Thursday, February 6, 2014
President's Report for Special Membership Meeting
Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel, Queens, NY
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- Salary Chart Package for LODI Deduction Calculation
- Special 65-2 # 6 of 2013, ITHP Waiver / 50% Indicator
- Special 65-2 # 7, Deferred Compensation Plan (457/401k)
1. Legacy Credit Amendment
Vice President Jim Slevin and the UFA Executive Board are happy to report that on January 14, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Legacy Credit Chapter Amendment (SO 6178). Most of the candidates that were previously denied the Legacy Credits entered the academy on January 27th. The UFA would like to thank bill sponsors Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Jr. and NY State Senator Marty Golden.
2. City Council
The UFA would like to congratulate NYC Council Member Elizabeth Crowley on retaining her Chair position with the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee of the NYC Council. The UFA will be meeting with new NYC Council Members to advise each of them on issues that affect our membership.
3. Political Action / Lobby Day
Currently there are 11 open seats in either the NY State Senate/Assembly. Governor Cuomo has not called for a special election yet to fill these vacancies. If that occurs, the UFA will be asking our membership to turnout and support UFA Candidates. More information to follow.
UFA Legislative Director Jim Slevin anticipates an April 2014 Lobby Day. Once details are finalized the membership will be notified. It is essential that we once again have a large turnout to help advance the UFA legislative agenda.
4. Labor Relations
President Steve Cassidy and the UFA Executive Board will be meeting with the new Commissioner of Labor Relations, Bob Linn, to discuss upcoming contract talks.
5. Dental Plan Improvements
The UFA Executive Board is pleased to announce upgrades to both the Active and Retired Members' dental plans. All Active Members will receive a mailing from Healthplex within the next 2 weeks. The effective date for the changes on the Active Side is February 1, 2014. We anticipate our Retirees will receive a letter within the next month, with plan changes effective April 1, 2014.
Joni Howe from Healthplex will be at the March meeting to answer questions.
6. Improper Practice Case: UFA vs. Department and Bronx
The UFA Labor Counsel is proceeding with an Improper Practice hearing against the Department and the Battalion Commander from the 15th Battalion, based upon the UFA's claims that the FDNY violated the New York City Collective Bargaining Law (NYCCBL) when it discriminated against Light Duty FFs from L39 by unilaterally transferring them from the previous Light Duty posts on 03/09/12, and again on 08/01/12.
In addition, the UFA claims that the FDNY interfered with the statutory rights of all Union members when the Battalion Commander made inflammatory statements to members of L39 and E63 indicating that he was going to target any and all Union members who sought to protect and preserve their NYCCBL right of participating in protected union activity.
There have been five days of hearings, thus far. The UFA presented Firefighters from L39 and E63 as witnesses, as well as Bronx Trustee Edward Brown. At the last hearing date on 1/24/14, the City began its defense and the Battalion Commander testified. This hearing will continue on 2/26/14 and the Battalion Commander will continue his testimony because the City announced that it has further questions for him following the UFA Labor Counsel's cross-examination.
7. UCT Case Update & Court Ordered Subpoena Against City
In a favorable decision to the UFA and UFOA dated April 30, 2013, the New York State Court of Appeals denied the City's motion which requested permission to appeal to that Court. Specifically, the City was trying to appeal from the Appellate Division, First Department order that denied the City's challenge to the New York Supreme Court order that required the City to produce all drafts and versions of a consulting report prepared by Winbourne Consulting, entitled "911 Call Processing Review." NYC Corporation Counsel has provided the UFA and UFOA with all drafts and versions of the "911 Call Processing Review," an independent consultant's report that is highly critical of the City's handling of 911 fire-related calls. The UFA and UFOA safety impact case will continue at the Office of Collective Bargaining to determine whether the exclusion and/or restriction of the Fire Alarm Receipt dispatchers on 911 fire-related calls have had a safety impact on our membership.
Finally, after approximately a one-and-a half year delay caused by the City as a result of their frivolous attempts to not disclose the "911 Call Processing Review", the safety impact hearing resumed on December 20, 2013 and was completed on January 15, 2014. Each and every version of the independent consultant's report was admitted into evidence.
8. Improper Practice and Injunction--Recently Filed Based Upon
Continued Implementation of the City's Emergency Communications Transformation Program Beyond UCT
As a result of the City's continued transformation of its Emergency Communications Transformation Project, including the 911 UCT system, and based upon the May 2013 implementation of the new ICAD software, the UFA has again challenged the City's actions which are affecting the safety of our membership. A new Improper Practice has been filed, jointly with the UFOA, and the Office of Collective Bargaining has determined that this newly brought action should be consolidated with the continuing action that challenged the UCT system's initial implementation back in 2010. Hearings began on January 29, 2014. The UFA made its opening statement on the issue of the City's continued actions causing a safety impact to our members. This hearing resumes with testimony on February 6, 2014.
9. New Probationary Firefighters Hired
322 probationary firefighters were sworn in on January 27, 2014, the third class since 2008. The new probies were addressed by UFA President Steve Cassidy and Recording Secretary LeRoy McGinnis. Manhattan Trustee Vincent Speciale was also on hand to answer questions for the new probationary firefighters.
10. April Meeting Date Changed
The April Union Meeting is now scheduled for Friday, April 11, 2014. Please mark your calendars.
