MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2023
Contact: Nick Voutsinos
WASHINGTON – AFSCME President Lee Saunders released the following statement recognizing National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, which is happening April 9-15, 2023:

The New York State Paid Family Leave benefit is expanded to include care for siblings as eligible dependents for leave. The PFL benefit is 12 weeks. The maximum weekly paid benefit is $971.61 or $1,943 bi-weekly. The contribution rate dropped from .511% of payroll to .455% of payroll. This union-negotiated benefit is available to nearly all DC 37 members, including members in the nonprofit and private sector locals.

The income thresholds for Child Care Facilitated Enrollment have increased to 300% of Federal Poverty Levels (FPL) and now have much lower co-pays. The increase means more DC 37 members may be eligible for subsidized daycare programs for working families in New York City and Suffolk County, Long Island.

Important information regarding your ballot:If you’re a member in good standing and covered by the citywide contract, you should have received your ballot package in the mail by now. In order to be counted toward ratification, ballots must be received by AAA from members no later than 9 a.m. on Friday, March 31.

We will be holding a Staten Island borough meeting on Thursday, March 30th at 5-7PM at the St. George Library Center. Join us and meet the administrators, council and local staff representatives; get answers to your questions and learn about how it's a new day for Local 1549.

Your DC 37 Delegate Assembly voted overwhelmingly to recommend our tentative contract agreement with the City of New York. The decision is now in your hands.

Important Upcoming Dates

March 10 – Member ratification period begins, ballot packages are mailed out by AAA to active members covered by the agreement

March 17 – All eligible members in good standing receive ballot package in the mail

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