Items of Interest to PA Employees & Retirees - 2019


Special Notice to all Retirees affiliated with 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 agreements.

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.

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 currently resides.


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 Police Officers.

Additionally, tentative 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 near future.

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
Rick Cotton

Executive Director

PARA agreement on hearing aids and hearing related services
October 2018

As we age, some of us suffer various degrees of hearing loss. As many of you already know, hearing aids can be very expensive. Recently, we heard about a company that
can help reduce the cost somewhat (up to 70% in some cases).

The company is Hear in America (HIA), which has a nationwide network of providers who perform hearing tests and can fit you for hearing aids. We heard about this company from one of our members, who is also a member of RPEA (Retired Public Employees Association).

We contacted HIA to see if we could enter into an agreement with them to provide this service to our members and their  family members. They were eager to do so, and we are  happy to announce the agreement between HIA and PARA effective October 2018.   The service is available immediately to all those who want to take advantage.

All you (or your family member) have to do is call HIA at 1-800-286-6149, tell them you are a member  of PARA and they will connect you with a local provider.

Our agreement provides for free hearing exams, discounts on devices, warranties on equipment, free repair and batteries for a period after purchase and other benefits. HIA will provide the details. Of course, all transactions are solely between HIA’s local providers and its customers and PARA has no liability in connection with this new benefit.

Can You Hear Me Now?

10-01-15 - The 360-degree viewing platform and eatery located near the top of the newly-rebuilt One World Trade Center, is open to the general public. Tickets are $32 for adults, though seniors pay $30 and children aged 6 to 15 pay $26. Kids 5 and under are free.  Click here to see the full cost of a trip:

Useful Links

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Other Issues and News of Interest for PARA Members

PortFolio - Port Authority Blog

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Virtual tour of 1 World Trade Center Observation Deck

Ernesto L. Butcher - EOC Dedication

Empire on the Hudson - Professor Jameson W. Doig............Click here to read

Professor Jameson W. Doig

News about State and Government workers.........Click here

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