New York City Local 246

Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC

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

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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2021 Membership Cards

The Local 246 Membership Cards for 2021 are going out to Active Members with the Jan-Feb IMPACT. If you are an Active Member and do not receive your card with the newsletter, or there is an issue with your card such as a misspelled name, please contact the Union Office immediately at 212.233.0616. Retirees will receive their card once Retiree Dues for 2021 have been paid.

2021 Membership Cards for Active Members are personalized with names

Shoe Vouchers For Active Members

All Active dues-paying members now can be reimbursed up to $75 toward the expense incurred for one pair of work-related shoes purchased AT ANY STORE. This benefit was increased from the previous reimbursement level.
Reimbursement will apply only to shoes purchased between Jan. 1, 2021, and May 31, 2021. Claim must be submitted by June 15, 2021. There are no exceptions.

Shoe expense reimbursement claim forms will be mailed to Active members by the end of January. Only original purchase receipts will be accepted for reimbursement. Please make a copy of your receipt to keep for yourselves.

Free Practice Questions for Auto Mechanic Exam

Members who are scheduled to take the upcoming Auto Mechanic exams can take free practice tests to see what type of questions appear on an ASE auto mechanic certification exam.  These questions are not provided by Local 246, but are being shared as a means of providing members with a useful study guide. Click here to see the exams.

Gov Signs Bill Giving Death Benefit to COVID-19 Frontline Worker Families

A new law will provide death benefits to the families of city and state government frontline workers who died from COVID-19 without the families having to prove their loved ones caught the virus while on the job.

“The legislation that became law will guarantee survivors an automatic death benefit without them having to jump through hoops to prove their spouse caught the coronavirus while at work,” said President Joe Colangelo. “They will also have the option of two different payouts that will mitigate their financial concerns, which is the least we can do for them in light of all they have sacrificed.”

Beneficiaries would be automatically entitled to the accidental death benefit, paid through the members’ pension, as long as the other criteria are met. The new law covers workers on the job anytime from March 1, who contracted COVID-19 within 45 days of reporting to work, and then died on or before Dec. 31, 2020, either due to COVID-19, or had COVID-19 as a contributing factor in the member’s death.

In determining whether Accidental Death Benefits should be awarded, a deceased member or retiree must have had a positive lab test for COVID-19 within 45 days of reporting to work, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 from a qualified medical provider, either before or after the member’s or retiree’s death. The beneficiary would also have to show that COVID-19 was the cause or contributing factor in the death as documented by a death certificate or by a qualified health care provider.

Both the Ordinary and Accidental death benefit options are based on a member’s retirement system. In the case of Local 246, that is NYCERS. Other factors in determining payouts include a member’s tier, years on the job, and salary. With the new law, the designated beneficiary can choose whether to take the one-time, lump sum payout under the ordinary death benefit, or receive monthly payouts for life according to the formula of the accidental death benefit. Colangelo said it will be up survivors’ beneficiaries to meet with NYCERS to determine the best option for them.

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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What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

According to NYC H+H, as of Feb. 3, 2020, three people in New York City have been identified for testing for the novel coronavirus, including one patient hospitalized at NYC Heath + Hospitals/Bellevue.

The patient at Bellevue, who is under 40 and had recently traveled from China, is in stable condition. The other two individuals, who are over 60-years-old, are hospitalized at Flushing Hospital Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Queens. Both are in stable condition. Testing to determine whether these are confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus will take a minimum of 36-48 hours and depends on CDC testing capacity.

As of Feb. 3, there have been more than 17,000 confirmed cases in more than two dozen countries with 362 deaths. In the U.S., there have been nine confirmed cases. To protect our staff and patients, NYC Health + Hospitals providers should take these precautions:

  • Frontline providers should obtain a detailed travel history for all patients being evaluated with fever and acute respiratory illness in order to identify, isolate, and inform appropriate partners promptly.
  • Patients with respiratory illness should be asked to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified and be evaluated in a private room with the door closed, ideally an airborne infection isolation room if available.
  • Health care personnel entering the room should use airborne, contact, and standard precautions with eye protection like goggles or a face shield.
  • If a suspected patient is identified, providers should immediately notify both infection control personnel at their facility and NYC DOHMH Provider Access Line 866-NYCDOH1 or 1-866 692-3641.

9 Things You Need to Know About the Novel Coronavirus

President Colangelo Testifies Before NYC Council on Oversight & Maintenance of Unified Fleet

On Thursday, Jan. 29, President Joseph A. Colangelo was one of many who testified before the New York City Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management and the Committee on Governmental Operations on the problems with the oversight and maintenance of the NYC unified fleet.

“Good afternoon. My name is Joseph Colangelo, I am the President of Local 246 SEIU. I represent 1,377 auto trade workers employed by the City of New York. I want to thank this committee for holding this hearing on such an important matter.  I am here to voice my genuine concern over the deterioration of the City’s ability to maintain and repair its essential motorized fleet. And I am here to shed light on the City’s wasteful and potentially dangerous new efforts to utilize private vendors to repair sophisticated and complicated equipment and to replace experienced auto mechanics with my union’s auto service worker title.  A title which is not trained or qualified to perform auto repair work.

Read the entire testimony here

To watch the testimony, click here

Photos: Michel Friang Photography

Auto Mechanic Shortage Puts New Yorkers At Risk During Winter Storms

When the next blizzard hits the city, there won’t be enough Auto Mechanics to do the hard work of keeping the Sanitation Department’s trucks and snow equipment up and running.

That’s the message Local 246 President Joe Colangelo has been sending for years on behalf of his overworked members to DCAS and Fleet Management — but they aren’t listening.

The City has made DSNY Auto Mechanics responsible for an ever-increasing amount of snow equipment like salt spreaders and plow trucks, but has refused to hire adequate personnel to keep up with the workload. Colangelo said City records indicate there were 577 pieces of equipment in 2013 that fell under the purview of Local 246 members, but nearly double that just four years late with 1,037 in 2017. The problem is that the manpower needed to operate, maintain, and repair this equipment has not even come close to keeping up. As Local 246 started pointing out years ago, the industry standard calls for a 7-to-1 ratio of equipment to Auto Mechanics at a bare minimum; yet, the ratio at the Department of Sanitation is twice that level. Even Sanitation officials agree that the problem has peaked.

President Joe Colangelo has been doing interviews with the media on the situation. To read the stories, you can click on the following links:

Snowpocalypse now: City dangerously unprepared for next blizzard, says mechanics’ union leader

Unions Warn Mechanic Shortage Puts City at Risk From Winter Storms

Mechanics Union: Snow Light Yet 10% Of City Salt-Spreaders Broke Down

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