Local 768

Union’s Caribbean Heritage Starts Its Fifteenth Year

June 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The union celebrated the history and heritage of people of the Caribbean diaspora June 3 at the annual Caribbean Heritage ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I am excited to mark the Committee’s 15th year at DC 37,” said Committee Chair and founder Carmen Charles, president of New York City Hospitals Employees Local 420. With lilting calypso and reggae played on steel drums in the background, the audience enjoyed traditional patties and sorrel, a beverage brewed from hibiscus flowers and herbs. They purveyed art and artifacts that traced the history of peoples stolen from Africa, enslaved as free labor on Caribbean sugar cane, banana, spice and cotton plantations from Antigua to Trinidad. Their story includes mass freedom revolts in Haiti, Jamaica and the Americas and includes the historic presidency of Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Committee co-chair and [More...]

Union wins $70,000 in Owed Longevity for Pest Control Workers

April 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The union won a collective $70,000 in owed longevity payments for 35 City Pest Control Aides and Exterminators at the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene after forcing the agency to apply the contract’s recurring increment payments or RIPs. “The union remains diligent in protecting members’ hard won wages and benefits—whether it means fighting over federal rollbacks on union rights or correcting the mistakes made by agency management,” said Local 768 President Fitz Reid. “If it impacts our members, we here to make sure the contract—and the members—are respected.” Several CPCAs and Exterminators called the union after DOHMH failed to apply or took away the contractual RIPs they were entitled to. Longevity pay is disbursed incrementally in members’ biweekly paychecks. CPCAs do the dirty work that keeps New York City clean by enforcing health codes. [More...]

A Local 768 Member’s Grievance Leads to Promotions and Higher Pay for Coworkers

December 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A victory for one advanced an entire unit of Local 768 members when NYC Health+Hospitals promoted nine Lincoln Hospital Social Workers to Level 2 and paid them over $20,000 collectively. The promotions and pay increases resulted from the settlement of an out-of-title grievance filed by a Social Worker Level 1 who stood up for a promotion and back pay. ‘I was feeling underappreciated and that I was not being taken seriously,” said Alyson Helfand, a Lincoln Hospital Social Worker Level 1 since 2015. “I explored my options for help with getting the appropriate compensation for the level for the responsibility I have in overseeing projects and carrying a very large caseload for two years.” Senior Council Rep Janine Thomas filed Helfand’s out-of-title grievance in March 2017. “A promotion is not up to the immediate supervisor,” Thomas explained. “If a [More...]

Members Give the Needy a Thanksgiving to Remember

November 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A group of charitable Elmhurst Hospital employees organized their 10th annual holiday Turkey Drive raffle drawing to give 140 families a Thanksgiving to remember. “We sold raffle tickets and gave away a MacBook Air, a flat screen TV, an iPad, and gift cards—things people want–to raise funds to giveaway what families need because without our help these families could not afford a traditional Thanksgiving,” said Melvin Morgan, a Mortuary Technician, who is the Local 420 chapter chair at Elmhurst Hospital. Morgan is one of four dedicated NYC Health+Hospital workers, who for the last decade have made the Turkey Drive an annual feature at Elmhurst Hospital. They stepped up to give back to some of the neediest families in Queens. Local 420 members Robert Isaac, the chief shop steward, Darrian McCray and Morgan worked with Christopher Johnson, a plumber at [More...]

Nigerian Labor Activists Visit DC 37

July 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO A delegation of labor activists representing Nigerian public and private unions arrived at DC 37 to share and exchange ideas in a time of a changing environment for labor worldwide. “It’s an honor to be able to get to know these Nigerian union leaders from their country’s public sector,” said Fitz Reid, president of Local 768. Reid was able to sit down and talk with the activists during their visit to DC 37 on June 28. DC 37 and Local 1549 President Eddie Rodriguez was also part of the union’s welcoming committee. Among the group of 11 activists were Alade Bashir Lawal, secretary general of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria and Bobboi Bala Kaigama, president-general of Nigeria’s Trade Union Congress. The visit of the Nigerian delegation to the United States was coordinated by Prof. Mike Merrill of the Rutgers Labor Education Center. The [More...]

