The city is kicking off negotiations with municipal labor unions this week to find potential savings in health care costs, officials confirmed to the Daily News.
“The city will commence discussions about health benefits with the unions that represent the workforce,” said Marti Adams, a spokeswoman for Mayor de Blasio.
The discussions are a key part of overall labor talks with the unions representing the 300,000 city employees who have been working under expired labor contracts, some for more than five years.
The unions are seeking more than $7 billion in retroactive pay hikes.
Harry Nespoli, chairman of the Municipal Labor Committee, said the city and the unions might look for other health care vendors to save the city money. Currently the city works with GHI, Emblem Health and Aetna, among others.
“We feel health care is costing the city of New York too much money,” said Nespoli. “We can make adjustments.
Monday, March 10, 2014
De Blasio Looks For Health Care Concessions From Unions
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