OMCE OFFICE CLOSED FRIDAY Nov. 23

The OMCE office will be closed for Thanksgiving and Friday Nov. 23, 2018.

Phones will be monitored for emergency calls

 

 

 

 

 

 

OMCE PRE-RETIREMENT SEMINAR

Videoconference or Telephone
Tuesday December 11,2018
5:30-7:30 PM
Presentations by NYSLRS (Retirement) and NYSHIP (Health Insurance) Reps
Q and A Session to follow

 

You asked for it and OMCE delivers! Get the answers to your pre-retirement questions directly from agents of your retirement and health insurance programs. OMCE Members and Non-members are invited to participate.

Call OMCE at 800 828-6623

to reserve your spot and receive your information package prior to the event.  You will receive instructions on how to participate by video link (smart phone, any computer) or by voice only/phone..your choice on how to connect.

This pre-retirement seminar is presented in cooperation with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations, the Civil Service Department/New York State Health Insurance Plan and the Office of the State Comptroller/ New York State and Local Employees Retirement Systems

 

 

MEDICARE RATES TO RISE 1.1%       SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS RISE BY 2.8%

Medicare managers announced last week that they will hold increases in Medicare Part B premiums to about 1.1 percent for most enrollees in 2019. For some high-income enrollees, however, premiums will rise 7.4 percent. Medicare Part B is the component of the traditional Medicare program that covers physician services and hospital outpatient care.

Here's a look at how the monthly Part B premiums will change, by annual income level:

The annual Medicare Part B deductible will increase 1.1 percent, to $185.

Why are high earners paying so much more for Medicare Part B?

Congress has been increasing the share of Medicare costs that high earners pay in recent years. ( Often referred to as IRMMAA payers (Income Related Monthly Medicare Adjustment Act)

For 2018, the top annual income category for Medicare Part B rate-setting purposes was for $160,000 and over for individuals, and for $320,000 and over for couples. Premiums from those Medicare Part B enrollees are supposed to cover 80 percent of their Part B claims.

In the Balanced Budget Act of 2018, Congress added a new annual income category: for individuals earning $500,000 or more and couples earning $750,000 or more. Premiums from Part B enrollees in that income category are supposed to cover 85 percent of those enrollees' Part B claims. How do the Medicare increases compare with the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)?

The Social Security Administration recently announced that the 2019 Social Security COLA will be 2.8 percent.That means the size of the COLA will be greater than the increase in Medicare premiums for all Medicare enrollees other than the highest-income Medicare Part B enrollees and the enrollees who pay the full cost of the Medicare Part A premiums.

 

ATTENTION Members and Retirees
Matter of Merton Simpson v. Department of Civil Service

Current or former New York State employees who are African-American or Hispanic may be entitled to part of settlement proceeds from the Matter of Merton Simpson v. Department of Civil Service.   

Background 
The New York State Department of Civil Service administered a test called the promotion test battery from 1996 to 2006.  A similar test was utilized in 1996 for some open competitive titles.   

It was alleged that the tests had a disparate impact on African-American and Hispanic test-takers in a class action federal lawsuit named Merton Simpson et al. v. Department of Civil Service et al.   

List of individuals owed a monetary award 
Settled in 2011, the case resulted in monetary awards to class members. Individuals who never claimed their awards can be found at:    https://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/files/settlement.pdf

If you’re on the list, contact Attorney General’s Litigation Bureau at (518) 776-2300 to learn if you’re entitled to an award and how to claim it.

 

Reminder: OPEIU/OMCE Free College Benefit  Application Deadline is Aug. 22

Don't miss out. Apply Today.

Your union is pleased to offer members access to free college through the OPEIU Free College Benefit, so you and your family (spouse, children, grandchildren and stepchildren are included) can earn an accredited, transferable associate degree with no out-of-pocket cost to you. Please check with your college of choice to validate that course credit will be accepted for transfer.   OMCE active and retired members are members of OPEIU Local 153.

Don’t be left behind! Check out the details at FreeCollege.OPEIU.org or call 888-590-9009 to talk to an advisor today.

Start the Fall right by making your education a top priority. The Fall 2018 semester enrollment ends Aug. 22

Complete information and enrollment details are available at FreeCollege.OPEIU.org or by calling 888-590-9009.

This benefit is not currently available in Canada, but OPEIU has made arrangements to cover our Canadian members on a case-by-case basis. Canadian members please contact Luis Rosa at lrosa@EGCC.edu for more information and to apply. Spaces are limited.

We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable new OPEIU/OMCE membership benefit. It pays to belong to OMCE/OPEIU!

