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DC 37 Endorses Letitia James and Tom DiNapoli for the 2018 Statewide Elections

May 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal employee union, has endorsed New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for State Attorney General and New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for re-election, the union announced today. The candidates were overwhelmingly endorsed by DC 37 delegates, who comprise the union’s highest governing body, at their most recent monthly meeting. “We enthusiastically support Tom DiNapoli and Letitia James because they have consistently addressed the issues that are of utmost importance to our members and the working men and women of our state,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “Time and again, Comptroller DiNapoli and Public Advocate James have demonstrated their commitment to public service, workers’ rights and improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers. With these endorsements, we stand ready to engage and [More...]

The Path of Most Resistance

April 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

The union waits for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide our fate in anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case. We need not bother. Instead, it’s long past time to hit the road — and take action. Taking this path of most resistance is already showing a positive impact, both in regards to the big picture of winning hearts and minds of working people in the United States and also in concrete achievements. The pushback is growing more effective with each day. For example in West Virginia, a state which recently passed a “right-to-work” law, tens of thousands of teachers and school workers went out on strike for nine days. Not only did the West Virginia teachers win a raise and guarantees on their health insurance, they achieved much more: In a time when unions are under intense attack, the strikers defeated a raft of anti-union bills, including a Wisconsin-style “paycheck protection” bill [More...]

New York Attorney General Leads Opposition to Trump’s Overtime Pay Rollback

September 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman led a coalition of Attorneys General in opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back overtime pay protections for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Americans. The US Department of Labor threatens to roll back the Obama administration’s rule set to go into effect last year that would have expanded overtime pay protections for workers by setting a salary floor below which the exemption from overtime laws cannot apply. The proposed changes jeopardize protections involving overtime pay for millions of low-wage workers in the service and medical sectors, as well as office clericals, among others. In New York, this would have a devastating impact for hundreds of thousands of working families trying to get by in an unbalanced economy. “The Labor Department should be protecting workers’ rights, not [More...]

Activists Send Trump a Message at Women’s March on Washington

January 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Answering a groundswell call to action, DC 37 activists joined hundreds of thousands of pink-hatted protesters at the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on Jan. 21, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration. The march was the largest ever in the United States, drawing over 500,000 people in Washington and 3.3 million around the country. Hundreds of thousands gathered in Manhattan and in 500 cities from Boston to Honolulu, and on all seven continents. “This historic Women’s March advances human rights for all and dignity and equality for women, minorities and immigrants,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “We are vigilant and we are watching Trump and his cabinet to ensure that our freedoms, rights and protections are not eroded or violated.” Women came from across the nation to the capital and sister rallies were held in Paris, France, [More...]

New York City Leads Labor’s Resurgence

July 15, 2016 // 1 Comment

By VINCENT ALVAREZ New York City is a union town. It’s a chant heard at labor rallies all over the city, and it’s true – New York City was built and is continuing to be supported by unionized labor. While the classic image of a union member is a construction worker or a teacher, New York City’s labor movement is the most diverse and varied in the world. We are musicians, doctors, operating engineers, ironworkers, and of course dedicated public employees. Since the inception of the labor movement, it has been understood that a union job is a career that leads to the promise of economic stability, family-sustaining wages and benefits, and protection against unscrupulous employers. This still rings true, but the labor movement must work harder than ever to maintain these valuable tools for working people. The last 35 years have been challenging for the national labor movement. The [More...]

DC 37, CUNY Reach a Tentative Contract Agreement (Updated)

June 10, 2016 // 4 Comments

City University of New York Chancellor James B. Milliken and Henry Garrido, the Executive Director of District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and its affiliated locals, today announced that a tentative contract settlement has been reached on a collective bargaining agreement covering more than seven years. The proposed contract covers the period from November 1, 2009 through January 31, 2017 and provides 10.41% in compounded wage increases.  A $1,000 bonus upon ratification of the contract is also part of the terms of the agreement.  The agreement also includes an annual $200 increase to the welfare fund for all active and retired employees. The deal covers 12,000 members of Locals 2054, 384, 2627, 983, 1597, 1407, 375 and 1797 who work at the university’s 24 campuses citywide. The agreement, which is subject to approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees and ratification by the CUNY [More...]

Asian Americans and the Labor Movement

May 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

By MAF MISBAH UDDIN May is Asian Heritage Month, an opportunity to reflect upon Asian Americans’ growing contributions to the nation’s economy, politics, culture and the labor movement. The continent of Asia comprises 48 countries, including parts of Russia and Turkey, and it extends to Europe with a 4.4 billion population, or nearly two thirds of the world’s population. The 17 million people from Asia who call their home America are known as Asian American Pacific Islanders. AAPIs have made their way to the United States to pursue a better life, as have millions of other immigrants. Asian American Pacific Islanders have become an important voting bloc as we have become more active. In some states, including Nevada, Michigan and New York, Asian Americans constitute more than 5 percent of the voting population. This is a substantial number of voters, and they are large enough to [More...]

DC 37 organizing meetings and trainings set for April

April 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

The DC 37 Organizing Dept. is continuing its series of work site meetings during April to inform members about their many union benefits. The meetings will take place during the hours noted below. The meetings will be at City University of New York and Dept. of Education work sites. The department will also hold two activist training sessions. [More...]

DC 37 Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

March 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

BY MIKE LEE With the New York Democratic Party presidential primary in three weeks on Tuesday, April 19, DC 37 has endorsed former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for president. Last night, the DC 37 delegates voted overwhelmingly to endorse her candidacy at their monthly meeting, after impassioned speeches in her support by local presidents Dennis Ifill of Local 1359, who is also chair of the DC 37 Political Action Committee, and James Tucciarelli of Local 1320, as well as Local 1549 Executive Vice President Alma Roper. “We are proud to endorse Secretary Clinton as the next president of our great nation,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “We supported her first run for office back in 2000, when she was elected to the U.S. Senate. We know her serious commitment to public service and her history of fighting for others, especially children and working families. She can [More...]