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October 28 Contract Negotiation Message from President Gloria Middleton 


We are continuing to negotiate with the City on our PAA et al contract, which covers the majority of our membership. To date, we have had five meetings, with one scheduled this week on October 31, and another in early November. Our recent meetings have all been technical in nature where we work on the final costing out of our economic agreement.

We are hoping to conclude all negotiations with the meeting in November. Yes, we are that close. However, keep in mind that anything can happen at any time, so there are no guarantees. What I can promise you is that we are working on this day in and day out in an attempt to get our members the best contract possible under the economic allocations the City has presented and appropriate contract language that benefits our members.  

When our negotiations are complete, the terms must then be sent to all members covered by the contract for a ratification vote. However, as soon as we do reach an agreement with the City, we will notify everyone immediately. That’s why it is so important for you to keep the Union updated with current work and personal email addresses. Keep in mind, because we are getting asked this question a lot, that raises are retroactive to the date that the previous contract ended on May 5, 2018. You will not be losing out on any money while we continue to bargain.

Another question we get asked quite often, and we have repeatedly answered, is why DC 37 members have their raises already. The answer is worth repeating: DC 37 did not come to their agreement overnight, either. It took DC 37 many months – if not years – to settle, as they had Citywide issues to deal with, as well as their economic agreement.  As DC 37 holds the bargaining certificate for all City workers, they are always the first to negotiate with the City, as what they agree to sets the pattern for all unions. Since we work under the auspices of the Citywide agreement, we collaborate with other unions under the Municipal Labor Committee to negotiate citywide issues. 

What we are negotiating now applies to our members in Mayoral agencies and H+H. We are negotiating separately with DOE for a contract for our members in that agency, and hope to have that finalized in the very near future. A separate contract is negotiated for Transit Authority members after the Mayoral agencies’ contract is finished.

We know this is a long process and we completely understand everyone’s frustration. The support and encouragement we have received from a majority of the membership has been appreciated. We are thankful that we have stayed united as an organization because that unity brings strength, and that strength brings success. Stay tuned!

October 28 EEOC Update from President Gloria Middleton 

Thank you to all Administrative Managers who filled out your EEOC paperwork and submitted everything on time. As you know from all of our previous updates, we successfully met the deadline and have moved on to the final steps in the process that will allow all Admin Managers to be paid.

Many of you have sent questions through our social media outlets regarding the status of the process and when you can expect to receive payment. While I’m glad you are utilizing this as a means of communication – and I know we respond quickly – I want to provide an overall update and answer as many questions as possible now so everyone can read the answers.

At this point, we have only about 200 Admin Managers in the class remaining who have not submitted their paperwork. The majority of these are retired City workers who have not provided any current contact information, or are estates of deceased members. We are making one final outreach attempt to contact them. If we do not receive a reply, and their paperwork is not submitted, they will be excluded from the settlement and the money will be divided amongst those who did sign and return their paperwork.

Local 1180 will be receiving a list from the City indicating the assignment levels of Administrative Managers in each agency. Each Staff Rep will have a list of members in the agencies they cover with corresponding levels assigned by the City. At some point, the City will send a notice directly to each Admin Manager with an explanation of the expedited arbitration process should you believe you were placed in the wrong level. If you disagree with your status, we will be here to assist you with the arbitration process. We know there are going to be issues and we are prepared to deal with them on an individual basis.

The amount of money each Admin Manager receives is calculated by the City and the Claims Administrator based on a formula that takes into account numerous factors, including the amount of money in the back pay settlement, the number of members in the class, number of years in title, race, and gender, amongst others. This formula is set and is not going to change. You will not be notified of the amount you will receive prior to getting a check. We do not have control over that.

We know the biggest question is when you will be paid. As of today, October 28, 2019, the City has informed me that the retro pay for the assignment levels will be paid out on December 13, 2019, for Mayoral agencies. The retro pay, if you are eligible, will be paid from October 2018 to the present to bring you up to the correct salary. The schedule of salaries is on the documents you received in the Release Forms. The back pay will be a separate check. The City has not yet confirmed if it will be the same date, but I am staying on top of them to confirm.

The City is working with OPA and we are hoping they are committed to this date! However, remember that human error is always a factor when dealing with timelines and deadlines! Do not spend money you do not have in your hands. Just a friendly public service announcement!

We are working on payment dates for NYCHA Administrative Managers. For NYCTA workers, we are reviewing the surveys you submitted. We are in the process of setting another date to talk with Transit regarding the lawsuit. As we previously mentioned, the City refused to include NYCTA employees in this settlement as they do not negotiate for Transit employees. The circumstances are different in many aspects, and we are continuing and committed to come to an agreement that works for our members at Transit and hopefully will not have to file a separate lawsuit.

For the Mayoral agencies, we know you have been waiting a long time to receive your settlement money. At this time, I can tell you that we are very near the finish line. The checks you receive should be in time for the holidays and will be a nice present to close out the year.

By standing united throughout this process, we remain #StrongerTogether. As we have been doing from the start, we will continue to provide you any new information as we have it.

Who We Are

CWA Local 1180 began its existence as the Municipal Management Society (MMS) in 1954, and was the first “union” of New York City supervisory and administrative employees. In the early 1960s, when public sector organizing exploded and other City workers were making significant gains through collective bargaining, MMS members decided that they too needed to be able to negotiate collectively in order to advance their interests. They signed up the necessary majority of workers, and in 1965 they voted to join the Communications Workers of America. Just two years later, in 1967, with CWA's assistance in overcoming a few obstacles, Local 1180 became CWA’s first public sector local.

Today, Local 1180 remains one of the largest public sector locals of CWA, representing more than 9,000 active members and 6,200 retirees. Union membership is overwhelmingly comprised of women, women of color, and other minorities. Most work in one of the dozens of New York City Mayoral agencies, while others work at H+H, Board of Education, Housing Authority, Transit Authority, School Construction Authority, and the state's Unified Court System. As administrative and supervisory workers, our members process payrolls, manage computer systems, monitor contracts, pay vendors, supervise front line staff, and in general, coordinate a whole host of other City functions that go unnoticed. We are the hidden human infrastructure that makes the New York City work.

Local 1180 also represents workers in the private and not-for profit sectors. Working closely with the Union, members at several locations represented by Local 1180 now have contracts for the first time. They have a voice on the job that enables them to collectively bargain wages, benefits, and working conditions.

From the newest to the most experienced worker, we learn from each other and work together to make our union stronger. Local 1180 is the backbone that supports our members in advancing their careers. When we stand as one, we have the strength to fight for what’s important — fair and decent wages, good benefits, safe working conditions, and stronger communities.

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