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A Progressive Budget

July 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

By HENRY GARRIDO The new budget is a significant step forward for the city and the union. Our achievements resulted from our strong presence in the budget process. For months, we talked up our agenda — and this effort paid off. I am proud of our campaign and want to thank those of you who participated. We also appreciate the City Council and the de Blasio administration’s support for a progressive budget. The union’s mobilization campaign included news conferences; our annual City Council breakfast; rallies; visits to City Council members and discussions with Mayor Bill de Blasio; the testimony and attendance of local leaders, staff and members at the City Council, and coverage by our own newspaper, social media, and radio and TV shows. We don’t regard our budget activity as merely protecting our jobs. The budget is an expression of our vision of the role of government in [More...]

Emergency Medical Technicians Help Panic-Stricken Riders of Derailed Subway Train

June 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO An A train heading downtown during the morning rush hour earlier this week derailed at the West 125th Street station in Harlem and rammed into a concrete wall causing a small fire in the tunnel.  The accident left hundreds of panic-stricken passengers stranded underground in the dark on stalled trains, causing the transit system to be disrupted for several hours. Emergency Medical Technician Tuanika Brown and her partner Ricky Delgado arrived at the scene within a couple of minutes and began evacuating passengers from the station and providing first aid. Among the many people Brown helped evacuate was an asthmatic mother and her 6-month-old boy. The child, Yousef Cisse, was wearing just a diaper and was crying. EMT Brown gave oxygen to the mother and her son before they were transported to Harlem Hospital in an FDNY ambulance for an evaluation. “The only thing on [More...]

Ready for the Summer

June 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS To be ready for the summer, the Parks and Recreation Dept. got an early start. Its Municipal Lifeguard Training Program helped 350 fresh-faced teens qualify as state-certified City Lifeguards represented by DC 37 Local 461. To meet the job’s demanding qualifications, the recruits attended weeks of rescue classes and workout sessions after school to ace the written exam and swim test at Manhattan’s Chelsea Pool April 17. “The training is grueling but these kids have proven themselves to be the best of the best—strong competitive swimmers who are eager to work hard to keep the public safe,” said veteran Lifeguard Supervisor Javier Rodriguez of Local 508, one of the test administrators. “These first responders have a tremendous responsibility beyond their years,” said Local 508 President Peter Stein. “Most kids’ first jobs are in fast food or at the [More...]

Black History Month: Heartbeat of America

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Photos: Mike Lee By DIANE  S. WILLIAMS The Motown Show’s two sold-out performances on Finale Night Feb. 27 ended the union’s month-long celebration of Black History. Motown Spectacular is a musical co-written and directed by DC 37 member Yolanda Brooks-Ruiz, a Local 768 Public Health Sanitarian, and retired New York City Firefighter Juan Ruiz, who studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg. Black History Committee Chair and Local 1113 President Deborah Pitts emceed the night with DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido and Local 768 President Fitz Reid. Local 768 and the DC 37 Black History Committee sponsored the event. Brooks-Ruiz’s Motown show highlights the genius of producer, songwriter and music pioneer Berry Gordy, who with writer Smokey Robinson, and later with the team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, crafted tunes and smooth stylings that leaped past longstanding [More...]

DC 37’s Black History Month Calendar for 2017

January 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

The DC 37 Black History Committee and Local 1113 are hosting the annual Black Heritage Month celebration at union headquarters with guest speakers and entertainment honoring the culture and contributions of African Americans. Opening night is Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony and more. The locals listed below will host events throughout the month. On Finale Night, Monday, Feb. 27, the DC 37 Black History Committee presents The Motown Show, a play written by Local 768 member Yolanda Brooks about Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown. Motown became the heartbeat of America, and the show features impersonators of the legendary Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, “King of Pop” Michael Jackson and TV hosts Ed Sullivan, Johnny Carson and Don Cornelius and the Soul Train Gang. The Motown sound united a [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...]

DC 37 Celebrates Latino Heritage at Union Headquarters

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO District Council 37’s Latino Heritage Committee celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month with its 24th annual event. The festivities took place at union headquarters and began on Sept. 20 with the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. “Latinos contributing to culture in America is our theme this year,” said Carmen Flores, the committee chair, at the opening, where she was joined by Executive Director Henry Garrido. The November presidential election was the hot topic, and Garrido urged everyone to help get out the vote on Election Day and support Hillary Clinton. “The Latino community has to send a message that is loud and clear,” Garrido said. “Not getting to the polls would be a tragic mistake,” He also urged members to join DC 37 volunteers who will be heading to Philadelphia, on Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 to help get the vote out in Pennsylvania. The [More...]

Scholarship Winners are Honored at the Education Committee’s Annual Dinner

October 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

BY ALFREDO ALVARADO Mansi Moodi, Cae Lan Chow, Gabrielle Batista, Samuel Thomas and Steven Calco were recipients of college scholarships awarded by the District Council 37 Education Committee. The committee handed out the partial scholarships to the students at their Scholarship Gala on Sept. 30 at the Astoria World Manor, in Queens. Steven Calco, a student at Baruch College, and the first person in his family to attend college, received the Lillian Roberts Scholarship, named after the former DC 37 executive director and long-time union leader. “My parents are immigrants from Italy, so this really means a lot to me,” said Calco, who is interested in labor history and wants to become an archivist. Calco is a member of Local 2627. Mansi Moodi is a first year student at Rutgers University and came to the dinner with her parents. Her father, Sanjay Modi, is a member of Local 375. Sanjay [More...]

Hillary For President

October 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

By HENRY GARRIDO Executive Director, District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO We believe Hillary Clinton — a longtime friend of this union and the labor movement — is the best choice for workers in this year’s presidential election. Arguably the most prepared presidential candidate in modern times, she would bring a long history of supporting working family issues to the White House. She has devoted her career to public service, and we can count on her to stand up to the deep-pocketed interests that want to destroy unions, take away worker rights and privatize government services. As a U.S. senator from our state, Clinton played an important role in securing health-care funding for first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. “When I’m president, working people will always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House,” [More...]

“If you are working for just a paycheck, you are going to get burned out.”

October 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Jill Campbell, Child Protective Specialist, Social Services Employees Union Local 371 Photo: Mike Lee I work for the Administration for Childrens’ Services. I am a Child Protective Specialist in Brooklyn. I have been with the agency for eight years. My job is to ensure that the children of New York City are safe on a daily basis. I do investigations on child abuse and neglect cases. I wake up in the morning. I say my prayers and I ask God to give me the strength to help me with whatever task is put in my hands that day. This is what drives me to what I do on a daily basis. Currently I am part of the FAR unit, which stands for Family Assessment Response and is a new initiative by the agency. This is a new type of engagement with families. While we still assess safety each day, it is the way we work with the families that is different. Before going out, we call them for an appointment [More...]