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MEA opposes the Office of Collective Bargaining's Board of Certification Decision Regarding the Unionization of City Administrative Managers

The New York City Managerial Employees Association (MEA) PRESS RELEASE Friday May 8, 2009 The Civil Service Title of Administrative Manager (Title Code No. 10025) historically has been designated as managerial. On April 8, 2009, the Board of Certifications (BCB) of the NYC Office of Collective Bargaining (OCB) issued an amended certification to add Administrative Manager, Level I and Level II as a collectively bargained for position. At an April 22, 2009 Executive Board meeting of the MEA, members strongly opposed the decision made by the Board of Certifications. A resolution (see attached) was adopted to reflect the opposition. MEA’s objections are based upon the following rationale. · Reclassifying management positions to non-managerial status creates a barrier to an employee’s managerial advancement and limits executive management’s work assignment prerogatives. · Transferring managerial staff into non-managerial positions erodes the motivation to continue functioning in a capacity for utilizing independence, good judgment and initiative in managing the agencies. · Combining managers and non-managerial employees into one bargaining unit impedes management/employee interaction and relations. · This reclassification will create a distinct possibility of increased costs in overtime and pension benefits in these difficult economic times. Non managers are entitled to overtime, longevity, and shift differentials – Managers are not. The MEA represents managers who are responsible for the day-to-day and year-to-year public service operations of City government. We are responsible for achieving individual Agency goals as well as satisfying Administration mandates. Within given parameters and sometimes with unforeseen limitations and challenges, these tasks are consistently accomplished. Managers accumulate knowledge and wisdom from training and everyday experience on the front line managing the activities required to provide unwavering public service to millions of New Yorkers. With this said, we have asked the City to appeal the BCB decision. “Managers Have a Right to Self-Determination” On behalf of the membership of the NYC Managerial Employee Association (MEA), in response to recent efforts to reclassify management positions as non-managerial: the MEA Executive Board resolves and pledges to remain consistent with our mission to improve promotional opportunities and rights for our members; promote the highest standards of public service managerial performance; and to improve the delivery of municipal services to the public. We further aim to preserve the rights of managers for career advancement through the Managerial Pay Plan. The MEA strongly opposes and requests that the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations (OLR) appeal the decision (2 OCB2d 13 – BOC2009) of the Board of Certification (BCB) of the Office of Collective Bargaining (OCB) dated April 8, 2009 and to oppose future efforts to reclassify management positions to non-managerial status. These efforts impose a glass ceiling for career advancement and could potentially cost the City of New York millions in overtime and pension costs. The MEA contends that managers have a right to self-determination when it involves their career advancement path, including the decision to remain in the Managerial Pay Plan. We further maintain that reclassifying portions of the City’s managerial workforce to non-managerial creates a counter-productive division in the workforce and managerial ranks.

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