This is part of Michael Mulgrew's latest email today sent to active UFTers:
The city has dropped a bombshell that puts our premium-free health care in jeopardy. The city’s Office of Labor Relations sent a letter to the head of the Municipal Labor Committee giving the unions notice of its intent to enroll all Medicare‑eligible city retirees in a NYC Medicare Advantage plan and eliminate all other retiree health plans, including GHI SeniorCare. If the unions don’t go along with it, the city has threatened annual health care premiums of roughly $1,500 for all in‑service municipal employees.
Both alternatives are unacceptable. We will not allow the city to divide us by forcing us into a choice between premium‑free health care and health plan options for retirees.
Our fight to amend the city’s administrative code has been to avoid this exact scenario. We need the City Council to amend this code to preserve health plan choices for retirees and save premium-free health care for all of our members. The code amendment will affirm the Municipal Labor Committee’s right to negotiate health care for all municipal union members and the city’s obligation to offer health plan choices for retirees.
An immediate reaction from NYC Educator who said this in his piece:
So let's see if I've got this straight. If we don't agree that retirees must pay $5,000 a year per couple to retain the care they've had forever, in-service members will have to pay $1500 a year. It's kind of hard to see the union in that. In fact, it appears we're pitting one section of the union against another.
The City has no right to impose any change on any of us in the municipal unions. We printed the 1992 umbrella union Municipal Labor Committee-NYCAgreement earlier today and we will print it again tonight. The key line:
It is understood and agreed that the parties will continue to bargain over and determine by mutual agreement the terms and conditions of employee health benefits.
Our friend Marianne Pizzitola from the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees put out this powerful video in response to Mulgrew's healthcare givebacks email sent out on Saturday afternoon accusing Mulgrew of "destroying the labor movement."
Another video from Marianne: