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Education is Power

August 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES For three decades, Sherif Fawzy devoted himself to his job at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, but didn’t take any particular interest in the union. He was okay with paying his dues, recognizing that the union fulfilled its responsibility to negotiate periodic wage increases and protect his rich packet of benefits. But he felt no need to get involved. His outlook changed a few years ago after DC 37 successfully defend him against unfounded disciplinary charges by managers. That’s also when he decided to educate himself about labor law and his contract. One day, while checking out the union’s website, he learned he was entitled to take courses for free at the City University of New York. And so he enrolled. Fawzy, an engineer who works in the Dept. of Subway Car Equipment at the MTA, is one of the nearly 30 DC 37 members in the first graduating class [More...]

David Paskin, Union’s Long-Time Negotiator, Retires

June 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES David Paskin, the union’s director of research and negotiations, has retired after working as a negotiator at DC 37 for 32 years. Paskin received a warm sendoff at union headquarters on June 17. Speakers praised Paskin for his honesty at the bargaining table and profound commitment to the fight for the dignity of workers. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido appointed Paskin to head the department after the passing of Paskin’s predecessor Evelyn Seinfeld in 2016. Garrido said Paskin “stepped up like the hero he is” to help preserve the union’s bargaining strength. Over the past four years, Garrido and Paskin teamed up to usher the union through a deal for a new 44-month master contract with no givebacks, a multi-billion dollar agreement with the city that preserves the premium-free health-care of members, and a breakthrough of a seven-year logjam in an [More...]

CUNY Labor School Advances Worker Careers and Solidarity

June 25, 2019 // 2 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES  Where else but in New York City could you expect a college graduation ceremony to open with the singing of the historic labor song “Solidarity Forever,” along with the country’s national anthem? That occurred at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, which recently celebrated the graduation of the new public university’s first graduating class. Nearly 30 DC 37 members were among the proud graduates. “Our mission is directed toward the public good and social justice,” Gregory Mantsios, the founding dean, said at the opening of the ceremony. The university aims to serve as an incubator of labor ideals, a vehicle for career advancement and advocate for the labor movement and greater community.” Nicholas Pineda, a Data Processing Employees Local 2627 member, was the undergraduate student speaker at the June 14 ceremony. “Fellow graduates, we are [More...]

Union to CUNY: Do the Right Thing, Pay Workers Now!

May 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Workers at City University of New York are outraged that, despite having reached a quick economic agreement with the city in November 2018 and voting overwhelmingly to ratify that contract the following month, they have yet to receive their pay increase and retroactive pay. Citing unforeseen technical problems in their accounting systems, the university system has failed to issue checks that reflect the new terms of the contract. The union is pushing the university hard to resolve this issue, and union activists joined local presidents to speak out before CUNY’s Board of Trustees at LaGuardia Community College on April 30. “Our members our loyal employees who work hard. Way back in December we ratified a contract with you,” Local 2627 President Laura Morand told the trustees. “You have failed to keep up your end of the contract. Why must we wait so long to get what [More...]

An important announcement for former CNR students

April 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Attention former college of New Rochelle students: Since the College of New Rochelle (CNR) has announced that it will be permanently closing in the summer of 2019, the DC 37 Education Fund is assisting members with transferring their credits to a different school if they have not yet graduated. If you were enrolled at CNR and have not graduated, please click here to register for assistance, and to attend our upcoming CUNY informational event on May 6, at 6 p.m. at union headquarters in Room 200. Please call 212-815-1700 for additional [More...]

Take an Opportunity to Return to School

January 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Interested in going back to school? At a series of one-on-one meetings at the union—“CUNY Days at DC 37”—you will have an opportunity to discuss how you can complete your degree and take advantage of other educational options. The District Council 37 Education Fund is working with the Murphy Institute (the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies) in a new collaboration to help members return to school and advance in their career. This program will help you: Learn about the academic requirements for specific jobs; Choose a CUNY campus and major; Apply to and finance college; Become informed about continuing education and certification options; Long term career development; Find out about the fastest-growing industries in New York City; …and more. Over three months, the program is going to hold free 30-minute individual sessions for members to discuss their [More...]

CUNY Members Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract

December 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Members at the City University of New York voted by more than 98 percent in favor of a 52-month new contract that provides a raise of more than 8 percent with no givebacks. The contract–which covers 10,000 members–includes a new paid family leave benefit, which will go into effect in 2019. “It’s a good contract,” said information technology assistant Anthony Chambers, a Local 2627 shop steward. “It’s in line with what the other city workers got, it’s equitable.” “We are proud to have negotiated a no-giveback contract, with a decent wage increase, that protects our benefits and provides a great new benefit,” said DC 37 executive director Henry Garrido. He expressed his appreciation to the union’s negotiations committee and staff for working hard on the contract. DC 37 and the City University of New York reached agreement in [More...]

CUNY Workers! Send in Your Mail Ballot to Vote for Your Proposed Contract.

December 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

CUNY workers! Time is running out to vote on your proposed contract. Please vote YES to ratify this agreement and mail in your ballot today. DC 37 and the City University of New York agreed on Nov. 1 to a tentative 52-month contract that provides an 8.24 percent raise with no givebacks. The pact covers 10,000 CUNY employees represented by DC 37 in locals 375, 384, 983, 1407, 1597, 2054 and 2627. A few weeks ago, an informational packet and a ballot was mailed to DC 37 workers who work in the city’s public university system. Anyone who did not receive the mailing should call the independent American Arbitration Association at 800-529-5218 in order to be able to vote on the contract. Please mail in your ballot today! Your mail-in ballot must be received by 9 a.m. on Dec. 18. Walk-ins are not permitted. For more information, please contact your local president or union rep, or check [More...]

The CUNY Contract Blitz

December 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

DC 37 Council Rep Leo Morris informs CUNY workers at John Jay College about their proposed contract, which calls for a 8.24 percent wage increase over 52 months. The union many meetings around the city to explain the terms of the contract to members. Photo: Clarence Elie-Rivera. By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37’s citywide CUNY campaign is providing the union’s 10,000 members working in the city’s public university system the chance to learn about their proposed contract and to ask questions about bread-and-butter issues affecting them. A 45-member union team is carrying out the information blitz to ensure members are able to make an informed vote on the tentative economic agreement. Union representatives have addressed members at campus, local executive board and general membership meetings, and a conference of an Asian labor coalition. Besides informing members about the provisions of [More...]

Union Holds Information Sessions about the Tentative CUNY Contract

November 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

District Council 37 will hold lunch-time meetings about the proposed 52-month contract for 10,000 CUNY workers around the city. “We want to make sure our members at the City University of New York are well-versed on the terms of the contract so they can make an informed vote on it,” DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido said. The union expects to send out an informational packet on the contract that includes a mail-ballot, a summary of the deal and a letter from Garrido, who urges members to vote, “Yes,” by the end of the month. The independent American Arbitration Association will release the vote count on Dec. 18. Here are the scheduled meetings: Queeensborough Community College 222-05 56th Avenue, A-412, Bayside, Queens, New York Medical Arts Building Room 136 (Lecture Room) Tuesday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baruch College 55 Lexington Ave., New York, New [More...]