BENEFITS

FREE Data Analytics Courses for NYC H+H Employees

February 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS It’s time to level up. Learn data analytics for healthcare. NYC Health+Hospitals and DC 37 are offering NYC H+H employees FREE data analytics courses. Learn how to gather, prepare, and analyze data in one of two program tracks: Beginner: Learn to create databases, tables, and query data using SQL; retrieve data and organize data using Python; perform data cleaning and transformations; learn key statistical, visualization and presentation techniques (classes are held March 16-June 27). Advanced: Master Machine — Learn to train various type of models to make predictions on large data sets; evaluate predictions that result from ML techniques, how to assess model quality and improve models over time (classes are held March 16-July 2). All interested NYC H+H employees must register to attend ONE of two information sessions Tuesday, March 3 or Wednesday March 4 [More...]

Members Pack Local 1549 Political Action Conference

February 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE More than 200 enthusiastic Clerical-Administrative Employees Local 1549 union members crowded DC 37 union headquarters to discuss critical issues in the current anti-labor era and the nation’s political future in Election 2020. “Taking Action: 2020,” the theme of the Feb. 1 conference held by Clerical-Administrative Employees Local 1549 explored advocacy and action on key issues, labor and community activism, voter registration and 2020 U.S. Census outreach. The conference was organized by 2nd Vice President Ralph Palladino and included speeches by elected officials U.S. Rep. Max Rose, of the 11th District in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who exhorted the audience to take action and to move forward with confidence as the union gears up for the all-important 2020 elections. Local leaders urged attendees to redouble workplace [More...]

Cultural Trust Restores Union’s Legal Services

February 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Beginning March 1, DC 37 will resume offering legal services to members employed at and who have retired from New York City’s cultural institutions. “We are geared up and excited to offer much-needed legal services to these DC 37 members with no increase to their dues,” said William Whalen, the director of the Municipal Employees Legal Services. About 3,000 DC 37 members in six locals: 374, 1306, 1501, 1502, 1503, and 1559 and retirees will have access to MELS lawyers. These union members work at the American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, Wave Hill, the New York Aquarium, Brooklyn, Queens and NY Botanical Gardens, and other cultural sites. They should expect to receive a letter from DC 37 explaining the benefit shortly, Whalen said. After the 2008 stock market crash, the Cultural Trust lost a [More...]

MELS Highlights Income Tax Changes

February 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

MELS, the DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services, held a tax workshop in January providing advice for members and retirees about significant changes in the tax law. These changes will impact those filing their 2019 tax returns, due on April 15. Here are the highlights: The standard deduction has increased. For those filing Single, and Married Filing Separately, the deduction is $12,200, while for couples filing Married, Jointly, the deduction is $24,400, and for those filing as Head of Household, the deduction is $18,350. For divorces after Dec. 31, 2018, alimony received is not taxable, nor is it deductible by the person paying. The child tax credit for dependent children under 17 has been increased from $1,000 to $2,000 per child. There is a new form, 1040 SR, for seniors over 65. The penalty for not having health insurance has been abolished. Also new for 2018 and 2019, the maximum [More...]

Nightmare Ends With Citizenship

January 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Almost seven years to the day his immigration nightmare began, Local 983 member Jose Molina began 2020 with the oath of citizenship. His family, union leaders, and a cadre of immigration lawyers and supporters witnessed the swearing-in ceremony at Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan Jan. 17. “I am just so happy and thankful that this day has come and I am finally an American citizen,” Molina said. He came to the United States as an infant and faced deportation to Panama for a crime he committed and served time for more than 20 years ago. Molina, an Associate Parks Service Worker, was initially detained in 2013 after an early-morning raid of his home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. He was arrested again after he reported to immigration court to comply with a judge’s orders. DC 37 monitored his immigration case and fought on his behalf in union [More...]

Union’s TV Show focuses on New State Enhanced Tenant Protections

January 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

By RUDY OROZCO Tune in to “State of the Union”, DC 37 television show hosted by Executive Director Henry Garrido this January 2020 when he welcomes DC 37’s Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS) Director and Chief Counsel Bill Whalen and MELS Housing Unit Co-Supervisor Anette Bonelli to explain New York State’s historic new law which gives tenants new rights and benefits. The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 was passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in late Spring, 2019. The program, which focuses on the issues that impact the working men and women of NYC, the labor movement and the progressive movement, is produced at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), and airs in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. The show’s January airing schedule: Manhattan (MNN) –Thursday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 p.m. on Spectrum Chs. 34 [More...]

DC 37 CUNY Days: We Can Help You Jumpstart Your Career!

January 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Worker Education at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU) is here to help you achieve your academic and career goals. Our experienced advisors are available to meet one-on-one to discuss: Academic requirements for specific jobs Choosing a CUNY campus and major Applying to and financing a CUNY degree Certificate and non-credit options at CUNY Transferring previous credits Long-term career planning Fastest-growing industries in NYC Each session is free and caters to your specific goals and needs. Schedule your CUNY advisement session now! Can’t find a date/time that works for you? Please contact WorkerEd@slu.cuny.edu or call: 646-313-8531 for more [More...]

All DC 37 Services Now Located at 55 Water Street

January 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Beginning Jan. 21, all DC 37 services are located at 55 Water Street (23rd Floor), as we initiate extensive work at our headquarters at 125 Barclay Street that is expected to take between 3–5 years to complete. Please continue to consult the DC 37 website and the DC 37 phone hotline at 212.815.7555 for updates on how best to access services. Members seeking union assistance can reach their representatives by calling the same phone numbers as in the past or reaching out to one of the following: DC 37 Main Number: 212.815.1000 DC 37 Health Benefits: 212.815.1234 DC 37 Education Fund: 212.815.1700 (or send an email to edfund@dc37.net). Please note that the DC 37 Education Fund has moved to 75 Broad St. To access DC 37 services at 55 Water Street: Please call in advance You must have government-issued identification to get into the building Upon arrival to 55 Water Street, please [More...]

New Hep C Treatment Program Available at NYC Health + Hospitals

December 4, 2019 // 1 Comment

By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37 members suffering with Hepatitis C are now eligible to participate in a pilot program designed to effectively treat the disease and reduce the exorbitant cost of current prescription medications. The new treatment regimen, devised by NYC Health+Hospitals in collaboration with the DC 37 Health & Security Plan, is available to members and dependents under 65 who are covered by the union’s prescription drug benefit, which is administered by OptumRx. The NYC Health+Hospitals program, which typically lasts between 8-to-24 weeks, is designed to encourage patients to stick with its regimen of medication and other parts of the treatment. Participants are assigned Patient Navigators to guide them through the process. To date, 15 members have signed up for the program. The latest Hepatitis C drugs have a 90% percent cure rate of the illness, but are outrageously [More...]

Update Your Beneficiary Form

November 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES  Protect your loved ones. Keep your DC 37 Health & Security Plan and DC 37 Annuity Fund Plan beneficiary form up-to-date. Outdated information on the form can delay and even deprive your designee(s), spouse or children of much-needed benefits. A recurring example: A DC 37 member fails to update their beneficiary information after a divorce. The member then remarries and passes years later. The first spouse, whose name is still on the outdated form, receives the member’s death and annuity benefits. The death benefit for active employees is $10,000 and for retirees it is $2,000. Children also lose out on benefits if parents neglect to identify them as beneficiaries. So, it’s clearly a good idea to check to see if you need to update your DC 37 Health & Security Plan and DC 37 Annuity Plan beneficiary form. When should you consider changing your [More...]