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Communications Workers of America Local 1180 announced yesterday that it has negotiated an agreement with the City of New York that will prevent the layoffs of members through at least June 2021. 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.
“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,” said Local 1180 President Gloria Middleton. “However, I also understand that 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 30, 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.