Union Events, Services and News Updates


DC 37 members are organizing for change in your community! Please join us via Zoom on Thursday, March 30, at 6 p.m. for the launch of the DC 37 Community Alliance.

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The DC 37 Community Alliance is a member-led group of union activists working to improve conditions in neighborhoods across New York City. Community Alliance meetings are an opportunity to discuss local issues and concerns impacting DC 37 members and our families.

Our March meeting will include a discussion on the role that New York City Community Boards play in our communities, along with an overview of free services and resources available to residents of New York City.

For more information, contact the Political Action Department at 212-815-1550. We hope to see you there!


Tax season is here! There are several free resources available to you to help with this year's tax filing. The IRS filing deadline is April 18.

DC 37's Municipal Employees Legal Services hosted a virtual Tax Tips webinar on Jan. 25. The session is now available online for DC 37 members.

The Food Bank for NYC offers free, contactless tax preparation services for low-income New Yorkers. Get the refunds and credits you may be entitled to, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call 646-981-6111, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., or email [email protected].

The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) is excited to coordinate the City’s annual Tax Season Initiative. New Yorkers who earned $80,000 or less in 2022 can use NYC Free Tax Prep to file with the help of IRS-certified volunteer preparers. For information about free Tax Prep services and eligibility for tax credits, visit nyc.gov/taxprep or call 311.



The DC 37 Disability Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1452507139

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Please join DC 37 Housing Committee’s virtual meeting on Monday, April 17 at 6 PM. Housing Committee Chair Dennis Ifill, who is President of Local 1359, will discuss housing issues, resources, and upcoming events. You must register HERE to attend.

For more information, email Dennis Ifill at [email protected] , call Savi Boyer, Municipal Employees Housing Program, at 212-815-1139, or email [email protected] .


DC 37 Municipal Employees Housing Program (MEHP) will hold a free virtual Homebuyer Orientation Webinar for DC 37 members and retirees Wed., March 29, at 6 PM. Housing and mortgage experts will discuss how to prepare to buy a home, affordable mortgage options, down payment and closing costs assistance, and more. Please register HERE or call 212-815-1814. Registrants will get a meeting link on March 29.



Learn about the benefits of becoming a United States citizen. The Building Service 32BJ Legal Services Fund, DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS), CUNY’s Citizenship Now! and the Emerald Isle Immigration Center are jointly presenting a seminar on the benefits of citizenship via Zoom, on Wednesday, April 26, at 6 p.m.

This seminar will answer questions such as:

  • How and when to file?
  • What are the requirements to file? What is the test and how do I prepare?
  • How can the 32BJ Legal Fund, MELS, CUNY Citizenship Now!, and EIIC help me?

Join us for our benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen seminar to learn the answers to these questions and many more.

Register HERE.


The DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services will hold a Real Estate Webinar on Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m. Topics covered include:

  • Retaining and Working With A Realtor Seller Concerns
  • Purchaser Concerns Financing
  • Home Inspections

Register at www.dc37mels.com. For more information call the MELS Screening Unit at 212-815-1111 or email [email protected].


On Nov. 21, President Biden paused the repayment of federal student loans to start after June 2023, to allow the federal appeals court time to decide the case.

On Nov. 14, a federal appeals court issued a nationwide injunction temporarily barring the Biden’s student loan debt relief program that would have cancelled up to $20,000 in student debt for federal loan borrowers. Please be aware that the program is suspended and the website is no longer accepting applications.

DC 37 is sharing critical information from the U. S. Department of Education on how student loan borrowers can protect themselves from scammers. It's important to beware of scammers who may attempt to reach out to borrowers to try to convince them that they have a work-around that can get student debt relief applications processed and accepted. They do not.

Please do not share your FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) or account information or password with anyone who contacts you. The U.S. Department of Education and your federal student loan servicer will never call or email you asking for this information. For help call the MELS Screening Unit at 212-815-1111.



The income thresholds for Child Care Facilitated Enrollment have increased to 300% of Federal Poverty Levels (FPL) and now have much lower co-pays. The increase means more DC 37 members may be eligible for subsidized daycare programs for working families in New York City and Suffolk County, Long Island.

The increased FPL for the Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project is retroactive to April 2022. On June 1, 2022, the cap on parental co-pays were lowered to one percent of a family’s income over the FPL. An updated fact sheet with the new income thresholds is available at dc37.net/about/services/childcare_subsidies. NYC residents can apply HERE.

Funds are available for income-eligible, working families who reside in the counties served by WDI, including Suffolk County, Long Island. The subsidy can be applied to licensed, registered or legally exempt daycare, after-school or summer camp programs. Apply at wdiny.org/childcare or call 631-743-0914.


