Local 371 and the City have settled the SUP II and SUP III lawsuit. The City has invalidated the previous exam and is offering those who filed previously a chance to re-file or request a refund. The new exam does give points for service as a permanent supervisor in the appropriate title whether they supervised employees or not.
On October 4, Mayor Bloomberg instructed his commissioners to come up with plans for a 2% reduction in fiscal year 2012 and a 6% reduction for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, 2012. He also announced a hiring freeze. Any agency that needs to fill a vacancy must go through OMB. The Union is awaiting plan submission by the agencies to determine the impact of the budget cuts.
On Tuesday October 4 President Wells and Union members joined with our fellow members at Local 372 and DC 37 to fight for the 800 school support staff members who were targeted for termination. The press conference and rally was well attended by members from all Unions and Politicians as well as AFSCME International Secretary Treasurer Lee Saunders.
The Union efforts to stop the layoff of the 18 DOITT employees have been unsuccessful. As of October 7, 1 retired, 1 went back to a different title and 16 were laid off. The Union is continuing the fight to find alternative employment for the laid off members.
On Friday, September 23, the City told 18 of our members at the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications—311 call center workers, specifically—that they would lose their jobs.
The Union would like to thank all the members and their families who came out to African American Day parade in Harlem September 17. Participants took time to honor District Council 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts.
The City of New York has offered to settle the Union’s lawsuit challenging Supervisor II and Supervisor III exams. The basis of the challenge is that the point system created by DCAS gives an unfair advantage to provisional employees. The City is expected to sign the settlement stipulation shortly and offer a new exam.
The Union and the City have agreed to a new increase to gross payment—that is, an increase to the three categories in addition to a worker’s base pay: title longevity, assignment differential and uniform allowance.
The settlement calls for an increase of 5.47 percent retroactive to March 3, 2010. No payment dates have been announced.