PARA is the Port Authority
Retirees Association. Membership in PARA is open to all retirees and active
employees of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and of its
predecessor, The Port of New York Authority, including PATH.
Our mission is to serve PA
retirees and to promote their welfare. We do this by keeping them informed on
matters that affect them and by engaging in other activities to further their
We foster and encourage legislation that maintains or improves our
circumstances primarily as it affects the pensions of the New York
State Retirement System and our health benefits.
Special Notice to all
Retirees affiliated with the TWU, BTU, IOUE, IBEW, CWA, FS, FM
We have been advised
that in accordance with the recent union settlements, the retro payments for
affected retiree members (and current staff) of these unions will be sent
out beginning in mid November 2018. Affected TWU retirees will receive the
full retro payment this year. Others will receive a partial retro payment in
2018 and the balance in the 2nd quarter 2019 as per the new union
The checks will be sent to the address on record at the PA. Therefore, it is
important to advise the PA if you have a new address in order to assure that
the payment reaches you. If you have a new address or any questions about
these payments please call the PA Service Delivery number 212-435-2870.
In coordination with the Port Authority, PARA has been provided the
following information. (December 2018)
Due to the unique nature of this situation, the length of time, and the
requirements for each Tier, the Port Authority has been in regular contact
with New York State & Local Employees Retirement System (NYSLERS).
The Port Authority will provide NYSLERS with an updated earnings report for
each employee, by month, for the respective individual's retro periods. As a
result of this coordination between NYSLRS and the Port Authority, the
active employee and/or retiree will not be required to submit any
reconciliation documents (pay stubs) to NYSLERS in order to update their
Final Average Salaries (FAS).
All retro payments have been calculated in their entirety for the total
years, months, etc. affected, respective to each individual employee.
However, please note that since the retro payments for most groups are being
paid with 50% of the total retro in 2018, and the remaining 50% in 2019
(note: TWU retro payments have been paid in full in 2018), NYSLERS will not
be able compute the FAS until after the second retro payment is distributed.
NYSLERS will adjust the FAS for all active and retiree individuals after the
2019 payments and the final PA report is submitted to NYSLRS.
Adjustments for Vacation Exchange (Sell Back) and Uniform Allowance(s) will
be addressed in 2019.
As for taxes and withholdings, Port Authority Payroll must utilize the
statutory "Supplement Tax Rate" because this is considered a special
payment. So, the tax rate for active employees and retirees on the retros is
set by the IRS.
For retirees, taxes will be respective of the state where each retiree
Retroactive checks will be mailed to the retirees at the address on file.
Therefore, it is important to advise the PA of any changes, including those
regarding deceased members. Contact the Port Authority Service Delivery Team
at212-435-2870 to provide updates.
Important news on the
agency’s continued efforts to address expired labor contracts.
The members of the Port
Authority Police Benevolent Association today voted to ratify a new labor
agreement. We could not be more pleased to hear this terrific news, and to be
heading into a new year with increased financial certainty for the agency’s
agreements have been reached with the three police superior unions – the
Sergeants Benevolent Association, the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, and
the Detectives Endowment Association – whose previous contracts expired in 2010.
These tentative agreements will go to the memberships of these unions in the
Finally, we are also pleased
to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the Union of
Automotive Technicians (UOAT), whose last agreement expired in 2011. The
tentative agreement will go to UOAT members shortly for a vote on ratification.
Taken together, these
agreements impact the lives of more than 2,000 dedicated employees who work hard
to keep our agency’s vehicles running and the traveling public safe.
Once the pending
ratification votes take place, we will be in position to have new agreements in
force covering every single represented Port Authority employee. Labor
negotiations aren’t easy, and this has been a monumental result achieved through
tough negotiations. Everyone involved should be proud.
As we’ve said before, the
work isn’t done until 100% of the agency’s represented workforce has new
contracts. We look forward to working tirelessly in 2019 to reach new agreements
for the unions representing PATH workers.
Kevin J. O’Toole
If you’re a PA retiree or even
employee and are
not yet a member of PARA, now would be a very good time to join. Everyone
is welcomed to join the dues are
only $10.00 a year.
Why not join now to
support PARA's mission and help chart its future directions?
PARA’s more than 4,000 members are strengthened by
our affiliation with the Alliance of Public Retiree Organizations (APRO)
representing more than 350,000 members statewide in New York.
click here for the
PARA dues page and send the remittance form to the address indicated below and
remember also that donations are
gratefully accepted and appreciated. If you have a question
Click Here to Submit request to
Treasurer for Dues Status.
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