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DC 37 Endorsements for the June 22 Primary

April 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

After a long process involving extensive candidate interviews and virtual forums for key positions, such as for NYC Mayor and Comptroller, with participation and input from DC 37 members, the union has decided to endorse the following candidates for the upcoming June 22 prirmary. The Following Candidates are Endorsed by DC 37 Eric Adams – MayorCorey Johnson – NYC ComptrollerJumaane Williams – Public AdvocateMark Levine – Manhattan Borough PresidentKhari Edwards – Brooklyn Borough PresidentDonovan Richards – Queens Borough PresidentVanessa Gibson – Bronx Borough PresidentEric Gonzalez – Brooklyn District AttorneyTahanie Aboushi – Manhattan District Attorney DC 37 Endorsements for the New York City Council MANHATTANJenny Low (Distr. 1)Carlina Rivera (Distr. 2)Erik Bottcher (Distr. 3)Keith Powers (Distr. 4)Julie Menin (Distr. 5)Gale Brewer (Distr. 6)Shaun [More...]

Paramedics Make In-flight Rescue

April 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

NONSTOP HEROES: Three New York City first responders, Local 2507 FDNY Paramedic and mental health counselor Andria Connell, President and FDNY EMT Oren Barzilay, and Local 3621 FDNY Lieutenant Krystal Hayes at Los Angeles International Airport after their midflight rescue of a Jet Blue passenger. By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Three New York City Emergency Medical Services Paramedics saved a distressed airline passenger on a Sunday night Jet Blue flight to California on March 28. Their heroic and quick action midflight also helped the airline avoid an emergency landing. “We had been in the air about four hours and I had dozed off when a flight attendant called for help with a medical emergency,” said Krystal Hayes, a 14-year veteran FDNY Lieutenant and member of EMS Officers Local 3621. Although their seats were scattered, Paramedics Andria Connell and Oren Barzilay immediately stood up [More...]

Pandemic Heroes Deserve an ERI

April 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

After several months of intense negotiations last year, our union and others in the Central Labor Council worked out a temporary no-layoff agreement with Mayor de Blasio that prevented the layoffs of 22,000 public workers. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido We stood firm in our position that the City no longer could balance its budget on the backs of hard-working men and women. In exchange, we agreed that the City could defer payments to our union’s benefit funds, with the stipulation that an anticipated $5 billion in budget relief from Washington would extend this agreement until June 2022. With passage of the American Rescue Act, the City received $6 billion in aid, and Mayor Bill de Blasio affirmed that layoffs are off the table for another year. The deferred benefit fund payments were a small price to pay to save the jobs of essential workers during this pandemic, especially [More...]

JOIN the VIRTUAL RALLY on TUESDAY, APRIL 6 at 12 NOON UPDATE: Event Postponed. New Date Soon

April 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

Because of the New York State Budget negotiations, tomorrow’s rally is postponed. We will inform you of a new date when the rally is rescheduled. Join DC 37 and a growing coalition of groups from across New York as we call on Albany to pass the New York Public Banking Act (S1762A/A5782) which will create a framework for local communities to divest public funds from Wall Street and invest in racial, economic and environmental justice! You can register for the zoom here. Join the zoom on Tuesday April 6 at noon.  [More...]

Early Retirement Incentive Battle Begins in Albany

March 31, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE DC 37 and other New York City unions are engaged in lobbying the state legislature for temporary Early Retirement Incentive (ERI) legislation that would allow the City’s long-serving public workers in certain tiers the option to retire early without a reduction in their benefits. The bill is an important part of the union’s effort to stave off a repeat of the threat of potential layoffs of 22,000 New York City public workers. Last September, the New York City Central Labor Council negotiated a last-minute agreement with Mayor Bill de Blasio to suspend threatened layoffs until the end of this June. More recently, the passage of the American Rescue Act and related funding for New York City guaranteed layoffs will be delayed an additional year through at least June 2022. The ERI, however, would add further protection from a new administration and a future chance of layoffs. [More...]

DC 37 Workers #GetVaccinated at Citi Field Event

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The early spring weather was sunny, appropriate for the occasion as hundreds of DC 37 members joined other New Yorkers to get the COVID-19 vaccine at a “Vaccination Day” event held at Citi Field, in Flushing Meadows, Queens. The event, heavily promoted by the union in social media and on www.dc37.net drew more than 500 union members to get the life-saving vaccine at the home stadium of the New York Mets on March 27. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido spoke of the importance of the “Vaccination Day” event, which is part of an ongoing effort to vaccinate tens of thousands of DC 37 members.  “In honor of the more than 200 DC 37 members who died from COVID-19, we pledged we would do everything possible to protect them and their families, get benefits for those who passed away and to protect those living and continue to provide public services,” said Garrido. [More...]

APRIL NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES 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 [More...]

Union Backs Eric Adams for NYC Mayor at Queens Press Conference

March 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido announced today that the City’s largest municipal labor union is endorsing Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for Mayor of New York City. Endorsing the Brooklyn Borough President at a morning press conference held at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, Queens, Garrido said the endorsement is a culmination of a long process within the union in choosing from 24 candidates running in the Democratic Primary on June 22, including hosting an online Mayoral Forum on Jan. 25. “We started our screening process with the principle that we need a mayor who understands our values, who understands the importance of essential workers for the City, and who also understands our people are putting their lives on the line right now in order to do their jobs,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido at the March 24 event. “We [More...]

WATCH DC 37 on the FACEBOOK LIVE COVID VACCINE WEBINAR with Q&A

March 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

On March 25, District Council 37, AFSCME Executive Director Henry Garrido, 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Deputy Commissioner Dr. Torian Easterling and AdvantageCare Physicians President & Chief Medical Officer Dr. Navarra Rodriguez discussed the COVID-19 vaccine. They answered questions from DC 37 and 32BJ SEIU members, and shared resources to help you make an appointment to get vaccinated. Click here to watch the [More...]

SPECIAL ELECTION, MARCH 23

March 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

HELP GET OUT THE VOTE: We are continuing our efforts to make sure DC 37 members have a strong voice on the New York City Council and we really need your help! Our city is facing challenging times and an overwhelming budget deficit. We need allies we can count on in the Council fighting for DC 37 members and retirees! Please join us for a virtual phone bank to speak to our union sisters and brothers about union-endorsed candidates for the upcoming Special Election on Tuesday, March 23.   We’ll be making calls on Monday, March 22 and Tuesday, March 23. Using the DC 37 Virtual Phone Bank is easy and fun. No need to worry about what to say – we’ll provide you with a script and all the information you need to have a great phone banking experience. Please sign up now to volunteer for a shift or two at [More...]