Just got the news the appeal decision is out.
The statement from Marianne:
Today, the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees won their case in the First Department NY Appellate Court. The Court was very clear Code § 12-126 (b) (1) provides: “The city will pay the entire cost of health insurance coverage for city employees, city retirees, and their dependents, not to exceed one hundred percent of the full cost of H.I.P.-H.M.O. on a category basis.”
The court correctly determined that Administrative Code § 12-126 (b) (1) requires respondents to pay the entire cost, up to the statutory cap, of any health insurance plan a retiree selects.
The Retirees applaud the decision.
NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees
We need to keep up the fight because the UFT leadership is doubling down on its misinformation/disinformation campaign with the City Council.
Bottom Line: This means if we get a shitty healthcare plan, it will be 100% the fault of Mulgrew and his MLC cronies who are trying to push the City Council to change the code. Watch him go into overdrive this week trying to convince UFT members to contact the City Council. Thankfully, the City Council does not seem super keen on making the change, but anything is possible. Gonna be an interesting winter with that as well as with contract negotiations.
I just read the court’s decision. In it it states, “The court correctly determined that Administrative Code § 12-126 (b) (1) requires respondents to pay the entire cost, up to the statutory cap, of any health insurance plan a retiree selects. ”. I wonder, do the the words “any health insurance a retiree selects” put a damper on the city’s thinking that they can force Medicare eligible retirees into just one plan as has been threatened? I am sure the city will appeal the case further in court. We need to keep Administrative Code 12-126 as it is with NO amendment!
Happy Thanksgiving all!
Happy Thanksgiving to you Waiting!
From a City Council staffer to a reader:
Thank you for writing to our office regarding NYC Administrative Code Section 12-126. Right now, the Council is not considering any legislation to amend this portion of the administrative code. As you likely know, the Mayor has been urging the Council to take up legislation to amend 12-126, but no Councilmember has introduced legislation that would remove the City’s responsibility to provide premium-free healthcare to retirees. Only a member of the City Council or the Public Advocate can introduce legislation. Additionally, yesterday, an appellate court ruled again in favor of the retirees and reiterated the City’s responsibility to provide premium free healthcare to its employees for life. Should any legislation be introduced, we will of course take your concerns and comments into consideration. But the Council has no plans to take up any legislation to amend Administrative Code 12-126. Thank you for your advocacy, and have a great week.
Andrew Wright (he/him)
Director of Policy & Budget Initiatives
Office of Council Member Crystal Hudson
I am very grateful that Mulgrew's attempt to screw over retirees has once again failed. I only hope and pray that he continues to run into a brick wall when he tries to screw over retirees and other UFT members. Keep your filthy thieving hands off my healthcare, you bum!
If a private company , was attempting , what the UFt is attempting to do , the UFT would vote to boycott that company
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