CUNY Contract: Frequently Asked Questions

July 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

Below, we provide information about the union’s  proposed contract with City University of New York. DC 37’s website has a special section on the economic agreement with additional background. Who is covered by this contract? Members in Locals 375, 384, 983, 1407, 1597, 1797, 2054 and 2627 are affected by this contract. How long is the contract? The contract is for 87 months and covers the period November 1, 2009 thru January 31, 2017. What is the value of the contract? The contract has a value of 10.41 percent in compounded wage increases effective on the following dates: 1% -May 1, 2011 1% -May 1, 2012 2.5% -May 1, 2013 2% -May 1, 2014 2% -May 1, 2015 1.5%-May 1, 2016  Are there any retro monies? Yes. All the increases are retroactive, including on overtime worked. When will I get paid the retro money? Now that CUNY trustees have approved the contract, DC 37 members will [More...]

The CUNY Contract and the Fight for 15

July 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES During the recent negotiations for the new contract with the City University of New York, DC 37 convinced the administration to extend the state’s new $15 an hour minimum wage to CUNY workers. The side agreement will benefit thousands of DC 37 members who currently earn less than $15 an hour. This tentative contract provides for retroactive pay increases worth more than 10 percent over its 87-month term. But with the combination of the contractual rate hikes and the minimum wage increases, many members will see their current pay increase by as much as 25 percent by the end of 2018. “This action will substantially boost the wages of thousands of CUNY workers and other DC 37 members, and reaffirms New York’s commitment to reducing inequality in the state and city,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, who led negotiations with David Paskin, director [More...]

Union Wins Fight for Funds to Extend Pool Season

July 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

By DIANE WILLIAMS After a year-long lobbying effort by DC 37 leaders, the City Council agreed to add a cool $1.7 million to the 2017 budget to extend the season at public outdoor pools a week past Labor Day — the same as public beaches. “We welcome the additional funds that finally bring parity for our dedicated Lifeguards and Supervisors who protect lives at Parks Department outdoor pools and beaches,” said Peter Stein, president of Lifeguard Supervisors Local 508. “All New Yorkers deserve equal access to the city’s beaches and pools.” As climate change makes for sweltering Septembers, the City Council introduced a bill in 2015 that kept public beaches and pools open a week past Labor Day, the Parks Dept.’s official closing date. But in the end, the city omitted outdoor pools. Stein said the failure to fund the extended season for the city’s 39 outdoor Olympic thousands [More...]

Mail Ballots for Contract Vote Sent to 12,000 Members Who Work at CUNY

July 5, 2016 // 1 Comment

By GREGORY N. HEIRES An independent monitor sent out mail ballots on July 1 for the CUNY contract vote. The American Arbitration Association will tabulate the votes of DC 37 members who work at the City University of New York on July 18. The tentative contract affects 12,000 workers who are represented by DC 37 union locals 375, 384, 983, 1407, 1597, 1797, 2054, and 2627. The DC 37 Constitution requires that an outside monitor oversee the vote on contracts that impact the members of more than one union local. The tentative contract comes after members worked under an expired contract since 2009. For almost seven years, the workers continued to be covered by the terms of the expired contract, but they went without a raise for that period. Anyone who does not receive a ballot within a week after the ballots were sent out should contact at AAA at 1-800-529-5218. The union reached an [More...]

Local 372 Members Vote to Restore and Protect Benefits

July 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO After months of discussions between Local 372, District Council 37 and the city, an agreement was reached on a plan to supplement funding to the local’s depleted Severance Related Fund, restoring prescription drug, optical and dental coverage to the spouses and domestic partners of retired School Crossing Guards, Hourly School Lunch Workers, School Aides & Health Aides. No other part-time employees receive these benefits for their spouses and domestic partners. “We’ve been working since last year to create a way to restore and protect these significant benefits for the families of both current and future retirees,” said Local 372 President Shaun Francois I. The solution agreed upon and presented to the members for their approval was to shift 1.5 percent of their upcoming September wage hike to the fund. Local 372 announced on July 1 that the membership [More...]