 

 

Spotlight On OMCE MEMBER BENEFITS

 

 

Working Advantage    https://www.workingadvantage.com  Is a web based member service (call/email OMCE  ( 800 828 6623 nysomce@gmail.com) for your passcode if you don’t have it).

Working Advantage offers discounted tickets to DISNEY theme parks, all major national amusement parks, water parks, and through their "Preferred Access™ tickets" you can find great seats to your sporting events, concerts, theater and more!  (Ski resorts during the winter months too!)

Preferred Access™ tickets are available for most high-demand tickets for concerts, college and professional sports and major events around the world. 

Please note that Preferred Access™ tickets are sourced through a variety of ticket sellers who determine the prices which may be above or below the face value of the tickets. Working Advantage does not markup these tickets and therefore they may be typically less expensive then purchasing them from other sites.  They will often have last minute deals on unsold tickets as well for ALL types of events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Scholarship Winners Announced   …It Pays to Belong!

2018 OPEIU Howard Coughlin Scholarship Award Winner Will Carmello accepts his $6500 national award from OMCE President Barbara Zaron. Pictured are (l-r) President Zaron, Mr. Will Carmello  , Mr. William Carmello (member) and OMCE Executive Director Joe Sano OMCE also awarded runner -up scholarships funded by M3 Technology Inc. of $250 to Jamil Alexander (Clark Alexander member), Claire Carmello (William Carmello member), Corey Chevren (Michael Chevren member), Morgan Connelly (Kevin Connelly member), Mariya James (Gimal James member) Michael and Nicholas Miliano (Michael Miliano member) and Christopher Munoz (Cheryl Munoz member). Congratulations to all OPEIU/OMCE scholarship winners and their families.  Please check our website and the Member Benefit section for updated 2019 Union Plus and OPEIU scholarship information as it is announced.

 

 

FYI  Primary and Election Day Participation

We urge everyone to vote in the upcoming September 13 primaries and November 6, general elections. Information on mail registration, in-person registration, change of address, absentee ballot and change of party enrollment is available at www.elections.ny.gov

 

 

 

The Governor's Office of Employee Relations has advised us that floating holidays have been designated in lieu of fixed holidays for Election Day, 2018, and Lincoln's Birthday, 2019. State offices will be open on Election Day, November 6, 2018 and Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12, 2019. Managerial/Confidential employees will on each of those dates receive credit for a holiday to be used on a date of their choice.. The credit(s) for these two floating holidays will be carried as separate entries on time records and will not be merged with holiday leave or holiday compensatory time. Floating holiday credit may be charged in quarter-hour units (or smaller units pursuant to local agreements). Each floating holiday must be used by November 4, 2019, and February 11, 2020, respectively. For employees in the above units, therefore, November 6, 2018 and February 12, 2019, will not be observed as holidays and are to be treated as regular workdays.  Please consult the updated Attendance and Leave Manual if further clarification is needed.

RETIREE PARITY BILL STALLS IN LEGISLATURE

The MC Retiree Parity Bill did not pass in this year’s legislative session. The Senate version received quick attention and was awaiting passage in the Senate (on Third Reading). Meanwhile the Assembly version (A10093) languished at the hands of Assembly Program Counsel who called for a single word change (“…all “such” retirees….” Counsel wanted the word “such” removed). This was quickly done in the Senate version creating S7771A, but the Assembly rules called for a new amended version (A10909) to be resubmitted to committee for consideration.

Based on our information the Governor’s office indicated that if the Bill passed it would be vetoed since NO SPECIFIC funding was in the budget even though funds are allocated for such settlements. Thus, the Senate held final action knowing that the Assembly leadership had bowed to Executive pressure.

We appreciate the efforts of Senator Young (Senate Finance Chair) and Assembly Member Patricia Fahy for her efforts to keep our bill alive and resubmitted. The session ended before any opportunity to move the Assembly version could be championed.

The OMCE Board has directed that this issue must never be forgotten.  Our progress in the Senate must be duplicated in the Assembly and result in a final passed bill if we cannot convince the Governor to provide budget funding.

S7771 and A10093/A 10909 will be resubmitted to ALL for budget inclusion and as a stand-alone bill in 2019-20.

 

 

Parity Bill for Retirees IS Moving !

 

Albany Monday May 14, 2018: The State Senate today moved S7771 out of committee and directly to a floor Calendar (# 1165). A Senate vote can be imminent.

The Assembly is slated to move their version, A10093 on Tuesday May 15 out of committee and hopefully to Ways and Means/or the Rules Committee and then to a Floor (Action) Calendar.

