RETIREES

Important Information About Your Prescription Drug Benefits UPDATED

March 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

IMPORTANT IN FORMATION REGARDING YOUR OPTUMRx PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT! All Active and Non-Medicare Eligible Participants COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our Participants during this crisis, the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and OptumRx has agreed to immediately lift the “Refill Too Soon” restriction on covered drugs until further notice. IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR AETNA PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT OFFERED BY SILVERSCRIPT! Medicare Eligible Retirees COVID-19 Response Policy Effective immediately, in consideration of the escalating COVID-19 situation and to ensure that we meet the needs of our retirees during this crisis the DC 37 Health & Security Plan requested and Silverscript has agreed to lift all restrictions on covered drugs for the [More...]

Retirees Hold Jazz Night at West 45th Street Union Hall

September 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Non-profit and Private Sector Retirees Chapter held their annual Jazz Night at the union auditorium on West 45th Street featuring the sumptuous vocals of Linda Wilson and her four-piece band. Wilson and her band mates were enthusiastically appreciated by the audience which also dined on exquisite southern fare including fried chicken, fish and collards.  Wilson is a former Day Care Local 205 member and child care staffer and has been pursuing her music for many years. Wilson and her band led by Charles Carrington on keyboard supplied great music with humor and improvisation.  As a child, Wilson performed in church, but she knew her direction was jazz and it became a lifelong love.  The band members are mostly retired Musicians Local 802 members. Wilson sang a collection of songs from that ranged from the 1940s to the present. The audience cheered, danced and sang [More...]

Fighting Big Pharma’s Excessive Drug Prices

September 8, 2018 // 1 Comment

By NEAL FRUMKIN The costs of prescription drugs are too damn high, forcing working families and retirees to choose between food, rent and life-sustaining medication. That was the opening line of a resolution submitted by Edward W. Hysyk, president of the Retirees Association of DC 37, Juan Fernandez, president of Amalgamated Professional Employees Local 154 and myself, at the July convention of our national union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The resolution passed with the support of the 3,000 delegates at the convention in Boston. Our goal was to build a campaign against the outrageous ongoing cost increases faced by members of the Retiree Association of DC 37. The theme of the convention was “RiseUp.” I believe that DC 37 along with its labor and community partners should rise up and build a campaign against the criminal costs of prescription [More...]

Public Employee Pensions Divest From Private Prisons

June 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

By GREGORY N. HEIRES New York City has become the first municipality in the nation whose public pension system has divested from private prisons. The divestment comes as President Donald Trump plans to use private prisons to warehouse immigrants facing deportation. Trump received $500,000 in campaign contributions the two largest for-profit prison companies in the industry, GEO Group and CoreCivic. “Divesting is simply the right thing to do — financially and morally,” said city Comptroller Scott Stringer when he announced the divestiture at a news conference today. The city’s five public employee pension systems voted to divest from the industry in mid-May. Since then, the Comptroller’s Office and the pension funds have sold $48 million in stocks and bonds of three private prisons companies, GEO Group, CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corp. of American) and G4S. “For years, [More...]

Retiree Activist Loses Home in Fire

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

By ALFREDO ALVARADO For 30 years, Sallie Robertson worked a busy Brooklyn intersection as a Local 372 School Crossing Guard helping the students from St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School cross Nostrand Avenue. Robertson, now a DC 37 retiree long active in union campaigns, was highly regarded by the parents, teachers and students from the school. When she retired in June 2008, the Midwood Block Association held a farewell party in her honor. Robertson has enjoyed her retirement, spending time with her grandchildren and volunteering with the union’s Retirees Association. But on March 29, while doing laundry in her home in St. Albans, Queens, a spark ignited in her dryer and started a serious fire. Robertson, her aunt and grandchildren quickly left the house as the fire spread to the main floor of her three-story residence. None of them were harmed, but considerable damage was done to [More...]