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Slow Down Youth Inmate Transfers

April 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

An Oct.1 deadline for transferring 16- and 17-year-old offenders from Rikers Island looms. We have no problem with the transfer. But with the transfer only months away, we fear a debacle is in the making. The unrealistic October deadline imposed by the state should be extended to allow more time to prepare for the transfer. New York City unfairly stands alone with that deadline. The transfer of the youthful offenders is occurring as the city is preparing to close Rikers Island, something that human rights advocates have demanded for years. We need to be a part of the process as we are concerned about the safety of our members, primarily represented by Social Service Employees Union Local 371, and wish the change of the workplace is as smooth as possible. Furthermore, the union estimates that 500 additional workers will be needed for the new site. Understaffing is at the root of too [More...]

Labor Confronts a Post-Janus Future

April 7, 2018 // 3 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES The anti-union case before the U.S. Supreme Court — Janus v. AFSCME — has led to a lot of soul searching about improving labor’s way of doing business in the future. A ruling in favor of the plaintiff Mark Janus would allow non-members to receive union services for free without paying dues. This would deliver a tremendous financial blow to public employee unions, undermining their ability to provide services and use their political power to protect the interests of working families. On March 19, DC 37 hosted a meeting of labor leaders, public officials and academics convened by Public Advocate Letitia James that examined the implications of Janus v. AFSCME, which the right-wing hopes will defund unions and ultimately politically destroy them. “Let’s look at our own institutions,” said Vincent Alvarez, president of the AFL-CIO’s New York City Central [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...]

DC 37 Members: Enjoy a Free Day at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

April 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

DC 37, members, bring your Member ID Card for a free admission between 9 and 10 a.m. only, on Sat., April 14 for you and your family. This early opening is only for members of DC 37 and their families. All are welcome to stay all day. Please RSVP to RSVP@cmom.org or call 212-721-1223 for more information. This event is best for children under age 10. Also, members of DC 37 will be able to purchase a CMOM Family Passes Package for only $50 (4 family passes) valued at $224. This is also only available during 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is located on 212 West 83rd Street. For more information about exhibits and programs, please visit their [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...]

More School Crossing Guards Needed

March 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO At a March 14 press conference on the steps of City Hall, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson joined Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I in demanding the city provide more funding to hire additional School Crossing Guards. “You can’t put a price on the safety of our children,” said Johnson, who is serving his first term as Council Speaker. He called for expedited funding to hire more school crossing guards.“There should not be a debate about this issue,” said Francois. “Let’s do what is right for our kids and let’s do it right now.” The local president wants to ensure that every school is adequately staffed with School Crossing Guards. The city employs only 2,546 School Crossing Guards, leaving many schools without a guard. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero Plan requires hiring an additional 100 full-time crossing guard [More...]

Brooklyn Museum Agrees to Drop Its Plan to Seek Concessions from Workers

March 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES After intense pressure from the union, the Brooklyn Museum agreed to end a two-year effort to win concessions from its unionized staff. The agreement includes a one-time bonus for workers at 25 years of service and a no-layoff clause. The museum pledged not to carry out job cuts until the end of the year or when concluding talks on a new collective bargaining pact — whichever is earlier. “I am happy we managed to stop the talk of layoffs and the museum’s use of part-timers,” said Wilson Souffrant, president of Brooklyn Museum Local 1502. “But this is only the beginning as we move ahead to bargaining on our contract.” In 2016, during tense discussions with the museum about what it described as a budget crisis, Local 1502 agreed to a one-week unpaid furlough for its members, as well as two buyouts. Then in May 2017 the museum asked for more. But members [More...]

Union Benefit Fund Takes on Big Pharma

March 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES As pharmaceutical companies continue their rampant hikes of drug prices and ignore the dangers of their products, DC 37 and other unions’ benefit funds, states, counties and cities are turning to the courts to level the field for our members and the public at large. In recent months, DC 37’s Health & Security Plan has filed 18 lawsuits against the generic drug industry for illegal practices and price gouging. The skyrocketing cost of these drugs flies in the face of the supposed purpose of generic companies, which is to offer less expensive alternatives to brand-name drugs. These lawsuits contend that generic manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate prices in violation of federal and state law. Taking Big Pharma to court over opioids The union is also part of a separate lawsuit filed in December that seeks damages from opioid manufacturers and [More...]

Members Celebrate Irish Heritage

March 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE On a rainy Friday night, a crowd of hardy souls braved the first of the two Nor’easters that had struck New York City to celebrate the courage and determination of Irish Americans at the 26th annual Irish Heritage Celebration, held at union headquarters on March 2. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido took note of the contributions of Irish workers to the labor movement in the United States. “Each ethnic group that immigrates to America faces its own challenges and harsh realities,”Garrido said. “The resilient Irish people were no exception.” “The Irish contribution to unions is profound. And tonight we celebrate that contribution and the success of a people that is richly deserved.” As the storm raged outside, the members and guests at the gathering were treated with fine food and inspiring words from FDNY Chaplin Father Chris Keenan, a member of Local 299. [More...]

Need Help? Contact the Union’s Personal Service Unit

March 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

DC 37’s Personal Service Unit is a professionally trained social work staff can help with emotional and family concerns, alcoholism, drug abuse, health prob­­lems and adjustment to retirement. Short-term individual and group counseling and referrals are available. Call 212-815-1260 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a screening evaluation. Below are programs and support groups offered by PSU: Are you coping with a chronic illlness? Join a two-session workshop in April Do you have high blood pressure? Asthma? Diabetes? The Personal Service Unit of DC 37’s Health and Security Plan is running a two-session workshop on April 11 and April 18. This workshop will focus on a productive discussion on accepting and coping with chronic illnesses. You will learn about lifestyle tools to encourage healthy management of your chronic illness. Expect useful exercises such as mindful breathing, guided [More...]