black history month

DC 37 Celebrates Black History Month

March 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37’s Black History Committee and local unions celebrated African American heritage in February and Census 2020 and the November elections were constant themes at this year’s events. “Our theme resonates with the needs of our communities and stresses the importance of being counted in Census 2020. Our voices are heard as we bring seats to the table by completing the census form,” said Local 1930’s Nina Manning, the new BHC co-chair with Local 372’s La’Nette Murphy.  With distinguished speakers, singers, dancers and drummers, the committee presented programs to uplift and motivate. “We need to talk about institutional racism, and talk about segregation and talk about government providing for the very few, at the expense of the many,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. At the BHM Finale Feb. 28, Census 2020 spokeswoman Nichole Yearwood [More...]

CBTU Honors Black Heritage

March 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The New York Chapter of CBTU, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and Go Party honored Black heritage with a gospel concert at DC 37 in lower Manhattan Feb. 21. “The cornerstone of our history is rooted in the church,” said Charles Jenkins, president of the New York CBTU Chapter. CBTU was founded 49 years ago with a mission to link labor and the African American community. Reminding attendees of the importance of participating in the Census and upcoming elections, Jenkins said, “It’s time to unite and defend our leaders all the way to the ballot box!” Hundreds packed the union hall as Local 1482 Brooklyn Library Guild President Ronaldo Barber emceed the Friday night event organized by DC 37 Grievance Rep and CBTU Vice President Eugene Williams. The concert featured singers B. Renee, Jackie Rowe-Adams, president of Local 299, and Lisa Nero. Opera [More...]

Local 372: Vote, We Can Make a Difference

February 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

By RUDY OROZCO NYC Board of Education Local 372 and DC 37 President Shaun D. Francois I, was loud and clear with his message to over 200 activists and members, elected officials and labor leaders at the local’s Black History Month celebration Feb. 20 at union headquarters. “The Ballot or the Bullet” theme focused on the importance of getting out the vote, especially in November when the next President of the United States will be elected. Francois called on all those present to “get out and vote” to make a difference. He urged, “Show up at the polls and to bring two or three people with you to vote.” “Stand up if you want to be counted,” exhorted Francois. “We’ve come a long way, but still have a ways to go!” The event included dancers from the ESOTA, Edge School of The Arts, and a tap dance performance by Omar Edwards with musicians from African Tap Dancer & [More...]

NY Daily News Honors Women Leaders of DC 37

February 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The New York Daily News focused on the role of African American women in the city’s labor movement, featuring DC 37 members. The Daily News article focused on Local 420 President Carmen Charles, Carletta Pogue-Brewer, Local 384 shop steward, and Local 1407 member Isa Clarke. As leader of the New York City Municipal Hospital Employees Union, Charles has served seven terms as president. While a nurse’s aide at Coler-Goldwater Hospital, she was inspired to become active in the union after encouragement from others. She told the Daily News, “There was one lady – I guess she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself – and she was in leadership in the local at the time.” The local operates with the intense pace of hospital work, as she says “a 24-hour operation.” “I bring passion and a dedication to this job,” she said. The newspaper reported that [More...]

SSEU Local 371: Be Counted, Be Heard

February 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS SSEU Local 371’s Black Heritage program ‘Be Counted, Be Heard’ on Feb. 7, examined the breadth and depth of Black excellence. The celebration featured the Noel Pointer Foundation youth string quintet; a dramatization of historic African royalty, and dynamic guest speakers U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes and Jennifer Jones Austin, a faith and social justice activist and CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. “The Black experience is rich in contributions and pain,” said SSEU Local 371 President Anthony Wells. “Black history serves as a reminder and a path to progress. The paths we took are similar to the paths we chose to take in the union movement. Both are about dignity and respect.” The local welcomed NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, DC 37 and Local 372 President Shawn D. Francois I and DC 37 Executive [More...]

