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Local 1070 Member Pam Fuller Gives Back to Disabled Youth

March 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS As a teenager coming of age in Brownsville’s Langton Hughes housing projects, Pamela Fuller literally dodged bullets and survived. Today her story inspires teenagers to believe in themselves and their future. “When I was growing up in the ’80s, Brooklyn was rough. One day my two friends and I decided to walk to Stone Avenue,” Fuller recalled. “At the last minute I forgot something and stayed behind. Then I heard gunshots and saw gunmen. I froze, unable to move. My friend called to me; she was shot. Another time a bullet came through the wall of our apartment.” Fuller said her close encounters with gun violence, and help she received from workers at a nearby local community center, changed her life. She glommed onto those mentors, many of whom were DC 37 members. “They took time with me,” Fuller said. “We went on trips outside our neighborhood, to [More...]

Union Celebrates Jewish Heritage

May 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Summer came early, so it was of no surprise that the party was hot during the Jewish Heritage celebration at DC 37 headquarters. The event celebrated the anniversary of the founding of Israel — known in Hebrew as Yom Ha’atzmaut — proclaimed in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948. After an invocation by Rabbi Michael S. Miller, executive vice president of the Jewish Community Council of New York, Dr. Leonard Davidman, president of Psychologists Local 1189 and chair of the DC 37 Jewish Heritage Committee introduced DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. In his remarks, Garrido stressed the importance of thoughts coinciding with action. Citing the recent commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who went to Memphis to support the strikers, Garrido said, “In his legacy, it was clear that [More...]

Union Fights to Break ICE From City Courts

April 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The union is standing up against Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents parking themselves in our city courthouses, intimidating immigrants seeking legal help. As part of a draconian Trump administration plan, ICE agents have been out in force implementing an enforcement policy supposedly intended to “target criminals.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, the ICE agents have created an atmosphere of anxiety and fear for New York’s undocumented immigrants, preventing many from appearing in court in a wide variety of cases. According to The New York Law Journal, in an article published in February, ICE agents arrested more than 130 undocumented immigrants at courthouses in New York, with nearly two-thirds of the arrests in the city‘s courthouses. Research by the Immigrant Project, which monitors the agency’s presence in New York court facilities, [More...]

Sharpening Skills for the Courtroom

April 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS One hundred Court Reporters, Interpreters and clerical workers in Local 1070 wrapped up 2017 with a two-day job skills seminar at union headquarters in December. “Based on our strong labor-management relations with the Unified Court System, we again presented court recess training for members in workshops and seminars led by an outstanding group of legal professionals,” said Local 1070 President Fausto Sabatino. UCS agreed to open the sessions to state employees who are mandated to use their comp time or annual leave while courts are on recess between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Court employees will be credited for attending the two-day event. “The training helped build solidarity among the Interpreters,” said Elana Grossman, who interprets Spanish and Hebrew at Manhattan Family Court. “Being in the same room with so many colleagues who share [More...]

Local 1070 Nursery Workers Win Pay Hikes and Upgrades

April 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS In Family Court, a parent’s battle for justice requires relief by child support, custody, protection from domestic abuse, separation or even divorce. When children are at the center of these bitter family breakdowns, New York State provides child care in the courthouse. “Nursery Attendants have the unique responsibility as caregivers to show kindness and stability to kids whose families are in crisis and falling apart,” said Local 1070 President Fausto Sabatino. “This service is vital so that children are not traumatized further by the hostility that sometimes occurs in a courtroom.” In December, as part of the union’s ongoing fight for better pay, a dozen Local 1070 Nursery Attendants received title upgrades to level 10 from level 8 that come with salary increases, based on years of service. “Every day is different here. We see new children every day [More...]

State Court Workers Win With New Contract

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES State court workers represented by Local 1070 overwhelmingly approved a new contract that provides for 2 percent annual pay increases over three years. Members voted 687-54 in favor of the contract in a mail ballot vote tabulated on May 31. “We worked very hard on this contract, and we’re glad members recognized that in approving our new economic agreement,” said Fausto Sabatino, president of Local 1070 Court, County and Dept. of Probation Employees. “We didn’t have any givebacks. At a time when unions are under attack across the country, we were able to improve our contract, protect our benefits and get fair salary increases.” The contract boosts location pay — the extra compensation members receive for the high living expenses of New York City — and the longevity bonus for years of service. The contract, which runs from April 1, 2016, to March 31, [More...]

Court Workers Rave about Recess Training

January 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

By DIANE WILLIAMS More than 170 Court Reporters, Interpreters and Clericals in Local 1070 rebooted their skills at a two-day court recess training at DC 37 headquarters in lower Manhattan on Dec. 28 and 29. After Local 1070 and the Unified Court System agreed to extend the benefit beyond the expired contract, they agreed to open the training sessions to state employees who were mandated to use comp time or annual leave during the courts’ December recess. “The turnout was great and we heard from legal professionals on a range of topics our members encounter every day on the job,” said President Fausto Sabatino. “We even brought in a presenter our members wanted to hear from again—back by popular demand.” The training highlights included sessions led by Sandra Bryan, retired state coordinator of Court Interpreters. Court Interpreters Lionel Bajana, Ricardo Fernandez, and [More...]