DC 37 Endorses Jamaal Bailey for State Senate in Primary Election

July 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

District Council 37 has endorsed  Jamaal Bailey for the 36th New York Senate District in the state’s Democratic primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 13. “Jamaal Bailey is a smart, energetic young leader who has played a vital role in his community and would bring fresh perspectives to Albany and the Senate at a profoundly challenging time in the life of our state government,” DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido said on June 30. “He shares our union’s values of social and economic justice for all and the belief that government can and should be a force that transforms lives and communities for the better. DC 37 volunteers will be on the phones and on the streets to ensure that Jamaal represents the northwest Bronx in Albany in 2017.” “To receive the endorsement of District Council 37 is such a great honor,” Bailey said. “The members are dedicated [More...]

Evelyn Seinfeld, Long-Time DC 37 Negotiator, Passes

June 24, 2016 // 1 Comment

BY GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37 mourns the loss of Evelyn Seinfeld, for years the union’s chief negotiator, who died on June 20 after a long battle with cancer. She was 68 years old. Evelyn, who worked at DC 37 from 1975 until her retirement earlier this year, was admired by her colleagues for her passion for mentoring and her encyclopedic knowledge of the civil service system, its rules and regulations, and DC 37’s many contracts. Together with then-DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts, she led the negotiations with the city for the union’s current 2010-17 economic agreement, which preserves the premium-free medical coverage of more than 100,000 members and provides for a total wage increase of 10.41 percent. “Evelyn was a keen technician and an expert in labor relations,” DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido said. “She worked in a very specialized business that many of [More...]

Contract Talks Lead to $15 Minimum Wage Coverage for CUNY Workers

June 21, 2016 // 2 Comments

Thousands of DC 37 members who work at the City University of New York and earn less than $15 an hour will see their salaries increase to conform with the state’s new minimum wage law. CUNY made the commitment to extend the state’s new $15 an hour minimum wage to its workers during recently concluded contract talks with the union. “This action will substantially boost the wages of thousands of CUNY workers and reaffirms New York’s commitment to reducing inequality in the state and city,” DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido said. In April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law to increase the minimum wage in New York from its current rate of $9 an hour to $15 an hour by 2021. Many businesses will adopt the $15 rate in 2018 in New York City, where the minimum wage will be implemented more quickly than in the rest of the state. Back in January, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio [More...]

“An Elderly Guy Called and Said His Wife Just Shot Herself in the Mouth”

June 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

Monique Brown, Police Communication Technician, Local 1549 I have worked as a Police Communications Technician since I was 23. My mom filled out the application. She said, “You have to take the test on Saturday!” I passed. It was right on time because I had just had a baby. It was a city job, and I needed the benefits. But I didn’t know what I was getting into. We have a very stressful job. Two weeks ago, an elderly guy called and said his wife just shot herself in herself in the mouth. I said, “Let me get you an ambulance.” But I think she died. When I hung up, I couldn’t stop hearing him crying. I said to my coworkers, “Wow. Twenty-six years later and this still affects me.” All the dispatchers, we experienced 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. People screamed to us for help on September 11th: “I’m trapped on the 87th floor!” My sister is a cop. I called the 28th Precinct [More...]

“Having clean, safe parks is important to the community and the quality of life for us all”

June 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Carole Lee Singleton, Parks Supervisor, Local 1508 Neighborhood parks are backyards for most New Yorkers. Most of us live in buildings and don’t have backyards in the conventional sense. Having clean, safe parks is important to the community and the quality of life for us all. A lot of residents don’t have many options to go away on vacation or travel to rural places. This is it. Parks are where people come to exercise, to meditate, to relax. They bring their children — and their four-legged friends — here to run and play. We make sure the park is nice and clean so they have a memorable experience each time they come. I believe Parks staff works hard to make an enjoyable experience for everyone. As a Parks Supervisor, I can’t take vacations during summer months because that’s our busiest time. It’s a sacrifice I make to get the job done. I take pride in what I do, and I [More...]