November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia
New York, NY – Facing more than 400 rank-and-file members at a union meeting Nov. 5, CWA Local 1182 President Syed Rahim celebrated winning step pay, gain-sharing, and an annuity plan in its most recent contracts, for the first time ever.
He added that the union is trying to win a higher cap on prescription-drug benefits—which are controlled by an outside benefit fund, not Local 1182—and that at the union’s request, the Police Department had established a protocol to let traffic agents access information about their night-time pay differential.
Rahim told the members assembled at the Penn Plaza hotel that he was committed to democracy, transparency, and winning “respect for our job” so “we will win more compensation from the city and the NYPD.” He said the step-pay plan “establishes the foundation for our next negotiation to get a much better contract in 2018,” and that the new annuity plan—the first in traffic history, funded by a $1 contribution from the city for every eight hours of work—“is really good for our brothers and sisters.”
He also vowed to end the involuntary mass transfer of sanitation enforcement agents to a different borough every two years, a policy instituted after a 1994 corruption scandal that involved 11 agents. He assured sanitation agents that the union will make “ending this unfair and terrible policy” a top priority in the next contract-bargaining sessions, which will begin in January 2018.
Rahim said he will meet with Police Commissioner James O’Neill later this month to discuss bulletproof vests, safety, block-the-box details, title changes, and other issues affecting traffic agents.