MELS Housing Seminar on Tuesday, September 29 5:30 – 7 P.M.

September 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37’s Municipal Employees Legal Services invites you to participate in a ZOOM webinar on Renters’ Housing Rights on Tuesday, September 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Join us for an update on tenant rights, the eviction moratorium, the re-opening of NYC Housing Court, COVID-19 defenses to non-payment, rent overcharges, preferential rents and the movement to strengthen tenant protection laws in New York State. Register here to attend: You will get the Zoom link before the event. For more information, please call the MELS Screening Unit at (212) 815-1111 or email: For more information, please visit the DC 37 blog at For help with an eviction notice or other legal matters, call the MELS professional staff of attorneys and paralegals at 212-815-1111 or email: [More...]

Can You Help Phone Bank Pennsylvania for Biden/Harris 2020?

September 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sisters and Brothers, We are Just 40 days away from Election Day. Last week we kicked off our virtual phone banks to call AFSCME members in Pennsylvania in support of Biden/Harris 2020. Pennsylvania will go a long way in deciding the outcome of this election. If the events of the last 72 hours are any indications, change is needed in Washington, DC. Join the team and sign-up for a phone bank shift at [More...]

MELS Can Help With New Eviction Protections

September 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

By BILL WHALEN, Director and Chief Counsel, DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services DC 37’s Municipal Employees Legal Services is here to help members with their housing issues. If you have received a legal notice, are in need of rental assistance or have a question about a lease renewal, rent increase, repair dispute, rent subsidy, income recertification, SCRIE or other landlord-tenant matter, call our Screening Unit at 212-815-1111 or email EVICTIONS AND HOUSING COURT: Where We Now Stand New York courts are in the process of re-opening but evictions remain on hold pursuant to the several Orders, Memoranda and Directives. Here is where NYC tenants now stand. On August 12 and 13, 2020, the Chief Administrative Judge of NYC Courts issued AO/160A/2020 and an explanatory August 12 Memorandum which provides: Eviction cases filed on or after March 17, 2020 [More...]

Get Out the Vote, Climate Summit, Housing and Other Events

September 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION HELP GOTV IN PA To support Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris in the November general elections, DC 37 will be running a weekly phonebank beginning TOMORROW September 16 and every WEDNESDAY through Election Day. Our ability to secure crucial funds for jobs and public services and to protect our right to collective bargaining is at stake, and more. Can you volunteer with the DC 37 phonebank to call our union sisters and brothers in the battleground state of Pennsylvania? Volunteering for just a few hours is an easy way to make a big difference. Sign up today to call AFSCME members, retirees and their families in Pennsylvania. We’re in this TOGETHER! Sign up today! ### YOUR CENSUS 2020 RESPONSE SAVES JOBS AND SERVICES DC 37 needs your help in fighting for our city’s future. The 2020 Census count ends on Sept. 30. Undercounting New York City could cause us [More...]

You Can Help DC 37 Stop the Proposed Layoffs

September 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sisters and Brothers, Over the weekend DC 37 launched a campaign to highlight the invaluable services our members provide and demand the state Legislature take action to stop the proposed layoffs of 22,000 city workers. Please visit to watch the video and click the link to email your elected officials and urge them to support the various job-saving proposals under consideration. We are at a critical juncture. It is vital that the state Legislature take action to save the jobs of members, who as essential workers have already sacrificed so much during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please share this message with coworkers, family, friends — anyone who is willing to stand with us! We are essential to New York City. Layoffs are simply not an option. Visit: to email your [More...]

Sept. 11 Remembrance

September 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

On the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we remember and honor the sacrifice of four DC 37 members who died on that terrible day: Rev. Mychal F. Judge, FDNY Chaplain, Local 299; Carlos Lillo, Paramedic, Local 2057; OTB Betting Clerk Chet Louie of Local 2021 and Lt. Ricardo Quinn, Paramedic of Local 3621. We must never forget our union sisters and brothers, who as first responders and essential workers died from working in the toxic ruins of the World Trade Center in the aftermath. Many continue to suffer, but we continue to fight hard on their behalf to ensure they receive proper health care and support. Their courage and commitment to public service remains an inspiration as we continue to battle the COVID-19 [More...]

Fall 2020 DC 37 Education Fund Free Training and Benefits

September 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

The DC 37 Education Fund is offering classes online Fall 2020: DC 37 Education Fund is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cycle online classes. The Ed Fund offers classes on labor, business, the Lillian Roberts Women’s Leadership Academy, and more. For a full list of DC 37 Ed Fund courses and programs and to register, please click on your program of interest. ### Tuition Reimbursement: DC 37’s Ed Fund offers tuition reimbursement for courses towards a degree or professional license from accredited institutions and programs. We have streamlined the application process. Please print the tuition reimbursement application and mail your completed reimbursement application and supporting documents to: DC37 Education Fund Attn: Tuition Refund 75 Broad Street, Suite 2204 New York, NY 10004 ### CUNY Counseling is here for you! Worker Education at the CUNY School of [More...]

Join DC 37 on Facebook Live, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.

September 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

Join DC 37 Executive Director Director Henry Garrido on Facebook LIVE Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6PM as he gives up-to-the-minute information on the Mayor’s proposed layoffs of 22,000 city workers, and what DC 37 is doing to press the state Legislature and City Hall to save jobs. A Q&A session with members will follow. Click here to join the discussion: [More...]

Stronger Together: A Labor Day Message from Henry Garrido

September 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

Today we gather to celebrate a bittersweet holiday in honoring our House of Labor. During this pandemic, many of our sisters and brothers have sacrificed and given so much as frontline workers while others were cast adrift in the chaos from the economic shutdowns. Yet our union stood together as one, growing stronger, our hearts filled with pride at the work we continue to accomplish. Remember that we march forward—always forward—with determination and righteousness. We are united against those who want to destroy us and strip away the rights generations fought so hard to get. This November is that time when this House of Labor, our Union, speaks with one voice. We will be heard. We will not be forgotten. In Solidarity, Henry A. Garrido Executive [More...]

Unions Win Delay in DOE Schools Opening to Sept. 21

September 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS On the frontlines protecting members safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic is DC 37 and Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I, who on Sept. 2, did a public school walk-through with Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. “Our first priority in this COVID-19 crisis is the health and safety of our members and the kids we help educate and care for,” said Francois. Francois and the unions successfully convinced the mayor to postpone the start date for in-classroom learning to Sept. 21. Despite the reopening delay, DOE employees are expected to report to their respective worksites the week of Sept. 8; Family Workers return Sept. 9, and School Aides return Sept. 10. “Our school system has numerous challenges,” Francois explained. “Class sizes often have more than 30 or 35 students, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, [More...]