Mayor’s bid to shift 250,000 public sector retirees to Medicare Advantage plans approved by MLC


The Municipal Labor Committee (MLC), made up of representatives from 102 public sector unions, voted on Thursday in approval of Mayor Eric Adams’ administration’s controversial plan to move all city retirees off of traditional Medicare and onto a partially privatized version of the program.

In Thursday morning’s vote, which took place in a closed-door virtual meeting first reported by the New York Daily News, the plan passed with 79% support — with 941 for and 253 against. The plan passed by such a wide margin even though 26 unions were opposed to it because the vote was weighted towards unions with the most members, with each union getting one vote for every 250 members.

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