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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Depending on the facts, you may receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in New York State due to COVID-19 exposure. To read more details provided by the NY Workers’ Compensation Board, click here.
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.
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.