR representatives so they could already have answers by the time both parties met. “They did get back to us on most questions, but there are still some hanging out there that we don’t have answers to,” he said. “I am hoping to have everything wrapped up within a month or two, but when you are dealing with negotiations, you never know. It may take longer depending on what answers come back from some of the agencies.”

Current contracts expired as follows: Rubber Tire Repairer, July 16, 2017; Sign Painter/Letterer, July 25, 2017; Auto Service Worker et al (Oil Burner Specialist, Auto Body Worker, and Marine Maintenance Mechanics), December 7, 2017; Auto Mechanics and Machinists, October 1, 2017; Carriage Upholsterers, July 16, 2017; and Sheet Metal Workers, February 17, 2018. Members in all titles have been working under the terms of those contracts, and any new monies negotiated as part of the new contracts will begin the day after the previous contracts expired.

“For all contracts, the raises start the first day of the new contract, meaning everyone will have back money owed to them,” Colangelo said. “In addition, all raises are compounded, which means that when you get the second 2.25 percent raise, it is calculated on top of the first 2 percent raise. The final salary increase will be on top of the 4.25 percent. That raises the value of the overall contract. We are hoping that this will all be wrapped up fairly shortly and when all contracts are done, we will be able to provide the specifics.”