WEDNESDAY NIGHT: MELS TAX WORKSHOP, POETRY with POTUS JOE BIDEN 

January 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

MELS TAX WORKSHOP on WED. JAN. 27, 5:30 to 7 P.M.  The MELS Tax Tips webinar is Wed., Jan. 27 at 5:30. The union’s team of legal experts can help you understand tax preparation for 2020. What’s income, what’s not? Filing status, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits and other tax prep tips. Join the webinar Jan. 27,  5:30 to 7 p.m. Register atwww.dc37mels.com to receive the Meeting ID e-mail before the event. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net  ###  POETRY in AMERICA  THOSE WINTER SUNDAYS Join a night of poetry with POTUS Joe Biden, Bill Murray, and DC 37 Local 3621 EMS Capt. Anthony Almojera for a free performance on Wednesday Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Register here: [More...]

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT! DC 37 VIRTUAL MAYORAL FORUM ON MONDAY, JAN. 25, 5:30 PM

January 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

DC 37 hosts a members only Virtual Mayoral Candidate Forum TONIGHT Monday Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m. Members will hear from NYC 2021 mayoral candidates Eric Adams, Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Ray McGuire, Carlos Menchaca, Dianne Morales, Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley, and Andrew Yang.  Join us to learn each candidate’s vision for our city and where they stand on the important issues affecting DC 37 members. To attend, please register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j9OwSPAgSFKN0qJLibHZ9A. You will receive a code to access this union event. For more information please call the DC 37 Political Action Department at 212-815-1550. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting virtual [More...]

Brooklyn Surrogate Court Workers Protest Unjust Commissioner

January 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Standing up for themselves to speak truth to power, about 50 members of two DC 37 locals united in a peaceful protest outside Brooklyn Surrogate Court January 14, to call for the ousting of the Public Administrator of Kings County.  “For too long we’ve been totally disrespected by someone who has no regard for workers or the community,” said Anthony Wells, president of SSEU Local 371, whose members staff the office of KCPA Commissioner Richard Buckheit, a state appointee.  “My members ask that they be treated with dignity and respect,” said Fausto Sabatino, president of Court, County and Dept. of Probation Employees Local 1070. “He called the Department of Investigations on my members to pressure them to quit. One member resigned rather than face abuse. Please Buckheit, take a hike!” The crowd erupted chanting “Buckheit take a hike!” “We [More...]

FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums Band to Perform in Virtual Inaugural Parade

January 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

By ANGI GONZALEZ Amid the pandemic, it’s been some time since the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums band performed publicly. On Wednesday, that will change when members take part in this year’s Inauguration Day festivities . “It was a great honor to be asked by the department to participate in this inauguration parade,” said band manager and FDNY Captain Kevin Haugh. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Haugh, who spoke with NY1 about the experience on Tuesday at EMS Station 18 in the Bronx. Haugh said it’s the first time the band will participate in an inaugural parade. In 2017, their NYPD counterparts went to Washington D.C. to perform when they were asked participate in President Donald Trump’s inaugural parade. Now, it’s the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums band that gets an opportunity to shine.  “It’s actually going to be nice for us,” Haugh [More...]

MAYORAL FORUM, TAX WEBINAR, COVID UPDATES, PAID FAMILY LEAVE, EDUCATION and MORE

January 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION MAYORAL FORUM on MONDAY, JAN. 25, 5:30 p.m. DC 37 will host a members only Virtual Mayoral Candidate Forum on Monday Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Please register in advance here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j9OwSPAgSFKN0qJLibHZ9A. You will receive a code to access this union event 24 hours in advance. For more information, please call the DC 37 Political Action Department at 212-815-1550. ### MELS TAX WORKSHOP on WED. JAN. 27, 5:30 p.m. The MELS Tax Tips webinar is Wed. Jan. 27. The union’s team of legal experts can help you understand tax preparation for 2020. What’s income, what’s not? Filing status, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits and other tax prep tips. Join the webinar Jan. 27,  5:30 to 7 p.m. Register at www.dc37mels.com to receive the Meeting ID e-mail before the event. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit [More...]

