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COVID-19 Cases Expose Workers’ Comp Failures

June 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Calling for immediate policy changes to fix the broken New York State Workers’ Compensation system, a coalition of unions joined the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and attorney Robert E. Grey on April 27, to say the Workers’ Compensation system has failed some 250,000 workers who got sick on the job from COVID-19.  The group introduced policy changes and new state legislation (S.1241 and S.1721) that would make Workers’ Comp more accessible to workers sickened by coronavirus, regardless of language or immigration status. At the virtual press conference, Sen. Jessica Ramos, Chair of the state Labor Committee, said the legislation is an “effort to get more workers just relief.” The report authored by Grey revealed that of the 250,000 workers with symptomatic COVID-19, less than 10%, or just 21,000 workers, applied for [More...]

Parks Workers Help Homeless Sisters Get Safe Shelter

June 1, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Two Burmese sisters, who were homeless in New York City for over 12 years, are now in temporary housing thanks to the care and persistence of two Parks Department workers.  Parks Enforcement Officer Odelia Lee of Local 983 and Captain Cynthia Thompson of SSEU Local 371 worked together to successfully relocate the two sisters to a Lower East Side hotel at the end of March. But getting the two women to accept help and city services was a journey that spanned far beyond the eight miles separating the Upper West Side’s Verdi Square Park from the Lower East Side.   Lee and Thompson were assigned to assist and develop a rapport with these homeless sisters in February. They usually work in Queens parks but traveled to Manhattan for this special assignment. “It took a lot of patience and persistence over the two months. We visited them two or three times a week [More...]

COVID-19 Cases Expose Workers’ Comp Failures

May 7, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Calling for immediate policy changes to fix the broken New York State Workers’ Compensation system, a coalition of unions joined The New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and attorney Robert E. Grey on April 27, to say the Workers Compensation system has failed some 250,000 workers who got sick from COVID-19 on the job. The group introduced policy changes and new state legislation (S. 1241 and S. 1721) that would make Workers’ Comp more accessible to workers sickened by coronavirus, regardless of language or immigration status. At the virtual press conference Sen. Jessica Ramos, Chair of the state Labor Committee, said the legislation is an “effort to get more workers just relief.” The report authored by Grey revealed that of the 250,000 workers with symptomatic COVID-19, less than 10 percent, or just 21,000 workers, applied for [More...]

Brooklyn Surrogate Court Workers Protest Unjust Commissioner

January 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Standing up for themselves to speak truth to power, about 50 members of two DC 37 locals united in a peaceful protest outside Brooklyn Surrogate Court January 14, to call for the ousting of the Public Administrator of Kings County.  “For too long we’ve been totally disrespected by someone who has no regard for workers or the community,” said Anthony Wells, president of SSEU Local 371, whose members staff the office of KCPA Commissioner Richard Buckheit, a state appointee.  “My members ask that they be treated with dignity and respect,” said Fausto Sabatino, president of Court, County and Dept. of Probation Employees Local 1070. “He called the Department of Investigations on my members to pressure them to quit. One member resigned rather than face abuse. Please Buckheit, take a hike!” The crowd erupted chanting “Buckheit take a hike!” “We [More...]

Walk for Cancer Cure

October 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS October is Cancer Awareness Month but during a global pandemic that halted most social activities, Yvonne Mosquito, an SSEU Local 371 member and Children’s Services Community Coordinator found a way to moved forward with friends and raise funds and awareness. On Oct. 11 Mosquito rounded up nine coworkers and family to walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and raise money for Making Strides breast cancer awareness. While official events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  people are donating to the fight for a cure that funds research and provides services like meals and transportation for people undergoing breast cancer treatment. “Breast cancer affects women and men,” Mosquito saId. After losing her grandmother Wilhelmina Pinder to breast cancer in 1996, Mosquito, a 21-year ACS worker, became a regular participant in the annual Making [More...]

