Articles by gheires

A Local 768 Member’s Grievance Leads to Promotions and Higher Pay for Coworkers

December 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A victory for one advanced an entire unit of Local 768 members when NYC Health+Hospitals promoted nine Lincoln Hospital Social Workers to Level 2 and paid them over $20,000 collectively. The promotions and pay increases resulted from the settlement of an out-of-title grievance filed by a Social Worker Level 1 who stood up for a promotion and back pay. ‘I was feeling underappreciated and that I was not being taken seriously,” said Alyson Helfand, a Lincoln Hospital Social Worker Level 1 since 2015. “I explored my options for help with getting the appropriate compensation for the level for the responsibility I have in overseeing projects and carrying a very large caseload for two years.” Senior Council Rep Janine Thomas filed Helfand’s out-of-title grievance in March 2017. “A promotion is not up to the immediate supervisor,” Thomas explained. “If a [More...]

Union Will Hold a Tax Workshop in January

December 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Are you looking for help with your taxes? The union’s Municipal Employees Legal Services will host a tax workshop in January. The workshop will be held at DC 37 union headquarters, Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Rooms, 2, 3 and 4. This workshop will focus on changes resulting from the Trump tax law, which was approved in 2017. The topics covered by the workshop include: Earned Income Credit Child Tax Credit Education Credit Affordable Care Act Requirements Standard and Itemized Deductions and Elimination of Exemptions. For more information, call MELS at 212-815-1111. The DC 37 Blog is an official online publication of District Council 37, AFSCME, which represents 121,000 municipal employees in New York City and surrounding [More...]

Shop Stewards Trained for Key Role in Union Building at Local 3005

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The first training for shop stewards of Local 3005 was an intense condensed one-day session at union headquarters on Dec. 12. “Our agenda specifically catered to what we needed our stewards to know to better service our membership,” said Local 3005 President Jeff Oshins. “When we formed Local 3005, the leaders set the goal to establish a shop steward program and to engage members to become more active in their union,” Sessions said. “We looked for volunteers. Our search was an easy one: We had no problem as dozens of members reached out to the new leadership in response to our call to action that we put out at our first general membership meeting back in September. I am proud to say six months later we were able to get our first training off the ground.” The one-day program gave the 10 shop stewards an overview of their responsibilities and how to [More...]

Free Citizenship Application Assistance at the Union on Jan. 12

December 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Do you need help applying for citizenship? The union can help. The DC 37 Citizenship Committee, City Council Member Margaret Chin and CUNY Citizenship Now invite you to attend an event for FREE Citizenship Application Assistance at DC 37 union headquarters at 125 Barclay Street, in Manhattan, on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Members and the community must call 646-664-9400 to get an appointment and to be prescreened. Experienced Lawyers and immigration professionals will assist you with your application. You must meet the following requirements: Reside in the United States as a permanent resident for five years (three if living with and married to the same U.S. citizen) Live in the United States for half of the five years or three years period. You are at least 18 years old. What to bring: Green card and all passports for the last five years. Home addresses for the last 5 or three years, [More...]

CUNY Workers! Send in Your Mail Ballot to Vote for Your Proposed Contract.

December 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

CUNY workers! Time is running out to vote on your proposed contract. Please vote YES to ratify this agreement and mail in your ballot today. DC 37 and the City University of New York agreed on Nov. 1 to a tentative 52-month contract that provides an 8.24 percent raise with no givebacks. The pact covers 10,000 CUNY employees represented by DC 37 in locals 375, 384, 983, 1407, 1597, 2054 and 2627. A few weeks ago, an informational packet and a ballot was mailed to DC 37 workers who work in the city’s public university system. Anyone who did not receive the mailing should call the independent American Arbitration Association at 800-529-5218 in order to be able to vote on the contract. Please mail in your ballot today! Your mail-in ballot must be received by 9 a.m. on Dec. 18. Walk-ins are not permitted. For more information, please contact your local president or union rep, or check [More...]

