CONTRACTS

How NYPD 911 Operators Set Responses in Motion as Emergencies Like the Bronx Hospital Shooting Unfold

August 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GRAHAM RAYMAN It began with a panicked 911 call from a woman at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital routed to NYPD Operator Joann Tindal. Gunfire had erupted on the 16th floor. As the caller cowered in her dad’s hospital room, deranged ex-medical technician Henry Bello roamed the floor. He was armed with a rifle and on the hunt. For the next 11 wrenching minutes, Tindal patiently talked her through the chaos. Stay calm, stay quiet, the 911 operator told the woman. Lock the door. Keep everyone in the room. Joy at baby’s birth turned to fear during Bronx hospital shooting “You can stay on the phone with me if you want,” Tindal recalled telling the woman. “There were other people in the room with her and I was telling her to reassure them that help was on the way,” she told the Daily News. “This was the first time I had a call like that.” In another part of the sprawling [More...]

State Court Workers Win With New Contract

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES State court workers represented by Local 1070 overwhelmingly approved a new contract that provides for 2 percent annual pay increases over three years. Members voted 687-54 in favor of the contract in a mail ballot vote tabulated on May 31. “We worked very hard on this contract, and we’re glad members recognized that in approving our new economic agreement,” said Fausto Sabatino, president of Local 1070 Court, County and Dept. of Probation Employees. “We didn’t have any givebacks. At a time when unions are under attack across the country, we were able to improve our contract, protect our benefits and get fair salary increases.” The contract boosts location pay — the extra compensation members receive for the high living expenses of New York City — and the longevity bonus for years of service. The contract, which runs from April 1, 2016, to March 31, [More...]

Queens Library Local 1321 Organizes New Workers

June 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Through an organizing drive, Queens Library Guild Local 1321 has expanded its membership by more than 10 percent. The local initiated the campaign in 2015 after a number of non-union staffers approached the local about joining. “They thought they were being treated unfairly, and we were more than happy to fight for them to join the union,” Local 1321 President John Hyslop said. “Though certain library employees are excluded from joining the local, we always found it strange that the library was employing so many,” Hyslop said. “We looked into this and decided there were a lot of workers who should be members.” Associate General Counsel Steven Sykes and Assistant General Counsel Meaghean Murphy advised the Local 1321 organizing team how to go about recruiting the new members. The team also received advice from the DC 37 Organizing Dept. Rather than going [More...]

Victory for Local 983 Park Rangers

June 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Union Gets a Deal For a 40-hour workweek By GREGORY N. HEIRES The workweek of Local 983 Urban Park Rangers will increase to 40 hours under a tentative agreement between the union and the city. These workers will decide on accepting the agreement through a mail ballot vote, which will be tabulated on June 2. The 300 Local 983 members are the only group of blue-collar workers on the city’s payroll who lack a 40-hour work week. Like most municipal employees, they work 35 hours a week. If members approve the deal, they will receive an immediate 14 percent pay boost from these extra hours. Combined with the pay hikes of DC 37’s 2010-17 economic agreement and other increases won by the local since 2010, the agreement means the starting pay of Urban Park Rangers will increase from $32,700 to $47,135 — a 44 percent jump. Under the deal with the city and the Dept. of Parks and Recreation, [More...]

Unions, City Meet Target for Savings; Health Care Coverage Still Premium-Free

June 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Mission accomplished. The Municipal Labor Committee on May 18 approved the last of a series of coverage changes that will enable the city to save $3.4 billion in employee health care costs. The city and MLC — which represents city unions on health care matters — agreed to the four-year plan in 2015. The saving plan enabled DC 37 to maintain the premium-free health care coverage that members and retirees enjoy through Blue Cross Blue Shield/GHI-CBP and HIP/HMO. “There were doubts in some circles that the union and city could achieve this, but we succeeded,” DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido said. “The plan preserves our premium-free coverage at least through fiscal year 2018.” Here are the changes: ● The co-pay for members enrolled in HIP/HMO who use Urgent Care centers will increase to $50 on July 1. Currently, the co-pay at the centers ranges [More...]

