In a letter to PSC retirees on Monday, July 25, PSC President James Davis wrote:
"As you know, the proposed contract that the City and the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) agreed to last year with Anthem/Empire to administer retiree health insurance through Medicare Advantage Plus (MA+) faces a court challenge. I’m writing with an update not on the litigation itself, which is ongoing, but on the information that the Municipal Labor Committee provided last week about the status of that contract. Anthem/Empire has withdrawn and is no longer willing to administer the MA+ program. They asked the City and the MLC to guarantee a January 1, 2023 start date for the program. It was not possible to make that guarantee because of the pending litigation, so Anthem/Empire withdrew."
"Many of you know that the PSC was one of five MLC unions that opposed the MA+ contract with Anthem/Empire, and we continue to advocate for alternatives to MA+...."
But, he added:
"...many MLC unions remain committed to an MA+ plan in some form, even if it is not with Anthem/Empire. It is likely that MA+ is still on the table...."
Vesting means you have earned enough service credit to qualify for a pension benefit once you meet the minimum age requirements established by TRS.
PSC members had the opportunity to talk openly and candidly to PSC principal officers and vice presidents at chapter listening sessions held across CUNY in April and May. Among those attending these meetings were the union’s four principal officers and vice presidents for senior colleges, community colleges, cross-campus units and part-time personnel. Elected PSC leaders had the opportunity to engage with PSC members to gather input, suggestions, concerns and contract priorities that will help guide bargaining in our upcoming contract negotiations. The current PSC-CUNY contract expires at the end of February 2023.