MLK: Social Justice Pioneer

January 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37 remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have turned 92 on January 15. For more than 25 years MLK Day on Jan. 18, is a day of service to others and the community, a time to work together for unity, support and equality.  As an architect of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King made good trouble. He pioneered a nonviolent social justice movement for Black people, the marginalized, the poor and the disenfranchised. He spoke boldly to the conscience of our nation.  He shone light on the lives and struggles of a people America relegated to second-class citizenry, those who were made invisible in plain sight in a very separate, unequal and divided society.  Dr. King worked alongside other freedom fighters to dismantle America’s apartheid Jim Crow system using the courts, boycotts, peaceful marches, civil disobedience and nonviolence to push for [More...]

NYC COVID VACCINE VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: JANUARY 15, 19, 20, 21 and 25

January 15, 2021 // 0 Comments

The City of New York’s Vaccine Command Center is inviting you to join a virtual town hall event, featuring Dr. Jay Varma, Senior Public Health Advisor to the Mayor, for the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccine. This will be an excellent opportunity for New York City staff to learn more about the vaccines, vaccine safety, how/where they are being distributed, and more. This event will be held on the following dates to accommodate employees, work schedules:  Fri., Jan. 15, 11 a.m.  Tues., Jan. 19, 1 p.m.  Wed., Jan. 20, 7 p.m.  Thurs., Jan. 21, 6 p.m.  Mon., Jan. 25, 6 p.m.  Question and Answer sessions will follow. Submit your questions in advance, and Dr. Varma and DOHMH staff will address as many as possible during the event. Please submit your questions through this link by 8 a.m. on the day of the briefing you plan to attend. Dial-in here at the time of the event: [More...]

City Rolls Out COVID Vaccine and AFSCME Town Hall Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.

January 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The City of New York and other employers where DC 37 members work are rolling out plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. New York City is currently vaccinating certain groups of people in phases determined by New York State starting with 1a classified frontline essential workers at hospitals and other health care facilities.  Additionally, Mayor de Blasio said New York City will open five vaccination sites on Monday, Jan. 11 for 1b classified workers, which includes some 1.3 million frontline essential workers who are police, firefighters, teachers, homeless shelter workers, correction officers, and persons age 75 and older. Inoculation is voluntary and free at worksites. The two FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioN Tech and Moderna, require two doses that are administered several weeks apart.  Your agency will notify you [More...]

Georgia: Democrats Take the Senate

January 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The change is now complete—and refreshing. In two hotly contested runoff elections in Georgia, Democratic Party candidates, the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won their respective races for the United States Senate. Both elections were won by razor-thin margins, but with these stunning victories, the Democrats have wrested control of the U.S. Senate from the hands of Republican Kentucky Senator and soon former Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This completes a long struggle by a coalition of progressive forces to take the country to a new and labor-oriented direction, first by winning the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, key state wins, such as Virginia in 2019 and the sweeping victory by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris last Nov. 3. The Biden-Harris ticket won decisively with more than 80 million votes, the most a Presidential [More...]

COVID RELIEF, EDUCATION, and MORE

January 5, 2021 // 1 Comment

MELS UPDATE: New York State Eviction Moratorium through May 2021 On December 28, 2020, a sweeping eviction ban took effect in New York, giving qualifying tenants fearful of losing their homes during the pandemic, relief through May 1, 2021. To qualify for protection from eviction, tenants must file a “hardship declaration” explaining the source of their hardship. The eviction ban does not protect tenants who are creating safety or health hazards for other tenants or tenants who do not file a declaration. Nor does the law absolve the financial obligations of renters who file declarations, leaving them subject to eviction after May 1, 2021. Click on https://bit.ly/3nj8O2u to view a sample “hardship declaration” that you can print and submit to your landlord.  MELS suggests that you send a copy to the landlord by regular first class mail with a “certificate of mailing” [More...]