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  • Yes We Can. Yes We Did. DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido on the Democratic Primary Victories of Gov. Cuomo And Public Advocate Letitia James September 17, 2018
    “Thursday's primary election victories by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Public Advocate Letitia James were good news for the state's working men and women. The Governor and the Public Advocate are true friends of DC 37 and the city's labor movement. They are steadfast fighters against the extreme agenda of Donald Trump. They have fought for […]
  • Disability Committee Pays Tribute to 9/11 September 14, 2018
    By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The union's Disability Advisory Committee paid special tribute to World Trade Center victims and survivors on the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. "Our lives changed forever," said Shaun D. Francois I, Board of Education Employees Local 372 president and chair of the union's Disability Advisory Committee. "9/11 took out thousands […]
  • On the Eve of Primary, Governor Cuomo Calls in to Speak With DC 37 Members September 10, 2018
    By MIKE LEE As Primary Day elections loom, the union recently hosted a live telephone town hall with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. More than 14,000 union households dialed in to hear the Governor speak, and ask questions. In his introduction, DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido lauded […]
  • We Remember September 10, 2018
      As we approach the anniversary of the terrible events on 9/11, we remember the courage and sacrifice of our DC 37 sisters and brothers who worked tirelessly that day and beyond, risking their lives and health to safe others, give comfort and to keep the city functioning during an unprecedented crisis. In 2011, AFSCME, […]
  • Fighting Big Pharma’s Excessive Drug Prices September 8, 2018
    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 […]
  • Union Celebrates Victory for Public Safety at City Hall Rally September 8, 2018
    By DIANE S. WILLIAMS Hours before New York City schools reopened for 1.1 million students, Dept of Education Local 372 and a coalition of grassroots groups and elected officials rallied outside City Hall to celebrate a major public safety victory after Gov. Cuomo ordered the return of traffic cameras in school zones. "School Crossing Guards […]
  • Ed Fund Launches Digital Credential Program September 7, 2018
    The union has launched a new initiative to make it easier for members to manage and share information about their professional credentials and skills development with their employers and other interested parties. Through a partnership with a New York City-based digital credential platform, called Credly, DC 37 will use "digital badges" to recognize members' knowledge […]
  • Help the Union Get Out the Vote September 6, 2018
    When hardworking public employees and union members ask how the politics of this country got to where they are now, much of the answer can be found in the midterm elections of 2010. That's when the progressive agenda of President Barack Obama was critically wounded by insufficient turnout and the extreme right-wing took over Congress […]
  • The Contract Vote’s Message September 6, 2018
    By HENRY GARRIDO Executive Director, District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO I was happy, to say the least, that our new economic agreement was overwhelmingly approved. A lot of work went into this contract. Many union locals encouraged members to share their ideas about negotiations. We reported on our progress in the union newspaper and blog. […]
  • Grievance Victories for Local 768 Members at NYC H+H September 6, 2018
    By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The union settled three separate grievances in favor of Local 768 members employed at New York City Health +Hospitals facilities, in an ongoing fight to protect unionized hospital workers from managers who would violate the contract. Kings County Hospital failed to pay Social Worker Level 2 Adam Turkel for the overtime […]
  • Members Outraged by Radical Right’s Anti-Union Campaign September 5, 2018
    By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37 members are angry that, in the wake of a politically charged U.S. Supreme Court attack on unions, wannabe union-busters are trying to dupe New York City public employees into giving up their rights. Janus v. AFSCME capped a decades-long effort by a nationwide anti-labor network to cripple public employee […]
  • March to Fight Climate Change and Support Jobs, Justice September 4, 2018
    By GREGORY N. HEIRES DC 37 environmental activists are gearing up for a march on Thursday to protest against climate change and speak up for green jobs. Hundreds are expected to show up to “Rise for Climate Jobs & Justice,” occurring in advance of the four-day Global Action Summit in California later this month. The […]
  • Labor Day and Downward Mobility September 3, 2018
    By GREGORY N. HEIRES Since 1890, children could count on having a higher standard of living than their parents. Not anymore. Today–as we mark Labor Day–is a time to ask, why? Many factors account for this troubling trend: public policy, tax cuts for the wealthy, globalization, labor-saving technology, a corporate attack on worker benefits, and […]
  • Book Review: The Radical Right’s Plot to Take over America August 31, 2018
      By KEN NASH The Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision in June and our current struggle over Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy are only the most recent manifestations of the Right's decades-long game plan to not only unravel the New Deal of the 1930s and the civil rights […]
  • March With Us August 21, 2018
    The union invites you and your family to join with us on a very important day, Saturday, Sept. 8. When we march in the city's Labor Day Parade, we do so to remember what it took to get there: the decades – in fact, more than a century – of at times heartbreaking struggles for […]


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