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Did You Vote Today? Polls Close at 9 p.m.

June 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sisters and Brothers, We have only a few hours left until polls close at 9 p.m. TONIGHT.  If you haven’t done so, please go vote and be the change we want in our communities.  You can look up your poll site here. Here’s the list of the progressive, labor-friendly candidates DC 37 has endorsed this year.  Your vote will make the difference in the outcome of these races. Please make sure you are taking proper precaution when voting, and always practice social distancing. Poll site locator.   [More...]

Time Off to Vote June 23 New Changes

June 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

VOTING UPDATE: Primary Day is June 23. We are providing you with the updated information on getting time off to vote on June 23.  Section 3-110 of the New York State Election Law, which relates to providing employees in New York State time off to vote, was amended effective April 3, 2020. The changes made are as follows:  Employees are eligible for voting leave only if they do not have four (4) consecutive hours either between the opening of the polls and the beginning of their working shift, or between the end of their working shift and the closing of the polls; and  Employees who do not have such a four (4) hour window are eligible to take off only as much working time as will, when added to their voting time outside working hours, enable the employee to vote, up to two (2) hours of which time must be without loss of pay.  The PSB 440-3 that was referenced is out of date.  We [More...]

NYC H+H’s Peace Rally for Black Lives Matter

June 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Hundreds of frontline NYC Health and Hospitals workers stood in solidarity with peaceful protesters at a midday rally June 9 to demand justice for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others. “As a healthcare worker, I’m proud to work along side so many amazing Black professionals every day, who face racism every day themselves and struggle to treat its health disparities our Black patients suffer from,” said Harlem Hospital Social Worker Nate Franco, who is a Local 768 member and union activist. “As a union member, I know that none of us can win what we deserve until we are all free,” he said. “As a white person, I know it’s past time more white Americans stand with the Black freedom movement.” In support of social justice for victims of racism and police violence,  NYC Health+Hospitals [More...]

MELS UPDATE: Replacing Lost Income, Short Term Disability, Public Assistance, Food Stamps, Workers’ Comp and Unemployment Insurance  

May 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services, MELS, provides information on benefits members can access to replace lost income due to the coronavirus pandemic. DC 37 HEALTH AND SECURITY PLAN SHORT TERM DISABILITY Members who are unable to continue working because of illness or disability may be eligible for short term disability, public assistance and food stamps. The weekly disability benefit available through H&S for Full Time workers is 66.2/3 of their salary, up to a maximum of $200 per week for a maximum period of 26 weeks, but no longer than a member remains totally disabled. The weekly disability benefit available through H&S for Part Time workers is 66 2/3 of their salary, up to a maximum of $98 per week for a maximum period of 13 weeks, but no longer than a member remains totally disabled. Members may apply for short term disability benefits by completing the online [More...]

PSU Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

April 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Domestic Violence. As you have seen on the news, as a result of COVID-19 and being advised to stay in our homes, there is a genuine public concern about a rise in domestic violence.  The Personal Service Unit (PSU) of DC37’s Health and Security Plan would like to provide the following information and resources to you if you are victim of domestic violence or know someone who is in this situation. You do not have to tolerate emotional or physical abuse. If you are in a situation where your partner becomes agitated, do not engage. Give the person space and walk away in order to keep yourself safe. Keep a list of trusted persons to contact if you feel unsafe and need to leave right away.  Have an emergency bag ready with essential belongings and important documents. Keep it in an easily accessible place. Keep important contacts and hotlines numbers saved in your cellphone. Pack a [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...]

LCLAA Honors DC 37 Staffer For Activism

April 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE WILLIAMS At the annual Somos conference’s LCLAA Awards breakfast in Albany March 7 weekend, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement bestowed top honors on DC 37 Legislative Aide Orlando Rivera Jr. for his activism in New York City’s Latino community. LCLAA’s 18-member board voted unanimously to recognize Rivera’s outstanding work in the DC 37 Political Action Dept. and his volunteerism and outreach in organizing voters for key political campaigns, and giving back via food and toy drives in NYCHA. “Orlando’s commitment to the community is evident,” said Carmen Flores, a LCLLA and Somos board member and DC 37 Education Fund staffer. “We recognize ordinary people who do extraordinary things, they are the glue to the puzzle. We see the amazing work Orlando is doing.” SSEU Local 371 Executive Vice President Yolanda [More...]

DC 37 Members Diagnosed With COVID-19 to Apply for Workers’ Comp

April 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE WILLIAMS DC 37 urges its members, especially those classified as essential workers, frontline workers, and healthcare workers, who have contracted and are diagnosed with novel coronavirus, COVID-19, to apply for Workers’ Compensation. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has extended the window to file a claim by an additional 30 days from the date of your injury or illness. The Workers’ Compensation Board has not changed its rules or application process. Any DC 37 member seeking to file a Workers’ Comp claim must notify their agency within 30 days of testing Positive for COVID-19 and provide medical documentation to substantiate their claim. Members must also file a C-3 form with the NYS Worker’s Compensation Board by telephone or electronically. DC 37 does not provide legal representation in [More...]

A Few Self-Care Tips for You and Yours During COVID-19

April 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Personal Service Unit (PSU) of DC37’s Health and Security Plan would like to offer some Self-Care Tips to use during this challenging time: 1. Social distancing does NOT mean emotional distancing. Continue to reach out to friends and family for support and, if you can, video chatting can help feel increased connection. 2. For those working from home, try to create structure within your day to keep regular meal times, wake and bed times, and get dressed for the day (comfortable wear is fine). 3. Reduce or place a time limit on your news consumption. Avoid watching or reading the news before bed. Instead, try to watch something light or humorous. 4. Maintain healthy boundaries. It is ok to set limits and say “No” to others when things feel a bit unmanageable. 5. Focus on your emotional and physical wellbeing. Try your best to eat healthy, balanced meals, exercise, or try a [More...]

MELS UPDATE: COVID-19 and Your Taxes

April 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

The IRS has extended the deadline to July 15 for filing tax returns and paying any balance due. This is important if a taxpayer owes money to the IRS or New York State or may have difficulty putting documents together at this time to prepare a tax return. Taxpayers should file their tax returns as quickly as possible, especially if they are due refunds. To speed refunds and avoid delays with mail delivery, taxpayers should opt for direct deposit of their refunds. Congress has enacted economic stimulus legislation to provide monetary relief, especially to those who are unemployed or not receiving their paychecks. The legislation provides for payments to all taxpayers, based upon their 2019 tax return or, if they have not filed yet, 2018. If a tax return has been filed for 2019, the stimulus check will be based upon 2019 information. If the 2019 return has not been filed, the stimulus [More...]