Take the Survey on Upcoming Contract Negotiations

May 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

 Our 2010-17 economic agreement — which covers 98,000 members — expires in September. The union is gearing up for negotiations and wants to hear your top concerns and the steps you are willing to take to win a new contract. During May and early June, DC 37 will conduct an online survey on the contract. The results will help the union prepare its demands and learn best how best to represent you at the bargaining table. During May and early June, DC 37 will conduct an online survey on the contract. The results will help the union prepare its demands and learn best how best to represent you at the bargaining table. Week of May 15: DC 37 will send out an email with a link to the bargaining survey to those who have provided an email address to DC 37. Members who receive the email will have a two-week window, or until May 26, to take the survey. Please complete the survey as soon as soon [More...]

Fighting Big Pharma

May 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Administrators of the union’s welfare plan are mounting a new legal offensive to keep the rising costs of generic drugs in check. If successful, the court cases would help “correct widespread corrupt practices in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Audrey Browne, associate administrator and counsel of the DC 37 Health & Security Plan, which oversees the union’s drug benefit for over three hundred thousand members, retirees and their dependents. The first lawsuit, scheduled to be heard in Philadelphia federal court, accuses generic drug manufacturers of conspiring to increase the price of a popular generic drug called propranolol, which is used to treat hypertension and prevent heart attacks. The suit seeks a rollback in prices and damages. Two other price rigging cases have also been filed in federal courts in New York and New Jersey against the generic [More...]

Members Overwhelmingly Pass Contract Extension

March 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Members overwhelmingly approved a contract extension that will allow millions of dollars to be poured into the union welfare plan’s financially-troubled prescription drug plan. An independent monitor, the American Arbitration Association, announced the results of the mail-ballot vote on March 10. Members approved the extension by a vote of 94 percent, with 22,526 in favor and 1,196 opposed. “The passage of the contract extension is a very significant step toward protecting the plan from being devastated by the relentless pressure of rising drug prices,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. This extension will earmark $24 million to the DC 37 Health & Security Plan, which provides the popular drug benefit. Under an agreement between the city and the union, the city will permanently raises its annual contribution to the DC 37 Health & [More...]

New clerical unit contract addresses inequality among workers

March 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES The new contract for the DC 37 clerical unit addresses inequities within the group by making all titles eligible for recurring increment payments, (RIP) which are pay increases added to members’ base salary. Until now, about two-thirds of the 12,000 covered workers received the increase. “In this round of bargaining, the committee agreed to use the additional compensation fund to deal with inequality within our own group,” said Fausto Sabatino, president of Court, County and Dept. of Probation Employees Local 1070. “We were happy to work out an agreement that reflects one of the most important principals of unionism: fairness,” he said. The RIP schedule is a mini-step-pay plan that rewards workers for their years of dedicated service, and it encourages them to stick with their careers. RIP payments begin after an employee completes six years of service and [More...]

Vote “Yes” to Protect Your Drug Benefit

February 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

  By GREGORY N. HEIRES Mail ballots went out today  to more than 90,000 members for a vote on a contract extension to protect the union’s popular prescription drug plan, which has been rocked in recent years by the pharmaceutical industry’s pursuit of excessive profits. The contract extension, which the union and city agreed to in January, will enable the DC 37 Health & Security Plan to continue to provide stable benefits to members and retirees. During the past eight years, the pharmaceutical industry has raised prescription drug prices by 105 percent. Today, prescription drugs consume 76 percent of the costs of the welfare fund, which also covers the dental benefit and other benefits managed by the plan. The DC 37 Health & Security Plan faces a $55 million deficit. The contract extension is one of a number of critical steps the union is taking to protect the drug [More...]