Union endorses Rafael Salamanca in City Council special election

January 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO District Council 37 became the first labor union in the city to endorse Rafael Salamanca in his City Council race to represent the 17th Council District in the Bronx. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido announced the union’s endorsement on Jan. 27 at union headquarters during a news conference. “Our endorsement is a statement of trust,” said Garrido, who was surrounded by a dozen local presidents. “And we trust he will be a champion for working people in the City Council.” Salamanca is a lifelong resident of the Bronx district, which represents Hunts Point, Longwood and Morrisania. “This endorsement is an honor, especially since my mother was a member of DC 37,” Salamanca said at the news conference. Salamanca’s mother was a member of Municipal Hospitals Employees Local 420. The special election takes place on Feb. 23, and will fill the seat left [More...]

Members dig deep for snowbound New York City

January 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS As Jonas, the second most severe blizzard on record, buried the East Coast, hundreds of dedicated public employees dug deep for New York City to survive the storm. The Nor’easter dumped a record-setting 26.8 inches of snow between Friday night on Jan. 22 and 12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, blanketing the Big Apple in still, pristine whiteness. Early on Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo heeded warnings of a winter whiteout and declared a state of emergency that kept most New Yorkers indoors and imposed driving bans that kept traffic off main roads and shuttered bridges and tunnels. Public employees in many DC 37 locals worked around the clock to clear snow and ice that choked the city. The coordinated effort called for city employees to work longer shifts protecting New Yorkers and their pets from snow drifts, freezing temperatures and rising tides. Social [More...]

The Destruction of Progressive Wisconsin

January 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

By DAN KAUFMAN SHORTLY after his exit from an abbreviated presidential run last fall, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin returned to a more successful undertaking: dismantling what remains of his state’s century-old progressive legacy. Last month, Mr. Walker signed a bill that allowed corporations to donate directly to political parties. On the same day, he signed a law that replaced the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board, a body that is responsible for election oversight and enforcing ethics codes, with two commissions made up of partisan appointees. Now a new bill supported by Mr. Walker, which is expected to clear the Republican-dominated Legislature with a Senate vote soon, threatens to corrupt Wisconsin’s Civil Service. In 1905, Wisconsin became the third state to enact Civil Service reform, helping establish it as a national model for clean government. The [More...]

Dr. King and Labor

January 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS “All work has dignity and importance,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said. At the midpoint of the civil rights movement he cautioned, “We must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.” Dr. King’s views on right-to-work laws still ring true: they are anti-union, anti-worker, anti-woman and anti-family. “Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone,” said King. “Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We demand this fraud be stopped.” Martin Luther King Jr., had he lived, would have turned 87 on Jan. 15. He spent his life fighting for dignity and equality. He aligned himself with [More...]

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

The DC 37 Political Action Committee held its annual candle lighting ceremony commemorating the life and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 14 at union headquarters with guest speaker Public Advocate Letitia James. “Dr. King paved a road for all of us and broke down barriers so we can reach our potential,” James said. “But until we address the disconnect, the violence and mass shootings plaguing our nation, until we tackle issues like poverty, unemployment and failing schools that diminish hope for future generations, Dr. King’s dream is a dream [More...]

Private Security Workers Mishandle Muggings at Battery Park

January 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

By DIANE WILLIAMS The fears of Battery Park City residents and community leaders were confirmed Dec. 19 when two teenage residents were violently attacked and one was knocked unconscious. Witnesses said newly hired AlliedBarton security workers failed to intervene and delayed calls to 911 and the police for some 20 minutes. They chose to call their supervisors first. The late night mugging sparked community outrage at officials of the Battery Park City Authority who had ignored the wishes of residents by signing a $2.1 million contract with the private security firm AlliedBarton to provide yellow-jacketed “safety ambassadors” to patrol the 92-acre riverfront community in Lower Manhattan. Residents said the authority’s board of state-appointees breached their trust when it obscured the bidding process, excluded residents’ feedback and ignored lawmakers’ requests to table the [More...]

Jan. 11 is “Union and Proud” Button Day

January 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

DC 37 members all across New York City will be wearing buttons to “Say It Loud: We’re Union and Proud” on Monday, Jan. 11. This show of solidarity takes place on the day that billionaire CEOs and their lawyers go before the U.S. Supreme Court to try to undermine public service workers. [More...]