RESOURCES/GET INVOLVED

DC 37 SERVICES, GOTV, and HOLIDAY EVENTS

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: MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net. ### 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...]

Can You Help Phone Bank Pennsylvania for Biden/Harris 2020?

September 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sisters and Brothers, We are Just 40 days away from Election Day. Last week we kicked off our virtual phone banks to call AFSCME members in Pennsylvania in support of Biden/Harris 2020. Pennsylvania will go a long way in deciding the outcome of this election. If the events of the last 72 hours are any indications, change is needed in Washington, DC. Join the team and sign-up for a phone bank shift at [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  The PSB 440-3 that was referenced is out of date.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...]

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 1549 Conference: A Call to Action

January 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES About 200 shop stewards, activists and union leaders attended Local 1549’s annual conference on advocacy and political action on Jan. 26. Each year, the local holds the conference reviews its political and legislative priorities. Its purpose is to educate shop stewards and chapter chairs about key and critical issues, giving them background information to share with their coworkers. But beyond spelling out the local’s agenda, the conference serves as a call to action. Local leaders and panelists reinforce to conferees the importance of getting involved in politics and community issues—in addition to being the voice of the union in their workplaces. “We have to protect each other,” said Local 1549 President Eddie Rodriguez. Local 1549’s 2019 agenda includes: The 911 surcharge. Winning back jobs taken over by the state to the Human Resources [More...]

Town Hall Meetings: Creating a More Dynamic Union

June 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO There was standing room only as more than 300 DC 37 members jammed the conference room at the offices of the Human Resources Administration in Brooklyn. They came to meet with Executive Director Henry Garrido and DC 37 local leaders to talk about workplace issues, the status of contract negotiations, and to learn about vital services and benefits offered by the union. The May 2 event kicked off a month-long series of union town hall meetings at workplaces across the city. Members listened intently as Garrido updated them on contract negotiations. He expressed concern about the increasing cost of health care and emphasized the union’s commitment to preserving member benefits. His observation that “We need a raise and we need it now” drew an eruption of applause. And he made it clear that the union is pursuing paid family leave. “City workers deserve paid [More...]

Communities and Unions

December 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

At DC 37, we want to shatter the myth, perpetrated by anti-labor forces, that unions are insular institutions and a “special interest” group. That’s why we continue to deepen our ties to communities where members live and work. A major step forward was to establish a new Office of Community Partnerships. How’s this embrace of “social unionism” being realized at DC 37? • In partnership with community advocates, we fought for and won universal free lunch, which now covers all 1.1 million children in our public school system. • In our 2016 City University of New York contract campaign, we were part of the CUNY Rising coalition that helped secure more than $300 million in state funding for our public university system. We are working with education advocates to make Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s free-tuition program truly universal. • In the fight-back campaign with NYCHA #NoCut [More...]

Local 372 Shop Stewards Get Fired Up at Training Conference

March 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO “Stay ready,” was the rallying cry at the weekend retreat for Local 372 shop stewards. The local’s president, Shaun D. Francois I, welcomed 154 shop stewards to the training sessions, which began on March 3 with a “State of the Local” address by Francois. Board of Education Employees Local 372 represents more than a dozen titles working in the public schools, including School Crossing Guards, Parent Coordinators, School Aides, Lunch Helpers. “As shop stewards, you play a critical role in our local,” said Francois in his opening remarks. He also expressed his concern with the new Republican administration in Washington and its anti-union views. “More than half of the states now are right-to-work states,” warned the local leader. States with right-to-work-laws pay lower wages, have higher rates of people not covered by health insurance and their [More...]

Get Involved! DC 37 Sets Organizing Summit for Saturday, Feb. 11

February 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

  By GREGORY N. HEIRES District Council 37 will hold an organizing summit on Saturday. Feb. 11, to encourage members to become more involved in the union. The meeting is part of the “Leading the Way” initiative, a long-term plan to transform DC 37 from a service-oriented union into an organizing union. “We are making a lot of progress in our effort to draw new blood into the union,” said Barbara Terrelonge, director of the DC 37 Organizing Dept. “This will be a great opportunity for members who are not very familiar with the union to learn about the labor movement’s agenda. For our veteran activists, it’s a chance to renew their commitment.” The DC 37 Organizing Summit will take place in Room 1 at DC 37 Headquarters at 125 Barclay St. in Lower Manhattan. The summit will last from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We are facing a lot of [More...]