health care

Day-Care Educators Win Pay Equity with City Teachers

August 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

  By GREGORY N. HEIRES By more than a 3-to-1 margin, members of Local 205 — early childhood educators who work for non-profit organizations — voted for a contract extension that puts them on a path to wage parity with their counterparts at the New York City Dept. of Education. The contract extension covers more than 4,000 members of the local and is the first demonstration of how the recently-announced unification of District Council 1707 and District Council 37 can increase the bargaining and political power of New York City public and private sector workers. “This is an historic achievement — after decades of hard work, early childhood educators are being recognized as true professionals,” noted Kim Medina, the executive director of DC 1707 who now becomes special assistant to the executive director for the new Non-Profit and Private Sector Division of District Council [More...]

The CUNY Contract Blitz

December 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

DC 37 Council Rep Leo Morris informs CUNY workers at John Jay College about their proposed contract, which calls for a 8.24 percent wage increase over 52 months. The union many meetings around the city to explain the terms of the contract to members. Photo: Clarence Elie-Rivera. By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37’s citywide CUNY campaign is providing the union’s 10,000 members working in the city’s public university system the chance to learn about their proposed contract and to ask questions about bread-and-butter issues affecting them. A 45-member union team is carrying out the information blitz to ensure members are able to make an informed vote on the tentative economic agreement. Union representatives have addressed members at campus, local executive board and general membership meetings, and a conference of an Asian labor coalition. Besides informing members about the provisions of [More...]

DC 37 Stands With Spectrum Strikers

December 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES Striking workers stepped up the pressure on Charter Communications to return to the bargaining table as the labor dispute drags on. Some 1,800 members of Local 3, a chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are in a bitter fight over the cable TV giant’s plan to gut their health and retirement benefits. Because of the dispute, a number of workers have depleted their household savings, sold their homes, while others have become homeless. Since the strike began in March 2017, the union counted on the support of New York’s unions and many elected officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Hundreds of electrical workers and supporters, including a contingent of DC 37 activists, turned out Dec. 5 for a major demonstration at Charter Communications’ headquarters in Manhattan. The Spectrum cable company — a [More...]

Members Demand Greater Financial Help for NYC H+H

May 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS At five annual meetings NYC Health+Hospitals held this spring, DC 37 leaders, members and public health advocates voiced concerns about the future of the largest public health care system in America. “We celebrate our success in convincing Governor Cuomo to protect and fund safety net hospitals, save MetroPlus from a $200 million cut, and let Medicaid money follow Medicaid patients, but our work doesn’t stop there,” said Renee Gainer, DC 37 Clerical Division director who spoke at Sea View Hospital and Rehabilitation Center on May 2. Dedicated DC 37 members work to make NYC H+H successful despite its financial woes: Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center is reknown for its program for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia and has received top rankings from the state Dept. of Health and U.S. News & World Report. In April, Leapfrog rated NYC H+H [More...]

“The more I get involved with my union, the more I grow.”

July 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rhonda Carter, Patient Care Associate, Local 420 “The more I get involved with my union, the more I grow.” I am a Patient Care Associate at Kings County Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Outpatient Clinic. The clinic handles orthopedic, neurology and neurosurgery. Patients are here for knee replacements or other bone issues; some have epilepsy or migraines, or even trauma from gunshot wounds. They come for post-operative care. I check patients’ vital signs such as blood pressure, pain scale, and more. I explain follow-up appointments and rehabilitation. Seniors really appreciate my help. Patients are in pain. Their aggression is not intentional. I try to explain things so they understand what’s required to heal. I used to work for a dentist. I was the receptionist, the clerk. I did everything. With no union, when work was slow the doctor just sent me home. I had no regular [More...]

Get Covered! Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Ends on Jan. 31

January 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

There are only two days left before the end of  enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, so the Mayor’s GetCoveredNYC team wants to make sure you know how you can Get Covered. If you’re no longer covered by your parents or employers insurance, this may be your last chance to enroll for 2017. Here are locations with extended hours with free in-person assistance. If you don’t see a location near you, call 311. Many New Yorkers may still qualify for low- or no-cost insurance all year round. To find free in-person assistance near you, so things like your doctor visits and prescription drugs are covered, call 311 or text CoveredNYC to 877877. You can also enroll online at [More...]