Local 375's Lesbian and Gay Issues Committee celebrated PRIDE 2017

Local 375's Lesbian and Gay Issues Committee celebrated PRIDE 2017 at Local 375 Delegates meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (please click here for photos). Committee members and Chapter 7 (Parks) President Ricardo Hinkle spoke about the brief history of the LGBT Committee in DC 37 and in Local 375. He explained the different LGBT rallies and demonstrations in a PowerPoint presentation.

Guest speaker, NYC Councilmember Ritchie J. Torres spoke of LGBT Committee and New York City Housing, where he has fought relentlessly for additional funding and improvements in public housing infrastructure. Councilmember Torres is the Deputy Leader of the City Council, and Chair of the Council's Committee on Public Housing, overseeing NYCHA.

Twenty Two Students of Class 2017 were awarded the Joseph E. Collins Scholarship

Twenty two Students of Class 2017 were awarded the Joseph E. Collins Memorial Scholarship at Local 375 Delegate meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (please click here for photos).  Local 375 Scholarship Committee Chair, Naze Andreville announced the winners' name and presented them with the award.

Following students are the recipients of the award:  Prachi Shah, Sur Patel, Akhila Tetali, Matthew Kaldas, Krishna Tamakuwala, Erica Eack, Zipporah Olukanni, Nashitah Islam, Claudia Mattes, Austin Mora, Nashly Andreville, Courtney Killwey, Caroline Pace, Maggie Bennett, Edem Adika, David Huynh, Ma Nicole Aruguay, Melissa Komlo, Ryan Usai, Julianna Greenidge, Lotanna Ezeofor and Marlon Gomez.

Message from the Administration

Last month all members should have received a bargaining survey from Local 375. The results from this survey will drive our Local's participation in the upcoming negotiations process. For those of you that have completed and returned the survey, thank you. If you have not, please respond as quickly as possible.

This is your opportunity to identify your personal priorities. Even though the survey has a return date, you are still encouraged to complete it and submit it. Responses will have value right up to when the process begins. If you need another copy of the survey, please contact the office at 212-815-1375. Additionally, completed surveys can be scanned and submitted via email to contractsurvey@local375.org


Also please click here take the DC 37 Survey on Upcoming Contract Negotiations. Please click here to read about DC 37 Upcoming Contract Negotiation Survey.

City Hall Rally for NYC Libraries

The Clock is ticking on the NYC Budget!
Join us on Friday, May 19th at 10am Steps of CITY HALL and urge city leaders to continue to Invest in Libraries, Invest in ALL New Yorkers! Please click here to see the flyer

Local 375 Marched for Climate, Jobs and Justice

Local 375 members participated in March for Climate, Jobs and Justice in Washington DC on April 29th. (Please click here for rally photos)

Local 375, Ch. 7 (Parks) President Ricardo Hinkle spoke at the rally. He said, "we have heard the right wing in this country routinely demonize our country's public workers and question our work ethic. But, after 23 years on the shop floor, I can tell you our people are hard-working, conscientious, and committed to serving the public while demonstrating the highest level of Ethics. Yes, Ethics, a concept sorely missing during the failed "reign of error" of Donald Trump.

Hinkle added, "Trump has a self-serving and dystopian vision of America's future with dirty energy,  smoggy skies,  polluted waters, hotter temperatures and frequent flooding. Continued fossil fuel addiction would bring more human exploitation, wealth concentration, land consolidation, habitat degradation and environmental devastation."

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in the rally. People were holding signs like "Good planets are hard to find," "Make Earth Great Again!," "May the forest be with you," and "Reduce, Reduce, Recycle, Resist," "The oceans are are rising so are we!" etc.

Local 375 Ch. 25 (NYCHA) President Joshua Barnett and Ch. 38 (HPD) President Elizabeth Eastman also marched for Climate.

Local 375 Mourns Louis G. Albano

It is with sadness that Local 375 announces the passing of former Local President Louis G. Albano.  Lou served as President of Local 375 from 1980 to 1997.

Lou began his New York City career at the Transit Authority then moved on to the Board of Education where he rose through the leadership ranks of Chapter 14. In 1980, he was elected to his first term as president of Local 375.

In addition to being President of Local 375, Lou served as a DC 37 Vice President, and Chairperson of DC 37’s Professional Committee. For a time, he was also Chairperson of the Civil Service Committee and he chaired a Tax Policy Task Force for the NYC Municipal Coalition. He also served on the board of the Civil Service Merit Council.

After his retirement, Lou was active in DC 37’s Retirees Association, until his move to a retirement residence in New Jersey.

The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 7-9 p.m. and Sunday, May 7, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Cusimano & Russo Funeral Home,  2005 West 6th Street, in Brooklyn. Committal will take place on Monday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, New York. Please gather at the funeral home on Monday morning by 9:30 a.m. for prayers and reflection.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following charities:  The Obama Foundation, Planned Parenthood, the Tamiment/Wagner Archives at NYU, Sierra Club, the American Heart Association and the Amyloidosis Foundation.

Turn Up the HEAT to Save Public Health Care

The DC 37 Healthcare Education Activist Team (HEAT) urges NYC Health+ Hospitals workers, public health advocates and community residents to attend and speak out at the H+H annual meetings this spring. Read more...

The meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at H+H sites in each borough. (please click here to see the flyer for details)

Housing Cuts Rally on April 20

The Department of Housing and Urban Developments faces $6.2 billion in budget cuts. (Please click here for the flyer)

The No Cuts Coalition Including DC 37 is fighting the HUD cuts.
Join us at a rally on Thursday, April 20th at 12p.m., Foley Square 111 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013

Protect Your Prescription Drug Benefits

Despite efforts to contain costs, sharply rising prescription drug prices continue to challenge the DC 37 Welfare Fund’s efforts to maintain the current level of benefits. Facing a projected $55 million-dollar budget gap in the Welfare Fund, and understanding that more money was urgently needed, Union leadership met with City representatives to find a solution.

In January, 2017, the Union and the City reached a tentative agreement to extend the 2010-2017 Economic Agreement by two (2) months and twenty-three (23) days. If the tentative agreement is ratified, the City will increase its contribution to the Welfare Fund by an additional $200 every year on behalf of each member and retiree. This additional contribution will be pro-rated for part-time employees.

This agreement MUST be ratified by the membership. The American Arbitration Association (AAA), an independent monitor, is conducting the ratification vote. Ballots will be mailed out by February 17th and are due back by March 10th.

Members who have not received a ballot by February 23, 2017 may request a duplicate ballot by calling the American Arbitration Association (AAA) at 1-800-529-5218 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays (Monday through Friday).

If the agreement is rejected, the Welfare Fund will likely need to make significant reductions to your current benefit level.

Key Points 

Runoff election results for AFSCME Local 375 Chapters 11 and 25

The runoff election results from January 17, 2017 for Chapters 11 and 25 are final and posted below. Please click on the link to see the results.
Chapter 11 - DDC - Infrastructure
Chapter 25 - NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA)

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