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Important Information About Your DC 37 Health & Security Plan Benefits During COVID-19

March 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

YOUR OPTUMRx PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT (All Active and Non-Medicare, Pre-65 Eligible Participants) Refill Too Soon. Effective immediately, in consideration of the COVID-19 situation, the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and OptumRx has agreed to immediately lift the “Refill Too Soon” restriction on covered drugs until further notice. Drugs with significant abuse potential (i.e. opioids) or those that are generally dosed for finite durations or intermittently (i.e. hepatitis or fertility treatments) as identified by OptumRx will follow the normal process for renewals. Prior Authorizations Extended. OptumRx has also agreed to extend Prior Authorizations (PAs) for member medications that are set to expire on or before May 1, 2020. This policy went into effect March 18, 2020.  For chronic condition medications, OptumRx will extend PAs for an additional 90 days past May 1, [More...]

DC 37 Contact Numbers

March 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

IMPORTANT: DC 37 COVID-19 INFORMATION DC 37 contact numbers DC 37 Hotline 212.815.7555 DC 37 Safety and Health 212.815.1685 Health and Security Plan Inquiry Unit 212.815.1234 H&S TTY (Teletypewriter) 212.815.1266 H&S Info for Retirees Toll-Free 1.877.323.7738 outside of NY/NJ/CT Personal Service Unit 212-815-1250  Education Fund 212.815.1700 Municipal Employees Legal Services 212.815.1111   DC 37 Divisions DC 37 Non-Profit and Private Sector Division 212.219.0022 DC 37 Blue Collar Division 212.815.1010 DC 37 Clerical-Administrative Division 212.815.1020 DC 37 Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals Division 212.815.1030 DC 37 Professional Division 212.815.1040 DC 37 Schools Division 212.815.1050 DC 37 White Collar Division 212.815.1060 Retirees Association 212.815.1781 DC 37 Locals Local 95 Head Start Employees 212.219.0022 Local 107 National Membership and Fundraising [More...]

DC 37 at 55 Water Street Closed On March 18

March 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 at 55 Water Street, 22nd and 23rd floors, in Lower Manhattan will be closed Wednesday, March 18 for a deep cleaning. DC 37 members can still reach union representatives—council reps and grievance reps—by email and mobile phone. The DC 37 Education Fund at 75 Broad Street, and the West 45th Street locations remain open. The union’s 55 Water St. location will reopen on Thursday March [More...]

Union Health Local Leaders Testify on Coronavirus, Health Care Funding

March 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE While the Coronavirus crisis continues to build, DC 37 leaders testified before a special joint hearing of the New York City Council’s Hospitals and Health Committees at City Hall, on March 5. The hearing, which lasted well into the early evening, focused on the city’s response to the impact of the virus, which, as of this writing, has eleven people diagnosed with the illness, with dozens more exposed now in self-quarantine. Speaking at the hearing was United Federation of Nurses & Epidemiologists Local 436 President Judith Arroyo, Jeff Oshins, president of NYC Health Department Technical Professional Employees Local 3005, and Vice President Michael Greco, from Local 2507 FDNY Uniformed EMTs and Paramedics. In her testimony, Arroyo discussed the action her members taken during the crisis, working overtime, and in some cases double shifts, to provide information and [More...]

Important Information About Your Prescription Drug Benefits UPDATED

March 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

IMPORTANT IN FORMATION REGARDING YOUR OPTUMRx PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT! All Active and Non-Medicare Eligible Participants COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our Participants during this crisis, the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and OptumRx has agreed to immediately lift the “Refill Too Soon” restriction on covered drugs until further notice. IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR AETNA PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT OFFERED BY SILVERSCRIPT! Medicare Eligible Retirees COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our retirees during this crisis the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and Silverscript has agreed to lift all restrictions on covered drugs for the [More...]