11. Delegate Photos at March Meeting
New Delegate photos will be taken at the March meeting - Thursday, March 13.
12. Return Your Parking Placard # List to UFA
Delegates must record placard number assignments and fax (or mail) by February 12 the provided company placard roster list to the Recording Secretary's office, ATTN LeRoy McGinnis at 212-683-4359 (or 212-683-0710 if the first line busy). Enter the placard permit #s given to each member, and company roster changes. Delegates should keep a copy for their records.
13. 9th Annual MDA $1 per Member per Meal Program
During the week of Jan 19th -26th the UFA once again asked members to participate in this fund raising effort to help those afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy. Donations received from this go directly to those in our area, including many of our own members' families. All donations should be sent to:
The Muscular Dystrophy Association
Western Long Island District Office-3231
5 Dakota Drive # 101
Lake Success, NY 11042
14. Duplicate W-2 & 1127 Forms Available Through NYCAPS
W-2 and 1127 forms are available through NYCAPS Employee Self Service, www.nyc.gov/ESS. To obtain a duplicate W-2 or 1127 form through NYCAPS Employee Self- Service, follow these simple steps
- Log into NYCAPS Employee Self-Service, www.nyc.gov/ESS
- Under the 'Payroll and Compensation' folder, click 'TaxSummary (W-2 & 1127)'
- Select tax year, view details and print tax form
If an Employee Self Service password reset is required, please contact the NYCAPS help desk at (212) 487-0500.
15. Deferred Comp Plan (457 & 401k) / NYCE IRA Enrollment &
The City of New York Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) is comprised of pre-tax 457 and 401(k) Plans, and post-tax Roth 457 and 401(k) Plans. DCP is a supplemental savings plan to your FD pension and Social Security and a way to save for your future through automatic payroll deductions. To join DCP, or if you are already a member and you want to make changes to your account, please visit the Plan's website at nyc.gov/deferredcomp or contact the DCP Client Service Department at 212-306- 7760.
The City of New York also offers you the opportunity to invest in both a traditional and ROTH IRA through the New York City Employees IRA or NYCE IRA. For information, go to nyc.gov/nyceira, or call 212 306-7760.
For detailed info about DCP programs, see Special Deferred Compensation Plan 65-2 of 2014, which is available today at your Borough Trustee Table.
16. Tax Withholding
Effective January 1, 2014, the annual Social Security wage base increased from $113,700 to $117,000. Deductions for members who reached the maximum in 2013 resumed on the 1/3/2014 payroll. The Social Security tax rate remains the same at 6.2%. There is no limit on wages subject to the Medicare tax, the rate remains 1.45%. In addition, since January 1, 2013, wages in excess of $200,000 are subject to "Additional Medicare Tax" withholding of 0.9%, for a total of 2.35%.
17. 2013 W-2: Verifying Annual LODI Tax Deductions
Current IRS regulations provide favorable tax treatment of wages during approved periods of Line-of-Duty Injury (LODI). Wages will be treated on a pre-tax basis. The Department computes your LODI medical leave days automatically and deducts the dollar amount from your taxable income as per prior UFA contractual agreement. This year's W-2 reflects LODI dates between December 16, 2012 and December 14, 2013 and reduces gross wages for all calendar days an employee was out on LODI medical leave (not light duty). The Daily Rate equals annual base, longevity, night shift & holiday pay, divided by 365 days, except during leap years, which are divided by 366 days.
This is the Department's standard formula used to determine your per diem deduction for LODI medical leave. It is based on calendar days, not the days you missed tours. To verify that proper deductions were taken by Payroll on your W-2 statement, see the FDNY Salary Chart package, distributed at your borough Trustee Table. Refer to the chart that applies to your grade and dates that you were out on LODI.
18. Tax Deferral Options
Deferred Compensation (457 & 401k) enrollment and ITHP, allow for direct deductions from your paycheck. As a result of the contributions made your taxes are reduced, and earnings will accumulate tax-deferred.
19. SOCIAL SECURITY DEDUCTION - TAX YEAR 2014
Full FICA deductions are made up of two different deductions:
- Medicare @ 1.45% (covering the medical insurance portion)
- Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance @ 6.20%
The maximum wage base and deduction for 2014:
An employee subject to full FICA at 7.65% would pay $8,950.50 on $117,000. The Medicare Tax Rate increase to 2.35% only applies to wages in excess of $200,000 regardless of the individual's filing status.
|Type of Tax||Rate||Maximum Wage Base||Maximum Deduction
|Medicare||1.45%||No Maximum||No Maximum
20. Delegate Education Seminar Registration Packages To Be
Registration packages will be mailed later this month to all Delegate residences. Seminar registration and hotel room reservations must be made by check only, payable to the 'UFA' (phone registration CANNOT be accepted), along with the proper form. It must be returned to the UFA NO LATER THAN APRIL 14th to receive your discounted rate. After April 14th you'll need to make your room reservation by credit card directly with the hotel at the full-price per-night rate - if rooms are still available. If this is your first Delegate Educational Seminar, you can familiarize yourself by reviewing last year's agenda and program activity book on the UFA website HERE by clicking on Delegate Education from the home page. You can also check out the latest notices for this year's Seminar which will be mailed to you this month.
21. Committee Reports
The UFA Line of Duty Death (LODD) and Scholarship Committees will give reports following the President's report.
Stephen J. Cassidy