Henry Garrido

NY Daily News: Not enough NYC municipal workers work from home, says union head

March 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MICHAEL GARTLAND City government is falling far short of the state’s edict that 75 percent of non-essential workers telecommute, prompting fears from union officials that scores of city workers are being needlessly exposed to the coronavirus. “City workers are not near 50% — not even close to that,” said Henry Garrido, head of DC 37, which represents nearly 150,000 city workers. “We’re not even close to 25%,” he added. “There appears to be a lot of institutional resistance to people working from home.” Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday that 75% of nonessential workers should stay home, upping the number from a 50% recommendation he made a day before. But Garrido said that despite those recommendations, city agency leaders have dragged their feet to get with the program. Mayor de Blasio is well aware of the situation, he added. “I speak with the mayor almost [More...]

Union’s TV Show Tackles New York State Proposed Budget Woes

March 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

By RUDY OROZCO With Albany lawmakers working feverishly to plug a projected $6 billion gap in the proposed New York State Fiscal 2021 budget before April 1, DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido examines the issue with New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento in the March 2020 edition of the “State of the Union” TV show. During the half-hour show, Garrido and Cilento discuss the reasons lawmakers need to consider raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires and instituting a stock transfer tax instead of balancing the budget on the backs of working families and poor people through cuts to Medicaid, education, and safety-net hospitals. The program focuses on the issues that impact the working men and women of New York City, the labor movement and the progressive movement, and is produced at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN). It airs in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and [More...]

SSEU Local 371: Be Counted, Be Heard

February 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS SSEU Local 371’s Black Heritage program ‘Be Counted, Be Heard’ on Feb. 7, examined the breadth and depth of Black excellence. The celebration featured the Noel Pointer Foundation youth string quintet; a dramatization of historic African royalty, and dynamic guest speakers U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes and Jennifer Jones Austin, a faith and social justice activist and CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. “The Black experience is rich in contributions and pain,” said SSEU Local 371 President Anthony Wells. “Black history serves as a reminder and a path to progress. The paths we took are similar to the paths we chose to take in the union movement. Both are about dignity and respect.” The local welcomed NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, DC 37 and Local 372 President Shawn D. Francois I and DC 37 Executive [More...]

DC 37 Endorses NYC Congress Member Carolyn Maloney

January 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

District Council 37 has endorsed Rep. Carolyn Maloney in her Congressional re-election bid. “At a time of turbulence and tumult in Washington DC, where the Trump administration continues its assault on the rights of working men and women, we need strong labor advocates who can be counted on to walk the walk,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido.  “Carolyn Maloney has always been such an advocate, a longtime supporter of pro-worker legislation.” Her record in the House of Representatives includes supporting the Family and Medical Leave Act, increasing the federal minimum wage, expanding workforce protections and providing American families with access to safe, affordable, quality child care. She has authored landmark legislation including the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and its reauthorization to make sure all those suffering health aliments [More...]

Union’s TV Show focuses on New State Enhanced Tenant Protections

January 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

By RUDY OROZCO Tune in to “State of the Union”, DC 37 television show hosted by Executive Director Henry Garrido this January 2020 when he welcomes DC 37’s Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS) Director and Chief Counsel Bill Whalen and MELS Housing Unit Co-Supervisor Anette Bonelli to explain New York State’s historic new law which gives tenants new rights and benefits. The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 was passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in late Spring, 2019. The program, which focuses on the issues that impact the working men and women of NYC, the labor movement and the progressive movement, is produced at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), and airs in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. The show’s January airing schedule: Manhattan (MNN) –Thursday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 p.m. on Spectrum Chs. 34 [More...]

DC 37 and SEIU 32BJ Join Forces to Demand Accountability from Private Hospitals

December 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

Scores of members from DC 37 AFSCME and SEIU 32BJ, two of the city’s largest unions, attended a packed City Council hearing Dec 12 where leaders and representatives testified about runaway charges in NYC’s largest private hospitals. The unions presented testimony on the effects of skyrocketing costs for health care and asked the City Council to take action to curb practices by hospitals and health care providers that unreasonably ratchet up costs for needed care. “The single factor that’s had the most profound, negative impact on healthcare coverage in NYC is the cost of in- and out-patient care provided by the City’s non-profit, private hospitals,” said District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “DC 37 and our brother and sister unions that make up the Municipal Labor Committee are doing our part to reduce hospital bills with changes in the design of our health [More...]

City Achieves a Pathway to Pay Parity for Early Childhood Education Providers

November 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

By RUDY OROZCO On November 18, Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Labor Relations Commissioner Renee Campion, and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced a pathway to pay parity between certified early childhood education teachers and entry-rate Department of Education salaries by October 2021. The announcement honors the promise made by the Mayor and City Council to achieve pay parity for community-based childhood education providers as part of the FY 2020 budget agreement back in June. It also builds on the wage parity agreements reached earlier this year between DC 37 Private Sector Locals 205 and 95 and will help address issues of recruitment and retention. “Today’s announcement marks a long-sought milestone in economic justice for the dedicated workers who provide thousands of our city’s children with the care and education they need [More...]

Union, City Settles Preschool Teachers Pay Gap

July 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

After long marches, huge demonstrations and weeks of intense negotiations, the City of New York and the NYC Day Care Council have reached a tentative contract agreement that will benefit more than 4,000 members of Day Care Employees Local 205. At issue is the wide pay gap between teachers who work in community-run preschools — which enroll the bulk of students in the city’s free, universal pre-K program — and those who teach in public school classrooms overseen by the education department. The new agreement would steadily boost salaries for pre-K teachers over three years, eventually matching what starting teachers in public schools make. Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called the agreement historic, and noted the past difficulties of recruiting and retaining educators at community-based centers. DC 1707 Executive Director Kim Medina praised the Mayor [More...]

DC 37 Efforts Pivotal in Green New Deal Passage

June 19, 2019 // 2 Comments

  BY MIKE LEE Overcoming staunch political opposition from the real estate industry, New York City has embarked on an unprecedented effort to reduce greenhouse emissions citywide. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Environmental Protection Committee Chair Costa Constantinides and other Council members and community leaders in announcing OneNYC2050, an ambitious green initiative that comes on the heels of the passage of the Climate Mobilization Act. The Climate Mobilization Act, spearheaded by Constantinides and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, provides $14 billion in investments to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2030. DC 37’s involvement was key in lobbying the City Council, working with community and environmental groups to rally support for the legislation. “Climate justice is the moral imperative of our [More...]