COVID Rent Relief Program Now Available For New York Tenants: Application Deadline: July 30

July 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

New York State has directed $100 million of federal stimulus funds toward rent relief. Tenants can now apply for these funds to offset the loss of income during the COVID-19 crisis.  The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord.  Tenants will not need to repay this assistance.    Applications are being accepted through July 30, 2020. The State Division of Homes and Community Renewal] will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.  Tenants may apply online at  https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP  Applicants must provide the following  1.    A copy of a lease or other proof of monthly rental amount; and  2.    Proof of the household’s gross income, both prior to [More...]

Free Wills & Life Planning Documents for City Workers

July 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS) has partnered with Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS) to launch a Frontline Worker Initiative to provide FREE life planning documents, Wills, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, to COVID-19 pandemic frontline workers. MELS offers this service to all DC 37 members who are participants in the Health and Security Plan. Now several hundred pro bono attorneys are ready to help us meet members’ needs, including Local 215 and Local 389 members who work at nonprofit agencies. You can apply online. You will be contacted by an attorney if your case is accepted. DC 37 members who are not frontline workers can access their benefit by calling the MELS Screening Unit at 212.815.1111 or email [More...]

Time Off to Vote June 23 New Changes

June 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

VOTING UPDATE: Primary Day is June 23. We are providing you with the updated information on getting time off to vote on June 23.  Section 3-110 of the New York State Election Law, which relates to providing employees in New York State time off to vote, was amended effective April 3, 2020. The changes made are as follows:  Employees are eligible for voting leave only if they do not have four (4) consecutive hours either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of their working shift, or between the end of their working shift and the closing of the polls; and  Employees who do not have such a four (4) hour window are eligible to take off only as much working time as will, when added to their voting time outside working hours, enable the employee to vote, up to two (2) hours of which time must be without loss of pay.  The PSB 440-3 that was referenced is out of date.  We [More...]

DC 37 Needs You on Primary Day June 23

June 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

Primary Day is a week away and DC 37 members can make a difference by supporting these union-endorsed candidates, especially those who face critical races on Tuesday June 23. In bold are key races. QUEENS Queens Borough President Donovan Richards U.S. Congress  Gregory Meeks – CD 5 Grace Meng – CD 6 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – CD 14 State Senate James Sanders – SD 10 John Liu – SD 11 Mike Gianaris – SD 12 Jessica Ramos – SD 13 LeRoy Comrie – SD 14 Joseph Addabbo, Jr. – SD 15 Toby Ann Stavisky – SD 16 State Assembly Stacey Pfeffer Amato – AD 23 David Weprin – AD 24 Nily Rozic – AD 25 Edward Braunstein – AD 26 Daniel Rosenthal – AD 27 Andrew Hevesi – AD 28 Alicia Hyndman – AD 29 Brian Barnwell – AD 30 Vivian Cook – AD 32 Clyde Vanel – AD 33 Michael DenDekker -AD 34 Jeffrion Aubry – AD 35 Aravella Simotas – AD 36 Catherine Nolan – AD 37 Michael [More...]

NYC H+H’s Peace Rally for Black Lives Matter

June 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Hundreds of frontline NYC Health and Hospitals workers stood in solidarity with peaceful protesters at a midday rally June 9 to demand justice for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others. “As a healthcare worker, I’m proud to work along side so many amazing Black professionals every day, who face racism every day themselves and struggle to treat its health disparities our Black patients suffer from,” said Harlem Hospital Social Worker Nate Franco, who is a Local 768 member and union activist. “As a union member, I know that none of us can win what we deserve until we are all free,” he said. “As a white person, I know it’s past time more white Americans stand with the Black freedom movement.” In support of social justice for victims of racism and police violence,  NYC Health+Hospitals [More...]

Can We Count on You to Volunteer to Get Out the Vote?

June 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 recently announced its endorsements for the June 23 primaries. While we’ve experienced significant challenges over the last few months, we still have an opportunity to elect strong candidates that will work on behalf of our members and the issues our union champions. DC 37 has endorsed a great group of pro-labor, progressive candidates who are committed to workers’ rights and community empowerment.  DC 37 urges you to vote early using your mail-in absentee ballot or you can vote at poll sites on Primary Day June 23 to support union-endorsed candidates. Please join our volunteers for the Political Action’s Get Out The Vote efforts and commit a few hours over the next few weeks to call and text union members in support of these candidates. Sign up here and a Political Action staff member will call you with further [More...]

Despite Pandemic, Union Members Votes, Wins New Contract

June 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE While COVID-19 raged throughout New York City, the union continued its vital mission in serving the members. An example was the successful negotiation by the DC 37 Research and Negotiations Department with the ADAPT Community Network in April, which includes members of the union’s Social Service Employees Local 215. After a series of intense negotiations with the union and a strong campaign under difficult conditions, ADAPT workers voted unanimously to ratify the contract.  Winning this battle during the lockdown was due in part to grassroots organizing when safety was a key component in informing Local 215 members of the proposed contract, and getting out the vote. At ADAPT, workers are dispersed in 26 different facilities, also known as houses, along with a daycare center. “What we did was go to the main house, and there we got a member to contact the other house that [More...]

June is Caribbean Heritage Month

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

By CARMEN CHARLES, President Local 420 and FITZ REID, President, Local 768 Dear Brothers and Sisters:​ Even as our members, including essential workers, continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we rise together to address in earnest longstanding problems that plague our society: racism, police violence and excessive force, the criminal justice system and poverty. We must work together for solutions to these problems. Let’s all take a deep breath and remember that together we will get through this unprecedented time and build a better future. We must also take the time to celebrate our past and our roots. ​On behalf of District Council 37’s Caribbean Heritage Committee, President Fitz Reid (my co-chair) and I want to wish all members and their families a happy National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Each June, since 2005, our country acknowledges the many significant ways [More...]

Surviving Coronavirus: A Home Health Care Aide’s Story

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Evelyn Grant, a home health care aide with 31 years experience and a member of Local 389, faced a crisis that too many New Yorkers have endured since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the city hard beginning in late February. Home health care aides provide all necessary services for clients unable to perform many basic household chores. Hardworking, dedicated employees, many with decades of experience, give in-home care for people that includes cooking, cleaning, shopping, keeping a watchful eye, and caring for those who need it the most. Many work several days a week in a client’s home, providing 24-hour care. “I go in Sunday morning at 9, and I get off Wednesday at 9,” said Grant, whose client is bedridden. “Washing, cooking, preparing meals. The sort of work we do. I also help her husband because he’s there. While not part of the agency agreement, but as an aide and a [More...]

Local 389: Home Care Aides on the Frontlines

June 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Margaret Glover prays.  The president of Local 389, which represents 7,000 private sector home health care aides, worries about the clients she cares for, and her co-workers. “Oh my God, I don’t know how I feel. Some days are good for me and then some are bad,” Glover said. Home health care workers are among the many thousands of DC 37 members who work on the frontlines during the crisis. Because of their work providing in-home care services for people physically unable to care for themselves, they take on added risks during the pandemic. Many of the clients live alone, are elderly, or have medical conditions that make it impossible to live a normal life outside the confines of their homes. “We are often their family because we are there,” Glover said. “We do everything for them. We cook, clean, go with them to doctor appointments and all.” As always, her [More...]