education

DC 37 NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES YOU CAN USE

October 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an ideal time to take action on your health. Here’s how Ariel took charge of hers: Ariel was a healthy, 38-year-old mother of two when she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. “We were all so surprised because I have no family history of breast cancer or cancer. It really rocked our world.” At Ariel’s yearly OB/GYN appointment, her doctor did a breast exam. He felt a little lump underneath her armpit and under her breast. The doctor sent her for a mammogram, which showed that her lymph nodes were enlarged. As a precaution, the doctor recommended a follow-up sonogram. “I went back, and thank goodness I did, because they found tiny signs of breast cancer. I jumped into treatment [at Memorial Sloan Kettering] relatively quickly.” Cancer screenings and preventive care visits are essential to good [More...]

Union, College Leads to Promotion and Raise for Local 372 School Cook

October 5, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS With help from DC 37, Staten Island school cook Patrick Marino graduated with honors from CUNY’s LaGuardia Community College in May. He earned an associate’s degree in Nutrition and Culinary Management, a program designed for Local 372 members working in food services. “I attended college when I was younger but I hated it, so I went to culinary school,” said Marino, 35. “I saw a CUNY ad in the PEP. I always wanted to get a degree.” With help from a CUNY advisor and the union’s Education Fund, Marino was accepted into LaGuardia. “This time was different. I was motivated. I have a wife and a baby. I work full time and I’ve been an essential worker from day one of the pandemic,” Marino said. “I took courses online after work. Sometimes I had two classes a night. I did two years of study in one year to get my degree.” Marino, who overcame testing [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...]

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

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...]

Local 372 Presses for Ventilation and Cooling in All Public Schools 

August 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

BY DIANE S. WILLIAMS Kitchen temperatures in a Manhattan public school exceeded 135 degrees during a recent heat wave as 3,400 essential workers prepared Grab-and-Go meals to feed hungry New Yorkers, children, young adults and seniors, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The excessive heat in school kitchens creates work conditions that are unacceptable, unhealthy and inhumane. We need safe, healthy and ventilated school kitchens. We need a permanent fix now!” said Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois at a press conference Aug. 5 in Manhattan. With union leaders and elected officials, Francois called for Mayor DeBlasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza to impanel a task force to remedy ventilation and cooling systems in all public school kitchens and sent them correspondence asking the same. Since schools shuttered in March, Mayor De Blasio tasked 3,400 Kitchen [More...]

Three Free College Degree Programs for Local 372 Members

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS  DC 37’s helping Local 372 members with three unique degree programs the union has negotiated with Monroe College and LaGuardia College’s Food Service Management Program. “We have an incredible education benefit that allows members to earn degrees that when paired with their work experience, prepares them to move up the career ladder in the Dept. of Education and earn better salaries,” said Local 372 and DC 37 President Shaun D. Francois, I. Francois and Henry Garrido, DC 37’s executive director, along with the union’s Education Fund and Research and Negotiations Dept. are working to retain and improve this benefit that provides three different choices for members in qualifying Local 372 titles to earn a free college education. “Currently 20 Local 372 members are enrolled in the LaGuardia program and working towards their [More...]

MELS UPDATE: COVID-19 Federal Student Loan Relief

April 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Municipal Employees Legal Services is here to help members manage their student debt. Collection of Federal direct student loans has been suspended through September 30, 2020. During this period: Borrowers with federal student loans in repayment are excused from making their regular monthly payments. Involuntary collection activity must stop — No wage garnishment; no federal tax seizure and no Social Security reductions. No interest and no penalties will accrue. Borrowers have the option of continuing to make monthly principal payments. Borrowers in the student loan rehabilitation process will receive credit for suspended payments. FFEL loans not owned by the federal government, Perkins loans obtained through the state, and private student loans obtained through commercial lenders are not eligible for relief under this program. Borrowers in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness [More...]

DC 37 CUNY Days: We Can Help You Jumpstart Your Career!

January 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

Worker Education at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU) is here to help you achieve your academic and career goals. Our experienced advisors are available to meet one-on-one to discuss: Academic requirements for specific jobs Choosing a CUNY campus and major Applying to and financing a CUNY degree Certificate and non-credit options at CUNY Transferring previous credits Long-term career planning Fastest-growing industries in NYC Each session is free and caters to your specific goals and needs. Schedule your CUNY advisement session now! Can’t find a date/time that works for you? Please contact WorkerEd@slu.cuny.edu or call: 646-313-8531 for more [More...]

Public-Sector Training Partnerships Boost Job Satisfaction, Productivity and Unions

October 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES All too often, employers set up training programs without the help of those who know the best way to improve the workplace — workers and their unions. A new report from the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, highlights the key ingredients of successful public sector training partnerships between unions and governments. “The benefits of public sector training programs are clear: Workers gain the skills they need to be successful in good, middle-class jobs, while city and state employers are able to obtain and retain the highly trained, diverse workforce they need,” said Karla Walter, director of employment policy at the Center for American Progress and author of the report. She added: “Moreover, training partnerships provide a tangible example of the benefits of unionization to workers and thereby help to sustain public [More...]

Summer School and Sisterhood

September 4, 2019 // 2 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Women comprise more than half of DC 37’s membership. And one of our union’s highest priorities is to support the ascent of women within the ranks of leadership and activism. Toward that end, a contingent of DC 37 women attended a week-long boot camp,  hosted and coordinated by the City University of New York School of Labor and Urban Studies, at Hofstra University,  , where they honed their union-building skills. “It really motivated me to continue encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in the labor movement,” said Dept. of Education Employees Local 372 member Trina Prior. The DC 37 activists who attended are all graduates of the Women’s Leadership Academy, a program initiated by our national union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  At DC 37, the program is named in honor of former Executive [More...]