POLITICAL ACTION

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...]

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  The PSB 440-3 that was referenced is out of date.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...]

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...]

DC 37 Endorses NYC Congress Member Carolyn Maloney

January 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

District Council 37 has endorsed Rep. Carolyn Maloney in her Congressional re-election bid. “At a time of turbulence and tumult in Washington DC, where the Trump administration continues its assault on the rights of working men and women, we need strong labor advocates who can be counted on to walk the walk,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido.  “Carolyn Maloney has always been such an advocate, a longtime supporter of pro-worker legislation.” Her record in the House of Representatives includes supporting the Family and Medical Leave Act, increasing the federal minimum wage, expanding workforce protections and providing American families with access to safe, affordable, quality child care. She has authored landmark legislation including the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and its reauthorization to make sure all those suffering health aliments [More...]

DC 37 union backs Councilman Donovan Richards for Queens borough president

January 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

This article originally appeared in the New York Daily News on Jan. 6, 2020. By ANNA SANDERS The city’s largest public employee union endorsed Councilman Donovan Richards for Queens borough president on Monday, promising a boost for the pol from thousands of its members. District Council 37 has some 46,000 members, retirees and their family who live in Queens, where a special election for borough president will be held March 24. “Our support is going to make a significant difference in this race,” DC 37 executive director Henry Garrido said in a statement, noting Richards has served his constituents in Southeast Queens and the Rockaways “with distinction.” “He has labored tirelessly for improved public safety and more affordable housing in his district,” Garrido said. “We believe that he will take this level of energy and commitment to Queens Borough Hall.” DC 37 [More...]

The DC 37 Political Endorsement Process: How It Works

December 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

District Council 37 is proud to support labor-friendly candidates committed to protecting workers rights and advancing the social and economic rights of all New Yorkers. A District Council 37 (DC 37) endorsement is more than a stamp of approval; it is a commitment of time, resources, and mutual support. To receive an endorsement, our members must be confident that you share our values of economic and social justice for all, as well as a commitment to continue the work of making our government the force necessary to improve the lives of all New Yorkers. DC 37 will not endorse in every race, but we invite all candidates seeking elected office to contact our Political Action Department. DC 37’s leadership and Delegates have outlined a process that all candidates must adhere to in order to be considered for endorsement. Contact Us – Contact the Political Action Department at [More...]

NYC Charter Revision Proposals: Vote No on #4!

October 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

The New York City Charter is the city’s constitution. It controls how the city spends our tax dollars, how decisions are made about changes to our neighborhoods and the power of our elected officials. We now have an important opportunity to help amend the charter by voting on ballot proposals covering a wide variety of issues. This election, there are five Charter Revision proposals on the ballot. Most are sensible plans to curb undue influence in elections, enhance police accountability and increase government transparency. But then there’s Proposal #4. Proposal #4 calls for the creation of a mysterious “rainy day fund” without any clarity about where the money comes from – or where it will go.   And at a time when many city agencies are understaffed and as the union pushes to resolve issues that have left too many “hard-to-recruit” titles unfilled, we are troubled by [More...]

DC 37 Recommendations on the New York City Charter Amendment Proposals

October 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

The New York City Charter is the City’s constitution. It controls how the city spends our tax dollars, how decisions are made about changes to our neighborhoods and the power of our elected officials. This fall, New Yorkers have an important opportunity to amend the charter by voting on ballot proposals covering a wide variety of issues, from elections to police accountability. Election Day is November 5. Early ballot voting begins October 26. This year there are five proposals on the ballot to amend the Charter: Proposal # 1: Elections Establish a “rank choice” voting system for all municipal primary and special elections (Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough President, City Council). Extend the required time period to hold special elections if an office becomes vacant during a term. The time period would change from 45 to 80 days. Amend the timeline for redistricting to [More...]