New York City Local 246

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

AT&T Employee Sponsorship Program Discount

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.

Members Now Get 5-Minute Grace Period

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.”

New Diabetes Programs from GHI

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 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.

Union Jackets For Sale

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.

Union Jacket Order Form

Local 246 Wins Two-Year Battle with City on Prevailing Rate Laws

After a two-year battle with the City of New York and the former Bloomberg mayoral administration, Local 246 has succeeded in putting a final stop to the Personnel Order (E.O. 88) that would have changed the protections afforded under the 220 prevailing rate laws.

Local 246 President Joe Colangelo called the battle “long and difficult.”

For more than a century, skilled trades titles — including members of Local 246 —  have had their wages and benefits determined in accordance with prevailing rates as required by Section 220 of the New York State Labor Law, Colangelo said.

On April 11, 2012, the Bloomberg Administration adopted a resolution (E.O. 88), without notice to Local 246, reclassifying the Union’s titles from Labor Law §220 prevailing rate employees to graded titles. This reclassification plan altered wages and supplements and leave regulations. Continue reading


The Health Insurance Dependent Verification Audit, (“Audit”) the City sent out to employees and retirees was challenged by the Municipal Labor Committee (“MLC”) because the City failed to negotiate with the MLC over certain mandatory subjects of collective bargaining.

The MLC obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from the New York Supreme Court against the City prohibiting further implementation of the Audit. Thereafter, the City and the MLC met and an Agreement was achieved to permit the Audit to continue under the following conditions: Continue reading


Local 246 and representatives from the Office of Labor Relations reached an agreement on a unified payroll policy for all agencies concerning how employees should be paid when working overtime. The following procedure will be implemented:
All scheduled hours in pay status shall count toward the contractual weekly threshold, including but not limited to annual leave usage and paid sick leave usage. For example, an employee works his regular daily shift and is asked to work overtime. The following day the employee takes an annual leave or sick leave day. That annual leave or sick leave day shall count toward reaching the 40 hour threshold; therefore, he/she shall be paid for the overtime worked that day.
This agreement excludes employees in the titles Auto Mechanic, Machinist and Machinist Helper employed in the Upstate facilities of the Department of Environmental Protection and other titles with specific overtime language.

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