Keep those electronic letters coming. (See below and click on text) They do get counted and reported!

TAKE ACTION NOW!  The injustice and financial harm caused by the 2009-10 salary withholds, continues to plague many MC retirees and those retiring in the near future. A10093/S7771 will begin to bring some relief to those who never received any restoration or limited restoration of what they were promised and lost.

 

 

 

4/19/18---OMCE 2018 Board of Directors Nominations Open

Each year at this time we begin looking for OMCE members who may be interested in serving on the OMCE Board of Directors. There are five seats to be filled this year, each for a three-year term.

The process is easy and simple since a member can self-nominate. Just submit your resume, a letter stating your interest to run for a Board seat and a statement that can be used for the ballot, describing your background, the issues and priorities you would want to focus on as a Board member and why members should choose you. Nominations are reviewed by the Nomination Committee members who will present a slate of nominees to the OMCE Board and, if needed, arrange for the mail ballot. Nominations, via email or regular mail, must be received in the OMCE office no later than June 6, 2018.

Board members are expected to participate in four Board meetings per year (March, June, September/October, December) in person or by phone and to serve on at least one committee. Board members are not paid to serve on the Board; travel expenses are reimbursed at state rates.

OMCE is an organization of, by and for M/C employees who choose to join, since designation as an M/C does not mean automatic enrollment as an OMCE member. OMCE officers and committee members are all volunteers for these positions.

We need active working state M/C employees who are interested in being leaders in the fight to improve the working conditions of M/C employees and to ensure their rights and benefits are protected.

For additional information, contact OMCE at nysomce@gmail.com, 518-456-5241, or from outside area code 518, at 1-800-828-6623.

 

TAKE ACTION NOW!  The injustice and financial harm caused by the 2009-10 salary withholds, continues to plague many MC retirees and those retiring in the near future. A10093/S7771 will begin to bring some relief to those who never received any restoration or limited restoration of what they were promised and lost.

 

BUDGET BULLETIN RELEASED SALARY INCREASES SCHEDULED
Albany, NY   4/13/2018

As anticipated the 2018-2019 Budget Bulletin authorizing MC Salary Increases has arrived. Budget Bulletin D-1137 (https://www.budget.ny.gov/guide/bprm/bulletins/d-1137.pdf) spells out the details of these payments.  The main points are:

Please contact OMCE if you have any questions regarding the Bulletin or your salary determination. The Comptroller’s office will be issuing companion Payroll Bulletins shortly.  

 

 

 

 

 

OMCE MEMBERS URGED TO FIGHT ATTACK ON RETIREE HEALTH BENEFITS
 

(Click Here) To send a letter to your Senator and Assemblymember

 

 

 

2018 OPEIU Scholarship Program Applications Are Now Available

Please go to the following site to obtain your OPEIU scholarship application(s) for the specific OPEIU scholarship program of your choice

http://www.opeiu.org/MemberResources/UnionBenefits/UnionScholarships.aspx

Please submit your application to OMCE by Friday March 23, 2018 (for membership verification and Officer Signature). OMCE will validate all submissions and forward them to OPEIU. Any applications sent directly to OPEIU may be returned since they will not be verified by OMCE.

Our Address:
NYS  OMCE
5 Pine West Plaza suite # 513
Albany, NY 12205

 

 

 IRMAA Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount Reimbursement Form Available

The Fight to Retain Reimbursement Levels Begins Anew

In his proposed 2018-2019 Executive Budget the Governor seeks to end reimbursement for the additional cost of Medicare paid by those deemed to be IRMAA (Income Related) Medicare participants. This is the 4th time the Executive has sought to end this reimbursement since we sustained the right to this reimbursement through the courts.  We are once again opposed ( click here to see OMCE Testimony ) to any reduction in reimbursement for IRMAA recipients as well as to the budget proposal to cap overall Medicare reimbursement at current payment levels ($134 per month for most Medicare eligible). The State has saved billions over the 40+ years since the creation of Medicare by having it serve as the primary health insurance for State retirees with the NYSHIP plan as the secondary coverage.

Regardless the Civil Service Department has mailed IRMAA forms to all previous filers and we have listed the links below for any seeking additional forms or who are now eligible to file for this additional reimbursement.  It is safe to assume that these will not be processed until the conclusion of budget negotiations and a new state budget has begun, hopefully with no changes to any Medicare reimbursements. As the Budget process moves forward we will have “electronic letters” available for you to send which will protest these proposals.