Caribbean Heritage Celebration Highlights Politics and Citizenship

June 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The contributions and heritage of Caribbean expats were celebrated June 5 at the union’s annual Caribbean Heritage ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event was co-sponsored by Locals 420 and 768. “Like never before we are hearing from the Trump Administration and social media an increasingly amount of anti-union, anti-immigrant, anti-women speech,” said Committee Chair Carmen Charles, a DC 37 vice president and president of New York City Hospitals Employees Local 420. “Such vitriolic speech is irresponsible and unacceptable. I urge you to stand with your union against anti-immigrant policies. We — and all immigrants — have value and bring so much to New York City and to America.” “Take advantage of the union benefit and take steps to secure U.S. citizenship for yourself and your family members,” Charles said. She invited attendees to register for the [More...]

Health Dept. Restores Leave for Social Workers

June 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The union settled a group grievance for nine Local 768 members that restores their annual leave after the city forced them to use accrued time for continuing education courses required to maintain their licensure as professional Social Workers. “It took quite some time to resolve, but through the persistence of dedicated staff in the Professional Division, including the director, Stephanie Miller, Reps Dana Tilghman and Shayvonne Jones,” said Local 768 President Fitz Reid, “and other concerned members at the worksite, who weren’t even affected but agreed to be a liaison for information, the union prevailed.” Union protects its members New York State mandates Social Workers to take 36 hours of courses every three years to maintain their professional licenses. These courses ensure they are current with the best practices and issues regarding mental health, [More...]

DC 37 Leaders Meet With New City Council Committee Chairs

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO DC 37 has hosted a number of meetings with new City Council leaders throughout the month of February to discuss issues of importance to union members and all New York working families. “It’s a great opportunity to express some of our concerns to the men and women of the City Council and to continue or, in some cases, start a dialogue with them,” said Local 768 President Fitz Reid, who attended the first session on Feb. 7 with Local 436 President Judith Arroyo and Mark Levine, the new chair of the City Council’s Health Committee. “It’s important to have an ongoing dialogue with DC 37,” said Levine. “We have to listen to our municipal workers.” In addition to the session with Levine, union leaders met with: Carlina Rivera, chair of the Hospitals Committee Alicka Samuel, chair of the Public Housing Committee Mark Treyger, chair of the Education [More...]

Meet Your New DC 37 Executive Board Members

December 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

At their November 28, 2017 meeting, the DC 37 Delegates elected three local presidents to the union’s Executive Board. Judith Arroyo, Local 436 By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Judith Arroyo, the president of the United Federation of Public Nurses and Epidemiologists Local 436 since 2007, was recently elected vice president of the union’s Executive Board in November. Local 436 has more than 1,000 active members who are Public Health Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pediatric Nurse Associates and Public Health Epidemiologists in the Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene and NYC Health and Hospitals.  They protect the health of New York City and are part of the city’s emergency medical response teams at 9/11 shelters, and for anthrax, small pox, Ebola and Zika virus threats. “Women represent almost half the membership and we need more women to step into leadership roles,” said Arroyo, who is [More...]

When Terror Struck, DC 37 Members Responded

November 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37 members were crucial first responders to the deadly rampage in lower Manhattan on Oct. 31 that claimed eight lives and sent eleven injured people to the hospital. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the incident “an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians.” Officials called it the deadliest terrorist attack in New York since thousands of lives were lost when the World Trade Center towers were destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001. Local 983 Urban Park Rangers in Hudson River Park first spotted a rental truck speeding southbound on the bicycle and jogging paths at Houston and West St. around 3 p.m. “They made the first calls to 9-1-1,” said Local 983 President Joe Puleo. The driver mercilessly plowed into pedestrians and cyclists along the West Street path. Victims laid strewn and broken among crumpled Citibikes. “In the [More...]