COMMITTEES

Dressing Blue to Promote Diabetes Awareness

November 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

  By DIANE S. WILLIAMS In November, many DC 37 members are wearing blue to mark Diabetes Awareness Month. “Diabetes is the biggest health epidemic of our time,” said Board of Education Employees Local 372 President Shaun D.  Francois I, who chairs the union’s Disability Advisory Committee. Our goal is to raise awareness and tackle the negative stigma surrounding diabetes,” Francois added, while speaking at a recent committee meeting. Diabetes 1, 2 or gestational diabetes develops when the pancreas cannot use or no longer makes insulin. If ignored or left undiagnosed, diabetes can cause neuropathy, blindness, heart attacks, strokes and coma that can lead to death. But diabetes is manageable and can be determined with a simple screening, according to the American Diabetes Association. “It’s important to get educated and see your doctor,” Francois said. [More...]

Caribbean Heritage Celebration Highlights Politics and Citizenship

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The contributions and heritage of Caribbean expats were celebrated June 5 at the union’s annual Caribbean Heritage ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was co-sponsored by Locals 420 and 768. “Like never before we are hearing from the Trump Administration and social media an increasingly amount of anti-union, anti-immigrant, anti-women speech,” said Committee Chair Carmen Charles, a DC 37 vice president and president of New York City Hospitals Employees Local 420. “Such vitriolic speech is irresponsible and unacceptable. I urge you to stand with your union against anti-immigrant policies. We — and all immigrants — have value and bring so much to New York City and to America.” “Take advantage of the union benefit and take steps to secure U.S. citizenship for yourself and your family members,” Charles said. She invited attendees to register for the [More...]

Don’t Forget: We Vote

May 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Members and guests gathered at DC 37 May 18 for the annual Asian Heritage celebration, themed “We Vote, We Make a Difference,” was appropriate in the run-up for this year’s mid-term elections. Besides hearing a call to arms, the crowd enjoyed a fun evening of Asian food and cultural presentations. “Our time has come,” said DC 37 Asian Heritage Committee Chair Maf Misbah Uddin, who the union’s treasurer and president of Accountants, Statisticians and Actuaries Local 1407. “We will be recognized if we are in the mainstream” But Uddin acknowledged the community needs to engage more in the country’s electoral system. Asian Americans — the fastest growing demographic group in the United States — make up 7 percent of the U.S. population, yet only 1 percent of voters. Keynote speaker U.S. Congress member Grace Meng, who is from Queens, described the [More...]

The Motown Story

March 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The history of Motown is an American success story, a musical trajectory of glammed-up girl groups, silky harmonies and smooth dance moves crafted in Detroit at a tiny music studio called Hitsville, USA. The music captured the hearts of America’s youth at a time of unparalleled social upheaval. “The Motown Story,” a play written, directed and acted by union members, plots the record label’s course in a return finale production Feb. 28 to close DC 37’s Black History Month celebration. “These songs are the soundtrack of our lives,” said Associate Director Oliver Gray. “They tell our stories and are such a huge part of our lives.” Motown’s chart-topping tunes of first loves and loves lost gave solace to a nation grappling with civil rights, equality, and the Vietnam War. “The beauty of Motown,” Gray added, “is the music broke down barriers and [More...]

The Year of the Woman!

March 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Labor kicked off Women’s History Month with a spirited forum urging women to resist, insist and persist in following their passion and achieving visibility and inclusion. “The energy in this room is amazing and what is about to happen will be magical. This is the Year of the Woman!” said Lelani Levin of SSEU Local 371, who co-chairs the Women’s Committee with Carmen Charles, president of Local 420. The diverse and outspoken panel included leaders from various fields: AFSCME Secretary Treasurer Elissa McBride, the Honorable Lisa Ottley, Dr. Una Clarke, City Council member Adrienne Adams, Dr. Sophia Lubin, Judaline Cassidy and Gessie Thompson. Jahmila Joseph, the union’s assistant associate director, enjoyed an “Oprah moment” as moderator of the discussion. “If you want something, go after it, if it’s not there make it yourself,” said Cassidy, a [More...]