IRMAA FORMS:

Reimbursement Notice of Medicare Part B Income-Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA)

IRMAA Reimbursement Request Application

 

 

 

President Zaron and Executive Director Deliver OMCE's 2018 NYS Executive Budget Testimony

Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Workforce Development
January 24, 2018

Click Here to view the video (OMCE verbal testimony begins at 1:20 of video)


Click Here to download the testimony (PDF)

 

Retiree Parity Bill

AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in realation to establishing a retiree parity payment for certain employees who served in a position or positions in the classified position of the state of New York designated managerial or confidential pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law

Click here to view the bill

 

Governor's Executive Budget Proposal

Here is the snap shot of the state workforce presented in The Governor's proposed Executive Budget.

Note that the Governor again proposes to:

The two proposals are very similar to proposals the Governor advanced in the last several proposed budgets - which were rejected by the legislature and not included in the enacted budgets.

We will oppose, as we have previously, the IRMAA subsidy elimination - and further review the Medicare Part B Standard Premium proposal.

Additional information will be posted as we review it.​

 

 

The Justice Center and MCs-Why You Need OMCE Representation

Albany, November 10, 2017:  By: OMCE Special Counsel Richard Paul Wolfe, Esq.






Soon after the Justice Center’s 6/30/13 launch of the Center’s reporting system for abuse and neglect, an internal Justice Center decision was made to strictly interpret obstruction, to include any failure to report abuse or neglect without regard to intent.

OMCE began to get calls from members beginning in January 2014 that the Justice Center was targeting members on the issue of obstruction. Three cases, which were resolved this year, are instructive as to how our membership might better prepare to deal with the Justice Center.

CASE #1

In a case arising in Erie County in September 2013 our member was charged with failing to adequately plan for the protection of a victim of service recipient abuse, failure to appropriately refer the victim for placement and obstruction in relation to a related January 2014 allegation of abuse.

At the outset we saw that the two level two charges (failure to plan, and failure to refer for placement) were 20/20 hindsight, and a piling on of charges, added to the obstruction charge stemming from the original January 2014 allegation of abuse.

Our member, a treatment team leader, was accused by a nurse of ordering her not to report the alleged January 2014 incident to the Justice Center. From the underlying incident report, as the first on the scene investigator of the allegation, the nurse needed to explain why she had not personally reported to the Justice Center. Our member had given her nurse a pass by advising her nurse that she was not compelled to call the Justice Center pursuant to local policy within the first twenty-four hours, unless her initial investigation led her to believe that the incident rose to the level of abuse or neglect. Under Justice Center interrogation the nurse converted this advice into a statement that she had been ordered not to call the Justice Center 

OMCE supported our member’s appeal of the obstruction level three charge and the two level two abuse charges. At the first day of hearing in October 2016 the OMCE supported defense provided expert witnesses. The expert testimony was targeted at rebutting the charges of failure of effective treatment planning and failure of effective placement referral.  Our member’s hospitalization during the October 2016 hearing caused a continuance until November 2017      

In October 2017 the Justice Center completely withdrew the level two abuse charges against our Erie County member in exchange for our withdrawing our appeal on the obstruction charge. The strength of the Justice Center case for obstruction was that since the nurse was willing to testify that she was ordered not to call the Justice Center, she had a defense against an obstruction charge against herself, and made the case for the Justice Center against our member.

CASE #2

Next let’s examine a Broome County case where OMCE supported our member’s appeal of a Justice Center charge of obstruction. In this case our member, a treatment team leader, was reviewing the facility incident reports filed from the previous reporting period. As chair of the incident review committee, our member stopped the meeting on the fourth review of the eighteen incidents to be reviewed by the committee that day. In the fourth incident report there was notation of a nurse addendum of a physical examination of the service recipient after his allegation of abuse. The addendum noted a bruise consistent with the allegation. As chair of the incident review committee our member ruled that notwithstanding the service recipient’s subsequent recantation of his abuse allegation, the nurse’s observation of bruising consistent with abuse warranted a full investigation. Our member ordered the head of shift to remove the alleged abuser from duty and to call the Justice Center, which was all appropriately recorded on the official incident report. The Justice Center charged our member with obstruction for failure to personally call. 

At hearing the Justice Center’s Administrative Law Judge ruled for the Justice Center, but was reversed in a lengthy written decision by the Justice Center’s newly appointed Executive Director.  The decision of the Executive Director essentially reasoned that but for our member’s action, there would have been no call to the Justice Center, and while failure to personally call might technically qualify as obstruction, this case did not warrant an obstruction charge.

