May 2022 Issue
[The Public] is Local 768’s monthly bulletin compiled by members of Local 768. By giving updates on union developments and events between membership meetings, we hope to help inform members and encourage involvement in our union’s democracy.
Welcome new members! | Pension reforms & Juneteenth
768 for Phara | CUNY SLU program | Yankees 'Union Night'
Welcome new members!
As Summer approaches, Local 768 officers would like to,
Have a great Summer all -
Carmen De León,
President Local 768 DC37
Pension reform wins & a new paid holiday
What has changed?
With the new April 2022 NYS budget, Tier 6 has been reformed to allow public sector employees to vest in the pension after 5 years instead of 10 years. This includes those in Mayoral agencies, Health and Hospitals, NYCHA, DOE, School Construction Authority, Transit Authority, CUNY and the State.
Another change is that overtime will not be subject to the contribution rate, temporarily, for the two year period between 4/1/22 - 3/31/24.
What hasn't changed?
You will still need 10 years of service to be eligible for retiree medical coverage. There is no change to the pension formula, time required to get to a full service pension, or calculation of benefits. All employees in Tier 6 still pay a percentage towards their pension based on their salary for their entire career.
As more information becomes available we will share that with you.
The holiday of Juneteenth has been added to the Citywide union agreement and will fall on Sunday, June 19 this year.
If you work on the actual holiday of the 19th, you get compensated with premium pay and a day. Monday, June 20th, 2022 will be the observed day; if you work on the observed day you get the comp day in addition to regular pay. It will follow the same rules as our current holidays.
The holiday is for full time employees who are covered by the Citywide agreement as well as 220 titles, Department of Education employees, NYCHA and NYC Health and Hospitals, as well as NY State members. Employees who are required to work on the holiday will receive holiday premium and a day added to the leave bank for later use. If you work the observed day, a day will be added to the leave bank for later use.
Local 768 endorses Phara Souffrant Forrest
Local 768 is proud to endorse Phara Souffrant Forrest in her reelection to NYS Assembly in Brooklyn’s 57th district.
As a union nurse, tenant organizer, and new mom, she recognizes - like all good unionists - that the only way to counter organized money is with organized people. She has demonstrated in her first term what that looks like by shaking up the corrupt status quo in Albany and winning funding for social services and dignity for working people.
Local 768 joins the NYS AFL-CIO, healthcare workers 1199SEIU, National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC) and many other unions and grassroots organizations to continue the fight for her district on election day June 28. Members can learn more about her campaign at pharaforassembly.com.