After a long, hard fight, 32BJ members who have worked for Temco are finally getting their prevailing wage retro pay! Temco and the City signed an agreement on Friday, September 11, that will get more than 1,000 workers $20 million in retro wage and benefit payments. This is the largest prevailing wage settlement in New York City History.
We will be involved in the process to make sure members who are eligible receive the payments they are owed in a timely fashion. We will hold a meeting to go over the settlement and the payment process on Saturday, September 19, at 10 am at the Union Hall Auditorium, 18 W 25th St. in Manhattan.
In the meantime, below are some answers to commonly asked questions about the payment process.
If you worked for Temco between April 11, 2011 and January 2015, you qualify for a back wages payment.
How is the amount calculated?
The amount of the payment you are entitled to will vary according to when you worked for Temco, for how long, your classification, and your seniority date.
How will I know how much I’m getting?
In the coming days, Temco will be sending documents by certified mail. These documents will include information on how the back wage amount was calculated and instructions on how to get your money.
The amount in the paperwork doesn’t look right. What should I do?
If you disagree with the calculations, you will only have 30 days to file objections with the Comptroller’s office. You can reach the Comptroller’s office at (212) 669-4443.
I received my paperwork. Now what do I do?
The packet will include a release form that must be notarized and brought with you when you pick up your payments on designated dates (see below). If you choose to receive your check by mail, you must return the notarized form to Temco before they can mail you your check.
I filled out and notarized my papers. What’s next?
You will be able to pick up your checks at the Union Auditorium during non-work hours on the following days and times:
- Wednesday, September 23, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
- Thursday, September 24, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
You must bring a photo ID along with the completed and notarized release forms with you at that time.
This is a great victory, and it was possible thanks to your hard work and determination!