New York City Local 246

Service Employees International Union, CTW, AFL-CIO, CLC

Shoe Vouchers for Active Members

All Active Dues Paying Members may be reimbursed up to $60 toward the expense incurred for one pair of work-related shoes purchased AT ANY STORE. Reimbursement will apply only to shoes purchased between January 1, 2019, and May 31, 2019. Claim must be submitted by June 15, 2019. Shoe expense reimbursement claim forms will be sent 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. If you have any questions, please contact the Union office.

New Non-Economic Agreement Addresses Union Concerns

A new non-economic agreement reached between the Union and the City of New York puts in place several changes that address concerns impacting members.

Local 246 President Joe Colangelo said the non-economic agreement, which is negotiated separately from the contracts, deals with issues such as dues checkoffs, grievance procedures, overtime, transfers, working conditions, and safety. “With changing duties and evolving responsibilities of our members, we have run into several issues during the last contract term that needed to be addressed prior to starting current negotiations,” he said. “Once something is added to the non-economic agreement it becomes a grievable item, which gives our members added protection.”

While there were several new items added, Colangelo said the most significant are:

  • Temporary transfers that are limited to a period of not more than 30 calendar days, will now be limited to no more than two per employee per year
  • All vacancies that are being posted must include shift start and end times so applicants know exactly what position they are applying for
  • All road call vehicles shall be equipped with all necessary safety devices, including emergency lights and (where necessary and practicable) traffic deflection lights; flares and/or safety triangles; safety vest; radio; cones; and spill absorbent
  • Where an employee is working alone, such as in a confined space or an isolated location, the employer shall account for each employee at reasonable intervals appropriate to the job assignment to ensure the employee’s safety. Where sight is not practicable, the employee shall be provided a device capable of being used for emergency communication.
  • The City agrees to take all necessary steps to safeguard all tools and tool cabinets brought on its property by the members of Local 246 in the titles covered by this agreement

What makes this non-economic agreement stand out, Colangelo said, is that it’s the first time in almost four decades that he has been involved with the Local that a side letter has been attached to the document. In the Department of Sanitation, members will now be provided with prior notification regarding non-emergency overtime.

Colangelo said this side letter was crucial as members were not being given sufficient notice of required overtime and were therefore unable to arrange and rearrange personal schedules to accommodate the overtime hours. Any members with questions about the new non-economic agreement should be in touch with their Shop Steward.

City Agrees to Unlimited Sick Leave for All Employees Suffering from 9/11 Illnesses

More than 17 years after the devastating attacks of September 11, the City of New York is finally granting unlimited sick time to all workers suffering from 9/11-related illnesses.
At the end of October, the City bowed to pressure brought by 9/11 survivor advocates and promised to secure unlimited sick time to all City employees who helped in the rescue and recovery efforts in Ground Zero — and now are paying for it with their lives. Unions were at the forefront of making sure that all these City employees were put on the same footing as first responders, police officers, and firefighters.

The City, DC 37, and EMS unions Local 3621 and 2507 negotiated the terms that will provide unlimited 9/11 sick leave to City workers who participated in World Trade Center rescue, recovery and cleanup operations and contracted a 9/11-related illness. The initial agreement grants unlimited 9/11 sick leave to employees in a range of titles across several City agencies, including Emergency Medical Technicians, peace officers, laborers, engineers, and others. This sick leave is retroactive to September 11, 2001, and leave taken since then that has been verified to cope with a certified 9/11-related illness will be restored. It is estimated that approximately 2,000 active employees will be covered by this agreement, which formed the basis for additional agreements with other unions.

Local 246 President Joe Colangelo said after that agreement was reached, he contacted the City to make sure that Local 246 members would be included as well if they qualify.
Several months ago, Colangelo testified at a Senate hearing in NYC about 9/11 sick leave. “I am here today to talk about a subject that is heart wrenching but cannot be avoided. Everyone knows the horror that happened on September 11, 2001. As the years passed, some of the individuals who participated in the cleanup and recovery developed a variety of illnesses related to their work. Most uniform employees have unlimited sick leave as part of their contract, affording them peace of mind as they fight through whatever illnesses they face. Unlimited sick leave would provide their families and loved ones with some semblance of financial stability while they focus on their health.

“Unfortunately for civilian workers, the same is not true. Most civilian worker contracts allow, in most cases, 12 sick leave days per year. Therefore, if they are battling through a 9/11 illness, they will exhaust their sick leave accruals rather quickly and then face financial difficulty. If civilian members were afforded unlimited sick leave, they then can take care of their health knowing that there will be no change in the family finances. Choosing between health and financial security should not be a choice anyone has to make, especially considering the circumstances.”

Just recently, Local 246 received a letter of agreement from OLR Commissioner Robert Linn stating, “This serves to confirm our mutual understanding regarding a WTC 9/11 line of duty injury/illness benefit. All Local 246, Service Employees International Union, AFL CIO members employed by the City and other covered organizations shall receive the benefit set forth in the October 23, 2018 letter agreement between the City of New York and DC 37, pursuant to all terms and conditions set forth therein.”

Colangelo said that many City employees who were sickened by Ground Zero fumes have been forced to choose between retiring in order to deal with their health, or continue working as they battled terminal cancer. He said that now all union members and non-represented employees who meet the qualifications will receive the benefit.