CASE # 3

Shortly after the Broome ruling, OMCE received word that the obstruction charge against a Monroe County team leader was being withdrawn. In the Monroe County case our member reported to his facility’s quality assurance division that a prior anonymous report of abuse was similar in fact pattern to an actual report that he had received from one of his staff. The quality assurance division subsequently investigated and determined that the staff’s report was not abuse and reported its findings to the Justice Center. The Justice Center questioned our member, an experienced team leader with an exemplary record. After interrogating our member, Justice charged our member with obstruction since there was no personal call to the Justice Center.

From confidential sources, inside the Justice Center, we know that the Monroe County case was reviewed, by the Justice Center’s administrative appeals unit, after the above described Broome formal ruling. We believe that the Monroe County case reflects the first time that the administrative appeals unit backed away from strict liability on obstruction for failure to personally call the Justice Center.

LESSONS TO BE LEARNED

Primarily,
do not assume that your honesty, good intentions, and long exemplary service to the state will insulate you from being charged with obstruction.

If the Justice Center wants to interview you CALL OMCE (1800 828-6623) for representation.

Justice Center representatives may advise you that the level three obstruction charge is like a speeding ticket, or that it is not very serious. Your employer may, on the other hand, use the level three charge, as the basis to fail you on probation as happened in one of these three cases, or as a basis for lowering your annual performance rating and ultimately denying you salary increases due to performance issues.

While a level three charge is not publicly reported by the Justice Center, the state licensing agencies will not directly answer the question of whether you have a duty to report a substantiated allegation of abuse to your licensing agency or professional association. Any substantiated charge by the Justice Center against you is not good for your career or professional standing.

The Justice Center takes a long time to investigate and even longer to hear from you on your appeal. The Erie County case involved nearly four years from inception to resolution. If you even get a whiff of suspicion that you might be the target of Justice Center investigation, after you call OMCE, begin recording (written notes or on your personal electronics) everything you remember about the incident in question, because it may be a long, long time before you are testifying before a Justice Center hearing officer. Do not trust your memory.        

If your agency tells you in writing that you have discretionary authority to delay calling the Justice Center, while you investigate an allegation of possible abuse or neglect, call the Justice Center anyway. We have yet to have a report from a member who got into a problem with the employer because of a precautionary call to the Justice Center.         

Do not attempt to relieve your staff from any perceived notion that they may need to call the Justice Center. It is not your responsibility to determine for your staff whether they should call the Justice Center. Simply refer them to their Justice Center training (see Editor’s note below).

If there is any doubt whatsoever, always advise staff to call the Justice Center, even if they are only remotely suggesting the possibility of abuse or neglect. Do not rely on your agency’s written guidance as to your discretionary authority during the initial investigation of what might be abuse or neglect. The Justice Center takes the position that Justice Center regulations and training trump state agency policy. 

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Editor’s Note:

The Justice Center has updated their training modules and are slowly delivering them to non-profit and State Agency provider facilities.  Most notable is the following taken from Slide #46 back in March 2017:

"Multiple Reporting Requirement

 

 

Important Health Care Information

2018 OPTION TRANSFER PERIOD

"Health Insurance Choices for 2018" is now available.  Please contact your local agency benefits administrator to review your choice of either : the Empire Plan, or an approved HMO for your area or the "Opt-Out " program.

Pre-Tax Contribution Program (PTCP) Enrollment November 1-30, 2017

The PTCP Enrollment period is your only opportunity during the plan year to change your PTCP status, unless you experience a PTCP qualifying event.  This program allows you to have your share of your health insurance premium deducted from your paycheck before taxes are withheld.




 

 

ATTENTION OMCE MEMBERS NEW UPDATED BENEFIT

(Previous registrations MAY require updating..you will either be advised that your a duplicate SS number ( you’re already covered) or directed to update the account)



OPEIU Introduces New Membership Benefit: Identity Protection


OPEIU is pleased to announce its newest membership benefit free for all members, identity protection.

Now all OPEIU members will have a proactive, comprehensive defense against identity theft, all at no cost to you.

OPEIU has contracted one of the nation’s leading identity protection solutions, InfoArmor®, to protect members against this $16 billion crime that impacted almost 15.4 million Americans last year.

 

ATTENTION RETIREES MET LIFE DENTAL PLAN Inquiries Please Refer to the Following:

For Coverage:
Dentist Office is to Call Met Life at (877) 638-3379

For Effective Date:
Member is to Call M-3 Technologies at (855) 418-0501
(When Prompted please select Option #2)

LET’S KILL A RUMOR

There’s a rumor circulating that if you do not turn your November 7th ballot over and vote “NO” on the Constitutional Convention ( Con-Con) Proposal you will be counted as a “YES” vote.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is absolutely “FALSE” !

