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Within Local 375, members are silenced, booted from meetings

Union's Troman dismissive of Gaza concerns, members say

Posted 6/7/24

The Civil Service Technical Guild’s May general membership meeting degenerated into a cacophonous argument when two rank-and-file members were muted and then kicked out of the virtual meeting after trying to ask questions of a representative from the New York City Employees' Retirement System.

The representative was there to speak with members of District Council 37’s Local 375 about the changes to the Tier 6 retirement plan included in this year’s state budget and answer general questions from members about pensions. But when Louisa Chang, a Local 375 member who works as a city planner, attempted to ask the rep a question about divesting from the pension system’s investments in Israeli bonds and companies during a question-and-answer session, she was muted by the meeting’s chair at the direction of Mike Troman, Local 375’s president, according to several union members who were present. 

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