Not An Attack On Collective Bargaining: Fmr. NYC Union Leaders Dispute MLC’s Attack On Intro 1099 Protect NYC Retiree Healthcare

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Former NYC Union Leaders Unite to Dispute MLC’s Lie About City Council Bill Int. 1099-2023

New York, NY – September 7, 2023 – The NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees (NYC Retirees) today released a letter (attached) signed by multiple former New York City union leaders disputing a lie from the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) that City Council bill Int. 1099-2023 would violate collective bargaining.

“The MLC’s claim that Int. 1099-2023 would violate collective bargaining is simply false,” said Marianne Pizzitola, President of the NYC Retirees. “This bill does not interfere with the collective bargaining process in any way. It simply protects retirees from being forced into an inferior Medicare Advantage plan that strips away access to our long-term doctors, physicians, and treatment facilities.”

The letter from the former Union Leaders states that “The Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) and others are being less than truthful in telling you that supporting Intro 1099-2023 is an attack on collective bargaining. We strongly disagree with that statement. As former labor officials, we have the utmost respect for collective bargaining.”

The letter says, “However, collective bargaining cannot conflict with federal, state or municipal laws, and retirees cannot bargain. Very simply, the Taylor law specifically prohibits unions – or the MLC, from bargaining for retired employees.”


Int. 1099-2023 is a bill that would guarantee the earned retirement healthcare benefits that public service workers were promised.

NYC Retirees are urging the City Council to hold a hearing and pass Int. 1099-2023 to protect retirees from being forced into inferior Medicare Advantage plans.

Read the Union Leaders Letter here


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Marianne Pizzitola NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees

On August 13th, 2021, a group of retirees from many different city agencies got together to form an organization to fight the impending changes to our healthcare. Two and half hours later, five people volunteered to form the Board and one became an advisor to the Board. In the next few weeks, we grew to five officers, four Trustees, five Advisors, started our Facebook group, filed for NYS incorporation, opened our PayPal fundraising account and were approved by the State to conduct business. Six weeks later we met our initial fundraising goal to pay the attorney's retainer and had filed our article 78 petition. Our Facebook page has over 18,000 members and we have an email list of almost 10,000 and both continue to grow. This is a major accomplishment! But we need to grow larger. We need to reach 250,000 retirees!

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