The CUNY Contract Blitz

December 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

DC 37 Council Rep Leo Morris informs CUNY workers at John Jay College about their proposed contract, which calls for a 8.24 percent wage increase over 52 months. The union many meetings around the city to explain the terms of the contract to members. Photo: Clarence Elie-Rivera. By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37’s citywide CUNY campaign is providing the union’s 10,000 members working in the city’s public university system the chance to learn about their proposed contract and to ask questions about bread-and-butter issues affecting them. A 45-member union team is carrying out the information blitz to ensure members are able to make an informed vote on the tentative economic agreement. Union representatives have addressed members at campus, local executive board and general membership meetings, and a conference of an Asian labor coalition. Besides informing members about the provisions of [More...]

DC 37 Stands With Spectrum Strikers

December 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Striking workers stepped up the pressure on Charter Communications to return to the bargaining table as the labor dispute drags on. Some 1,800 members of Local 3, a chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are in a bitter fight over the cable TV giant’s plan to gut their health and retirement benefits. Because of the dispute, a number of workers have depleted their household savings, sold their homes, while others have become homeless. Since the strike began in March 2017, the union counted on the support of New York’s unions and many elected officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Hundreds of electrical workers and supporters, including a contingent of DC 37 activists, turned out Dec. 5 for a major demonstration at Charter Communications’ headquarters in Manhattan. The Spectrum cable company — a [More...]

Health-Care of 350,000 Immigrants at Risk Under Trump’s Proposed Policy Changes

December 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37 is working with a coalition of health-care advocates to try to stop the Trump administration from implementing a new policy that would cut more than $360 million in federal assistance for treating immigrant patients at NYC Health+Hospitals. President Donald Trump’s plan to slash federal assistance to immigrants deemed a fiscal burden to the state could affect as many as 350,000 immigrants who rely on NYC H+H for health-care coverage. The new policy would consider any immigrant deemed to be dependent on government assistance as a “public charge,” and ineligible for benefits. Today, only legal immigrants who use long-term care or welfare cash are considered burdens to the state. Expanding the meaning of “public charge” would jeopardize the government assistance of as many as 6.5 million American children nationwide, according to an Urban Institute [More...]

Members Give the Needy a Thanksgiving to Remember

November 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A group of charitable Elmhurst Hospital employees organized their 10th annual holiday Turkey Drive raffle drawing to give 140 families a Thanksgiving to remember. “We sold raffle tickets and gave away a MacBook Air, a flat screen TV, an iPad, and gift cards—things people want–to raise funds to giveaway what families need because without our help these families could not afford a traditional Thanksgiving,” said Melvin Morgan, a Mortuary Technician, who is the Local 420 chapter chair at Elmhurst Hospital. Morgan is one of four dedicated NYC Health+Hospital workers, who for the last decade have made the Turkey Drive an annual feature at Elmhurst Hospital. They stepped up to give back to some of the neediest families in Queens. Local 420 members Robert Isaac, the chief shop steward, Darrian McCray and Morgan worked with Christopher Johnson, a plumber at [More...]

Parks Patrol Captain Rescues Two Women in Car Accident in the Bronx

November 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A quick-acting Parks Dept. patrol captain in Local 983 rescued two injured women trapped in a Jeep that flipped over in a three-car collision in the Bronx. “The Jeep was smoking and gas was leaking from the vehicle,” said Parks Enforcement Patrol Officer Capt. Domingo Sanchez, who was traveling along the Bronx River Parkway when he came upon the three-car pileup, which occurred as the first major snowstorm of the season hit New York City. “I saw that the last car, a smaller vehicle, rear-ended the Jeep and flipped it over. The Jeep just hit the car traveling in front. I got out to see how I could help when I found two women trapped inside the flipped vehicle.” Racing against time, Sanchez climbed onto the Jeep to pull the passenger to safety. “The driver was complaining that her neck was hurt and she couldn’t move,” Sanchez explained. “I told her, [More...]