October 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an ideal time to take action on your health. Here’s how Ariel took charge of hers: Ariel was a healthy, 38-year-old mother of two when she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. “We were all so surprised because I have no family history of breast cancer or cancer. It really rocked our world.” At Ariel’s yearly OB/GYN appointment, her doctor did a breast exam. He felt a little lump underneath her armpit and under her breast. The doctor sent her for a mammogram, which showed that her lymph nodes were enlarged. As a precaution, the doctor recommended a follow-up sonogram. “I went back, and thank goodness I did, because they found tiny signs of breast cancer. I jumped into treatment [at Memorial Sloan Kettering] relatively quickly.” Cancer screenings and preventive care visits are essential to good [More...]


September 21, 2021 // 0 Comments

DC 37 EVENTS: U.S. CITIZENSHIP WEBINAR SEPT. 22, 6PM The DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS), the Building Service 32BJ Legal Services Fund, CUNY’s Citizenship Now! Program and the Emerald Isle Immigration Center (EIIC) are jointly presenting a citizenship seminar on Wednesday Sept. 22 at 6 pm on Zoom. Learn how to become a U.S. citizen and the benefits of citizenship. Join the Citizenship webinar here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEodO6qpjkpE9LXEw9Uep8MbNrzUv8Mp0QX # CLIMATE JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEETING SEPT. 28, 6PM The DC 37 Climate Justice Committee meets the first and third Tuesday of every month. To join, please email Committee Chair Jon Forster at 4unionnow@gmail.com. # BREAST CANCER WORKSHOP OCT. 12, 6PM The DC 37 Disability Advisory Committee will host a virtual Breast Cancer workshop on Tuesday Oct. 12, 6 to 8PM. For information, email Committee Chair Laura [More...]


August 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

MELS NEW YORK EVICTION MORATORIUM The US Supreme Court issued an injunction suspending New York’s Eviction Moratorium. This means that tenants who filed a hardship declaration are no longer protected and landlords can now ask the court for the necessary permission needed to evict. This does not mean that tenants who owe rent or are facing an eviction case should give up and move out. There are still many steps landlords must take to proceed with an eviction, and there are still many ways tenants can defend their homes. MELS can help. Call our Screening Unit at (212) 815-1111 for advice and legal representation. ### EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ERAP) New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is accepting applications to help tenants pay rent arrears. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 15 months of rent and up to 12 months of gas [More...]


August 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES “Post-pandemic, it is important to prioritize your health and wellbeing. Be proactive. A lot of things can be caught early.”   – MSK Cancer Survivor DC 37 has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) to help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening and prevention. Screenings help detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat. Take MSK’s short assessment here to get personalized screening recommendations and tips on how to lower your risk for cancer. In less than 5 minutes, you can take the first step toward taking charge of your health. Note:  On July 27, MSK discovered a system glitch where a few users did not receive their results. MSK immediately resolved the issue and sends their sincere apologies to those affected. If you did not receive your results, please retake the test to get your results. — DC 37 [More...]

Union Restructures Divisions

April 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

District Council 37 announced new changes to its division structure. The union recently renamed and consolidated six divisions into four, allowing the union to better focus on delivering services and protecting the rights of members. The change is applicable to members who are employed at New York City mayoral agencies, cultural institutions, libraries, CUNY, MTA, TBTA and School Construction authorities, and state agencies. DC 37’s six locals in the Non-Profit Division were not part of the restructuring. Please use the organizational guide below, which lists local unions in their assigned divisions, as well as the division directors, assistant division directors and phone numbers. Professional & Healthcare Division Locals: 154, 371, 375, 420, 436, 768, 1189, 1407, 1757, 3005, 3778, 3621 Division Director: Marianela Santana Asst. Division Director: Tracey Ziemba Division [More...]


April 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

COVID-19 VACCINES LET DC 37 BOOK YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS: DC 37 can help you book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please fill out this form and a DC 37 representative will call you to book your appointment. What you need to know: * To confirm eligibility, you can check nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution. * Proof of eligibility required: 1. Members who are eligible by virtue of job function must bring proof of employment. This can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. 2. Members who are eligible by virtue of underlying conditions or comorbidities will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and will be asked to attest to their condition during the scheduling process. 3. Members who are eligible by virtue of age will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and proof of age. * Employees are granted 4 hours [More...]


February 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION The DC 37 Political Action Committee Meeting will host a virtual meet and greet with NYC Comptroller candidates on Thurs. Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Register for this members only event here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-isqDMoH9DdX6Asddox-19K6uYPeRGw ###   SPECIAL ELECTION FEB. 23 DC 37 endorsed Selvena Brooks-Powers for City Council 31st District to represent the communities of Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. Can you volunteer to help get out the vote? Please call the Political Action Department at 212 815-1550 to volunteer for our virtual phone banks or sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFCmWoi7g1LvznWlBbM2SDx9g3qBGNtLbPJn8mHa8vTvxFWg/viewform ###   MELS  MATRIMONIAL WEBINAR on FEB. 18, 5:30 PM Are you considering getting a divorce? The union’s team of legal experts [More...]


December 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION The critical Georgia Senate runoff elections are on January 5, and the DC 37 Political Action Dept. is coordinating with AFSCME to conduct daily phone banking opportunities for union members to reach out to union households in Georgia. Can you volunteer a hour or two to help? Please click on the link to sign up and join us in this fight:  www.afscme.org/vfo ###  COVID RENT RELIEF PROGRAM The COVID Rent Relief Program application period is open Dec. 18 through Feb. 1, 2021. Previous applicants do not need to reapply. More Information COVID 19 – HCR PROGRAM NOTICES More information DC 37 members can call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net for more information on COVID rent relief programs or if they need legal assistance with arrears or eviction matters.  ###  ART IS LIFE! VOTE by JAN. 8  DC 37 members shared [More...]

Union’s Private Sector Locals’ Virtual Fair a Success

December 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Members of the union’s Non-Profit and Private Sector Division attended the Health, Housing and Resource Fair to learn more about the services DC 37 provides for members.  The Division, formerly District Council 1707, unified with DC 37 in Sept. 2019, bringing in Locals 95, 107, 205, 215, 253, and 389, representing 20,000 home health care, day care, non-profit workers and other titles. Despite being unable to have an in-person event due to the pandemic, key union leaders and staffers, put together a multifaceted set of speakers, presentations, and a variety of workshops to educate members on opportunities for education, health benefits, housing, and legal planning. The first-ever Dec. 12 Virtual Fair, held in two online sessions, featured DC 37 leaders and staff. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido welcomed those who attended. Division staffers also played a vital role [More...]

Unions Win Delay in DOE Schools Opening to Sept. 21

September 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS On the frontlines protecting members safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic is DC 37 and Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I, who on Sept. 2, did a public school walk-through with Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. “Our first priority in this COVID-19 crisis is the health and safety of our members and the kids we help educate and care for,” said Francois. Francois and the unions successfully convinced the mayor to postpone the start date for in-classroom learning to Sept. 21. Despite the reopening delay, DOE employees are expected to report to their respective worksites the week of Sept. 8; Family Workers return Sept. 9, and School Aides return Sept. 10. “Our school system has numerous challenges,” Francois explained. “Class sizes often have more than 30 or 35 students, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, [More...]