Friday, November 4, 2022

Exposing the Adams/Mulgrew Threat to Our Healthcare: Untangling the Confusion- Retiree Advocate - Sunday Nov. 6 7PM

#Mulgrewcare run amuck - stop the madness!!!!

Here is the video and link:
Retiree Advocate is doing a zoom on Sunday Nov. 6 7PM to address questions people may have and to expose the confusion created by the the joint operation of the city and some of the unions, led by Mulgrew in the UFT and DC 37, the largest components who dominate the MLC (Metropolitan Labor Committee) who make deals with the city that control our health care. We may not have all the answers but we have some answers. We are hoping to have Marianne Pizzitola join us but if she can't  make it we have some knowledgeable people.

MORE is planning another zoom in the same issue a week later at the same time and Marianne is definitely going to be there.


Exposing the Adams/Mulgrew Threat to Our Healthcare: Untangling the Confusion

This Sunday, Nov 6 at 7PM, Retiree Advocate/UFT is holding a Zoom Info Meeting to share what we know - and what we don't know - regarding the current healthcare crisis in our unions. 

Learn what role Mulgrew and other union leaders in the MLC have been playing in partnership with Mayor Adams and the Office of Labor Relations.

New information is coming in constantly and we are trying to stay up to date. This meeting will share info & analysis, and try to answer your questions.

  Register Here

Attendance will be limited to 100.  Meeting will be  recorded for those who cannot make it.

Here are some comments I gleaned from some of the listserve discussions after a district rep sent out an appeal to chapter leaders to get their staffs to call the city council to change the admin code. As Jonathan says in his current blog:  Administrative Code 12-126 – Line by line:

The code today means:

“The City pays an amount equal to the cost of HIP”

The code if the Mulgrew/Nespoli/Adams amendment goes through will say:

The City pays the cost of HIP, and no more than that, or else some other amount – and that amount could be different for different groups of city workers, and there is no limit on how low those amounts might be.

When you call your city council member, please explain this to them as you urge them to protect workers and retirees, and reject the amendment.

Comments from RA listserve:
It's pure pap! All one has to do is read the amendment language. Your DR is asking you to not believe your own eyes or use your own brain. The amendment reaffirms nothing because Judge Frank's ruling changed absolutely nothing. His ruling merely said that retirees are protected from paying premiums, specifically on the now-dormant Medicare Advantage Plus plan, because of price protections built into the city code.

It's not hard to understand the amendment. Just look at it. It does two things and two things only: First it strips healthcare price protections, for ALL current and retired municipal employees, by yanking those protections out of city law, and placing them in the hands of OLR lawyers and union bosses. Second, it allows city bureaucrats to classify municipal employees into separate, as yet undefined, categories. That's a prospect that begs the creation of tiered, unequal levels of coverage for past and present city workers.

I bet your DR wouldn't wish that on her mother's health plan!
, or in the alternative,
This means, "What was said before this doesn't count."

 in the case of any class of individuals eligible for coverage by a plan jointly agreed upon by the city and the municipal labor committee to be a benchmark plan for such class,
This means, "For anyone and everyone in city employment, the benchmark price - formerly established as the cost of the HIP-HMO plan, and until now protected by this law - can now be chosen by the MLC and OLR. We don't need no stinkin' law, made by stinkin' elected legislators, to tell us what to do! And if we want to, we can have multiple plans, and multiple benchmark prices, for multiple classes of people, and we can change that any time we like. So there!"

not to exceed the full cost of such benchmark plan as applied to such class. 
This means, "When we say your brand new benchmark plan costs only ten bucks, but you want to stay in your old plan; the one that costs five hundred bucks - and that we will still offer because we believe in freedom of choice - no problem! Just cough up the $490. But hey, if you want, you can have our super-duper $5 or $8 plan for free! Because, you know, choice!" 
And some Media links to articles: 
An excellent article below from Work-Bites

Beware of the Mad Dash to Medicare Advantage

And one more:

The City Council must enable budget-cutting new health insurance options for retirees, warns Eric Adams’s chief labor negotiator — or City Hall will eliminate existing insurance plans

1 comment:

Daniel Harkavy said...

Where is the video posted?