Local 372


May 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

APPLY FOR SECTION 8 RENT SUBSIDY NOW Waitlist Now Open Thru May 28, 2021 The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, commonly known as Section 8, is a federal program designed to provide rental assistance to low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. The New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR) opened the Section 8 waiting list on May 17 thru May 28, 11:59 PM. Applications will not be accepted outside of this period.  For information visit: https://hcr.ny.gov/section8. There is no cost to submit an application. DHCR will select 15,000 households for the waitlist through a lottery. Applying does not guarantee a voucher. Applicants must be 18 or older. The income limits are set annually by HUD:  https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il20/Section8-IncomeLimits-FY20.pdf Only on-line [More...]


May 11, 2021 // 0 Comments

PSU: HELP FOR ANXIETY The Personal Service Unit (PSU) of DC 37’s Health and Security Plan would like to offer information and coping techniques for Anxiety. This past year has been filled with challenges, disruptions, fears and losses. As we transition to increasing in-person activities, we may feel additional Anxiety.  Anxiety is a mental health condition characterized by feelings of worry and fear that may interfere with one’s daily activities. Common physical symptoms are panic attacks, racing heart rate, chest palpitations, rapid breathing and irritability. Common psychological symptoms are racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking. The following are some useful strategies for coping with Anxiety: *Pay attention to your thoughts as they influence your feelings and behavior. Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with ones that [More...]

Brooklyn Surrogate Court Workers Protest Unjust Commissioner

January 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Standing up for themselves to speak truth to power, about 50 members of two DC 37 locals united in a peaceful protest outside Brooklyn Surrogate Court January 14, to call for the ousting of the Public Administrator of Kings County.  “For too long we’ve been totally disrespected by someone who has no regard for workers or the community,” said Anthony Wells, president of SSEU Local 371, whose members staff the office of KCPA Commissioner Richard Buckheit, a state appointee.  “My members ask that they be treated with dignity and respect,” said Fausto Sabatino, president of Court, County and Dept. of Probation Employees Local 1070. “He called the Department of Investigations on my members to pressure them to quit. One member resigned rather than face abuse. Please Buckheit, take a hike!” The crowd erupted chanting “Buckheit take a hike!” “We [More...]

Union Leaders Press for DOE Kitchen Upgrades 

November 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS  In an ongoing effort to protect members during the COVID-19 pandemic, Board of Education Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I visited essential workers to address the outstanding issue of substandard ventilation systems in public school kitchens across New York City in October. in August, Francois met with Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza after kitchen temperatures topped 135 degrees. Essential workers in Local 372 stayed on the job. Meetings between union and city officials on ventilation problems exacerbated by COVID-19 delayed school openings for the city’s 1.1 million students. DC 37 Executive Director Henry A. Garrido joined Francois in October’s visit and met kitchen workers, Crossing Guards, School Aides, Parent Coordinators, Family Workers and SAPIS drug prevention counselors to hear their concerns around [More...]

Crossing Guard Saves Queens Man

October 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A Local 372 School Crossing Guard helped a man who passed out while crossing a busy intersection near P.S. 195 in Rosedale, Queens on Oct. 7. “It was my first day at the post and this man was pulling a very heavy cart. When he reached the yellow divider he slowed down and just collapsed,” said Crossing Guard Alana Dornford. “He hit his head. I went to help and immediately I called 911.” The man lay unconscious as Dornford redirected traffic on 149th Avenue around him. “One driver stopped to help. His mother was walking behind him and she held him in a sitting position as we waited for EMS to arrive,” Dornford said. The pedestrian regained consciousness before the ambulance arrived. Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I, was in the school building and rushed to the incident. Dornford said, “This was the first time I had to [More...]

Unions Win Delay in DOE Schools Opening to Sept. 21

September 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS On the frontlines protecting members safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic is DC 37 and Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I, who on Sept. 2, did a public school walk-through with Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. “Our first priority in this COVID-19 crisis is the health and safety of our members and the kids we help educate and care for,” said Francois. Francois and the unions successfully convinced the mayor to postpone the start date for in-classroom learning to Sept. 21. Despite the reopening delay, DOE employees are expected to report to their respective worksites the week of Sept. 8; Family Workers return Sept. 9, and School Aides return Sept. 10. “Our school system has numerous challenges,” Francois explained. “Class sizes often have more than 30 or 35 students, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, [More...]

Important DC 37 September Events

September 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

Join Local 983, DC 37, SSEU Local 371, other Unions and elected officials at the RALLY for JOBS and VITAL CITY SERVICES    WHEN: Thursday Sept. 3, 10 AM WHERE: Foley Square, Lower Manhattan Tell the Mayor and Lawmakers: ESSENTIAL WORKERS ARE NOT EXPENDABLE WORKERS! DO NOT BALANCE the BUDGET on the BACKS of CITY WORKERS! PROTECT THE WORKERS WHO PROTECT NYC IN EVERY CRISIS! STOP the LAYOFFS! Join the fight SEPT. 3 to SAVE 22,000 city jobs. Please Wear your DC37 Green Tee Shirt and Hat. EVERYONE Is Required to Wear Your Mask! NO EXCEPTIONS! #EssentialWorkers are #NOTExpendableWorkers  ### JOIN DC 37 on FACEBOOK LIVE WED. SEPT. 9 at 6 PM  Join DC 37 Executve Director Henry Garrido on Facebook LIVE Sept. 9 at 6PM as he gives up-to-the-minute information on the Mayor’s proposed layoffs of 22,000 city workers, and what DC 37 is doing to press the state Legislature and City Hall to save [More...]

Local 372 Presses for Ventilation and Cooling in All Public Schools 

August 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

BY DIANE S. WILLIAMS Kitchen temperatures in a Manhattan public school exceeded 135 degrees during a recent heat wave as 3,400 essential workers prepared Grab-and-Go meals to feed hungry New Yorkers, children, young adults and seniors, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The excessive heat in school kitchens creates work conditions that are unacceptable, unhealthy and inhumane. We need safe, healthy and ventilated school kitchens. We need a permanent fix now!” said Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois at a press conference Aug. 5 in Manhattan. With union leaders and elected officials, Francois called for Mayor DeBlasio and School Chancellor Richard Carranza to impanel a task force to remedy ventilation and cooling systems in all public school kitchens and sent them correspondence asking the same. Since schools shuttered in March, Mayor De Blasio tasked 3,400 Kitchen [More...]

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...]