Upcoming DC 37 Events

November 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES LEGAL SERVICES MELS REAL ESTATE WEBINAR NOV. 30  The Municipal Employees Legal Services, MELS, will host a Real Estate Webinar on Monday Nov. 30, 5:30PM to 7:00PM. Housing experts will discuss: Retaining and Working With A Realtor; Seller Concerns; Purchaser Concerns; Financing; Home Inspections, and more. Please register at www.dc37mels.com. A Meeting ID will be e-mailed 24 hours before the event. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net ###   MELS STUDENT LOAN DEBT WEBINAR DEC. 8 MELS will host a student loan debt webinar on Tuesday Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m.  Legal experts will share information covering:  COVID protections for student borrowers; Income Driven Repayment Plans; Loan Consolidation; Rehabilitation after Default, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and more. Register at [More...]

DC 37 Members Invited to Participate in Art is Life!

November 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

WorkWell NYC is launching its inaugural virtual exhibit,  Art is Life, and invites DC 37 members to participate at on.nyc.gov/artislife. This platform gives city employees space to reflect on their experiences over the past few months as our community continues to struggle with the impact of a global pandemic, discrimination, and systemic racism. WorkWell NYC uses art to spark positive conversations about how New Yorkers deal with challenges and difficult issues and most importantly, begin the process of healing. Submissions are being accepted through Nov. 27. They are looking to feature art from DC 37 members in this virtual exhibit. For more information on participant eligibility, virtual exhibit dates and more, visit on.nyc.gov/artislife. WorkWell NYC is committed to addressing matters of inequity and providing platforms to educate and develop structural solutions to health and [More...]

Union Leaders Press for DOE Kitchen Upgrades 

November 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS  In an ongoing effort to protect members during the COVID-19 pandemic, Board of Education Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I visited essential workers to address the outstanding issue of substandard ventilation systems in public school kitchens across New York City in October. in August, Francois met with Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza after kitchen temperatures topped 135 degrees. Essential workers in Local 372 stayed on the job. Meetings between union and city officials on ventilation problems exacerbated by COVID-19 delayed school openings for the city’s 1.1 million students. DC 37 Executive Director Henry A. Garrido joined Francois in October’s visit and met kitchen workers, Crossing Guards, School Aides, Parent Coordinators, Family Workers and SAPIS drug prevention counselors to hear their concerns around [More...]

MELS IS HERE TO PROVIDE FREE LEGAL REPRESENTATION!

November 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Because of COVID-19, many New Yorkers are facing financial hardship and are threatened with eviction. If you have received legal papers from your landlord, the lawyers at MELS are ready to fight for you! To protect your home and your rights, contact MELS at 212-815-1111 for legal representation or to answer your housing-related questions. MELS has a vast amount of experience representing members in all kinds of eviction cases in all kinds of housing. Take advantage of this valuable benefit [More...]

Upcoming DC 37 Events

November 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

OPT IN to H+H OT PAY LAWSUIT ENDS TODAY NOV. 9 DC 37 and outside counsel are representing union members in an action against New York City Health + Hospitals (H+H) regarding their violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The lawsuit alleges that H+H is not including additions to gross (longevities, differentials, etc.) in the base hourly rate when calculating the time and one-half overtime pay rate. All dues-paying DC 37 members who are in an FLSA covered title at H+H and worked over 40 hours in any week since July 2016 should opt-in. Forms were mailed in early September. If you did not receive the forms, and are a dues-paying DC 37 member that worked in a covered title, please contact outside counsel at 516-570-4343 to request forms. The lawsuit is at its early stages and there is no guarantee of success. Each plaintiff must submit an opt-in form by Nov. 9. ### DC 37 POLITICAL [More...]

Standing Together and Staying Safe

November 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 Family, As you know, Americans have turned out in record numbers to stand with and for each other.  Communities across the country spoke in unison, and with one loud voice. We should do everything in our power to ensure our vote is protected and free from empty accusations. Mobilizations are taking place across the country to Protect The Results now through the weekend.  Some events are posted here https://protecttheresults.com/. If you choose to participate in an in-person action, stay on message – PROTECT THE RESULTS. Be aware of what is going on around you and avoid any confrontations. We are promoting peaceful action.  Always remember that, no matter where you are, you are a representative for AFSCME. If you participate, please stay vigilant in our fight against the spread of COVID. Bring and wear your face mask. Be conscious of social distancing. And stay [More...]

AFSCME Sues to Protect Health Workers From COVID-19, Flu, Ebola

November 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

By AFSCME STAFF SAN FRANCISCO – AFSCME and three other unions are taking the Trump administration to court to protect health care workers from getting infected on the job by COVID-19 and other dangerous diseases like the flu and Ebola. AFSCME, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), and the United Nurses Association of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) filed a petition on Oct. 29 with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco against Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The petition says the Trump administration unlawfully delayed rulemaking on an occupational standard to protect health care workers from infectious diseases transmitted by contact, droplets or air. In 2017, the Trump administration tabled work on an infectious diseases standard [More...]

If not now, when? GOTV Nov. 3. Register for Today’s Training Now!

November 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

Union family,  We are one day away from casting the most important ballot of our lifetime. While it is likely that Joe Biden will win New York, there are critical Congressional and state races that are still in doubt!    Join Political Action on Election Day as we make a final push on behalf of our endorsed candidates. Sign up below for a shift!  Haven’t virtually phone banked before? Need a refresher? Join us TODAY at 5:30 p.m. for our Virtual Phone Bank Training. A link will be provided to those who sign up for tonight’s training and the Election Day phone bank: [More...]

Local 299 Playground Associate Wins $10K Out-of-Title Grievance

November 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A Local 299 Parks Playground Associate won more than $10,000 in back pay after a DC 37 lawyer successfully argued his grievance for out-of-title work. Parks Department managers at the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center in Jamaica, Queens, regularly assigned Recreation Specialist tasks to Playground Associate Dwayne Stanley, but continued to pay him at the lower salary. Since 2015, managers assigned him 35 hours a week of Recreation Specialist programming work along with his duties and responsibilities as a Playground Associate. The difference in pay, however, is $4.52 per hour. After a few years, Stanley decided to file an out-of-title grievance. After the grievance went to Step 3, the union took it to arbitration.  This was the first online arbitration in the history of the union and came about due to the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19. Amor Laor, the lawyer [More...]

Lawmakers Bid to Halt Auctions of Self-Storage Customers’ Possessions During Pandemic

November 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

By ROSA GOLDENSOHN Hundreds of New Yorkers on the brink of losing belongings kept in self-storage could find relief under a new state bill to stop auctions during the COVID-19-spurred economic crisis. The Pandemic Self-Storage Act, proposed by two lawmakers after THE CITY’s report on looming auctions, would prohibit owners of the facilities from enforcing a lien held upon customers’ property for the duration of the state of emergency in New York, plus a year. “Many New Yorkers have been hurting for months during COVID-19,” State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), the bill’s co-sponsor, said in a statement. “There’s no clear end in sight to the pandemic and no guarantee of federal and state relief anytime soon.” “During this time of unprecedented upheaval across all aspects of society, nobody should move forward with the seizure and sale of people’s personal [More...]