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Local 95 Head Start Employees

Local 95 General Membership Meeting

July 25 at 7:00 PM

Join us for the next Local 95 General Membership Meeting. This meeting will take place virtually and you must register here to attend. There will be an update on Health Insurance changes. To print or see the July 25 Meeting Notice flier, click here.

For additional information regarding the changes in the District Council 37 Local 95 Head Start Employees Health and Welfare Fund, visit our website or contact the District Council 37 Local 95 Head Start Employees Health and Welfare Fund at (212) 343-1660.

Union rallies for Human Services workers’ pay increase

In a compromise between the Governor and the State Legislature, the recently passed New York State budget provides Human Services Workers with a $3-an-hour increase, bringing current wages to $17 an hour this October. By Oct. 2024, there will be an additional $1 per hour raise to $18 an hour, with enforcement given to the New York State Department of Labor. Read more.

Support the Fight for Fair Wages

Our fight for fair wages continues. DC 37 is demanding a living wage for private sector homecare, healthcare and daycare essential workers and an end to government exploitation of the Human Services workforce.

If you were unable to attend the March 10 rally at City Hall, you can still make your voice heard. Please add your name to the petition to support our essential home, health, and daycare workers' fight for a livable wage, dignity and respect.


DC 37 and a coalition of unions are demanding a living wage for DC 37's private sector homecare, healthcare and daycare essential workers and an end to government exploitation of the Human Services workforce. For too long unfair practices have resulted in poverty-level wages for Human Services workers under contract with New York City and state agencies. More than 66% of these workers are women and nearly 70% are people of color.

Tell City Hall and Albany not to balance their budgets on the backs of Black, Indigenous and communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. Please support our 17,000 union sisters and brothers in DC 37's nonprofit and private sector locals by calling on our leaders to…

  • Establish, fund, and enforce an automatic annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on all human services contracts.
  • Set a living wage floor of no less than $21 an hour for all City and State funded human services workers.
  • Create, fund, and incorporate a comprehensive wage and benefit schedule for government contracted human services workers comparable to the salaries made by City and State employees in the same field.
FREE At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits

Beginning Wednesday, January 19, 2022, you can order free rapid COVID-19 test kits through the government at the following website

A total of four test kits can be ordered per household.
Call 1-800-232-0233 to order the four boxes of free COVID-19 tests.
Feel free to share this information with your family members, relatives and friends.


State –mandated workshops needed for certification.

Preparation classes for NYSTCE certification exams and all other classes.

Spanish Classes, Spring 2022. Click here for more information.

For more information, click here.

Members Diagnosed with COVID-19 to Apply for Workers’ Comp
While the union does not provide legal representation in Workers Compensation matters, we advise members to file paperwork if you contracted COVID-19 while on the job, or in th line of duty. If you would like to consult with an attorney, you are free to choose any attorney you wish to represent you in a Workers’ Comp claim. For a list of Workers’ Compensation attorneys, please CLICK HERE.

Contact Information and Resources for DC 37, Local 95

Linda McPherson

Telephone Number
(212) 219-0022



Who We Are
More than 2,000 Head Start employees, who work at over 200 centers throughout New York City and Long Island, are members of Local 95. This program has been the nation’s premier early childhood education program.

Rather than concentrating solely on the child, Head Start focuses on the whole family, making sure that parents receive help with a wide range of family needs from housing to employment to parenting education. This pioneering education program has earned the respect and support from all sectors of U.S. society – Democrats and Republicans, business and labor.

Yet, despite the program’s proven record of success, most Head Start workers throughout the country are paid close to the minimum wage. However, because of its strength and organization, Local 95 members are among the best compensated Head Start employees in the nation. This local, for example, has successfully negotiated for a pension plan for its members with full credit for back service. This victory and other gains at the bargaining table have shown others the benefits of joining a union.

DC 37 is at your service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information.

We Work As
Head Start employees.

We Work In
The New York City Early-Learn programs.

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