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New York City Deferred Compensation Plan Processing Schedule for May 22, 2015 Paydate
Important: The Plan has an automated system for enrolling and making account changes.
To Join the Plan: Enrollment in either the 457 or 401(k) Plan can be done online at nyc.gov/deferredcomp or by submitting an Enrollment Form which can be obtained online or by calling the Plan’s telephone voice response system at (212) 306-7760. If you are a new enrollee, please note, you cannot select “single payroll deferral” as your first deduction. Therefore, you may wish to change your deferral percentage beginning April 22th for all future paydates after May 22, 2015. Read More

Local 1180 Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract
Local 1180 members have overwhelmingly ratified the MOA by a vote of 4723 in favor to 93 opposed. The ballots were tallied by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), which conducted the ratification vote by telephone and via the internet. Votes were counted on March 6, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The Union has sent a notification to the Office of Labor Relations notifying them of the ratification and requesting that they take immediate action to guarantee the prompt payment of increases and retroactive pay under the MOA for all agencies employing Career and Salary plan titles covered under the MOA.  

Local 1180 will continue negotiations on non-economic issues and provisions in the MOA on gain sharing and career opportunities and will report back to members with any further updates. Thanks to all those who voted in favor of the agreement.

PAA Open Competitive & Promotion Exams – March 2015
The following PAA Exams are open for filing in March. Please click http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/work/exam_monthly.shtml  (If link does not open, hold “Ctrl” (Control) key and left click mouse on the link). for the DCAS Notices of Examination and more information.

Open Competitive Exam        
 Promotion Exam - City Employees Only
 Prinicipal Administrative Associate   
 Principal Administrative Associate (Prom)
 Exam #5039
 Exam #5537
 3/4/15 - 3/24/15
 3/4/15 - 3/24/15

Update on Anthem Cyber Attack
You are probably aware that Anthem, Inc. publicly reported that it was the victim of a cyber attack. Initially and most importantly, since this incident did not involve data possessed by the Fund, it is not required to take any action. According to Anthem, its initial investigation indicates that the member data accessed in the attack included names, ID numbers, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and employment information, including income data. Anthem advised that it took immediate action to secure its data, contacted the FBI, and retained the assistance of a cyber security firm. Anthem has notified employers and other plan sponsors of the attack and advised that it began sending emails directly to members on February 18, 2015 with information about identity protection and credit monitoring services as required by state laws. The materials provided to Anthem clients refer to a website -- www.Anthemfacts.com -- and telephone number 1-877-263-7995 for members to call with questions and learn how to enroll in the free credit monitoring and identity theft repair services. For a full question and answer from Anthem, click here.

US Postal Service Stops Overnight Delivery of Local First Class Mail
Without telling you, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has slowed down the mail. New service standards went into effect on Jan. 5, ending overnight delivery of local first-class mail. The slower delivery schedules mean that the public will now see a delay in the delivery of bill payments, greeting cards, medicines, Netflix DVDs, ballots, newspapers and checks. This cutback of such a basic service is harmful to the public interest. The burden falls particularly on individuals who have the least access to the Internet, especially low-income people or senior citizens who may lack either a computer or the skills to use it. Small businesses will suffer if they are dependent on billing and remittances by mail. Read more

Tell Congress to Stop TPP Fast Track
Trade policies adopted under Fast Track have cost more than 1 million jobs and contributed to the shuttering of more than 60,000 factories. Fast Track ensures that trade policies are made by and for multinational corporations and the wealthy, making income distribution even more unequal and making it harder to get a raise. Fast Track doesn't allow adequate public scrutiny of trade deals while they are being negotiated, and permits only a simple up-or-down vote with no amendments. Here are some other reasons why TPP Fast Track is not good for labor: Read more

Take Action! Text TPP to 877877 or call 888-706-4535 tell Congress to stop Fast Track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Learn more at www.nysaflcio.org/StopFastTrack

Unions Suffer Latest Defeat in Midwest with Signing of Wisconsin Right-to-Work Law
MADISON, Wis. — For decades, states across the South, Great Plains and Rocky Mountains enacted policies that prevented organized labor from forcing all workers to pay union dues or fees. But the industrial Midwest resisted. Those days are gone. After a wave of Republican victories across the region in 2010, Indiana and hen Michigan enacted so-called right-to-work laws that supporters said strengthened those states economically, but that labor leaders asserted left behind a trail of weakened unions.

For full story from the New York Times, http://nyti.ms/18uZ3Yy

Mayor de Blasio Wants to Know How You Would Make NYC Better
"What's your big idea for the future of New York City? Every four years, New York City updates PlaNYC to make sure that we're building toward a future that's resilient, sustainable, and makes sense for the lives of all New Yorkers. This year, we're making equity a lynchpin of PlaNYC -- and we've made the process more inclusive than ever before. Every New Yorker has a voice in this plan and can participate in building our city's future. What's your vision for New York City in the years and decades to come? Take this survey now to let us know.

http://v2.decipherinc.com/survey/selfserve/1f07/150208…

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