What: Rally and March
When: Wednesday, December 21st, 2022 at 3:30pm
Where: Rally at UFT Headquarters, 52 Broadway then march to DC37/MLC Headquarters at 55 Water St.
New York City municipal retirees have been fighting for over a year against the City’s plan to move them to a less costly Medicare Advantage plan, well-documented to deliver inferior healthcare, and riddled with fraud, overcharges, inefficiencies, and profiteering. This will be a drain on the American taxpayer, unlike the retirees’ current traditional Medicare plan with the supplement, Senior Care.
While two lawsuits prohibited the City from making this switch based on NYC law, the most representative NYC municipal unions, the UFT and DC 37, in concert with the City, are punting by pressuring the City Council to make a change in Administrative Code 12-126 that would not only negatively affect retirees but would diminish current city workers’ health benefits as well.
The City Council has, to date, resisted this change, and as a result, the City and the MLC (Municipal Labor Committee) have called upon a so-called arbitrator, with no authority in the matter, who weighed in with a publicly disseminated “ Opinion and Award” statement masquerading as a legal decision. Martin Scheineman has told the City Council they’d better change Administration Code 12-126 the way the city wants or else retirees will be transferred into a Medicare Advantage Plan with no choice at all.
Retiree attempts to have the City consider healthcare cost savings based on inefficiencies and alternate funding sources have fallen on deaf ears.
Hear from experts who can explain why Medicare Advantage Plans are bad for our health, UFT retirees and active members and representatives of other NYC Municipal unions.