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DC 37 Services Update: Also Important COVID-19 Information

March 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 SERVICES: ALSO IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION DC 37 at 55 Water Street in Lower Manhattan is closed. However, your union continues to service members remotely. All DC 37 members can still reach union representatives—council reps, DC 37 staff and grievance reps — by email and mobile phone. Please check www.dc37.net for additional phone numbers for departments and staff.  In response to calls from many members, DC 37 has available on its website answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19. The DC 37 Education Fund at 75 Broad Street, and the West 45th Street locations are also temporarily closed.  The DC Retirees Association office is closed and all March and April meetings are canceled. Please visit their new website for updates on COVID-19 and for alternate contact information and updates on DC 37 Health and Benefit services at: dc37retireesassociation.org. We [More...]

The 109th Triangle Fire Remembrance Renews Focus on Worker Protections

March 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Today marks the 109th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, a catastrophe that claimed the lives of 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women. That avoidable tragedy led to workplace safety standards and fire safety laws as public outcry brought a renewed sense of urgency to the labor movement. As union members on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, we memorialize the Triangle fire by fighting to protect the health and safety of workers, especially now as the City classifies many as essential workers. That list is fluid and changes daily. Alongside FDNY paramedics and healthcare workers is a growing number of job titles DC 37 represents in dozens of city and state agencies. As the harsh realities of this latest global pandemic make clear, we are in this together. Our healthcare workers and first responders are caring for the sick and most [More...]

Union Legal Services Are Available

March 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

By BILL WHALEN, Director and Chief Counsel, DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services The lawyers, legal assistants and clerical workers at MELS are continuing to serve members remotely. Our Screening Unit can be reached at 212-815-1111 and can connect you with an attorney.  New York courts are operating on an emergency basis. They are only handling emergency applications. These include: Applications to stop garnishments and unfreeze bank accounts that are the result of a judgment in consumer debt cases; Applications to get back into your apartment if you have been locked out by the landlord or evicted by a City Marshal; Applications to correct serious housing code violations and reductions in essential services; Emergency family offense petitions; Temporary orders of protection; Orders to show cause in Family Court proceedings. Federal Bankruptcy courts also are operating on an [More...]

DC 37 Contact Numbers

March 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

IMPORTANT: DC 37 COVID-19 INFORMATION DC 37 contact numbers DC 37 Hotline 212.815.7555 DC 37 Safety and Health 212.815.1685 Health and Security Plan Inquiry Unit 212.815.1234 H&S TTY (Teletypewriter) 212.815.1266 H&S Info for Retirees Toll-Free 1.877.323.7738 outside of NY/NJ/CT Personal Service Unit 212-815-1250  Education Fund 212.815.1700 Municipal Employees Legal Services 212.815.1111   DC 37 Divisions DC 37 Non-Profit and Private Sector Division 212.219.0022 DC 37 Blue Collar Division 212.815.1010 DC 37 Clerical-Administrative Division 212.815.1020 DC 37 Hospitals and Healthcare Professionals Division 212.815.1030 DC 37 Professional Division 212.815.1040 DC 37 Schools Division 212.815.1050 DC 37 White Collar Division 212.815.1060 Retirees Association 212.815.1781 DC 37 Locals Local 95 Head Start Employees 212.219.0022 Local 107 National Membership and Fundraising [More...]

Union Health Local Leaders Testify on Coronavirus, Health Care Funding

March 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE While the Coronavirus crisis continues to build, DC 37 leaders testified before a special joint hearing of the New York City Council’s Hospitals and Health Committees at City Hall, on March 5. The hearing, which lasted well into the early evening, focused on the city’s response to the impact of the virus, which, as of this writing, has eleven people diagnosed with the illness, with dozens more exposed now in self-quarantine. Speaking at the hearing was United Federation of Nurses & Epidemiologists Local 436 President Judith Arroyo, Jeff Oshins, president of NYC Health Department Technical Professional Employees Local 3005, and Vice President Michael Greco, from Local 2507 FDNY Uniformed EMTs and Paramedics. In her testimony, Arroyo discussed the action her members taken during the crisis, working overtime, and in some cases double shifts, to provide information and [More...]

