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Dental & Vision Age 26 Coverage

We are pleased to inform you that effective January 1, 2020 our New Vision Plan will go into effect and both our current dental and new vision plans will be extending coverage for your dependent child(ren) up to the end of the month they attain age 26, regardless of their student status.

Therefore, you will not need to submit student verification and/or recertification for Spring 2020. Going forward, while your dependent is under age 26, they will remain on your dental and/or vision coverage.

To add your dependent child(ren) under age 26, please complete the attached HR-BEN-600 form and provide the required documentation for each child. The list of required documentation is on the back of the form, under #2 titled “For Children.”

Note: If your dependent is currently covered under their own COBRA dental/vision plan, they can cancel that plan once you receive confirmation from us that their coverage under your family plan is reinstated.

You can check your dependent health care information online under My Benefits/Health Care Dependent Summary on the BSC website at www.mymta.info.

For assistance, contact the Business Service Center

Phone: 646-376-0123

Email: bscservice@mtabsc.org

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Please have your BSC ID ready when you contact us and be sure to include your full name and BSC ID on all emails and documents you submit.

39th Annual TSO Scholarship Awards

I am proud to announce that our partner M3 Technology has increased their scholarship sponsorships to five (5) one thousand dollar awards.  I am also happy to announce that our new partners, Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP and Central Medical Services of Westrock, will be continuing their support and will each sponsor one (1) one thousand dollar scholarship award this year.  This is in addition to three (3) Scholarship Awards sponsored by the Union. There will be a total of ten (10) one thousand dollar scholarships awarded for the 2020 school year.

Click Here for Instructions & Application

2020 Flexibile Spending Account Enrollment Period

It’s that time again – when the FSA enrollment period rolls around and you should start thinking about your eligible expenses.

Sponsored by the MTA, the FSA is a pre-tax benefit plan that enables workers to save federal, state and social security (FICA) taxes on money used to pay for medical and certain other expenses and dependent or elder care. The bottom line is that by using an FSA, you get your tax break upfront, parceled out over the year in the form of lower tax withholdings on each paycheck.

Labor & Energy Research Survey

Drexel University is conducting a study regarding union members’ views about energy in the US. Given the significance of energy to society more widely and the labor movement specifically, they are speaking with a wide range of union members, including those actively involved in energy industries and those who are not. They are conducting this research with unions in PA, NY, and NJ and would like to speak with members in our local. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and is being led by two sociologists at Drexel, Dr. Diane Sicotte and Dr. Kelly Joyce. Participation is confidential and participants will be offered a $50 thank you gift card.

If you are interested you can download the flyer here

Are Your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date?

During the Annual Open Enrollement Period it might a good time for you the check that your beneficiary information on your Pension and Life Insurance are up to date.

You can access this information through the BSC self-service portal or you can download the forms below. If your a member of the NYCERS retirement system click here.

MetLife Insurance Form

OA Pension Beneficiary Form

MTA Pension Beneficiary Form

General Recording Secretary Election

 ***UPDATE***

At 10AM this morning the ballots were counted and the results are as follows:

 Transit Supervisors Organization
General Recording Secretary

 

 

 

Jose DeJesus 

198

(39.84 %)

Mike Rodriguez 

136

(27.36 %)

Roderick Bailey 

85

(17.1 %)

Steven Lopez 

57

(11.47 %)

Nurul Zahangir 

21

(4.23 %)

We would like to congratulate Jose on being elected to the position of TSO General Recording Secretary.  We would like to also thank all of the candidates who participated in the election.  Jose will assume the position effective immediately.

Financial Disclosure Filing (JCOPE) for OA Line Supervisors

*** UP DATE ***

Last week we received two (2) denial letters from JCOPE regarding our exemption filings for OA Line Supervisors and OA Revenue Supervisors.  If you haven't filed a financial disclosure statement for 2106 yet we urge you to do so as soon as possible.  We are reviewing the denials and have asked our lawyer to contract JCOPE for clarification and guidance on appealing their determination.   If you have any questions, call the Ethics Helpline at 888-827-5682 (888-U ASK MTA).


If you have received a letter from NEW YORK STATE JOINT COMMISSION ON PUBLIC ETHICS directing you to file a financial disclosure application, you should file an individual exemption application.  The Union has recently filed with the the NYS Joint Commission of Public Ethics a Union exemption application.  We recommend that you include the Union exemption application documents in your individual filing.  We are currently awaiting their response to our application and believe based on the job duties of these titles we should be exempt from filing.

