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Below are the Mayoral Agencies Leave Policy for Employees at Risk for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), revised March 5, 2020, and the Citywide Telework Policy for City Employees during the COVID-19 Outbreak. Also please find other bulletins addressing the current situation.
The Union is pressing New York State to modify the state Paid Family Leave and Unemployment Insurance Laws and Regulations to improve the coverage of workers and their families due to COVID-19 to insure that workers receive their full pay and job protection if they have to be on COVID-19 related leave. The Union has received suggestions from our members and we have made additional proposals to the Agencies to better protect and support its employees. The Union’s central objective is the health and safety of our members, as well as their pay, benefits and job protection.
We’ll keep you updated as we continue to press our demands at the Federal, State and Local levels to protect the health and safety of all workers, their families and the public. As you are aware, there are many open questions.
We are committed to obtaining hazard pay for our members, as well as pressing for adequate PPE and testing on demand for the presence of the virus and for antibodies, both of which are still not easily available.
We are also concerned about the increased risk of contracting the disease from the so-called ‘low risk’ exposure over long periods.
Local 768 expresses its appreciation for your dedication to protect the public as the true frontline hospital and public health personnel you are. Please continue to be active, as together, we press the politicians and the administrators to provide the appropriate safety and medical equipment for ourselves, our patients and the public.
Please let me know your ideas, suggestions. and concerns. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 718-607-4741. Our union reps are on call to assist.
Fitz Reid, President, Local 768 DC 37 AFCSME, AFL-CIO
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Our New Economic Contract:
Keep an Eye Out for Your Raises
Let’s review your contractual raises. A 3 percent raise was due on October 26, 2019 and the Union is working with the City’s Office of Labor Relations for the following pay dates:
November 15, 2019 3% Increase on Rate
November 29, 2019 3% Increase on Additions to Gross
Health + Hospitals
December 27, 2019 B1 (per Annum)
January 3, 2020 B2 (Hourly)
November 21, 2019 3% Increase on Rate and Additions to Gross
This will bring your total wage increase to 7.42% compounded over the life of the contract, so for, above the general cost of living increase.
Term: This is a 44 months contract with compounded wage increases:
2% on September 26, 2017
2.25% on September 26, 2018
3% on October 26, 2019
Additions to gross will be increased by 3% effective October 26, 2019.
The 3% increase will not only increase your wages but this increase will also apply to your additions to gross (ATG). ATGs are separate payments that the Union has negotiated on your behalf. ATGs are benefits like uniform allowance, equipment allowance, service increment, longevity, service differential and certificate allowance. Recurring increment payments that are based on years of city service will also be increased by the 3%.
Please check your Local 768 website at: https://www.local768.org/ to see the current pay orders which contain your current wages and additions to gross.
It’s crucial that you check your pay stubs and compare them to the pay orders as you may not be receiving the correct rates of pay and benefits that the Union has negotiated on your behalf. For instance, the Local has discovered that although DC 37 has agreements with the City for additional payments such as Longevity, Assignment Differentials and Recurring Increment Payments (RIP) to the members, many agencies have not been making these payments to the members. For example, OLR by letter dated August 14, 2017, directed that the Creative Arts Therapists be included in the Health Services Agreement RIP, effective March 3, 2017, but many Creative Arts Therapists recently reported that they have not been paid this RIP – a shortage in pay of over $6,000 to some members.
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Our New Contract, Your Pay Orders, and “Additions to Gross”
At our last membership meeting President Reid went over all of the documents included in the new Local 768 flash drive which we are giving out to members and encouraging everyone to share. Every member must take the responsibility to locate their title and pay rates in these documents to insure that your pay is correct. In particular, look at the “Recurring Increment Payments,” the differentials, and the Additions to Gross. These go up every year for many of our titles, but management often does not keep pace with our contract.
Our Contracts, from 1995 to today. While wages steady rise to match inflation (mostly), we accrue increases in benefits and differentials as time goes on.
DC 37 Settlement Summary 2017 – 2021 * this is the current contract
New: Janus Language in the Contract, Protecting Your Union
The Contracts for our Three Bargaining Units. Know your title and which unit you are in!