Important Information About Your Prescription Drug Benefits UPDATED

March 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

IMPORTANT IN FORMATION REGARDING YOUR OPTUMRx PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT! All Active and Non-Medicare Eligible Participants COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our Participants during this crisis, the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and OptumRx has agreed to immediately lift the “Refill Too Soon” restriction on covered drugs until further notice. IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR AETNA PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT OFFERED BY SILVERSCRIPT! Medicare Eligible Retirees COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our retirees during this crisis the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and Silverscript has agreed to lift all restrictions on covered drugs for the [More...]

FREE Data Analytics Courses for NYC H+H Employees

February 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS It’s time to level up. Learn data analytics for healthcare. NYC Health+Hospitals and DC 37 are offering NYC H+H employees FREE data analytics courses. Learn how to gather, prepare, and analyze data in one of two program tracks: Beginner: Learn to create databases, tables, and query data using SQL; retrieve data and organize data using Python; perform data cleaning and transformations; learn key statistical, visualization and presentation techniques (classes are held March 16-June 27). Advanced: Master Machine — Learn to train various type of models to make predictions on large data sets; evaluate predictions that result from ML techniques, how to assess model quality and improve models over time (classes are held March 16-July 2). All interested NYC H+H employees must register to attend ONE of two information sessions Tuesday, March 3 or Wednesday March 4 [More...]

Coronavirus: DC 37 Workers on the Frontlines UPDATED

February 18, 2020 // 1 Comment

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS As the novel coronavirus emerges to threaten a global health crisis, DC 37 is protecting the workers who protect the health of New Yorkers at public hospitals and clinics and in emergencies. “This is a public health concern, and while there are few reports of patients infected with Covid-19, or coronavirus, in the US, there have been only a handful of confirmed cases in New York,” said DC 37 Safety and Health Director Deborah A. Williams. “But that can change.” “It was only a matter of time before the coronavirus would arrive in our area, and it has,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “Since the outbreak began, we have been working diligently with H+H and other city agencies to ensure that our members are well prepared to provide the vital health care services to those afflicted by the virus, while also ensuring protocols are in place to [More...]

Members Pack Local 1549 Political Action Conference

February 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE More than 200 enthusiastic Clerical-Administrative Employees Local 1549 union members crowded DC 37 union headquarters to discuss critical issues in the current anti-labor era and the nation’s political future in Election 2020. “Taking Action: 2020,” the theme of the Feb. 1 conference held by Clerical-Administrative Employees Local 1549 explored advocacy and action on key issues, labor and community activism, voter registration and 2020 U.S. Census outreach. The conference was organized by 2nd Vice President Ralph Palladino and included speeches by elected officials U.S. Rep. Max Rose, of the 11th District in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who exhorted the audience to take action and to move forward with confidence as the union gears up for the all-important 2020 elections. Local leaders urged attendees to redouble workplace [More...]

Cultural Trust Restores Union’s Legal Services

February 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Beginning March 1, DC 37 will resume offering legal services to members employed at and who have retired from New York City’s cultural institutions. “We are geared up and excited to offer much-needed legal services to these DC 37 members with no increase to their dues,” said William Whalen, the director of the Municipal Employees Legal Services. About 3,000 DC 37 members in six locals: 374, 1306, 1501, 1502, 1503, and 1559 and retirees will have access to MELS lawyers. These union members work at the American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, Wave Hill, the New York Aquarium, Brooklyn, Queens and NY Botanical Gardens, and other cultural sites. They should expect to receive a letter from DC 37 explaining the benefit shortly, Whalen said. After the 2008 stock market crash, the Cultural Trust lost a [More...]