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Leaving Absence: 9/11 Memorial Designed by a DC 37 Member

September 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE When you visit Leaving Absence, the memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, you are struck by its expression of poignancy and an overwhelming sense of creating a place for contemplation and healing. The memorial rests at the footprint of where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood. It memorializes the nearly 3,000 innocent lives lost on that late summer day in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The memorial was designed by DC 37 member Michael Arad. He won a design competition in early 2004 to create the expansive memorial, which took eight years to complete, and was dedicated in 2011. Arad faced steep competition for his project design, which he began sketching in the first weeks following the 9/11 attacks. His winning entry was one of 5,201 design submissions from around the world. At the time his design [More...]

Schumer and L. 420’s Charles say: FEMA pay H+H $860M for COVID NOW!  

July 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

BY DIANE S. WILLIAMS In July, DC 37 leaders stood with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Congress member Ritchie Torres at Lincoln Hospital to demand $860 million in emergency reimbursements that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, owes New York City Health+Hospitals. As New York City quickly became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Schumer and a delegation of New York officials led the campaign for FEMA to reimburse emergency medical expenses. ”This is an injustice that we are fighting to correct,” said Carmen Charles, President of Local 420. “It’s time FEMA cut the bureaucratic red tape and pay up! Our members, along with thousands of other first responders, have worked tirelessly since March 2020 to get New York through this COVID-19 pandemic. We need that money NOW!” “Listen to this, FEMA,” Schumer said. “H+H expanded its [More...]

Women Moving Forward: Union’s Leadership Academy Class Graduates

July 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The Lillian Roberts Women’s Leadership Academy graduated its third cohort on June 19. The LRWLA, normally an in-person, six-month program that requires participants to dedicate a full Saturday, once a month for the duration of the program, was held virtually due to COVID. Claire Menelas, Assistant Director of the DC 37 Ed Fund, said that with an overwhelming response, the program was split into two cohorts, with the next program scheduled to begin this September. The program, held in collaboration with the American Federation of State, City and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), District Council 37’s national union, the LRWLA is a leadership program designed to support and develop female workers to become leaders in their professions, their union, and in their communities. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was converted into a 14-week course, and the first fully [More...]

DOT Highway Repairers Help Staten Island Driver in Fatal Crash

July 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Two fast-acting DOT workers helped rescue a driver from a burning SUV in a fatal crash July 10, on the Staten Island Expressway. The Department of Transportation crew was making road repairs Saturday around 8:30 a.m. on the Brooklyn-bound highway leading to the Verrazano Bridge. “The SUV was traveling in the high-occupancy lane on the left when it hit the wall with such force that it crossed three lanes and stopped near the work zone where we were,” said Assistant City Highway Repairer Michael Sasso, a DOT employee since 2013. “It happened so fast. How no other cars were hit is a mystery.” Sasso and coworker Eusi Pickering, a Local 376 Highway Repairer, ran to the wreckage to find an unconscious driver slumped across the front seats of his Buick. Sasso said, “The OnStar operator called 911 as we worked to figure out what to do.” The SUV started to leak [More...]

Local 983 Enrolls 1K+ New Parks CSAs

July 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Local 983 is working around the clock to build union membership in a massive campaign to enroll 1,500 new City Seasonal Aides. The Parks Department hired the CSAs to clean up public parks across the five boroughs. “Our grievance reps are working 15-hour days in order to get these newest Parks employees to join the union,” said President Joe Puleo. Since June, the local has signed up about 1,000 members as part of their all-out effort. During the COVID-19 lock down, New York City residents are using neighborhood parks, beaches and boardwalks, urban forests and nature trails more than ever. These greenspaces are essential to the well-being of New Yorkers seeking reprieve from the confines of their apartments and homes. But in 2020 and throughout the pandemic, public parks quickly became overrun with trash and debris. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, [More...]


March 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

WOMEN LEAD THE WAY IN THE COVID PANDEMIC  By CARMEN CHARLES, President, NYC Hospitals Employees Local 420, DC 37 Women’s Committee Chair As we complete a full year of the COVID-19 pandemic and are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel because of the robust vaccination program that the Biden Administration has put together, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Women’s History Month.  This past year has been trying on all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a common cause for every human on earth. To no surprise, women have been leading the fight against COVID-19 throughout the entire world. From frontline healthcare workers to teachers and from retail workers to world leaders, women have fought through COVID-19 to keep our nation and world safe from this insidious virus.  Along the way, women have managed to outperform their male counterparts when it comes to [More...]

Linking Black and Labor History: How Unions Saved Our Public Hospitals

February 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

As DC 37 celebrates Black Heritage in February, the union reflects on its history, activism and critical role in saving New York City’s public hospitals and clinics and in protecting New Yorkers’ lives every day through medical emergencies, major crises and during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Ralph Palladino, 2nd Vice President, DC 37 Local 1549 The New York City Health and Hospitals (NYC H+H, formerly HHC) is the largest and oldest public healthcare system in the country. It leads the way in New York City’s fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic. This great public system’s mission is to provide healthcare for poorer New Yorkers, immigrants and the uninsured, to treat the sick, regardless of their ability to pay. Today, unions including New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and District Council 37 (DC 37), along with Local 1199 SEIU, are fighting Medicaid cuts in Albany that could [More...]

Private Sector Locals! Sign Up for Health Housing and Resource Virtual Fair on Dec. 12!

December 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

Attention members of Locals 95, 107, 205, 215, 253, and 389! The DC 37 Non-Profit and Private Sector Division is holding a virtual Health Housing and Resource Virtual Fair on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m., and also at 1 p.m. Your union will be delivering important information about the services DC 37 offers in workshops held throughout the day. Presentations from the Non-Profit and Private Sector Locals’ health insurance providers, along with workshops from the DC 37 Affordable Housing Program, the Citizenship Now Program, Political Action and Community Associations will be offered to members. Representatives for other important programs, such as the Education Department, AFSCME’s Member Advantage Program and Free College, as well from CUNY’s School of Labor and Urban Studies will be there to talk about the opportunities for members to enhance workplace skills and education [More...]

GOTV in Georgia

December 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

The presidential elections are over….but our fight is not finished.  Across the country COVID cases are skyrocketing and everyday Americans are struggling to get through an economic crisis that has been brought about by the global pandemic. Our families need a cash stimulus package now. Our families need leaders in office who will work toward solutions to the pandemic that are based on science and medicine. And, particularly in these times, workers need the security of safe workplaces and union protection.  The best way to accomplish this is to get a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. The fate of our democracy will depend on the results of two US Senate runoff races in Georgia and we really need your help!  You can make a difference starting Saturday Dec. 5 (please see the link below for all dates and times) to volunteer alongside your union sisters and brothers on our DC 37 [More...]

MELS Real Estate Webinar Now Online

December 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The Municipal Employees Legal Services, MELS, held a Real Estate webinar Nov. 30 with hundreds of DC 37 members looking to buy a home, coop apartment or condominium. The webinar is now available online: MELS Real Estate webinar video replay:  https://bit.ly/2Jf96d7 MELS Real Estate webinar PowerPoint slides:  https://bit.ly/37mclYb MELS lawyers and housing experts discussed buyers and sellers concerns, retaining and working with a realtor; financing; home inspections, and more. MELS Director Bill Whalen said: “The interest rates on mortages are at record lows and despite the pandemic, working families are moving ahead with plans for home ownership.” “DC 37 members can use MELS lawyers at closings and take advantage of programs for first time buyers and more,” he said. For more information, and to speak to a MELS attorney to help DC 37 members who are [More...]