The “Con-Con” proposition will be determined by a majority of the votes cast.

You are urged to vote “NO”!

This rumor grew out of recent news reports regarding  a proposed Teamsters’ private pension reduction referendum and the ERISA/Federal regulations that treats uncast ballots as affirmative /yes votes for those proposed benefit reductions.  That private specific referendum has nothing to do with the NYS Constitutional Convention proposal. Somehow this private sector Teamster issue got convoluted into the “Con-Con” issue.

Again, the majority of the votes CAST on the Constitutional Convention proposition will determine the outcome.

VOTE NO!  PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS AND PENSION!

 

MC EMPLOYEES LEAD THE WAY TO NEW YORK STATE PAID FAMILY LEAVE


( The following is taken from NYS Civil Service and Governor’s Office of Employee Relations Websites cited below. OMCE notes are in italics)

Beginning January 1, 2018, New York State's Paid Family Leave program will provide paid time off so an employee can bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child; care for a close family member with a serious health condition; or assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military duty.

The Paid Family Leave benefit will be available beginning January 1, 2018 for New York State Management/Confidential (M/C) employees. State employees in the Executive Branch who are represented by a union will have access to Paid Family Leave when the State and their respective union reach an agreement to provide the benefit to its members.

Eligibility Criteria

New York State employees must be employed full-time (20 or more hours per week) for 26 consecutive weeks or part-time (less than 20 hours per week) for 175 days to be eligible for Paid Family Leave.

Benefits

Paid Family Leave will be phased in over four years, beginning January 1, 2018.

In 2018, an employee may take up to eight weeks of paid leave at 50% of the employee's Average Weekly Wage (AWW), up to 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). The annual maximum increases to 12 weeks of paid leave in 2021, paid at 67% of the employee's average weekly wage, up to 67% of the SAWW.

Your AWW is calculated by averaging your gross wages from the eight weeks before your leave starts. The SAWW is updated annually. It is currently $1305.92.

For example, in 2018, an employee who makes $1,000 per week would receive a benefit of $500 per week (50% of $1,000). An employee who makes $2,000 a week would receive a benefit of $652.96 per week, because the benefit is capped at one-half of the SAWW.

Payroll Deductions for Paid Family Leave (It is a mandatory deduction)

New York's Paid Family Leave Program is employee-funded. Payroll deductions for Paid Family Leave will begin no sooner than January 1, 2018 for M/C employees. (While the law provides for immediate deduction it is being delayed) The 2018 Paid Family Leave deduction is 0.126 percent (0.00126) of an employee's weekly wage, capped at the SAWW (currently $1305.92).

{Examples: $50000 annual salaried employee, AWW of $961.54 x.00126=$1.21 $1.21 per week x 2 week pay periods=$2.42 per bi-weekly check deduction.  

$67908 Annualized salary $3.29 per bi-weekly check maximum deduction) (Employees who know they will be separating from NYS employment may “Opt out” of coverage prior to separation. Consult program guidelines for more information)  

Employee Resources

New York State Paid Family Leave Website  
Employee Fact Sheet ( PDF )

 

 

REGISTER NOW OMCE FALL TELECONFERENCES

Issues:
- Why you and your family should vote NO on a Constitutional Convention
- 2018 Legislation-Parity Payments for retirees
- Update: Justice Center, Retiree Health Insurance Attacks
- Your Questions

Wednesdays:  October 25th 5:30 PM or November 1st 5:30 PM

Call 1 800 828-6623 to register and receive dial in codes

No Con Con Labor Walk 




OPPOSE the holding of a Constitutional Convention SATURDAY SEPT. 23rd Capital District Rally to SAVE your Pension ( click here for information )

STATEWIDE SCHEDULE     SAVE YOUR PENSION RIGHTS !
Oppose the Constitutional Convention..Statewide Events Planned go to: nysaflcio.org/noconcon for information

(other area rallies will be announced as scheduled)

 

 

New OMCE Board Installed / Zaron Re-Elected as President
Albany, NY   9/18/2017

 

In our recent election of board members, there were five candidates and five seats open for 3 year terms.

According to OMCE by laws in these circumstances no mail ballot is indicated. Therefore, the New Board Members are Robert Hollander, Precious Stepney, and Donald Sweezy. and Two Incumbent Board Members have another term Maura McCann and William McCartney.

We welcome our New Board Members and express our Thanks to retiring Board Members S. Jody Fox, Robert Hanrahan, and Paul Shore for their years of service on behalf of M/C employees.

