City of New York employees now are entitled to excused leave to undertake a screening for breast or prostate cancer. Effective July 21, 2016, employees of the City of New York are entitled to take an excused absence for prostate cancer screenings under Chapter 96 of the Laws of 2016. Effective September 25, 2016, City employees will be entitled to take an excused absence for breast cancer screenings according to Chapter 74 of the Laws of 2016. Both laws were enacted to include City employees among public employees entitled to take excused leave for these cancer screenings. These provisions permit employees to take a paid leave of absence for a sufficient period of time, not to exceed four hours, on an annual basis to undertake either of these screenings. The entire period of leave is excused leave, not to be charged against any other leave that the employee is entitled to receive.
Governor Cuomo has signed a bill to amend both the Workers’ Compensation and the Retirement and Social Security law permitting those who have yet to file their Notice of Participation registration forms to now do so with both systems. This will allow members to take advantage of the presumptions that come with filing those claims. The new deadline to file a WTC-12 form with the Workers’ Compensation system and a Notice of Participation form with the applicable Retirement System is September 11, 2018. For a NYCERS form, please call 347.643.3000. For Workers’ Compensation forms, please call Jordan Ziegler, Esq. at 800.692.3717, the Union’s Workers’ Compensation attorney.
Despite all the attention that has been paid to the union-backed campaign for a $15 minimum wage, the national decline in organized labor has persisted. Still, for three straight years, New York City, the birthplace of the Fight for $15 movement, has bucked that trend, according to a report that was to be released on Monday.
Nationally, fewer than one in nine workers is a union member, a share that has decreased slowly and steadily for more than 15 years, the report says. But in New York City, more than a quarter of workers are unionized, the highest proportion since 2007, according to the report.
“New York continues defying the law of gravity,” said Ruth Milkman, a co-author, with Stephanie Luce, of the annual report, titled “The State of the Unions.” Ms. Milkman and Ms. Luce are professors at the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City University of New York.
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Members of Local 246 can receive a discount on their wireless monthly charges with AT&T, the only national unionized wireless provider with nearly 150,000 organized workers. Union members can save 15 percent. If you already have AT&T service, be sure you’re saving all you can with AT&T discounts through Union Plus. For more information on the discounts, click here.
President Joe Colangelo was this year’s keynote speaker at the 93rd Annual Commencement at Automotive High School on June 25.
He said it was an honor to address the graduates at a school he is actively involved with. “After today, some of you will go on to college, others will go straight into the work force, but each of you will travel your own path. Wherever your path leads you, you will be successful because of the foundation of knowledge and skills you take with you from Automotive High School.”
Colangelo’s father in law graduated Automotive High School in 1944. He was 17 years old and wanted to join the army, but he needed his father to sign his enlistment papers so he could join and fight in World War II. Because of his automotive background, he went into what is known as the SEABEES. SEABEES first recruits were the men who had helped to build Boulder Dam, the national highways, and New York’s skyscrapers; some had worked in the mines and quarries and dug the subway tunnels; They knew more than 60 skilled trades and needed mechanics to maintain and repair all the construction machinery they used and that is why my father in-laws automotive background was important to that unit. After the War he went on to become a mechanic for this great City of New York.
“Today is actually the 40th anniversary of my high school graduation and it was not far from here either. I graduated in 1976 from Aviation High school in Long Island City. Like most of you, I too wanted to be a mechanic; the only difference was I wanted to become an Aircraft mechanic,” Colangelo told the crowd. “The world you are entering today is much different than the world I entered after graduation. Technology is advancing at such a rapid pace you need to constantly be learning and adjusting.”
“I have worked with Mechanics my whole life and mechanics tend to be a breed apart. Mechanics are problem solvers, we are presented with a problem and we study it and figure out a way to fix it,” he said. “Here’s to the next generation of problem solvers. God bless you all and success can be yours, so go get it!”
As part of the new contracts the Union recently negotiated with the City, all members now have a five-minute grace period when starting their shifts. Employees can punch in up to five minutes after their scheduled start time without having to charge lateness, with the punch rounding back to the scheduled start time). If an employee tries to submit lateness for five minutes or less, then an error message is displayed. President Joe Colangelo said this grace period gives covered members a small amount of breathing room if they are stuck in traffic, their bus is running late, or the trains are off schedule. He said that if the employee is more than five minutes late, then a lateness leave request must be submitted to account for all the late minutes; the grace period does not reduce the lateness. This change to the grace period is retroactive from July 12, 2015. Where the employee submitted five minutes or less of lateness between July 12, 2015, and October 10, 2015, the lateness should be changed and not charged. “Agency administrators and timekeepers are aware of this change and should be making necessary adjustments,” Colangelo said. “Any member questioning whether their time was reversed should contact their Shop Steward.”
Since we launched our Facebook page a couple of months ago, hundreds of members, municipal workers and other labor organizations have liked us. Same goes for our Twitter page. Don’t be left out in the cold. If you utilize social media, be sure to LIKE US on Faceboook and FOLLOW US on Twitter. Members have provided positive feedback to date about how useful these social media outlets have been in helping keep everyone up to date.
Recently, the Municipal Labor Committee along with the New York City Office of Labor Relations Committee, agreed to create two new Diabetes pilot programs to assist our members with managing their diabetes. As part of this program, EmblemHealth will identify and contact eligible GHI Non-Medicare subscribers and give them instructions on how to join this program.
These programs will not replace the care you receive from your doctor, but will provide additional support you may need to manage your diabetes and meet your health goals. The programs will begin on July 1, 2015. It is important for you to know that the program is completely voluntary and confidential – your personal health information will not be shared with anyone. Enrollment in the program is limited.
Diabetes is an ever increasing threat to the health and welfare of the American public. Due to the seriousness of this health issue, the (your union name) supports this diabetes management program. If selected, we urge you to participate!
Did you know?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that approximately 29 million Americans have diabetes, costing about $245 billion in medical expenses and loss wages annually. If left untreated, diabetes can cause serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and even the loss of a toe or foot! The good news is that the more you know, the better you will be able to manage your diabetes and prevent these problems. Let us help you.
City of New York Diabetes Program
Managing diabetes can be overwhelming. There’s so much to learn and remember in order to keep your diabetes under control. The diabetes case management program provides support from a nurse case manager, educational materials and important information to help you better understand and manage your type 1 and 2 diabetes.
City of New York Diabetes Pregnancy Program
There’s nothing more important than caring for yourself and your baby. That’s why we’re excited to offer the Healthy Beginnings PATH (Positive Actions Toward Health) pregnancy program to our pregnant members who have type 1 or 2 diabetes or develop gestational diabetes mellitis (GDM) during their pregnancy. We want to help you have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
Online Health Management Tools
Check out our electronic wellness services on www.emblemhealth.com. They are free, secure and easy to access whenever and wherever you may need them! Once you are registered and login, you can access a Health Assessment (HA), Personal Health Record (PHR) and other health information tools for a variety of health related topics including diabetes.
If you receive an invitation to participate in this program, we urge you to take advantage of this opportunity and start managing your diabetes today – you will be doing a great service to yourself and your family and friends will appreciate it!
We look forward to putting you on a path to a healthier lifestyle.
Local 246 has made available for purchase by members Union jackets featuring a large scale color version of the Local 246 logo on the back. The cost of the jacket is $80. If you want to add your name on one line to the front, the cost is $82. If you want your name and your shop or title on the second line, the cost is $84. If you need a size 2X, add $3 to the total cost of whatever jacket you choose. If you need a 3X, add $6 to the total cost of whatever jacket you choose. Jackets can either be picked up at the Union office or at a general membership meeting.