DC 37


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...]

Upcoming DC 37 Events

November 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES LEGAL SERVICES MELS REAL ESTATE WEBINAR NOV. 30  The Municipal Employees Legal Services, MELS, will host a Real Estate Webinar on Monday Nov. 30, 5:30PM to 7:00PM. Housing experts will discuss: Retaining and Working With A Realtor; Seller Concerns; Purchaser Concerns; Financing; Home Inspections, and more. Please register at www.dc37mels.com. A Meeting ID will be e-mailed 24 hours before the event. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net ###   MELS STUDENT LOAN DEBT WEBINAR DEC. 8 MELS will host a student loan debt webinar on Tuesday Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m.  Legal experts will share information covering:  COVID protections for student borrowers; Income Driven Repayment Plans; Loan Consolidation; Rehabilitation after Default, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and more. Register at [More...]

Union Leaders Press for DOE Kitchen Upgrades 

November 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS  In an ongoing effort to protect members during the COVID-19 pandemic, Board of Education Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I visited essential workers to address the outstanding issue of substandard ventilation systems in public school kitchens across New York City in October. in August, Francois met with Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza after kitchen temperatures topped 135 degrees. Essential workers in Local 372 stayed on the job. Meetings between union and city officials on ventilation problems exacerbated by COVID-19 delayed school openings for the city’s 1.1 million students. DC 37 Executive Director Henry A. Garrido joined Francois in October’s visit and met kitchen workers, Crossing Guards, School Aides, Parent Coordinators, Family Workers and SAPIS drug prevention counselors to hear their concerns around [More...]

If not now, when? GOTV Nov. 3. Register for Today’s Training Now!

November 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

Union family,  We are one day away from casting the most important ballot of our lifetime. While it is likely that Joe Biden will win New York, there are critical Congressional and state races that are still in doubt!    Join Political Action on Election Day as we make a final push on behalf of our endorsed candidates. Sign up below for a shift!  Haven’t virtually phone banked before? Need a refresher? Join us TODAY at 5:30 p.m. for our Virtual Phone Bank Training. A link will be provided to those who sign up for tonight’s training and the Election Day phone bank: [More...]


October 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

Please join DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido TODAY, OCT. 29, at 6 p.m. on FACEBOOK LIVE! as he presents an up-to-the-minute discussion on the No Layoffs Agreement, and the latest developments in the union’s response that prevented layoffs and saved 22,000 municipal workers’ jobs. A question-and-answer session will follow. Click this link: https://fb.me/e/1UShsky3c. See you on Facebook tonight at 6 [More...]

City and DC 37 Reach a No Layoffs Agreement

October 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

District Council 37 and the City of New York Announce a No Layoff Agreement for Union Members through June 2021 District Council 37, the city’s largest public employee union, has reached a tentative no layoff agreement with the City of New York that would save the jobs of thousands of municipal workers through fiscal year 2021.  The agreement would save the City of New York $164 million by deferring payments to the union’s welfare funds in exchange for no layoffs of DC 37 members in city-funded positions through June 2021.  The agreement further stipulates that should the City of New York be granted $5 billion in budget relief, the no layoff agreement would be extended through June 30, 2022. Key Points  ·  The deferral of payments totaling $164 million to the four welfare funds (the DC 37 Benefit Trust, the 372 Severance Related Fund, the SSEU Local 371 Health & Welfare [More...]