Quick-Thinking Local 2507 Saves a Man’s Severed Arm

July 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A fast-acting Emergency Medical Technician in Local 2507 saved the severed arm of a man who was struck by a train on Staten Island. EMT Francis Jost usually works in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, but on that chilly February night he was working an overtime assignment in his Staten Island neighborhood when the call came over the radio around 10:30 p.m. that a man was struck by a train at the Pleasant Plains station. “When I reached the train tracks someone handed me the arm and my mind went to ice. I need ice fast. ICE HOSPITAL GO!” recalled Jost. “I knew there was a bar nearby where I would go to shoot pool sometimes. If we could get ice and pack the limb, maybe we’d save it.” Turns out his idea worked. The call went out for ice. Jost ran down the station steps with the limb in his arms and met another EMT holding the trash bag filled with ice from Hot Shotz, the [More...]

Local 1070 Member Pam Fuller Gives Back to Disabled Youth

March 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS As a teenager coming of age in Brownsville’s Langton Hughes housing projects, Pamela Fuller literally dodged bullets and survived. Today her story inspires teenagers to believe in themselves and their future. “When I was growing up in the ’80s, Brooklyn was rough. One day my two friends and I decided to walk to Stone Avenue,” Fuller recalled. “At the last minute I forgot something and stayed behind. Then I heard gunshots and saw gunmen. I froze, unable to move. My friend called to me; she was shot. Another time a bullet came through the wall of our apartment.” Fuller said her close encounters with gun violence, and help she received from workers at a nearby local community center, changed her life. She glommed onto those mentors, many of whom were DC 37 members. “They took time with me,” Fuller said. “We went on trips outside our neighborhood, to [More...]

“I plan to encourage my grandchildren to become union members. That means fighting now to make sure the labor movement is still alive.”

May 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Pam Sage, Clerical Associate 3, Local 1549 If you ever have the opportunity to take on new experiences that you can learn from and help people through, take it. That is the best advice I can give, and it’s the mindset that has brought me to work at four different New York City agencies over the past 33 years. It has been a blessing to have so many different chances to work for the city over the years, and to have my union, Local 1549, with me every step of the way. For the past eight years, I’ve been working at the Dept. of Sanitation as a Clerical Associate 3. We make sure the garbage trucks are where they’re supposed to be and everyone is safe. As long as I’ve been employed, my union has always supported me with any problems I’ve ever had both at work and in life. Last year, I decided it was time for me to start being more involved with my union. I became a shop steward so [More...]

“We try to put together an action plan for the family”

April 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

La’Nette Murphy, Parent Coordinator, Local 372 PS 15 is in the Lower East Side in District 1. I’ve been working there for 14 years as a Parent Coordinator. We have a lot of other members of Local 372 working in the school, like School Aides, pre-K Family Workers, Lunch Aides and the School Crossing Guard. Ours is a Renewal school. It’s open sometimes on Saturdays when we offer special workshops and programs for the parents and the students. We start with pre-K students and go up to the fifth grade. Our school offers our students and their parents a lot of services. My job is to try and help build that foundation for them. Some of the workshops help the kids improve their reading skills. We offer workshops for the parents on handling their finances, how to apply for food stamps or Social Security. We even have resume writing workshops. The nurse will do a workshop. The kids are [More...]

Gender roles are changing, and it’s time for people to understand that’s a good thing.

April 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yasmine, Garcia, Traffic Device Maintainer, Local 1455 A lot of women should know they can move into nontraditional jobs. I came into the Dept. of Transportation 12 years ago as an Auto Service Worker where I assisted mechanics with inspections, brake jobs and servicing city-owned vehicles. But I needed to earn more money. A coworker told me about the Traffic Device Maintainers’ exam. I took the test and passed it, was interviewed and got the job. I really enjoy working a nontraditional job outside an office. In the Sign Shop I cut metal to make street signs. In the field I paint traffic lines, crosswalks and bike lanes, and hang signs around Manhattan. I always wanted to work with the men — to prove that being a women does not prevent me from doing the same quality job. Women can do this! Too often as women we have to prove ourselves and we don’t get the credit. I use a rock [More...]

Activists Flock to Organizing Summit

February 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

  By ALFREDO ALVARADO The increase in “right to work” legislation being passed around the country, the threats to immigrants and the upcoming constitutional convention vote in November were some of the urgent issues DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido addressed during his welcoming remarks at the union’s first organizing summit. “They say New York is not Wisconsin and it can’t happen here, but I’m not so sure,” said Garrido, referring to the union-busting legislation introduced in Wisconsin by Gov. Scott Walker. Garrido shared his comments at the Feb. 11 summit for union activists sponsored by the DC 37 Organizing Dept. Encouraged by Walker’s success in Wisconsin, anti-union activists around the country are working hard to introduce similar union-busting legislation in other states, Garrido said. “Wages in Wisconsin are down and raises are capped, thanks to [More...]

“An Elderly Guy Called and Said His Wife Just Shot Herself in the Mouth”

June 20, 2016 // 4 Comments

Monique Brown, Police Communication Technician, Local 1549 I have worked as a Police Communications Technician since I was 23. My mom filled out the application. She said, “You have to take the test on Saturday!” I passed. It was right on time because I had just had a baby. It was a city job, and I needed the benefits. But I didn’t know what I was getting into. We have a very stressful job. Two weeks ago, an elderly guy called and said his wife just shot herself in herself in the mouth. I said, “Let me get you an ambulance.” But I think she died. When I hung up, I couldn’t stop hearing him crying. I said to my coworkers, “Wow. Twenty-six years later and this still affects me.” All the dispatchers, we experienced 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. People screamed to us for help on September 11th: “I’m trapped on the 87th floor!” My sister is a cop. I called the 28th Precinct [More...]

“Having clean, safe parks is important to the community and the quality of life for us all”

June 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Carole Lee Singleton, Parks Supervisor, Local 1508 Neighborhood parks are backyards for most New Yorkers. Most of us live in buildings and don’t have backyards in the conventional sense. Having clean, safe parks is important to the community and the quality of life for us all. A lot of residents don’t have many options to go away on vacation or travel to rural places. This is it. Parks are where people come to exercise, to meditate, to relax. They bring their children — and their four-legged friends — here to run and play. We make sure the park is nice and clean so they have a memorable experience each time they come. I believe Parks staff works hard to make an enjoyable experience for everyone. As a Parks Supervisor, I can’t take vacations during summer months because that’s our busiest time. It’s a sacrifice I make to get the job done. I take pride in what I do, and I [More...]

“Parents Felt Their Kids were Safe with Me on the Job”

June 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

Sallie Robertson, School Crossing Guard Retiree, Local 372 For 35 years I worked as a School Crossing Guard. My second assignment was in Brooklyn, at St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School on the corner of Nostrand Aveue and Maple Street in Crown Heights. The Fire Department uses Maple Street as their designated street to cut across Nostrand. It’s a dangerous intersection. I worked there for 30 years. I always told the other School Crossing Guards you have to be a people person to do this job, and I always encouraged them to come to union meetings. You have to have your own style and keep your eyes on the kids. Even in the cold weather, I loved my job and even having to travel all the way from Hollis, Queens. I knew most of the kids and their parents. They felt their kids were safe with me on the job. When I retired in 2008, the Midwood Block Association held a retirement party for [More...]