OCB Sides with Local 1505 in IPP Win

June 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS An impartial Board of Collective Bargaining determined that the City and the Parks Department Advocate’s Office violated the New York State collective bargaining law when it tried to dictate to Local 1505 and the union who could represent members. The Office of Collective Bargaining also shot down management’s attempt to modify the procedure for scheduling investigatory interviews. It dismissed two other charges. “I have had issues with the Advocate’s Office ever since I became president in 2008,” said Local 1505 President Dilcy Benn, who filed the improper practice petition in 2018. “President Benn came to the DC 37 Legal Department with clear evidence of mistreatment by the Parks Advocate’s Office. Put simply, Local 1505 members, facing disciplinary charges or pre-disciplinary investigations, were being subject to treatment different than other Parks [More...]

Rally for Parks Funding, Jobs

May 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS At a virtual rally today, the Play Fair Now Coalition consisting of DC 37, New Yorkers for Parks, and the League of Conservation Voters, as well as parks advocates urged the Mayor to restore $84 million in funding for city parks. New Yorkers relied on public parks more than ever in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visits to city parks, green spaces, beaches, trails and wetlands were up 64 percent.  Still last year the City drastically reduced the Parks and Recreation Department budget. Parks eliminated hundreds of unionized jobs, including Urban Park Rangers, Seasonal City Aides and PEP Officers, Gardeners, Pruners, City Parks Workers, Debris Removers and Park Attendants, who protect park goers and clean and maintain grounds. All told about 1,700 seasonal and permanent Parks jobs went unfilled in 2020.  Volunteers cleaned local parks in their communities but [More...]

Union Restructures Divisions

April 19, 2021 // 0 Comments

District Council 37 announced new changes to its division structure. The union recently renamed and consolidated six divisions into four, allowing the union to better focus on delivering services and protecting the rights of members. The change is applicable to members who are employed at New York City mayoral agencies, cultural institutions, libraries, CUNY, MTA, TBTA and School Construction authorities, and state agencies. DC 37’s six locals in the Non-Profit Division were not part of the restructuring. Please use the organizational guide below, which lists local unions in their assigned divisions, as well as the division directors, assistant division directors and phone numbers. Professional & Healthcare Division Locals: 154, 371, 375, 420, 436, 768, 1189, 1407, 1757, 3005, 3778, 3621 Division Director: Marianela Santana Asst. Division Director: Tracey Ziemba Division [More...]

Budget Win! Union Gains in Parks, Libraries

June 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

By MIKE LEE Standing with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and other council members and union leaders including DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido in the rotunda of City Hall, the mayor announced an agreement for a budget for fiscal year 2020. “We have a budget. The budget is balanced. It is progressive — and it’s early,” Mayor de Blasio said. Over months, DC 37 waged fierce campaigns with community-based coalitions to press the City Council for hiring and improvements. At rallies at City Hall and in testimony before the City Council, union members urged lawmakers to increase support for public services. . In the end, the union’s message was heard loud and clear. For Parks and Recreation, the city answered with $31 million in additional funds. This includes baseline (permanent) funding of $9.5 million to create positions for 100 seasonal park workers, 50 [More...]

Parks Hero Saves Woman

July 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Parks Supervisor Larry Kalman was inspecting the fishing pier at Midland Beach, when a fellow Parks Dept. employee pointed to a woman walking out on the jetty. “She’s going to kill herself,” thought Kalman, a Local 1508 member who works in District 2 of the Dept. of Parks and Recreation Supervisor on Staten Island. Kalman jumped over the pier’s 4-foot railing into the sand, about a 6-foot drop, and started to go toward her. “I asked her was she OK? She yelled ‘F— off! I hate my life!’” On the morning of April 19, the distraught woman stormed to the end of the jetty and jumped. “She went under several feet,” Kalman said, “The water was dark and choppy” — a bone-chilling 45 degrees. “Suddenly she popped up. I reached for her and grabbed her arm. She gasped for air.” “I held on, but she fought back,” Kalman said. She screamed, [More...]