“We hope this is a benefit that very few people have to take advantage of, but knowing that it is available should it become an issue is reassuring,” Colangelo said.

Last year, Gov. Cuomo signed a bill granting unlimited paid sick leave to state employees with a 9/11-related illness outside of New York City — but the City did not follow suit.

“We are happy that this has finally been resolved,” Colangelo said. “Even within our own union, we have had members pass away from 9/11-related illnesses. The events from that horrific day will be lingering for quite some time.”

NYC Department of Sanitation is Hiring 22 Auto Mechanics

The New York City Department of Sanitation is hiring 22 new Auto Mechanics (title code 92510) with a starting salary of $277.04 – $322.40. The Division/Work Unit is Bureau of Motor Equipment and the work location is Citywide for 17 of the positions. The other five are with the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at East 91st Street and East River in Manhattan. If you are interested, or know someone who is, apply right away. All positions are being posted until filled.

Job Description
Under supervision, overhauls, repairs and maintains engines, motors and motor‐powered equipment, component assemblies, and component systems used in automotive, construction and special‐purpose equipment powered by internal combustion engines; performs related work. Acts as a ʺtroubleshooterʺ in determining mechanical and electrical defects. Overhauls, maintains and repairs internal combustion engines, motors and motor powered equipment, including brake systems, transmissions, ignition systems, rear ends, differential assemblies, fuel systems, hydraulic systems, electronic systems, and other related components and systems. Aligns wheels and repairs steering equipment. Relines and adjusts brakes and clutches. Makes minor repairs and adjustments in the field so that a vehicle may be returned to the garage or repair shop under its own power. Conveys orders to other journeymen as directed. Supervises machinist helpers, senior automotive service workers, automotive service workers, and other personnel as directed. Trains assigned machinist helpers, senior automotive service workers, automotive service workers, or other related personnel in the performance of various maintenance and/or repair tasks. Performs minor auto body repairs. Prepares reports and orders, and maintain records and inventories of parts, components, supplies and materials. Operates and tests motor vehicles and equipment in the performance of assigned duties.

Qualification Requirements
1. Five years of full‐time satisfactory experience acquired within the last 15 years as an Auto Mechanic; or
2. Not less than 2 1/2 years of full‐time satisfactory experience as specified in ʺ1ʺ above acquired within the last 10 years plus sufficient helper or apprentice experience or relevant education acquired in a trade or vocational high school or technical school approved by a Stateʹs Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization, to make up the equivalent of five years of acceptable experience. Six months of acceptable experience will be credited for each year of helper or apprentice experience or relevant education.

License Requirements
At the time of appointment candidates must possess a New York State Class B Commercial Driver License (ʺCDLʺ) or a Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York and a Learner’s Permit for a Class B Commercial Driver License. Appointees hired with a Learner’s Permit must obtain the Class B CDL within six months of appointment. The CDL, with no restrictions that would preclude the performance of Auto Mechanic work, must be maintained for the duration of employment.

At the time of appointment, certain agencies may require appointees to possess one or more of the following New York State Certifications:
1. As a Motor Vehicle Inspector certified in Light Vehicles, Group 1;
2. As a Motor Vehicle Inspector certified in Heavy Vehicles, Group 2;
3. As a Motor Vehicle Inspector certified in Emissions, Group D.

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME WITH COVER LETTER TO:

Must apply via www.nyc.gov/careers or city employees apply via Employee Self Services. New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment.

Department of Sanitation Hiring 10 Auto Mechanics

The New York City Department of Sanitation is hiring 10 new Auto Mechanics, title code 92510 — five are for the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at Bay 41st Street, South West MTS Brooklyn, and five are for the Bureau of Motor Equipment Citywide. Salary is from $277.04 – $322.40 for all positions. New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment.

Qualification Requirements
1. Five years of full‐time satisfactory experience acquired within the last fifteen years as an auto mechanic; or
2. Not less than two and one‐half years of full‐time satisfactory experience as specified in ʺ1ʺ above acquired within the last ten years plus sufficient helper or apprentice experience or relevant education acquired in a trade or vocational high school or technical school approved by a Stateʹs Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization, to make up the equivalent of five years of acceptable experience. Six months of acceptable experience will be credited for each year of helper or apprentice experience or relevant education.

License Requirements
At the time of appointment candidates must possess a New York State Class B Commercial Driver License (ʺCDLʺ) or a Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York and a Learner’s Permit for a Class B Commercial Driver License. Appointees hired with a Learner’s Permit must obtain the Class B CDL within six months of appointment. The CDL, with no restrictions that would preclude the performance of Auto Mechanic work, must be maintained for the duration of employment.

At the time of appointment, certain agencies may require appointees to possess one or more of the following New York State Certifications:
1. As a Motor Vehicle Inspector certified in Light Vehicles, Group 1;
2. As a Motor Vehicle Inspector certified in Heavy Vehicles, Group 2;
3. As a Motor Vehicle Inspector certified in Emissions, Group D.

Must apply via www.nyc.gov/careers or city employees apply via Employee Self Services.

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.

Deadline Extended for New Claims Related to 9/11 Rescue, Recovery & Clean-Up

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

Upcoming Mechanics Test Training Classes

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.

Help a Member In Need

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.

NYC Dept of Sanitation Hiring 3 Auto Mechanics (Diesel)

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.

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