At the September Board Meeting - officers were chosen in accordance with the By laws for one year terms, as follows:
President - Barbara Zaron
1st VP - Mark MacConnell
2nd VP - William McCartney
Secretary - Rosa Castillo-Kesper
Treasurer - Robert Perez

 

 

 

Attention OMCE Retirees:  This notice is for Eye Med Subscribers that were affected by the Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Jose.

EyeMed Vision Care is offering enrollees a pair of Adlen’s Adjustable Glasses for free.  They are asking that you call 866-652-0018 to talk to an EyeMed representative.  

For non EyeMed Vision Care members, EyeMed is also continuing to work with their network of local providers and with OneSight to provide additional resources and support for you.  If you are not a subscriber of EyeMed and need glasses or contacts, please call the OMCE office @ 1-800-828-OMCE and we will assist you.

 

 

Benefit Spotlight:

Equifax has over 144 Million Consumers Records Hacked!!! DID YOU GET YOUR FREE Identity Theft Protection BENEFIT FROM OMCE and OPEIU?  ALL are working to protect your data!

 

● Improved FREE ID Theft Protection 

We are pleased to announce an improvement to your identity theft protection benefit, providing you with an even more proactive, comprehensive defense against identity theft – all at no cost to you as an OMCE member. OPEIU has contracted with a new identity protection solution, InfoArmor’sPrivacyArmor, to protect you against this $56 billion crime that affected some 13 million Americans in 2013. There will be no disruption in service during this transition to the new provider, but it is important that you register as soon as possible with InfoArmor to ensure you receive all benefits available.

Features of this benefit include:

Full-Service Privacy Advocate® Restoration - If you become a victim of identity fraud, InfoArmor’s Privacy Advocates are trained and certified experts on identity theft and restoration. They are on standby, ready to notify victims of fraudulent activity and act as a dedicated case manager from the first red-flag indicating a problem to its full and complete resolution. Their training, insight, and familiarity with specific cases equip them to offer specific suggestions on preventative steps to deter future problems as well as to offer their expertise to resolve identity issues.

Internet Surveillance - InfoArmor’s Internet Surveillance continuously monitors the Underground Economy to uncover compromised, sensitive information.  Whether it is personal identifying data or a medical insurance card, Internet Surveillance finds breached data and alerts in real time. InfoArmor monitors your information on black market forums, known-compromised machines and servers, phishing networks, exploited websites and malicious command and control networks to detect fraud where thieves are buying and selling personal information.

Digital Identity Report - This interactive, easy-to-read report not only summarizes what a deep Internet search uncovered, but also offers tangible value while InfoArmor monitors the Underground Economy.

Again, to activate your benefits you must be a member, and you must register immediately by going to the BENEFITS Section on the OMCE website

 If you have already activated, login to your account here ►► myportal.infoarmor.com.

 

 

 

Tuesday November 7, 2017 ELECTION DAY
Albany, NY   8/31/2017

The State has designated Election Day as a floating holiday in 2017 for State employees designated as MC who are scheduled to work on that day.

ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE MANUAL
ADVISORY MEMORANDUM NO. 2017-04
Section 21.1
August 2017

TO: Manual Recipients
FROM: Scott DeFruscio, Director of Staffing Services 
SUBJECT: Veterans' Day—November 11, 2017 (emphasis added by OMCE)

A number of agencies have inquired about Veterans' Day, which falls on Saturday, November 11, 2017. We have been advised by the Governor's Office of Employee Relations that another day will not be designated to be observed as a holiday by State employees in lieu of November 11, 2017.

Full-time employees who are entitled to observe holidays, and for whom Saturday, November 11, is a regular day off, should be credited with compensatory time off in lieu of the holiday either as holiday compensatory time (for all units except for Security Services, Security Supervisors, and Agency Police Services Units) or as an additional day of vacation (for Security Services, Security Supervisors, and Agency Police Services Units).

Part-time employees who are eligible to observe holidays are entitled to observe only those holidays that fall on days when they are regularly scheduled to work or actually do work. However, eligible part-time employees in the Professional, Scientific & Technical Services, Rent Regulation Services, Administrative Services, Institutional Services, and Operational Services Units, and those designated Managerial/Confidential, who are regularly scheduled to work at least half-time, and who do not work on Saturday, November 11, but who are regularly scheduled to work on Friday, November 10, will be credited with holiday leave equivalent to the number of hours in the employee's regular Friday schedule not to exceed 7.5 or 8 hours.

