Municipal Labor Committee to City: Double Standard Isn’t Fair. Bring Back Workers


The Municipal Labor Committee on March 28 sent a letter to First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo and OLR Commissioner Renee Campion letting them know that NYC’s labor unions will not sit by idly and watch as the Mayor imposes a set of double standards for those who are not COVID vaccinated.

As you have recently seen, many Unions, along with many residents, are greatly troubled by what appears to be a stark double standard between athletes/performers, on the one hand, and public employees, on the other, regarding continuation of the vaccine mandates. While a number of Unions had challenged the vaccine mandates as intrusive and unneeded in light of testing options, it was one thing to abide when the mandate was applied uniformly but it is another to treat public employees in a less favorable, discriminatory manner.

This is all the more disturbing when one considers that these workers, without fanfare or glory, came to their jobs each day facing the perils of COVID-19 in person during the worst of the pandemic to provide services to the residents of this great City. That the Nets or Mets might be at some disadvantage in having roster limitations hardly seems to have greater public import than in the loss of livelihood to hard-working New Yorkers who are the backbone of this City. Moreover, while the City has an understandable interest in the public health, the City has in recent weeks moved towards a return to normalcy, jettisoning much of the vaccine limitations in the private sector. In light of these developments, we ask, on behalf of the NYC Municipal Labor Committee, that the City meet with us to address issues regarding the groups of public employees who were summarily terminated or who went on unpaid leave for being unvaccinated and have a right to return. Fairness requires that this move toward normalcy also apply to the people who have served the City.

Just as the City reached out to the MLC and the Unions for their cooperation and support in keeping the City going and fighting back the pandemic, we now look to you, as restrictions are being rolled back, to work with us to ease the burden on public employees. We ask to meet across the table and discuss pathways for all affected employees to return to work and continue to serve the City and its residents.

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Tell State Legislators to Act on the Worker Shortage

Public employees are leaving their jobs. At a time when costs are rising at unbelievable rates, it’s no surprise that these workers are moving on to higher-paying jobs in order to get by. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need them now more than ever. Our state and local governments cannot compete in this job market. Unless we make these jobs more attractive, we will continue to struggle to recruit and retain workers in our communities, and important public services will become less reliable. Contact your state legislators today and let them know they need to improve benefits for public employees by reforming Tier 6. Tell them that they need to do this NOW to keep our communities functioning. CLICK HERE to send a message to state legislators

Union Challenges City’s Termination of Employees in Violation of Vax Mandate

SEIU Local 246 joined with other MLC unions to challenge the City’s termination of employees who are in violation of the City Administration’s Vaccine Mandate.

A group of municipal unions — including cops, firefighters and teachers — are suing to block the city from firing unvaccinated workers ahead of a Friday deadline, court papers show.

Over two dozen unions, including the United Federation of Teachers, Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the Police Benevolent Association, say the city’s policy to “summarily” terminate on Friday city employees who lost their bids for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine violates their right to due process, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit. READ MORE >>

Judge Orders NYC to Delay Medicare Advantage Plan Until April 1

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2021 -- A decision was issued late yesterday (Dec. 14, 2021) by the judge that allows the Medicare Advantage Plan to go forward effective April 1, 2022. If you take no action, you will be placed into the Medicare Advantage Plus Program. If you wish to stay in your current plan, you have until March 31, 2022, to opt out. If you decide to go into the Medicare Advantage Plus Program and then change your mind, you will have the option of opting out until June 30, 2022. 

As part of his decision, Judge Frank ordered that retirees not be responsible for possible multiple deductibles that occur by being in one plan for the first part of the year and then in the Medicare Advantage plan for the balance.

You should receive a new letter before January 7, 2022, from the New York City Office of Labor Relations containing a list of the corrections and additions made to the previously sent Enrollment Guide. Read More >>

Families of Workers Who Die From Diesel Exposure Aided by State

By BOB HENNELLY, thechiefleader.com, Nov 9, 2021

Seven years ago, in a breakthrough state Workers’ Compensation case, the widow of a city Bus Maintainer was awarded death benefits because a judge found his death was caused by chronic exposure to diesel fumes.

Thanks to a law signed Oct. 29 by Governor Hochul, families who lost a spouse, parent or even grandparent to cancer under similar circumstances will have one year to file a claim.

Joseph Colangelo, president of the Local 246 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents city mechanics, said in a Nov. 8 phone interview that while he welcomed the legislation, he was concerned that there was just a one-year filing window.

“I am 40 years with Sanitation, and when I started out in 1981, when they were transitioning to diesel trucks, the garages would fill up with that blue smoke. I mean, imagine you get 18 trucks starting up,” Mr. Colangelo said. “This was way before clean diesel, and we had people come in and check the ventilation, and one of our guys who came in to check it out and when he was asked how bad it was, said ‘I wouldn’t work here.’ “

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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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