WORKPLACE SAFETY

COVID-19 Cases Expose Workers’ Comp Failures

June 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Calling for immediate policy changes to fix the broken New York State Workers’ Compensation system, a coalition of unions joined the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and attorney Robert E. Grey on April 27, to say the Workers’ Compensation system has failed some 250,000 workers who got sick on the job from COVID-19.  The group introduced policy changes and new state legislation (S.1241 and S.1721) that would make Workers’ Comp more accessible to workers sickened by coronavirus, regardless of language or immigration status. At the virtual press conference, Sen. Jessica Ramos, Chair of the state Labor Committee, said the legislation is an “effort to get more workers just relief.” The report authored by Grey revealed that of the 250,000 workers with symptomatic COVID-19, less than 10%, or just 21,000 workers, applied for [More...]

NEWS, SECTION 8, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

May 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

APPLY FOR SECTION 8 RENT SUBSIDY NOW Waitlist Now Open Thru May 28, 2021 The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, commonly known as Section 8, is a federal program designed to provide rental assistance to low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR) opened the Section 8 waiting list on May 17 thru May 28, 11:59 PM. Applications will not be accepted outside of this period.  For information visit: https://hcr.ny.gov/section8. There is no cost to submit an application. DHCR will select 15,000 households for the waitlist through a lottery. Applying does not guarantee a voucher. Applicants must be 18 or older. The income limits are set annually by HUD:  https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il20/Section8-IncomeLimits-FY20.pdf Only on-line [More...]

COVID-19 Cases Expose Workers’ Comp Failures

May 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Calling for immediate policy changes to fix the broken New York State Workers’ Compensation system, a coalition of unions joined The New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and attorney Robert E. Grey on April 27, to say the Workers Compensation system has failed some 250,000 workers who got sick from COVID-19 on the job. The group introduced policy changes and new state legislation (S. 1241 and S. 1721) that would make Workers’ Comp more accessible to workers sickened by coronavirus, regardless of language or immigration status. At the virtual press conference Sen. Jessica Ramos, Chair of the state Labor Committee, said the legislation is an “effort to get more workers just relief.” The report authored by Grey revealed that of the 250,000 workers with symptomatic COVID-19, less than 10 percent, or just 21,000 workers, applied for [More...]

FEBRUARY NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS

February 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION The DC 37 Political Action Committee Meeting will host a virtual meet and greet with NYC Comptroller candidates on Thurs. Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Register for this members only event here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-isqDMoH9DdX6Asddox-19K6uYPeRGw ###   SPECIAL ELECTION FEB. 23 DC 37 endorsed Selvena Brooks-Powers for City Council 31st District to represent the communities of Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. Can you volunteer to help get out the vote? Please call the Political Action Department at 212 815-1550 to volunteer for our virtual phone banks or sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFCmWoi7g1LvznWlBbM2SDx9g3qBGNtLbPJn8mHa8vTvxFWg/viewform ###   MELS  MATRIMONIAL WEBINAR on FEB. 18, 5:30 PM Are you considering getting a divorce? The union’s team of legal experts [More...]

COVID, WORKERS’ COMPENSATION and SHORT-TERM DISABILITY

January 27, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37 members who believe they have contracted coronavirus in the line of duty can apply for New York State Workers’ Compensation. A member has 30 days to file a Workers’ Comp claim for coronavirus and must submit medical documentation for their illness or injury. DC 37 members, especially those classified as essential workers, frontline workers, and healthcare workers, diagnosed with novel coronavirus — COVID-19 — must notify their agency. If a member tests positive for COVID-19, their employer may ask for medical documentation.  Your agency/ employer may cover an absence due to a medical diagnosis of COVID-19. Please check with your agency/employer for Time and Leave policy and guidance. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has extended the window to file a claim by an additional 30 days from [More...]

City Rolls Out COVID Vaccine and AFSCME Town Hall Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.

January 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The City of New York and other employers where DC 37 members work are rolling out plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. New York City is currently vaccinating certain groups of people in phases determined by New York State starting with 1a classified frontline essential workers at hospitals and other health care facilities.  Additionally, Mayor de Blasio said New York City will open five vaccination sites on Monday, Jan. 11 for 1b classified workers, which includes some 1.3 million frontline essential workers who are police, firefighters, teachers, homeless shelter workers, correction officers, and persons age 75 and older. Inoculation is voluntary and free at worksites. The two FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioN Tech and Moderna, require two doses that are administered several weeks apart.  Your agency will notify you [More...]

Get Out the Vote, Climate Summit, Housing and Other Events

September 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION HELP GOTV IN PA To support Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris in the November general elections, DC 37 will be running a weekly phonebank beginning TOMORROW September 16 and every WEDNESDAY through Election Day. Our ability to secure crucial funds for jobs and public services and to protect our right to collective bargaining is at stake, and more. Can you volunteer with the DC 37 phonebank to call our union sisters and brothers in the battleground state of Pennsylvania? Volunteering for just a few hours is an easy way to make a big difference. Sign up today to call AFSCME members, retirees and their families in Pennsylvania. We’re in this TOGETHER! Sign up today! ### YOUR CENSUS 2020 RESPONSE SAVES JOBS AND SERVICES DC 37 needs your help in fighting for our city’s future. The 2020 Census count ends on Sept. 30. Undercounting New York City could cause us [More...]

DC 37 Members Diagnosed With COVID-19 to Apply for Workers’ Comp

April 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE WILLIAMS DC 37 urges its members, especially those classified as essential workers, frontline workers, and healthcare workers, who have contracted and are diagnosed with novel coronavirus, COVID-19, to apply for Workers’ Compensation. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has extended the window to file a claim by an additional 30 days from the date of your injury or illness. The Workers’ Compensation Board has not changed its rules or application process. Any DC 37 member seeking to file a Workers’ Comp claim must notify their agency within 30 days of testing Positive for COVID-19 and provide medical documentation to substantiate their claim. Members must also file a C-3 form with the NYS Worker’s Compensation Board by telephone or electronically. DC 37 does not provide legal representation in [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...]

Welcome to DC 37

November 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

At Meetings Around the City, Public Service Workers Are Signing Up With the Union By GREGORY N, HEIRES DC 37 continues to sign up new members under our Leading the Way campaign to promote the benefits of union membership and encourage rank-and-file participation. Last month, DC 37 held five meetings with mid-level city employees whose misclassified job titles had kept them out of the union during the Bloomberg administration but are now eligible to join or re-join. A sixth meeting was also held in November for City University of New York employees, who recently won a new contract. Union Offers Job Security Many workers who signed union membership cards at the meetings indicated that job security was their top reason for joining. Monifa Thomas, a 20-year city employee who is now a senior project manager at the Administration for Children’s Services, described job security as “an [More...]