The Cutting Edge - Spring 2018
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Reminder: Union Dues
Please note, effective January 1, 2018, the maximum monthly dues are $90.18. Dues for 40 hour contracted work weeks are calculated by multiplying the hourly rate x 2.50; for 35 hour contracted work week hourly rate x $2.20; for 37 1/2 hour contracted work week hourly rate x $2.36, up to a maximum of $90.18. When the hourly rate increases, the dues increase, up to the maximum monthly dues.
9/11 Asbestos Debris Lawsuits Cleared by NY Appeals Court
The state’s top court cleared the way for a group of 9/11 cleanup workers who became ill after cleaning up asbestos-laden debris to pursue legal claims against the Battery Park City Authority. Read the NY Daily News article.
NYS Paid Family Leave Law - Effective January 1, 2018
There is a new, state mandated family paid leave rights and benefits available under the NYS Paid Family Leave Law which will take effect January 1, 2018. Learn more.
Suffolk County Grant Available for First time buyers
There is a $10K grant available for Union members who are first time buyers looking to purchase in Suffolk County. Suffolk County will provide eligible first time buyers with a $10,000 down payment grant towards the purchase of a home, provided that the applicant is income eligible and meets all program requirements. In addition, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage will pay all closing costs.
Applicants must occupy the residence as their primary residence .
Income guidelines are as follow:
Maximum Allowable Income*
Minimum Annual Income
For more information, please contact Christine Dawson, Union Plus Specialist at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage at 516-520-3616.
Local 94 Member Fights to Educate Public About Importance of Unions
Local 94 member Bill Caramico's mission is to get the word out that Unions are vital to the survival of the country as whole. Read the Labor Press article here.
Buy American – The Clear Path To Job Creation!
Thanks to your advocacy Buy American legislation is closer than ever to passing. The feedback from Legislators was very good, but as talks on the budget heat up we know that they need to hear directly from you. That is why we are asking you to take the next step to call and speak with your legislator.
Take action now! Text “BUY USA” to 877877 or visit nysaflcio.org/BuyAmerican and sign the petition to make sure your tax dollars are used to BUY AMERICAN.
All current refrigerating system operating engineers (RSOE), Q-01/Q-99 holders, must complete a continuing education course in building operation, maintenance and recordkeeping from a Fire Department-approved school,such as Local 94’s BOMR course.
Certificate of Qualification (Q-01/Q-99) which expires on or after January 1, 2016, the applications for renewal must submit evidence of having completed BOMR course taught by a FDNY approved school or a valid FSD (F58/F25) Certificate of Fitness. In summary, the Certificate of Qualification holders who submit the renewal application before 1/1/2016 but with their expiration date on or after 1/1/2016 will be required to provide the evidence of having completed BOMR course or a copy of a valid FSD Certificate of Fitness. See attached flyer for details.
Don't Let TPP Gut State Laws - an Op-Ed by Eric T Schneiderman
Read this Op-Ed by the NYS Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that has the potential to undermine a wide range of state and local laws here at The Politico.
Information on Anthem - Empire Blue Cross Cyber Attack
As you may have heard from the news, Anthem, the parent company of Empire Blue Cross, was a target of a cyber-attack on their IT systems and as a result, certain client data (possibly including information about current and former participants of certain group health plan clients) was breached. Anthem is currently conducting an extensive IT Forensic investigation to determine whether Local 94’s members and/or participants of the I.U.O.E. Local 94-94A-94B, AFL-CIO Health Fund (“Health Fund”) have been directly impacted by this breach. We will continually post updated information as we obtain it from Anthem. In addition to obtaining information from the Health Fund’s website, you may also visit the Anthem’s dedicated website which contains information about the cyber-attack at www.AnthemFacts.com or call (877) 263-7995. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE REPORTS OF SCAM AND PHISHING EMAIL CAMPAIGNS TARGETING ANTHEM and EMPIRE BLUE CROSS MEMBERS. These emails may appear to be from legitimate sources and/or contain links for credit monitoring. We strongly suggest that you do not click or respond to them without verifying the validity of the vendor or the firm sending such emails. We also suggest that you take the necessary precautions before handing out your personal information (i.e. SSN or credit card information) over the phone or the internet. Click here to read Empire's press release regarding the Scam Email Campaigns.