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Graphic Artists Marc Brown and Richard Brathwaite are members of a behind-the-scenes team of workers who rely on their creativity to portray and promote city programs.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, Local 3621 President Vincent Variale and Local 2507 President Oren Barzilay th

The DC 37 Education Fund is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2018 & Fall 2018 cycle.

The DC 37 Health & Security Plan instituted its generic-based prescription drug program two decades ago in response to the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs.

Today, about 80 percent of the prescriptions covered by the plan are for generics. Over the years, as members have become more comfortable about using generic drugs, the greater usage of generics has helped the plan save millions of dollars.

Still, with 20 percent of the prescriptions covering brand-name drugs, there is room for improvement.

The best spokespeople for anyone running for elected office are everyday Americans spreading the word to their neighbors, co-workers, friends and relatives. That’s why public service workers who are AFSCME members came out this year across the nation to help elect candidates who support working families.

And we won big.

We won at every level of government and in almost every state. AFSCME members made our voices heard, helping our partners in For Our Future knock on 7.5 million doors and hold 925,000 conversations in targeted states.

Better wages. Check. Better working conditions. Check. And, thanks to unions, we now know there is also a union difference for workers who have access to critical benefits like paid parental leave.

According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 17 percent of all U.S. workers have access to paid family leave.  

At a time when our country needs real investments in infrastructure, education and public services, congressional leaders are doubling down on tax cuts for the rich.

It was 10 years ago this month that the 2008 financial crisis kicked into high gear. When storied Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers shut down, bankers walking out of the building carrying cardboard boxes of their possessions made the perfect image for TV cameras.

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 and competencies.

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.

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.