Local 372

Three Free College Degree Programs for Local 372 Members

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS  DC 37’s helping Local 372 members with three unique degree programs the union has negotiated with Monroe College and LaGuardia College’s Food Service Management Program. “We have an incredible education benefit that allows members to earn degrees that when paired with their work experience, prepares them to move up the career ladder in the Dept. of Education and earn better salaries,” said Local 372 and DC 37 President Shaun D. Francois, I. Francois and Henry Garrido, DC 37’s executive director, along with the union’s Education Fund and Research and Negotiations Dept. are working to retain and improve this benefit that provides three different choices for members in qualifying Local 372 titles to earn a free college education. “Currently 20 Local 372 members are enrolled in the LaGuardia program and working towards their [More...]

Schools Shut Down, But Construction Work Continues

April 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Building Code Inspector Lorraine Barcant’s job is to keep school buildings safe for the city’s 1.1 million school children and the teachers and support staff that feed, educate and protect them. She visits dozens of school construction sites a month to make sure workers are safe and projects are up to code. But the coronavirus pandemic upended New York City and led officials in mid-March to shutter schools and later all construction sites citywide to stop the spread of the deadly virus. Rather than opening new school buildings and visiting sites where workers busily complete renovations and upgrades, Barcant said, “I’m shutting down projects and patrolling empty sites. COVID-19 has turned my job on its head.” Barcant, the vice president of Local 1740, said social distancing and budget concerns mean a lot of the work can’t go [More...]

Don Nesbit Named Labor’s 40 Under 40

April 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS City and State magazine named Local 372 Executive Vice President Donald Nesbit one of labor’s top leaders in its annual 40 Under 40 issue. Nesbit is an AFSCME Next Wave activist, and local union leader who chairs the DC 37 Political Action Committee and serves on the DC 37 Executive Board. “I woke up this morning to this! In the midst of this pandemic, the nonstop phone calls and the school visits with our Essential Workers, who I need everyone to CLAP for, I totally forgot about this honor,” he said. After congratulating all the honorees, Nesbit said there is plenty of room for other young activists and he urged their much needed participation. “I do not except anything alone, I accept this honor on behalf of ALL the 24,000 Local 372 members who service and help nurture the lives of 1.2 million children who attend NYC schools! They are the [More...]

DC 37 Celebrates Black History Month

March 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37’s Black History Committee and local unions celebrated African American heritage in February and Census 2020 and the November elections were constant themes at this year’s events. “Our theme resonates with the needs of our communities and stresses the importance of being counted in Census 2020. Our voices are heard as we bring seats to the table by completing the census form,” said Local 1930’s Nina Manning, the new BHC co-chair with Local 372’s La’Nette Murphy.  With distinguished speakers, singers, dancers and drummers, the committee presented programs to uplift and motivate. “We need to talk about institutional racism, and talk about segregation and talk about government providing for the very few, at the expense of the many,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. At the BHM Finale Feb. 28, Census 2020 spokeswoman Nichole Yearwood [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...]

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...]

Two DC 37 leaders Honored by New York Daily News

February 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The NY Daily News recognized DC 37 leaders Shaun D. Francois I, president of DC 37 and Board of Education Employees Local 372, and SSEU Local 371 President Anthony Wells, along with four other Black labor leaders during Black History Month. Citing the positive impact unions have on the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, union members and their families, the Daily News highlighted Francois and Wells along with New York Nursing Association executive Karine Raymond; 32BJ union President Kyle Bragg; TWU Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp and Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen. “Black New York area labor union executives are working daily for their members and helping them forge better futures,” the article reported. “All the execs are committed to maintaining and gaining benefits for their members — [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...]

Equal Pay For Equal Work! Local 372 Goes to Court for School Crossing Guards

June 18, 2019 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE The union is backing a legal effort to equalize pay for the more than 2,500 school crossing guards with the city’s Traffic Enforcement Agents, both of whom perform the same work. Board of Education Employees Local 372 held a rally and press conference in front of the federal Court House in Foley Square in lower Manhattan on May 16, shortly before an important hearing in a lawsuit against New York City stating it is in violation of the Equal Pay Act. The case, Miller v. New York, was filed on behalf of the union’s school crossing guards, workers who are predominantly female and paid substantially less than the city’s Traffic Enforcement Agents who perform similar job functions—and are mainly male. The goal of the lawsuit is to equalize pay between the SCAs and TEAs, given that the latter is often called upon to work as crossing guards, but at the same rate as their [More...]

Generating Revenue, Protecting Services: DC 37 Leads the Way in NYC Budget Fight

May 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE As the Mayor and the City Council negotiate next year’s budget, DC 37 leaders say New York City is losing millions of dollars in revenue by failing to invest fully in enforcement measures to safeguard its coffers. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido and Local 1757 President Maria Policarpo have called on the city to reverse the decades-long reduction of staff responsible for tax assessments and property inspections. At a City Council budget hearing in March, Garrido noted the hazards of the current economic climate – issues with state aid, threats of reduced funding from the Trump administration – and urged lawmakers to take the steps required to generate more revenue. “We believe the root cause of this (lost revenue) problem is an undermanned workforce,” Garrido told the Council’s Finance Committee. “Millions of property tax dollars are left on the table by [More...]