Updates and New Free Services for DC 37 Members

DC 37 has added more FREE services to help members during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Candidates seeking certain certificates and extensions may be eligible for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate, allowing them to work in public schools or districts for one year while taking and passing the required exam(s). You must apply on or before Sept. 1. 

Learn more about how to earn the teaching certificate here. 


Summer HSE Classes: The DC 37 Ed Fund offers High School Equivalency Diplomas via online classes in July. Classes are offered in English and Spanish and the exam is available in English and Spanish. Classes include all five subject areas; a Math Only class is available for those who passed the other four subjects on the exam. To apply visit: https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/offerings/highschool_equivalency_examprep_hostos 

FALL 2020 CLASSES: The Ed Fund is accepting applications Fall 2020 cycle. For more information on course descriptions, schedules and to apply, visit: https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/edfund

CUNY Counseling is here for you! Worker Education at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU) helps you reach your career and academic goals. CUNY advisors are available for free one-on-one phone sessions on academic requirements for specific jobs and more. Schedule your CUNY advisement session at: CUNYDays.eventbrite.com. 

POLITICAL ACTION: Can we count on you to volunteer to get out the vote? DC 37 recently announced its endorsements for the June 23 primaries. We have an opportunity to elect strong, pro-labor, progressive candidates who are committed to workers’ rights and community empowerment. DC 37 urges you to vote early using your mail-in absentee ballot or you can vote at poll sites on Primary Day June 23. Please volunteer with the Political Action’s Get Out The Vote efforts to support our candidates. Sign up here for details.


The Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS) has partnered with Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS) to launch a Frontline Worker Initiative to provide FREE life planning documents, Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, to COVID-19 pandemic frontline workers.

MELS offers this service to all DC 37 members who are participants in the Health and Security Plan. Now several hundred pro bono attorneys are ready to help us meet members’ needs, including Local 215 and Local 389 members who work at nonprofit agencies.

Please apply online here: https://volsprobono.org/projects/frontlineworkers. (You will be contacted by an attorney if your case is accepted.) DC 37 members who are not frontline workers can access their benefit by calling the MELS Screening Unit at (212) 815-1111 or email KGomez@dc37.net.

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