Meeting with the Office of Labor Relations
We have been informed that based on our request, a meeting with the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Office of Labor Relations (OLR) will be calendared. At that meeting we will discuss MEA’s requests for:
1. Across the board general salary increases for 2008, 2009 and 2010.
New York City career managers are responsible for the day-to-day and year-to-year public service operations of City government. We are responsible of achieving individual Agency goals as well as satisfying Administration mandates. Within given parameters and sometimes with unforeseen limitations and handicaps, career managers achieve these tasks on a regular basis. Managers consistently fulfill the expectations of the City’s Administration.
We accumulate knowledge and wisdom from our training and everyday experience on the front line managing the activities required to provide unwavering public service to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. Our leadership and management skills provide the direction for the performance of non-managerial staff. With this said, career mangers should be identified and compensated fairly and reasonably for the magnitude of their responsibilities.
2. Longevity/Service increments.
For retention of managers, a longevity service/increment is an incentive for managers to remain in public service and as an acknowledgement of dedicated tenure as a career manager in public service. The implementation of a longevity/service increment pay plan for career managers would provide equity in benefits for managers and non-managerial city employees for which we advocate.
3. Excess Annual Leave Payout.
In lieu of having excess annual leave convert to sick leave or seeking approval to carry over an excessive annual leave balance, a manager shall have the option to request to his or her Agency to be paid for a maximum of ten (10) days or two (2) weeks of accrued annual leave per year.
· Annual leave payment shall be based on payout for excessive annual leave accrued during the current year only.
· Payout shall be paid at the rate of pay earned during the current year of excessive accrual.
The annual leave payout provides a manger with the flexibility of being financially compensated for each current year there is an annual leave balance.
4. Equity in Terminal Leave Benefits.
There is a decisive inequality in the value of sick leave upon retirement that the managerial work force receives as compared to the non-managerial work force. Managerial sick leave upon retirement is reimbursed at a rate of 1/3 of a day for all balances over 60 days or more. On the other hand, non-managerial sick leave upon retirement is reimbursed at the rate of ½ of a day with no minimum balance.
We continue to advocate for equal treatment for all managers in all city agencies and authorities, as well as parity with all non-managerial city employees. We also propose the elimination of the 60-day accrued balance threshold for managers to receive terminal sick leave benefits.
55/25 Tier Equity Law
A bill to extend the provisions of the optional 25 year early retirement program to NYCERS members who were employed after June 28, 1995 or who failed to elect to participate in the program in 1995 has been referred to the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee on April 8, 2008. MEA whole-heartedly supports this legislation and urges all members to write to their Assembly Person to vote in the affirmative. MEA will begin a formal letter writing campaign shortly.
MEA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration
On December 4, 1968 approximately 50 City Managers braved an all –day rain to attend the first meeting of the New York City Managerial Employee’s Association. It was declared by MEA founder Raymond E. Diana that the general purpose of the organization was to “provide collective representation for city employees in positions excluded by law because of their managerial duties and responsibilities”.
We are planning a celebration commemorating this event to be held later this year. We are forming committees and establishing responsibilities to ensure a worthwhile experience. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Marie Cairoli at the MEA Office at 212-964-0035 to volunteer.
Stephen M. Ferrer