Important DC 37 September Events

September 2, 2020 // 0 Comments

Join Local 983, DC 37, SSEU Local 371, other Unions and elected officials at the RALLY for JOBS and VITAL CITY SERVICES    WHEN: Thursday Sept. 3, 10 AM WHERE: Foley Square, Lower Manhattan Tell the Mayor and Lawmakers: ESSENTIAL WORKERS ARE NOT EXPENDABLE WORKERS! DO NOT BALANCE the BUDGET on the BACKS of CITY WORKERS! PROTECT THE WORKERS WHO PROTECT NYC IN EVERY CRISIS! STOP the LAYOFFS! Join the fight SEPT. 3 to SAVE 22,000 city jobs. Please Wear your DC37 Green Tee Shirt and Hat. EVERYONE Is Required to Wear Your Mask! NO EXCEPTIONS! #EssentialWorkers are #NOTExpendableWorkers  ### JOIN DC 37 on FACEBOOK LIVE WED. SEPT. 9 at 6 PM  Join DC 37 Executve Director Henry Garrido on Facebook LIVE Sept. 9 at 6PM as he gives up-to-the-minute information on the Mayor’s proposed layoffs of 22,000 city workers, and what DC 37 is doing to press the state Legislature and City Hall to save [More...]

Making Good Trouble

July 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS A frequent visitor, honored guest and speaker at many events at DC 37, U.S Congress member and civil rights icon John Lewis passed away on July 17, 2020. We remember him with this article that appeared in the March 2017 issue of Public Employee Press. Humanitarian and civil rights leader the Hon. John Lewis was the keynote speaker at SSEU Local 371’s Black History Month event Feb. 3, 2017. Lewis, elected to U.S. Congress in November 1986, represents the 5th District of Georgia. Unwavering conviction and a plea from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led young John Lewis to place himself at the forefront of the struggle against ugly racism in America. The son of sharecroppers was born in 1940 Pike County in rural Alabama. From an early age Lewis always questioned the legitimacy of Jim Crow. “My elders told me, “Don’t get in trouble,'” Lewis [More...]

DC 37 Celebrates Black History Month

March 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS DC 37’s Black History Committee and local unions celebrated African American heritage in February and Census 2020 and the November elections were constant themes at this year’s events. “Our theme resonates with the needs of our communities and stresses the importance of being counted in Census 2020. Our voices are heard as we bring seats to the table by completing the census form,” said Local 1930’s Nina Manning, the new BHC co-chair with Local 372’s La’Nette Murphy.  With distinguished speakers, singers, dancers and drummers, the committee presented programs to uplift and motivate. “We need to talk about institutional racism, and talk about segregation and talk about government providing for the very few, at the expense of the many,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. At the BHM Finale Feb. 28, Census 2020 spokeswoman Nichole Yearwood [More...]

Local 372: Vote, We Can Make a Difference

February 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

By RUDY OROZCO NYC Board of Education Local 372 and DC 37 President Shaun D. Francois I, was loud and clear with his message to over 200 activists and members, elected officials and labor leaders at the local’s Black History Month celebration Feb. 20 at union headquarters. “The Ballot or the Bullet” theme focused on the importance of getting out the vote, especially in November when the next President of the United States will be elected. Francois called on all those present to “get out and vote” to make a difference. He urged, “Show up at the polls and to bring two or three people with you to vote.” “Stand up if you want to be counted,” exhorted Francois. “We’ve come a long way, but still have a ways to go!” The event included dancers from the ESOTA, Edge School of The Arts, and a tap dance performance by Omar Edwards with musicians from African Tap Dancer & [More...]

Coronavirus: DC 37 Workers on the Frontlines UPDATED

February 18, 2020 // 1 Comment

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS As the novel coronavirus emerges to threaten a global health crisis, DC 37 is protecting the workers who protect the health of New Yorkers at public hospitals and clinics and in emergencies. “This is a public health concern, and while there are few reports of patients infected with Covid-19, or coronavirus, in the US, there have been only a handful of confirmed cases in New York,” said DC 37 Safety and Health Director Deborah A. Williams. “But that can change.” “It was only a matter of time before the coronavirus would arrive in our area, and it has,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “Since the outbreak began, we have been working diligently with H+H and other city agencies to ensure that our members are well prepared to provide the vital health care services to those afflicted by the virus, while also ensuring protocols are in place to [More...]