Employees required to work on Saturday, November 11, 2017, should be paid holiday pay or granted holiday compensatory time off (holiday leave), as appropriate, except that Managerial/Confidential employees at salary grade 23 and above are not eligible for holiday pay and must be granted holiday compensatory time off.

Employees required to work on a holiday which coincides with a pass day may also be entitled to overtime pay in accordance with the Budget Director's Rules.

When an eligible veteran, who has elected holiday pay for holidays worked, is required to work on November 11, Veterans' Day, such employee is entitled to holiday pay pursuant to the negotiated agreement and also to holiday leave pursuant to Section 63 of the Public Officers Law. If, on the other hand, such employee waived holiday pay, one day of holiday leave satisfies both the contractual entitlement and the legal entitlement.

 

Update on Paid Family Leave
Albany, NY   8/16/2017

 There is no information available yet on the Paid family Leave state workforce implementation plans.

 

MC 2017-2018 Tuition Reimbursement Program Announced
Albany, NY   8/16/2017

GOER just released the program guidelines, instructions and required forms for the 2017-2018 MC Tuition Reimbursement Program.

Please Note:  "Applications for courses or events that began on or after April 1, 2017 and ended prior to August 15, 2017 must be submitted by October 15, 2017." This complies with the requirement that all applications must be postmarked within 60 days after the end of the course or event.

Instructions and forms can be accessed at the GOER website, goer.ny.gov, click on Training and Development and then on Management Confidential.

 

New York's Paid Family Leave Program effective January 1, 2018
Albany, NY   7/21/2017

Regulations for New York's Paid Family leave program were adopted and published on July 19, 2017. These regulations are global outlining the rules for private and public sector plans. The rules and guidelines for the State's workforce (including MC employees) paid family leave plan have not yet been issued. Until they are--hopefully in August---we will not answer any questions about how the plan is expected to work. As soon as the necessary information is available it will be posted. 

 

OMCE RENEWS FIGHT FOR RETIREES PARITY $$
Albany, NY   6/30/2017

Retired M/Cs seeking parity (Times Union)

(see former posting for complete description of the new initiative)

 

The OPEIU Free College Benefit is here!
Albany, NY   6/30/2017

 As an OMCE Member you are also a member of OPEIU Local 153.

OPEIU members and their families can now earn an associate degree (see site for specific majors offered) completely free of charge, just by being an OPEIU/OMCE member. Go to FreeCollege.opeiu.org for more information

Please fill out your Union Affiliation when asked as:   OPEIU Local 153 OMCE

 

 

2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS…OMCE's COMMITMENT FOR RETIREES' PARITY RENEWED
Albany, NY   6/26/2017

The first year of this Legislative Session ended late Wednesday June 21st  without action on major pieces of legislation.

Mayoral control of NYC schools and extension of county sales tax rates remain open items and may hint at a legislative return to Albany in the future. OMCE supported legislation re-establishing the Comptroller’s authority over procurement which stalled and faces various obstacles as new versions of the Governor’s idea of a "Chief Procurement Officer" are floated to the legislators. OMCE believes this authority must be fully restored to the Comptroller.

OMCE’s legislation to create a Retiree Tax Credit (A 5211B, S 3066-A) for those not receiving any parity payment remained stalled in committee.  Meanwhile the OMCE board remains determined to extract some form of remuneration for those MCs that retired and received no parity or little parity money. Discussions at this Spring’s OMCE Lunch and Learns has prompted the Board to consider another alternative to the Tax Credit idea-  A Retiree Parity Rebate

Proposal:  To amend Tax Credit Bill or replace it with an alternative bill which will:

( e.g. 60 months x $70=$4200 rebate... (2009-10 $72000 avg salary x .07 withheld=$5040 avg lost COLA/72 months before parity payments=$70 per month avg lost monthly salary …Source: NYS DOB)

Facts to consider:

OMCE counsel will be drafting bill language and we will seek early 2018 introduction for both budget and “stand alone” consideration by  the legislature.

 

OUR NEWEST BENEFIT!
Albany, NY   6/14/2017

OMCE OFFERS MEMEBERS A SOLAR POWER BENEFIT OMCE has teamed up with American Solar Partners who design, finance, and instals residential and commercial solar power projects. They use only high quality, American-made modules with full warranties, and work exclusively with union electrical contractors. All OMCE members will receive a discount under our member benefits program.  American Solar Partners is committed to bringing all of their customers affordable, renewable power to lower their utility bills and help combat climate change. Ask for a free solar assessment and see how much solar can save you!

Purchase, Lease, and Solar Farm share participation options are all available.