President's Report May 2022

In This Report:

  • DC37 Union Rally for Fair Wages in front of City Hall – at 5:30 PM on June 15, 2022 
  • NYC Labor Parade on September 10, 2022 – March with your Union!                                                                                                                    
  • NYC Council goes over final hearings reviewing Mayor Adams’ Executive Budget.  The budget is expected to be in place in June. The NYC Comptroller’s revenues report estimates a positive money flow for the City in the first quarter of 2022. Also, it is estimated that the City workforce has lost 18,000 workers, mostly to retirement, through 2021.
  • DC37 have asked Mayor Adams to start contract negotiations. A survey is being sent to all DC37 members to hear on members’ priorities for this round of bargaining. DC 37 is calling all members to take part in a rally for Fair Wages in front of City Hall at 5:30 pm on June 15, 2022.
  • The Union continue to monitor the City’s fiscal health. City revenues during the first quarter of year 2022 will be crucial to predict the City’s budgetary position by the end of the current fiscal year in June (FY2022).  
  • NYC high health care costs adds new pressures to contract negotiations. A handful of Hospitals exact exorbitant prices from City’s coffers with rates at 300% & 400% above Medicare basic costs. Unions asks NYS Attorney General to investigate Hospital’s billing practices.
  • Some Albany legislators are moving to enact NYS health care act which will require an estimated 10-20% premium from every participant. City workers state their concerns because currently they don’t pay out of pocket premiums. 
  • Remote work bill S5536/A457 passed Senate but finds hurdles in Assembly. Union reached out to legislator with message of support for this bill in Albany. Also, DC 37 asks Mayor to negotiate Remote Work Policy.
  • Union members make thousands of calls to get Tier 6 changes. Affective April 9, 2022, TIER 6 new vesting will be at 5 Years rather than 10 years. Health coverage is still vested at 10 years. Also, paid pensionable earnings above the base salary will not be capped from April 1, 2022 through 2024.
  • City workers get a Juneteenth Holiday. The Mayor and the Union agreed to the new holiday, and no givebacks. It is expected NYCHA, H+H, SCA will adopt the measure shortly. TA is adopting the measure for year 2022 only; DC37 is asking TA to negotiate the inclusion of the Holiday for future years.