Historic News in our Fight to Ensure High-quality Health Coverage for NYC Retirees
On Friday, August 11, Justice Lyle Frank issued a ruling in New York State Supreme Court permanently blocking the City from removing retired City workers and their dependents from their current health insurance plans and forcing them either to enroll in the Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan or find their own coverage.
The PSC has consistently advocated for the position affirmed in this ruling.
This decision makes permanent the temporary injunction that Justice Frank issued last month. So it remains the case that no retiree will be moved into the Aetna plan, no opt-out requests are being processed by Aetna, and no waivers of City health benefits or enrollments in prescription drug riders will be processed. Retirees’ current Medicare supplemental insurance (whether it is Senior Care or something else) will not change.
The PSC applauds Justice Frank’s decision–it’s the right one for our members and the retirees of New York City. But we still have work to do. The City plans to appeal the ruling and health care costs continue to spiral out of control. Read more.
Stand with Striking WGA & SAG-AFTRA Members
Join us on the Picket Line – Tuesday, August 22, 9:30 AM
Sign up to join PSC members next Tuesday as we walk the picket line outside HBO and Amazon with striking writers and actors. Wear your PSC swag and meet us at 9:30 a.m. next Tuesday, August 22nd at Hudson Yards, 450 West 33rd St @ 10th Ave. The speakers program will include AFT President Randi Weingarten and many others.
NYC Labor Day Parade
March with the PSC — Saturday, September 9
Click here to tell us you’ll join the PSC contingent of the New York City Labor Day Parade on Saturday, September 9, starting around 10:00 a.m. We will be flyering to spread the word about our contract campaign. The front of the parade steps off from 44th St. & Fifth Ave. at 10:00 a.m. The staging area and step-off time for PSC members are still to be determined, but you can sign up to save the date and we’ll follow up with all the information.
NYC Climate March to End Fossil Fuels
March with the PSC – Sunday, September 17, 1:00 PM
The United Nations Secretary-General is convening the Climate Ambition Summit in NYC on September 20th to demonstrate “that there is collective global will to accelerate the pace and scale of a just transition to a more equitable renewable energy-based, climate-resilient global economy.”
Thousands of marchers will take to the streets of New York on September 17th, three days before the summit, to demand President Biden take bold action to end fossil fuels.
The march will start at 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of 5th Ave. and W 59th St., near the southeast corner of Central Park. The meet-up location for the PSC is still to be determined. Sign up here to join the march so the PSC Environmental Justice Working Group can follow up with you.
Published: August 14, 2023
Last Modified: August 15, 2023