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Paramedics Save Four at Deadly Deli

February 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Four deli workers sickened by lethal carbon monoxide gas are alive today after a heroic rescue by Fire Dept. Paramedics in Local 2507. Two Paramedics responded to an early morning call Dec. 10 about an unconscious man at Broome Street bodega. “When we reached the store, workers said they felt dizzy and nauseous,” said Paramedic Phillip Jugenheimer. A fourth man lay unconscious in the cramped basement of the Lower East shop. “Ours carbon monoxide detectors were beeping like crazy,” Jugenheimer said. “I’m getting a 50 reading, my partner gets 80. Inside the store read 120 parts per million (PPM) so we evacuated the customers and cooks making breakfast. Everybody OUT!” FDNY Paramedics wear portable carbon monoxide detectors on their uniforms. As the two Local 2507 members approached the basement, the meter clocked a lethal 600 PPM level. The air was [More...]

Local 372: Vote, We Can Make a Difference

February 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

By RUDY OROZCO NYC Board of Education Local 372 and DC 37 President Shaun D. Francois I, was loud and clear with his message to over 200 activists and members, elected officials and labor leaders at the local’s Black History Month celebration Feb. 20 at union headquarters. “The Ballot or the Bullet” theme focused on the importance of getting out the vote, especially in November when the next President of the United States will be elected. Francois called on all those present to “get out and vote” to make a difference. He urged, “Show up at the polls and to bring two or three people with you to vote.” “Stand up if you want to be counted,” exhorted Francois. “We’ve come a long way, but still have a ways to go!” The event included dancers from the ESOTA, Edge School of The Arts, and a tap dance performance by Omar Edwards with musicians from African Tap Dancer & [More...]

Coronavirus: DC 37 Workers on the Frontlines

February 18, 2020 // 1 Comment

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS As the novel coronavirus emerges to threaten a global health crisis, DC 37 is protecting the workers who protect the health of New Yorkers at public hospitals and clinics and in emergencies. “This is a public health concern, but while there have be seven patients suspected to be infected with Covid-19, or coronavirus, there are no confirmed cases in New York,” said DC 37 Safety and Health Director Deborah A. Williams. “But that can change.” The union is cooperating with the citywide coordinated plan to monitor coronavirus and has in place practices based on U.S. Centers for Disease Control, NYC Health+Hospitals and the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene protocols to protect public employees who deliver vital services. Health agencies are disseminating the most current information to healthcare workers, including DC 37 members 11 locals: SSEU Local 371, [More...]

NY Daily News Honors Women Leaders of DC 37

February 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The New York Daily News focused on the role of African American women in the city’s labor movement, featuring DC 37 members. The Daily News article focused on Local 420 President Carmen Charles, Carletta Pogue-Brewer, Local 384 shop steward, and Local 1407 member Isa Clarke. As leader of the New York City Municipal Hospital Employees Union, Charles has served seven terms as president. While a nurse’s aide at Coler-Goldwater Hospital, she was inspired to become active in the union after encouragement from others. She told the Daily News, “There was one lady – I guess she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself – and she was in leadership in the local at the time.” The local operates with the intense pace of hospital work, as she says “a 24-hour operation.” “I bring passion and a dedication to this job,” she said. The newspaper reported that [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...]

Union Honors African American Heritage

February 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37’s Black History Committee kicked off the month long celebration of African American culture and contributions at an opening ceremony Monday Feb. 3 at union headquarters in lower Manhattan. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido welcomed dozens of members, retirees and local presidents to the annual heritage celebration with union Treasurer Maf Misbah Uddin, president of Local 1407, Secretary John Hyslop, president of Local 1321, Shaun D. Francois I, president of DC 37 and Local 372, and Associate Director Oliver Gray. “‘Let’s be counted and our voices heard,’ is our theme with a focus on Census 2020,” said Nina Manning, secretary-treasurer of NYPL Guild Local 1930 who co-chairs the committee with Local 372’s La’Nette Murphy. Keynote speaker Anthony Harmon, vice president of the American Federation of Teachers, told the audience: “This year 40 [More...]

Union Wins New Workers at NYC Health+Hospitals

December 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES A group of about 50 unrepresented public hospital workers recently voted to become DC 37 members. DC 37 and the Organization of Staff Analysis competed to represent the workers. The city’s Office of Collective Bargaining tabulated the vote on Nov. 9. The workers — whose title is patient representative — voted to join DC 37. Their mission at NYC Health+Hospitals is to advocate for patient rights. “I never had any experience with unions before,” said Patient Representative Mira Temer, who works at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. “It is nice to know that someone will be there if there is a problem.” But Temer said the rich benefits package of DC 37 is the main reason she voted for DC 37. She complained her household budget was financially pinched by an expensive prescription drug rider for her health-care plan. DC 37’s drug plan has a three-tier [More...]

Welcome to DC 37

November 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

At Meetings Around the City, Public Service Workers Are Signing Up With the Union By GREGORY N, HEIRES DC 37 continues to sign up new members under our Leading the Way campaign to promote the benefits of union membership and encourage rank-and-file participation. Last month, DC 37 held five meetings with mid-level city employees whose misclassified job titles had kept them out of the union during the Bloomberg administration but are now eligible to join or re-join. A sixth meeting was also held in November for City University of New York employees, who recently won a new contract. Union Offers Job Security Many workers who signed union membership cards at the meetings indicated that job security was their top reason for joining. Monifa Thomas, a 20-year city employee who is now a senior project manager at the Administration for Children’s Services, described job security as “an [More...]