You should send a copy of the application to:

Paige Graves
General Counsel
2 Broadway, Room D30.13
New York, NY 10004

Financial Disclosure Filing (JCOPE) for TA Line Supervisors

*** UP-DATE ***

We were recently notified by JCOPE that the Maintenance Supervisor (Surface) Level I will be EXEMPT from filing Financial Disclosure Statements.  We are working with the Authority on determining and filing for exemptions for the MSII titles that we believe should be exempt from filing based on their job duties.


If you have received a letter from NEW YORK STATE JOINT COMMISSION ON PUBLIC ETHICS directing you to file a financial disclosure application, you should file an individual exemption application.  The Union has recently filed with the the NYS Joint Commission of Public Ethics a Union exemption application.  We are currently awaiting their response to our application, but believe based on the job duties of this title we should be exempt from filing.

You should send a copy of the application to:

Paige Graves
General Counsel
2 Broadway, Room D30.13
New York, NY 10004

OA/TA Discipline Reduction Program

As part of our 2013 - 2018 collective bargaining agreement, the Union negotiated a Discipline Reduction Program for members who have reprimands and/or warnings on their official records for violations committed prior to January 1, 2015. 

Discipline and Grievance

a)  Reprimands and warnings will be removed from a Supervisor’s discipline record for discipline imposed prior to January 1, 2015 if there was no subsequent discipline initiated within twenty-four (24) months of the warning or reprimand being imposed.

Member should check their DAN History through the BSC Self Service Portal.  If you believe you qualify for the discipline reduction program, please contact your Unit Chairperson.

Don’t Lose Your Tax Break! Enroll in FSA Before It’s Too Late

 

It’s that time again – when the FSA enrollment period rolls around and you should start thinking about your eligible expenses.

Sponsored by the MTA, the FSA is a pre-tax benefit plan that enables workers to save federal, state and social security (FICA) taxes on money used to pay for medical and certain other expenses and dependent or elder care. The bottom line is that by using an FSA, you get your tax break upfront, parceled out over the year in the form of lower tax withholdings on each paycheck.

What: An FSA allows you to set aside funds for medical and dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis, thereby reducing your taxable income and increasing your take-home pay. The MTA sets up its account through the P&A Group and you can begin spending your entire year’s allocation on January 1, 2019. The MTA recovers any money you spend through 24 payroll deductions during the calendar year. There are no deductions withholdings for the first and last paychecks in the calendar year.

When: Open enrollment begins on November 1 and continues through December 15. Now is a good time for you to review the FSA guidelines (click here for a copy of the new FSA Enrollment Guide) and think about how much money you want to set aside for your additional expenses. You can set up either or both types of accounts, depending on your needs. The maximum is now $2,600 for Medical Expense Reimbursement FSAs and $5,000 for a Dependent Care Assistance account. The $2,600 maximum for Medical Expense Reimbursement is new for 2019.

What’s covered? Here are some typical expenses for which you can use your Medical Expense Reimbursement account: Co-payments for physicians’ visits, prescription drugs, glasses, contact lenses, and dental expenses that aren’t covered by your medical or dental insurance. To see what other expenses are eligible, check the list on the P&A website or call 800-688-2611 to ask a P&A customer service representative.

You can also set up a Dependent Care FSA to set aside money to pay for qualified child care and babysitting (when you’re at work), or for dependent care – such as for your parents or other eligible dependents in your family.

How do I use it? To make accessing your accounts even easier, P&A Group will provide you with a special MasterCard that works like a debit card and which you can use to pay for qualified expenses. If you have been participating in the FSA for the last three years, your card will expire and you’ll get a new card in the mail from the P&A Group.

A very important caveat: Because of IRS Regulations, FSA accounts are use-it-or lose-it, which means that any money left in your account after June 30, 2020 will be forfeited. Expenses incurred from January 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020 are eligible and you have until June 30, 2020 to submit them to the P&A. It doesn’t take a lot of bookkeeping to ensure that you don’t forfeit your money.

How can I track my usage? You can access your account balance at any time on the P&A website. You can also provide them with your email address and you’ll get an email every time you use your card or submit a claim. The email will also show your current account balance.

Remember: Open enrollment for FSAs for 2019 begins on November 1 and continues through midnight, December 15, 2018. If you are currently enrolled in this benefit program and want to continue, you must re-enroll. You can complete your enrollment online at www.padmin.com or call the P&A Group at 1-800-688-2611.

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