Two DC 37 leaders Honored by New York Daily News

February 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The NY Daily News recognized DC 37 leaders Shaun D. Francois I, president of DC 37 and Board of Education Employees Local 372, and SSEU Local 371 President Anthony Wells, along with four other Black labor leaders during Black History Month. Citing the positive impact unions have on the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, union members and their families, the Daily News highlighted Francois and Wells along with New York Nursing Association executive Karine Raymond; 32BJ union President Kyle Bragg; TWU Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp and Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen. “Black New York area labor union executives are working daily for their members and helping them forge better futures,” the article reported. “All the execs are committed to maintaining and gaining benefits for their members — [More...]

Union Honors African American Heritage

February 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37’s Black History Committee kicked off the month long celebration of African American culture and contributions at an opening ceremony Monday Feb. 3 at union headquarters in lower Manhattan. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido welcomed dozens of members, retirees and local presidents to the annual heritage celebration with union Treasurer Maf Misbah Uddin, president of Local 1407, Secretary John Hyslop, president of Local 1321, Shaun D. Francois I, president of DC 37 and Local 372, and Associate Director Oliver Gray. “‘Let’s be counted and our voices heard,’ is our theme with a focus on Census 2020,” said Nina Manning, secretary-treasurer of NYPL Guild Local 1930 who co-chairs the committee with Local 372’s La’Nette Murphy. Keynote speaker Anthony Harmon, vice president of the American Federation of Teachers, told the audience: “This year 40 [More...]

Calendar of 2020 DC 37 Black History Month Events

January 30, 2020 // 1 Comment

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37’s 39th Annual Black History Month celebration, honoring African-American achievement, culture and contributions, kicks off with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p,m. on February 3 at 125 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. Union members and their families, coworkers and retirees are invited to share in the festivities. Local unions will sponsor events throughout February to commemorate the African American legacy of struggle and advancement that has helped shaped our country and the labor movement. All events listed below start at 6 p.m. at 125 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. Feb. 3 Committee ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 6 Local 1930 New York Public Library Guild at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7 SSEU Local 371 Social Service Employees Union Feb. 10 Local 1407 Accounts, Statisticians and Actuaries Feb. 20 Local 372 Board of Education Employees Feb. 21 CBTU NY [More...]

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

March 24, 2019 // 1 Comment

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. went to Memphis, Tennessee, in the spring of 1968 to make good on a promise to workers. Earlier that year, two Memphis sanitation workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, had sought shelter from a torrential rain in the back of a garbage truck. When the vehicle’s compressor malfunctioned, they were crushed to death. Memphis Mayor Henry Loeb and the city offered cold comfort — no compensation or death benefit for the families. At the time, Memphis’ 1,300 black sanitation workers earned 65 cents an hour with no benefits, overtime, or rights. The indignities heaped on them led to their membership in AFSCME Local 1733 and a strike for wages, human dignity, and union recognition. The workers carried signs that read, “I AM A MAN.” Their cause was a microcosm of the struggles Dr. King’s upcoming Poor People’s Campaign embraced. “If [More...]

Union Celebrates African American Heritage

February 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS This month’s ongoing celebration honoring African American pride and purpose continues to attract hundreds of DC 37 members and retirees to its 38th annual Black History Month events. In addition to local events at union headquarters tonight, next week  there will be events on Feb. 21 and 22. Black History Committee Chair Deborah Pitts, who is also DC 37’s Secretary, and Local 1113 will host Finale Night on Feb. 28. “This is the time of year we come together to celebrate African Americans as a people and share our heritage and culture,” said Pitts, the union’s Secretary and president of Local 1113. To kick off the union’s Black heritage month there was a ribbon-cutting opening ceremony Feb. 1 led by Pitts, Associate Director Oliver Gray and Treasurer Mah Misbah Uddin, who is also president of Local 1407. Afterwards, hundreds of SSEU Local 371 [More...]