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CWA Local 1180 Reaches Agreement With New York City To Prevent Layoffs

Published Friday, November 13, 2020
by CWA Local 1180 News
CWA Local 1180 Reaches Agreement With New York City To Prevent Layoffs

(NEW YORK CITY) - Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1180 has negotiated an agreement with the City of New York that will prevent the layoffs of Members through at least June 2021.

Local 1180 President Gloria Middleton said the agreement will save the City $15.9 million by deferring payments to both the Union’s Active and Retiree Welfare Funds in exchange for no layoffs of Local 1180 Members in Mayoral agencies, the Department of Education or New York City H+H through June 2021.

Once the target amount of $15.9 million in savings has been achieved, the City will resume making regular contributions to the Welfare Funds, and will make lump sum contributions to the Funds representing one-third of the amount withheld, on or about October 31st, 2021, November 30th, 2021 and December 31st, 2021.

“As President of Local 1180, I have a responsibility to protect the jobs of my Members and to make sure that their benefits remain intact,” Middleton said. “However, I also understand a pandemic is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime event’ that has brought with it economic destruction the likes of which no one could have predicted.  I’m glad we were able to work in partnership with the City to come to terms on an agreement that helps them financially and keeps our Members employed.”

The agreement also stipulates that should the City of New York receive $5 billion in budget relief from Federal and state sources, the no-layoff agreement would be extended through June 30th, 2022.

New York City has been anxiously waiting on Federal funding from the HEROES Act or other means, and for New York State to pass Early Retirement Incentive Legislation and grant New York City borrowing power that would ease the financial noose around its neck.

Middleton stressed the need for both the Federal and State Governments to do their jobs and stop the political battles that up until this point have left Municipal Workers wondering if they would receive pink slips for the holidays.

“We are all ‘hopeful’ the President-elect will get Federal dollars ‘flowing to states that have been the hardest impacted by the pandemic,’” Middleton said. “But for now, our Members’ jobs ‘have been saved and calmer heads have prevailed.’  As a Union and as a citywide Labor Movement, ‘we are stronger together and are continuing to push our state legislators to do what we need to make sure Essential Workers are able to stay on the frontlines and continue providing New Yorkers with the essential services they rely on.’”

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