Where do we go from here?
I am excited about the promise of the new Executive Board, which includes both
experienced veteran leaders and a new, younger group of enthusiastic activists.
They all share a genuine commitment to the rebuilding process we began five years
ago after our national union ended the administratorship here.
going to build upon our initiatives in recent years, especially expanding child
care, stopping privatization and promoting affordable housing.
demanding meaningful action from our elected officials on issues of importance
to our members, such as residency. We are confident that we can convince the City
Council to ease the residency requirement, a key achievement of our latest contract,
which dovetails with our affordable housing program. Recently, Political Action
Director Wanda Williams arranged for meetings with several City Council members
so we could explain that it is only fair for our members to get the same opportunity
to live outside the five boroughs as more highly paid teachers and police, fire,
and sanitation workers.
We want to protect our health and pension benefits,
and we will get an early jump on negotiations for a new contract soon,
before the current economic agreement expires next year.
I am eager to
look at civil service reform. The union plans to push for changes that will improve
our members opportunities for career advancement.
We hope to help
members improve their education credentials by attending courses on the DC 37
campus of the College of New Rochelle and using the unions education benefits
to move up the career ladder.
I also pledge to you that the union will
continue its policy of zero tolerance for corruption. We will continue to train
our officers in union finances to ensure that local funds are managed efficiently
I am excited about the years ahead. The election was a
sign that our members are happy with the direction of the union, and its
a signal to build upon our accomplishments to improve services and live up to
DC 37s historic reputation as one of the most dynamic unions in the country.
Lets move forward together everyone!
We have turned the corner. We have made great
gains that we will build on going forward. Each one of you should be proud to
be part of a great union that is striving in every way to protect your jobs, rights,
and benefits and to offer services to our members that are second to none.
This union has been my lifes work. I called my slate Members
First because that is what I have always truly believed a great union should
be. DC 37 is a great union, and I ask all of you to join in solidarity with me
in putting the Members First.