Ed Fund

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...]


July 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

9/11 WTC HEALTH WORKSHOP The DC 37 Safety and Health Department invites members to attend a virtual workshop with the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund on Thursday July 15, at 6:30 PM. Hear from experts Maria L. Lugo, Sr. Program Coordinator, World Trade Center Health Program, Clinical Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai,  Nicole P. Smith, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Associate Special Master and Anthony Gardner, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Director of Communications & External Affairs. To join, please REGISTER HERE: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/webinar/register/WN_ssxK1qy7SEqmKvn9s07mTA Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar. For assistance, please call Safety and Health Department: 212.815.1685 or email: safety@dc37.net ### SUMMER [More...]


May 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

By STEPHEN JOHNSON, DC 37 Education Fund Administrator DC 37 and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) will fully fund a series of four Labor Leadership programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for DC 37 members. These free college courses will provide a comprehensive overview of union-side labor relations in the public sector. Students will gain the practical skills and knowledge necessary for effective leadership in collective bargaining, union administration, research, organizing, and labor law. SLU and DC 37 will cover full tuition costs for up to 100 members a year, an estimated $300,000 annually. This new Labor Leadership program is a stepping-stone for completing a bachelor’s and/or a graduate degree. A certificate or degree in Labor Studies is an important credential for career advancement in a range of civil service and non-profit institutions. [More...]


May 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

PSU: HELP FOR ANXIETY The Personal Service Unit (PSU) of DC 37’s Health and Security Plan would like to offer information and coping techniques for Anxiety. This past year has been filled with challenges, disruptions, fears and losses. As we transition to increasing in-person activities, we may feel additional Anxiety.  Anxiety is a mental health condition characterized by feelings of worry and fear that may interfere with one’s daily activities. Common physical symptoms are panic attacks, racing heart rate, chest palpitations, rapid breathing and irritability. Common psychological symptoms are racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking. The following are some useful strategies for coping with Anxiety: *Pay attention to your thoughts as they influence your feelings and behavior. Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with ones that [More...]


February 18, 2021 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION SPECIAL ELECTION FEB. 23: DC 37 members are making calls together live on Zoom! There’s a lot at stake for us in 2021 and we need to make sure we have representatives on the New York City Council who will have our backs when we need them to. Please join us for a virtual phone bank to urge our DC 37 sisters and brothers to vote for Selvena Brooks-Powers for City Council in the 31st Council District. You can sign up for one of the phone banking shifts taking place today through Thursday, Feb. 18 and on Special Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 23. Even if you’ve never volunteered with us before, using the virtual phone bank is easy and convenient. The time you spend volunteering can make a big difference in improving the lives of DC 37 members. Please sign up now for a phone banking shift at: https://www.mobilize.us/afscmedc37/event/374983/                 [More...]


February 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION The DC 37 Political Action Committee Meeting will host a virtual meet and greet with NYC Comptroller candidates on Thurs. Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Register for this members only event here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-isqDMoH9DdX6Asddox-19K6uYPeRGw ###   SPECIAL ELECTION FEB. 23 DC 37 endorsed Selvena Brooks-Powers for City Council 31st District to represent the communities of Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. Can you volunteer to help get out the vote? Please call the Political Action Department at 212 815-1550 to volunteer for our virtual phone banks or sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFCmWoi7g1LvznWlBbM2SDx9g3qBGNtLbPJn8mHa8vTvxFWg/viewform ###   MELS  MATRIMONIAL WEBINAR on FEB. 18, 5:30 PM Are you considering getting a divorce? The union’s team of legal experts [More...]


December 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

MELS COVID EVICTIONS MORATORIUM MELS attorneys can help members facing eviction. The CDC COVID extension ends Dec. 31. To speak with a MELS lawyer, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email: MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net. ### POLITICAL ACTION THE FIGHT IS NOT FINISHED, HELP GOTV in GEORGIA The presidential elections are over….but our fight is not finished. On Jan. 5, Georgia will vote the U.S. Senate runoff that can determine the course of our democracy and give Democrats the Senate majority. COVID deaths reached a grim toll, more than 300,000 have died and cases are skyrocketing. Everyday Americans are struggling. Our families need a cash stimulus package now. Workers need job security, safe workplaces and union protection. The best way to accomplish this is to get a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. We really need your help! You can make a difference. Please [More...]

Upcoming DC 37 Events

December 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

ReNEW Year Challenge for 2021 End the year strong, and start 2021 feeling good! WorkWell NYC invites DC 37 members to join the ReNEW Year Challenge, a 15-day mind and body program that starts Dec. 7-21. The challenge helps you reflect on all the positive things you can bring into the New Year 2021, and offers a personal daily step goal, journal prompts, mindfulness practice, and relaxation techniques that can help you prepare mentally and physically for the new year ahead. Please register now thru Dec. 6. The digital calendar is here: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/olr/downloads/pdf/wellness/wellness-wellnessanywherecalendar.pdf Visit WorkWell NYC: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/olr/wellness/wellnesshome.page ### MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES LEGAL SERVICES MELS STUDENT LOAN DEBT WEBINAR DEC. 8 MELS will host a student loan debt webinar on Tuesday Dec. 8, 5:30PM to 7:00PM. Legal experts will share [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...]

Upcoming DC 37 Events

November 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

OPT IN to H+H OT PAY LAWSUIT ENDS TODAY NOV. 9 DC 37 and outside counsel are representing union members in an action against New York City Health + Hospitals (H+H) regarding their violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The lawsuit alleges that H+H is not including additions to gross (longevities, differentials, etc.) in the base hourly rate when calculating the time and one-half overtime pay rate. All dues-paying DC 37 members who are in an FLSA covered title at H+H and worked over 40 hours in any week since July 2016 should opt-in. Forms were mailed in early September. If you did not receive the forms, and are a dues-paying DC 37 member that worked in a covered title, please contact outside counsel at 516-570-4343 to request forms. The lawsuit is at its early stages and there is no guarantee of success. Each plaintiff must submit an opt-in form by Nov. 9. ### DC 37 POLITICAL [More...]