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.
Just days before the September 11, 2018, deadline for workers and volunteers to file a Notice of Participation was set to expire, Governor Andrew Cuomo put his signature on a new law that further extends the filing deadline until September 11, 2022.
“It has been 17 years since the attacks of September 11 changed our world forever, and on that day and the weeks and months that followed, thousands of courageous workers and volunteers put their lives on the line to save others,” Cuomo said. “We will never forget the selfless heroes who did not make it home that day, and we owe first responders and those who aided in the recovery effort an eternal debt of gratitude. This bill rightly and fairly provides 9/11’s brave recovery workers and volunteers the time they need to receive the health benefits and compensation they deserve.”
Previously, the Governor signed legislation on September 11, 2016, to extend the period for individuals to register under the World Trade Center Disability Law to September 11, 2018. This new bill (S.7797-A/A.10499) will allow more individuals additional time to file for Workers’ Compensation, disability, and accidental death benefits as a result of their participation in the World Trade Center rescue, recovery, and clean-up operations. The legislation, which takes effect immediately, also protects claims filed on or before September 11, 2022, if the volunteer or workers’ disability occurred between September 11, 2015 and September 11, 2017. Local 246 members are covered by this new law.
In a press release, Governor Cuomo said he strongly encourages all 9/11 responders to consider using the World Trade Center Health Program for both treatment and monitoring of their health. Responders are seen at the clinics by experts in the field, without charge. This program, also known as the Zadroga Act, is administered by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has been funded by the Federal government for 75 years. In addition to treating illnesses, the clinics begin monitoring the health of responders. Services are available at many Clinical Centers of Excellence in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, as well as through a nationwide network of providers. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/wtc.
Registering simply preserves your right down the road to file a claim if you should become sick with a 9/11-related illness and get the benefits to which you would be entitled. “Registering now does not mean you are currently sick or that you will become sick. Registering is just another form of insurance for the unknown, like major medical insurance or car insurance. You may go a whole lifetime without needing to ever file a claim, but you will be glad you have them if you need them.
For more information on filing a notice of participation, please visit www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/forms/wtc-12.pdf
Local 246 is holding test training classes for the upcoming Mechanics test. Training will be held at St. Stanislaus Church, 61-17 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY. in the school auditorium located on Grand Avenue. Entrance is from the parking lot. The two dates for classes are Tuesday, October 30 and Thursday, November 8. Click here for more information.
One of our fellow Auto Mechanics, 27-year-old Steven Walla, who has been employed with the NYC Parks Department since 2015, was recently diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He has quickly used up all of his accumulated vacation and sick days as he undergoes treatment.
We are asking everyone to please consider donating leave time to him, as you are able (especially if you have excess time), so his pay and medical benefits continue while he is seeking his much-needed care.
The Dedicated Sick Leave Program is available for employees in titles eligible for collective bargaining, in Mayoral agencies, to voluntarily donate sick leave and/or annual leave for use as sick leave by a seriously ill or injured eligible employee who has been designated by the donor. Eligible recipients may receive up to 180 days of paid sick leave in any one-year period. Covered employees may also donate leave to, or receive from, managers and other employees in titles not eligible for collective bargaining, who are covered by the Salary Continuation Program.
We ask you to please donate time if possible as we all know an illness can be a big burden on a person and his family. Any amount of time donated will help alleviate some of that burden and will be greatly appreciated in this time of need.
Applications are available through your Shop Steward or by clicking here. Please take your completed application to your agency’s Human Resources Department who will then forward those applications to DCAS for processing.
The NYC Department of Sanitation is hiring three Auto Mechanics (Diesel) with title code 92511. These are 40-hour-per-week jobs with a salary of $277.04 – $322.40 P/D. To apply, submit resume with cover letter to www.nyc.gov/careers or city employees apply via Employee Services. New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment.
President Joe Colangelo was a guest on the Labor Press radio show on May 28, whereby he was able to speak about the great work of Local 246 members in keeping New York City rolling. “It was an opportunity for me to promote our members and let listeners know about the services we provide, the skill set we need in order to do our jobs, and the crucial role we play behind the scenes. We aren’t on the front lines, which means New Yorkers don’t always realize that without us, there wouldn’t be anyone to keep New York City rolling.” To hear President Colangelo’s interview, click here.