What is SLOAC? It stands for Supplemental Leave of Absence Coverage, and here’s how it works:
Pay Orders for Our Bargaining Units: The .52% Pay Orders. These are additional payments negotiated by your union for selected titles. Check your title within your Bargaining Unit:
Pay Orders: New rates for our Health Services Unit:
Pay Orders: New Rates for Our Social Services Unit:
Pay Orders: New Rates for our Blue Collar Unit Titles:
Supplemental Agreements: Extra Payments for Selected Titles Negotiated by Your Union
Additions to gross for each unit
blue collar unit
Health Services Unit
Social Services Unit
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When Will the Pay Orders be Paid?
October 5, 2018 – Rate and retro for the 2% increase from 9/26/17, including on RIPs and service increments if received more than two years.
October 19, 2018 – Rate and small retro for the 2.25% increase from 9/26/18, including on RIPs and service increments if received more than two years.
HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORPORATION
October 5, 2018 for Bi-Weekly B1 payroll – 2% and retro
October 12, 2018 for Weekly (hourly B2 payroll)
November 2, 2018 for Bi-Weekly B1 payroll – 2.25% and small retro
November 9, 2018 for Weekly (hourly B2 payroll) 2.25% and small retro
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Sisters and Brothers,
Women make up the majority of Local 768, and I write to you with special appreciation. It is a fact that women have been more active in our movement for social and economic power than men. Recently, the womens’ march illustrated that.’
I am relying on our Local 768 women to continue to bring power to our union struggle. Women, as a whole, make less than men do — but this is not true in labor unions, where contracts set the same pay for every worker. However, this does not protect us from favoritism, cronyism, and other tactics that the employer has to discriminate against women. Let’s be on the lookout for those tactics.
I would also like to alert you to an opportunity. DC 37 is preparing women for future leadership roles through a six-month training program that begins in June. You are invited to apply to the union’s Women’s Leadership Academy. The application deadline is May 31 – more information at this link:
Fraternally, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Local 768 DC 37 AFSCME AFL-CIO
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Local 768 Membership Passes Resolution on the Care of Undocumented Patients in New York City Public Hospitals.
The Local 768 Membership, at our regularly scheduled meeting on February 6, passed the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the crisis of the undocumented in the United States has deep roots in a system of oppression and colonialism in which the U.S. played a major role, and;
WHEREAS, some Local 768 members have been given instructions to decrease the population of undocumented immigrants in their facilities by 40%; and
WHEREAS, Local 768 members, like health care providers and other workers, have grave concerns over threats to this desperately needed safety net coverage; and
WHEREAS, Local 768 believes we have a basic ethical obligation to defend undocumented immigrants in need of health care from round-ups, jail and deportation
by ICE; and
WHEREAS, any attempt to have Local 768 members identify patients for such discriminatory treatment would violate not only our professional obligations but NYC law and NYC Health + Hospitals’ stated policy; and
WHEREAS, this situation is made even more urgent by President Trump’s attacks on “sanctuary cities” and NYC regulations limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities; and
WHEREAS, we join with NYC-area building-service, education, Teamster, construction trades and other unionists in standing up for the rights of us all in opposition to attacks on our Muslim and immigrant sisters and brothers; and
WHEREAS, solidarity is a matter of life or death for labor, which is now under attack by anti-union “right to work” legislation and court cases such as (Janus v. AFSCME)
RESOLVED, that Local 768 formally and publicly states the following:
1) We will continue to serve all those in need and oppose any attempt to use immigration status against them, or to collect such information.
2) We will not go along with demands to cut care to undocumented patients, which would violate our most basic ethical responsibilities.
3) We also reject any attempt to undermine the federally mandated right to treatment of all those seeking emergency care.
4) Local 768 will establish a committee to defend the rights of immigrant patients, families and staff.
5) We advocate that the unions of the NYC metropolitan area come together in a massive protest showing the power of labor to stand up against any and all anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and other racist attacks in line with the labor motto, “AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL.”
The Resolution was submitted by Local 768 Member Irina Langman.
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Health Services Local 768 is New York City’s third-largest Union of health care workers. Our approximately 4,000 members work primarily for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and the Offices of the five New York City District Attorneys. We bring a better quality of life to the 8.4 million New Yorkers and to the millions of other commuters who are here on a regular basis. We also are ready to serve the estimated 50 million tourists who come to New York each year.
Local 768 DC 37 is headquartered at District Council 37, which is located at 125 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. We’re at room 768, and reachable via telephone at 212-815-1000. You can e-mail President Reid at: email@example.com