Union Wins $10K+ for Four Local 768 Therapists

July 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A group grievance filed on behalf of Licensed Creative Arts Therapists in Local 768 was settled in May. The union recouped about $10,000 in total retroactive pay owed to four Bellevue Hospital therapists who were not paid RIPs, recurring incremental payments, from 2017 to 2019.   “The local filed the group grievance for these members to enforce the terms of the contract that provide RIPs after two years of service,” said Local 768 President Carmen de Leon.  The licensed therapists use art and music to help patients heal. Their skills are especially useful as patients and Bellevue Hospital staff cope with increased stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. The therapists contacted the union when they realized the Payroll Department failed to add the RIPs to their biweekly paychecks in March 2017. Council Rep Joel Vera Viera filed the group grievance that [More...]

Museum of Jewish Heritage Workers Hold Union Solidarity Event

June 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

Staff from the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, located in Lower Manhattan, held a solidarity demonstration on June 10, in support of the unionization effort currently stalled by Museum management. The demonstration was timed for when audience members arrived for an indoor concert by Sharabi, a Bhangra-Funk-Klezmer fusion group. The workers brought their own instruments, including kazoos and maracas to make the protest more entertaining. Sarah Gordon, the band’s singer, came out to greet the workers and offer support. In June 2020, 40% of Museum of Jewish Heritage staff were laid off, and remaining workers believed it was time to unionize. Issues include job security, inequality in pay and promotion, safety issues, and other provisions to ensure their dignity as workers. Museum staffers won a union election with DC 37 last December. However, efforts to [More...]

OCB Sides with Local 1505 in IPP Win

June 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS An impartial Board of Collective Bargaining determined that the City and the Parks Department Advocate’s Office violated the New York State collective bargaining law when it tried to dictate to Local 1505 and the union who could represent members. The Office of Collective Bargaining also shot down management’s attempt to modify the procedure for scheduling investigatory interviews. It dismissed two other charges. “I have had issues with the Advocate’s Office ever since I became president in 2008,” said Local 1505 President Dilcy Benn, who filed the improper practice petition in 2018. “President Benn came to the DC 37 Legal Department with clear evidence of mistreatment by the Parks Advocate’s Office. Put simply, Local 1505 members, facing disciplinary charges or pre-disciplinary investigations, were being subject to treatment different than other Parks [More...]

Cultural Institution Employees $ave with MELS Legal Benefit

April 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Dozens more DC 37 members who work at NYC’s cultural institutions are using MELS since union representatives on the Trust for Cultural Resources negotiated to restore the benefit in 2020.  “Tops on our agenda was to restore the legal benefit to our 3,000 members and retirees. MELS is something you don’t know you need until you need it,” said Raul Domenech, president of Local 1501 Wildlife Conservation Society who is a cultural trustee. The benefit was suspended after the 2008 recession. “When a member is suddenly in a situation where they need a lawyer, whether buying a home or drowning in debt, MELS lawyers can help,” Domenech said. “It’s a union benefit that can save a member thousands of dollars.”  Five trustees representing DC 37 worked to have the Cultural Trust restore the union-negotiated legal benefit to retirees and members of [More...]


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 * 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...]

We Fought Against Layoffs & We Won!

March 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Dear Members, As you’ve likely seen in the press, I’m writing with good news. Last week, Congress passed the American Rescue Act and President Biden signed it into law. This legislation delivers for the American people in many ways, but it touches our union most by delivering financial aid to local governments. This past year, we’ve been in the fight of our lives, pushing back on threats of layoffs. Last fall, after hard fought negotiations, we struck a deal with Mayor de Blasio that delayed layoffs through June 2021, and a commitment that if the federal government provided at least $5 billion in local aid, the delay would extend until at least June 2022. Last week, in passing the American Rescue Act, our home state senator and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, delivered for all of us. His leadership led to $6 billion in vital aid to New York City and last night, Mayor de [More...]


January 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37 members who believe they have contracted coronavirus in the line of duty can apply for New York State Workers’ Compensation. A member has 30 days to file a Workers’ Comp claim for coronavirus and must submit medical documentation for their illness or injury. DC 37 members, especially those classified as essential workers, frontline workers, and healthcare workers, diagnosed with novel coronavirus — COVID-19 — must notify their agency. If a member tests positive for COVID-19, their employer may ask for medical documentation.  Your agency/ employer may cover an absence due to a medical diagnosis of COVID-19. Please check with your agency/employer for Time and Leave policy and guidance. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has extended the window to file a claim by an additional 30 days from [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...]


December 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

MELS COVID EVICTIONS MORATORIUM MELS attorneys can help members facing eviction. The CDC COVID extension ends Dec. 31. To speak with a MELS lawyer, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email: ### POLITICAL ACTION THE FIGHT IS NOT FINISHED, HELP GOTV in GEORGIA The presidential elections are over….but our fight is not finished. On Jan. 5, Georgia will vote the U.S. Senate runoff that can determine the course of our democracy and give Democrats the Senate majority. COVID deaths reached a grim toll, more than 300,000 have died and cases are skyrocketing. Everyday Americans are struggling. Our families need a cash stimulus package now. Workers need job security, safe workplaces and union protection. The best way to accomplish this is to get a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. We really need your help! You can make a difference. Please [More...]

NYS Paid Family Leave Benefit Expands

December 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS  DC 37 negotiated to have the New York State Paid Family Leave law (PFL) include nearly all members covered by the 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement. The provisions of the law also cover members in the non-profit and private sector locals. In 2021, the PFL benefit increased to 12 weeks, from 10 weeks in 2020. While on Paid Family Leave, the member receives a partial salary, based on a statewide formula, continued health insurance, and is guaranteed the same or a comparable job after PFL ends.  “In a time of unprecedented challenges, this is great news about an insurance program for our members,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “The PFL benefit provides a way for union members to care for their families without jeopardizing their job security or health insurance. That the benefit is increased and expanded in 2021 is definitely good [More...]