We got word from inside the Municipal Labor Committee meeting yesterday that there was a vote of the MLC Steering Committee after the regular meeting. This was only supposed to be an information session about the proposed privatized Medicare Advantage Plan with Aetna. Sources tell us a motion was made to table (delay) any MLC vote on Aetna until the many questions unions had were answered.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew's side actually lost the initial Steering vote but only by a single vote. At that point, Mulgrew was apparently outraged saying his over 100,000 UFT members were being silenced (as if he represents our wishes) and a union leader who was not there named Meeks was called to vote to make it a tie. Then, Harry Nespoli (sanitation union leader and chair of MLC) voted to break the tie. The motion to table failed.
The result means there will be a weighted MLC vote on Thursday, March 9 where Mulgrewcare with Aetna will pass and Medicare-eligible retirees will have only two choices according to our sources: Aetna's Mulgrewcare or HIP-VIP. GHI Senior Care will be out. That means traditional Medicare is done for City retirees unless retirees want to opt out of the City's coverage and not get reimbursed for Medicare Part B premiums and IRMAA.
If you are interested in hearing one of the greatest sell jobs in history, then attend the UFT Retired Teachers Chapter meeting on Monday at 1:00 P.M. if you are a retired UFT member. Of course, there will be no UFT vote on the biggest change in retiree policy in decades. Mulgrew is the decider. Our source tells us the MLC will vote without having seen the Aetna contract.
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