President's Report Nov. 2020 & Early Retirement Bill

This Report includes:

  • *Reopening a safe workplace
  • *City Budget & No Lay-Off agreement
  • *Early Retirement Bills in State Legislature - New Bill S9041/A11089
  • *Delta Dental – New Dental Network for DC37 members
  • *Social Services .20% addition to gross update
  • *Clerical Unit .20% addition to the gross update
  • *DC37 Constitution Amendments
  • *Local 154 Exec. Board’s resolution on Black Lives Matter

Some of the nation’s largest cultural institutions accepted more than $1.6 billion in federal help to weather the coronavirus pandemic, but continued to let go of workers – even though the assistan

  1. Highlights

          Contracts Update

                      - Economic Bargaining / Health Care Savings

                      - Transit Settlement on Additions to the Gross

           Janus v. AFSCME in Supreme Court

           Civil Service Examinations

                                  In This Report:

  • Returning to the Office / Union filing law suits against the City (Pages 2-4)
  •  New Tests in DCAS Calendar: Associate Human Rights Specialist & Public Record Aide (Page 12)
  • Updated .20% RIP, Annuity and Longevity payments (Pages 7-8)
  • Bargaining with School Construction Authority (SCA) (page 7)

When Fran Krugen’s late husband was first diagnosed with diabetes, his insulin cost about $35 a bottle.

But Krugen, an AFSCME retiree from Arizona, will never forget the day when she and her husband went to the drug store to pick up his insulin and the pharmacist told them it now cost $900 a bottle.

“This was medication he needed to live, and we had insurance,” she said at a press briefing earlier this month. “We looked at each other and had to ask ourselves: Do we make the house payment? Do we buy food? Or do we pay for his medication?”

The pandemic has led many of us to take stock of our lives and our goals. For AFSCME New Jersey member LaTrenda Ross, the pandemic ignited a long-held dream—starting her own life coaching business.

“I was thinking about revamping my whole entire life,” recalls Ross, a member of Local 2306. “I was looking out for things I want to do, things I haven’t been going after.”

More Americans approve of labor unions today than at any time since 1965, according to annual Gallup poll results released around each Labor Day.

More than two-thirds of poll respondents – 68% – approved of labor unions. That means a clear majority of voters views labor unions favorably. Among adults 18-34 years of age, 77% approve of unions. Support is also high among those with annual household incomes under $40,000.

                                June 2021 Report Highlights

  • * Returning to the Office / Opening a safe workplace / COVID 19 Vaccination/Mask Usage (Pages 4, 5)
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  •  *Update: 2021 Early Retirement Bills in State Legislature – Updated 6/30/21 (page 6)
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  • *Updated .20% RIP, Annuity and Longevity payments
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  • Bargaining with School Construction Authority (SCA) (page 7)

In May 2021's report:

  • Safe Reopening
  • Update on Early Retirement Incentive (latest on June 10, 2021)
  • Update on Unit Contract - Longevities, RIPs, Annuities