Following Monday's completely successful retiree showing at the City Council, the Council would be ignoring the will of the retirees if they were to change Administrative Code 12-126. Marianne Pizzitola and her New York City Organization of Public Service Retirees completely outorganized the UFT and DC 37. Opposition to Medicare Advantage (Mulgrewcare) is strong.
The Retirees also sued to stop the copayments Michael Mulgrew and the Municipal Labor Committee agreed to that started last year. Marianne's lawyers were ready and they, not Mulgrew, sued. The retirees have won an injunction to stop the copays. Mulgrew has reacted with a strange email that he and Retired Teachers Chapter Leader Tom Murphy sent:
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank on Jan. 11 issued a preliminary injunction against the city, EmblemHealth and GHI that temporarily bars them from charging any of the co-payments in the GHI Senior Care plan that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
We told the city, the Municipal Labor Committee and EmblemHealth that we are informing our retirees that they don’t need to pay those co-pays as of today, pending a final decision in the lawsuit or other court rulings.
If your doctor’s office or medical provider still requires you to pay this co-pay because they are not yet aware of the court ruling, you should pay the co-pay and keep the receipt.
If this preliminary injunction becomes a final ruling upheld on appeal, we will work to recoup every penny that our retirees have spent on these co-pays since they went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
Michael Mulgrew, UFT President
Tom Murphy, Retired Teachers Chapter Chair
The implication is that the UFT had something to do with this lawsuit. They had nothing to do with it. It was filed by Marianne's lawyers. Mulgrew was a major player in agreeing to the copayments.
This is from 2021 from the Professional Staff Congress (CUNY professors union that I am honored to be part of):
The NYC Office of Labor Relations (OLR) and the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) negotiated the copays PRIOR to their agreement to move most NYC retirees from traditional Medicare to the privatized Medicare Advantage plan. The copays were scheduled to go into effect much earlier, but implementation was delayed until 1/1/22. We alerted members at our December chapter meeting of the impending copays. Advance notice, however, doesn’t make them more palatable.
Mulgrew negotiated the copays that he now wants to be refunded because of 12-126 which he is trying to get the City Council to weaken. Does he have a clue?
I think the members of Unity Caucus and the wider UFT need to have that come to Jesus moment too.