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Did You Vote Today? Polls Close at 9 p.m.

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sisters and Brothers, We have only a few hours left until polls close at 9 p.m. TONIGHT.  If you haven’t done so, please go vote and be the change we want in our communities.  You can look up your poll site here. Here’s the list of the progressive, labor-friendly candidates DC 37 has endorsed this year.  Your vote will make the difference in the outcome of these races. Please make sure you are taking proper precaution when voting, and always practice social distancing. Poll site locator.   [More...]

Thinking of Becoming a U.S. Citizen? Your Union Can Help

June 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

The DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS), the Building Service 32BJ Legal Services Fund (Legal Fund) and CUNY Citizenship NOW are jointly presenting a seminar July 1 on free services the union offers to help members on the path to becoming a U.S. citizen and its many benefits. This seminar will cover how and when to file, what the requirements are, the many benefits of citizenship, and more. Our experts and legal professionals will also discuss the citizenship test and how to prepare for it, petitioning for relatives, DACA, TPS, green card renewals and more.  Learn how the Legal Fund, MELS, CUNY and the DC 37 Citizenship Committee can help. Join us on Zoom for the Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen Seminar for information and answers to your questions. Date: Wednesday, July 1 Time: 6 p.m. Via: Zoom  REGISTER HERE. [More...]

Time Off to Vote June 23 New Changes

June 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

VOTING UPDATE: Primary Day is June 23. We are providing you with the updated information on getting time off to vote on June 23.  Section 3-110 of the New York State Election Law, which relates to providing employees in New York State time off to vote, was amended effective April 3, 2020. The changes made are as follows:  Employees are eligible for voting leave only if they do not have four (4) consecutive hours either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of their working shift, or between the end of their working shift and the closing of the polls; and  Employees who do not have such a four (4) hour window are eligible to take off only as much working time as will, when added to their voting time outside working hours, enable the employee to vote, up to two (2) hours of which time must be without loss of pay.  The PSB 440-3 that was referenced is out of date.  We [More...]

DC 37 Needs You on Primary Day June 23

June 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Primary Day is a week away and DC 37 members can make a difference by supporting these union-endorsed candidates, especially those who face critical races on Tuesday June 23. In bold are key races. QUEENS Queens Borough President Donovan Richards U.S. Congress  Gregory Meeks – CD 5 Grace Meng – CD 6 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – CD 14 State Senate James Sanders – SD 10 John Liu – SD 11 Mike Gianaris – SD 12 Jessica Ramos – SD 13 LeRoy Comrie – SD 14 Joseph Addabbo, Jr. – SD 15 Toby Ann Stavisky – SD 16 State Assembly Stacey Pfeffer Amato – AD 23 David Weprin – AD 24 Nily Rozic – AD 25 Edward Braunstein – AD 26 Daniel Rosenthal – AD 27 Andrew Hevesi – AD 28 Alicia Hyndman – AD 29 Brian Barnwell – AD 30 Vivian Cook – AD 32 Clyde Vanel – AD 33 Michael DenDekker -AD 34 Jeffrion Aubry – AD 35 Aravella Simotas – AD 36 Catherine Nolan – AD 37 Michael [More...]

Updates and New Free Services for DC 37 Members

June 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 has added more FREE services to help members during the COVID-19 pandemic. EMERGENCY COVID-19 CERTIFICATE for PUBLIC SCHOOL WORKERS, APPLY by SEPT. 1 Candidates seeking certain certificates and extensions may be eligible for the Emergency COVID-19 certificate, allowing them to work in public schools or districts for one year while taking and passing the required exam(s). You must apply on or before Sept. 1.  Learn more about how to earn the teaching certificate here.  DC 37 EDUCATION FUND  Summer HSE Classes: The DC 37 Ed Fund offers High School Equivalency Diplomas via online classes in July. Classes are offered in English and Spanish and the exam is available in English and Spanish. Classes include all five subject areas; a Math Only class is available for those who passed the other four subjects on the exam. To apply visit: [More...]

NYC H+H’s Peace Rally for Black Lives Matter

June 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Hundreds of frontline NYC Health and Hospitals workers stood in solidarity with peaceful protesters at a midday rally June 9 to demand justice for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others. “As a healthcare worker, I’m proud to work along side so many amazing Black professionals every day, who face racism every day themselves and struggle to treat its health disparities our Black patients suffer from,” said Harlem Hospital Social Worker Nate Franco, who is a Local 768 member and union activist. “As a union member, I know that none of us can win what we deserve until we are all free,” he said. “As a white person, I know it’s past time more white Americans stand with the Black freedom movement.” In support of social justice for victims of racism and police violence,  NYC Health+Hospitals [More...]

Can We Count on You to Volunteer to Get Out the Vote?

June 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 recently announced its endorsements for the June 23 primaries. While we’ve experienced significant challenges over the last few months, we still have an opportunity to elect strong candidates that will work on behalf of our members and the issues our union champions. DC 37 has endorsed a great group of pro-labor, progressive candidates who are committed to workers’ rights and community empowerment.  DC 37 urges you to vote early using your mail-in absentee ballot or you can vote at poll sites on Primary Day June 23 to support union-endorsed candidates. Please join our volunteers for the Political Action’s Get Out The Vote efforts and commit a few hours over the next few weeks to call and text union members in support of these candidates. Sign up here and a Political Action staff member will call you with further [More...]

Local 1503 Member Sews Masks to Fight COVID-19 Spread

June 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Sitting at a machine surrounded by quilting fabric and notions, Local 1503 member Michelle Chamisa stitches another reuseable face mask, one of dozens she’s sewn to help protect others during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Chamisa, a senior security officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, came across a Facebook group of quilters making masks for hospitals hard hit by the coronavirus.  Her mother Joan taught her a skill that is helping keep others healthy during the deadliest pandemic in a century.  When Joan Chamisa died six years ago, she left a sewing room filled with tons of fabric. Armed with the basics, Chamisa said, “I had all the right materials just sitting here, things that belonged to my mom that I had no plan to use but couldn’t throw away.” The quilting group was having a hard time finding cotton fabric and other supplies. “It wasn’t so much a [More...]

Despite Pandemic, Union Members Votes, Wins New Contract

June 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE While COVID-19 raged throughout New York City, the union continued its vital mission in serving the members. An example was the successful negotiation by the DC 37 Research and Negotiations Department with the ADAPT Community Network in April, which includes members of the union’s Social Service Employees Local 215. After a series of intense negotiations with the union and a strong campaign under difficult conditions, ADAPT workers voted unanimously to ratify the contract.  Winning this battle during the lockdown was due in part to grassroots organizing when safety was a key component in informing Local 215 members of the proposed contract, and getting out the vote. At ADAPT, workers are dispersed in 26 different facilities, also known as houses, along with a daycare center. “What we did was go to the main house, and there we got a member to contact the other house that [More...]

June is Caribbean Heritage Month

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

By CARMEN CHARLES, President Local 420 and FITZ REID, President, Local 768 Dear Brothers and Sisters:​ Even as our members, including essential workers, continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we rise together to address in earnest longstanding problems that plague our society: racism, police violence and excessive force, the criminal justice system and poverty. We must work together for solutions to these problems. Let’s all take a deep breath and remember that together we will get through this unprecedented time and build a better future. We must also take the time to celebrate our past and our roots. ​On behalf of District Council 37’s Caribbean Heritage Committee, President Fitz Reid (my co-chair) and I want to wish all members and their families a happy National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Each June, since 2005, our country acknowledges the many significant ways [More...]