DC 37 Celebrates Black History Month

March 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37’s Black History Committee and local unions celebrated African American heritage in February and Census 2020 and the November elections were constant themes at this year’s events. “Our theme resonates with the needs of our communities and stresses the importance of being counted in Census 2020. Our voices are heard as we bring seats to the table by completing the census form,” said Local 1930’s Nina Manning, the new BHC co-chair with Local 372’s La’Nette Murphy.  With distinguished speakers, singers, dancers and drummers, the committee presented programs to uplift and motivate. “We need to talk about institutional racism, and talk about segregation and talk about government providing for the very few, at the expense of the many,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. At the BHM Finale Feb. 28, Census 2020 spokeswoman Nichole Yearwood [More...]

CBTU Honors Black Heritage

March 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The New York Chapter of CBTU, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and Go Party honored Black heritage with a gospel concert at DC 37 in lower Manhattan Feb. 21. “The cornerstone of our history is rooted in the church,” said Charles Jenkins, president of the New York CBTU Chapter. CBTU was founded 49 years ago with a mission to link labor and the African American community. Reminding attendees of the importance of participating in the Census and upcoming elections, Jenkins said, “It’s time to unite and defend our leaders all the way to the ballot box!” Hundreds packed the union hall as Local 1482 Brooklyn Library Guild President Ronaldo Barber emceed the Friday night event organized by DC 37 Grievance Rep and CBTU Vice President Eugene Williams. The concert featured singers B. Renee, Jackie Rowe-Adams, president of Local 299, and Lisa Nero. Opera [More...]

Valiant Women of the Vote

March 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

By CARMEN CHARLES, President of Local 420 and DC 37 Women’s Committee Chair March is Women’s History Month and our union acknowledges the great contributions women have made and are making to America. As chair of the DC 37 Women’s History Committee, I invite you to celebrate with us at our Women’s Forum, Friday March 13 at 6 p.m. at DC 37 headquarters, 125 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave American women the right to vote. The women’s suffrage movement took nearly a century, but through hard-work and sacrifice women persevered. As New Yorkers, we have a proud legacy of supporting women’s rights. In 1848, our state hosted the Seneca Falls Convention of the first women’s rights convention in the world. At this historic meeting, abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass, the only [More...]

Paramedics Save Four at Deadly Deli

February 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Four deli workers sickened by lethal carbon monoxide gas are alive today after a heroic rescue by Fire Dept. Paramedics in Local 2507. Two Paramedics responded to an early morning call Dec. 10 about an unconscious man at Broome Street bodega. “When we reached the store, workers said they felt dizzy and nauseous,” said Paramedic Phillip Jugenheimer. A fourth man lay unconscious in the cramped basement of the Lower East shop. “Ours carbon monoxide detectors were beeping like crazy,” Jugenheimer said. “I’m getting a 50 reading, my partner gets 80. Inside the store read 120 parts per million (PPM) so we evacuated the customers and cooks making breakfast. Everybody OUT!” FDNY Paramedics wear portable carbon monoxide detectors on their uniforms. As the two Local 2507 members approached the basement, the meter clocked a lethal 600 PPM level. The air was [More...]

Local 372: Vote, We Can Make a Difference

February 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

By RUDY OROZCO NYC Board of Education Local 372 and DC 37 President Shaun D. Francois I, was loud and clear with his message to over 200 activists and members, elected officials and labor leaders at the local’s Black History Month celebration Feb. 20 at union headquarters. “The Ballot or the Bullet” theme focused on the importance of getting out the vote, especially in November when the next President of the United States will be elected. Francois called on all those present to “get out and vote” to make a difference. He urged, “Show up at the polls and to bring two or three people with you to vote.” “Stand up if you want to be counted,” exhorted Francois. “We’ve come a long way, but still have a ways to go!” The event included dancers from the ESOTA, Edge School of The Arts, and a tap dance performance by Omar Edwards with musicians from African Tap Dancer & [More...]