The New York State Paid Family Leave benefit is expanded to include care for siblings as eligible dependents for leave. The PFL benefit is 12 weeks. The maximum weekly paid benefit is $971.61 or $1,943 bi-weekly. The contribution rate dropped from .511% of payroll to .455% of payroll. This union-negotiated benefit is available to nearly all DC 37 members, including members in the nonprofit and private sector locals.

For more information, visit https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/2023. Access the 2023 PFL benefits calculator HERE. For information on childcare and other programs for NYC residents, speak to your union rep or click HERE.


In 2022, New York State began processing payment of the Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus covering the first two vesting periods, from Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022. The program pays bonuses of up to $3,000 to eligible full and part-time employees, temporary and contracted workers. In this second round of payments, eligible employees can anticipate payment in Feb. 2023, as follows:

Mayoral Agencies: Eligible employees who worked one or both periods, 10/1/21 to 3/31/22 and 4/1/22 to 9/30/22, will receive their state-funded Health Care Worker bonus payments on or before Feb. 10, in a supplemental check. The majority of the employees in this group are the EMS workers in FDNY. Eligible Department of Health (DOHMH) employees will receive their check for the second vesting period.

Department of Education: NYS designated the titles of Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists and Health Aides as eligible titles and they will receive checks on or before Feb. 10.

Health and Hospitals: Eligible employees will receive their checks for the second vesting period of 4/1/22 to 9/30/22 on or before Feb. 10.

If you believe your work was involved in direct patient care and you did not receive an attestation letter from your employer, please contact your agency’s HR department first, and then your union representative.

The HCWB program continues until March 31, 2024, with a maximum of two vesting periods per employee. DC 37 continues to push for the expansion of eligible titles and employers.

For more details, contact the Health Care Worker Bonus (HWB) Call Center at 866-682-0077.



The DC 37 Dental Center at 115 Chambers Street in Lower Manhattan is a 30-seat facility that offers full-service dental care and advanced dental and periodontal care to members, retirees, and their dependents. The center accepts appointments Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. To schedule a visit, please call 212-766-4440.


We are excited to share with DC 37 members that a new cancer care facility in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn is now open for patients in need of care: 2236 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

The new facility aims to increase access for the community by offering a wide range of health services:

  • Doctor practice offices
  • Advanced imaging capabilities
  • State-of-the-art therapies
  • Cutting-edge cancer clinical trials

Those who need more complex cancer care, such as surgery, have access to care at MSK's main hospital in Manhattan as well as through MSK's network of outpatient locations.

MSK is bringing the same level of cancer care access to Queens through a collaboration with MediSys Health Network. An MSK medical oncologist is available once a week onsite to see patients at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center (JHMC), with plans to expand further in 2023.

Through MSK Direct, DC 37 members have access to exceptional cancer care, support, and expert resources at MSK.

To learn more, visit mskcc.org/direct/dc37 or call 833-786-3365.





In response to the winter season tripledemic-- a rise in respiratory infections and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, the flu and RSV-- the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, DOHMH, has issued a health advisory recommending everyone regardless of vaccination status wear a mask in indoor public settings and crowded outdoor spaces.

DC 37 is taking measures to protect members’ safety and health at work. The DOHMH website has the most current information on COVID-19, the flu, RSV, M-pox, polio, and other health emergencies.

Stay safer by working together. DOHMH urges people over 50 to get the latest COVID-19 vaccine booster, to continue to take precautions, test often, wash hands frequently, etc. If you feel sick, stay home. If you test positive, consult your healthcare provider. Let’s work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing sites for City employees, NYS Workers' Compensation and short-term disability, FEMA COVID-19 burial assistance and other information, are listed HERE.


COVID-19 infections are on the rise. Every U.S. household is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. Visit COVID.gov or call 800-232-0233.



Registration for the SPRING 2023 semester with the union’s Education Fund is now available on the DC 37 website. For information on classes and upcoming schedules or to register for a program, click HERE.


The DC 37 Education Committee offers several scholarships for members and dependent children and grandchildren of eligible DC 37 members and retirees. These scholarships are for applicants who are graduating high school seniors who will be entering their first year of college or college students entering their first or second year of undergraduate study, and each scholarship award is $1,000. The Lillian Roberts Scholarship and the Dwayne Dugger Memorial Scholarship are the only scholarships available to active members, and each is awarded $2,000. No applicant may receive more than one Education Committee scholarship. All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, May 3, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/deptclasses/scholarships.


The DC 37 Education Fund and CUNY’s New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS) have created career maps to promote the career development of the DC 37 membership. These online maps identify, illustrate, and describe opportunities for advancement for selected covered job titles.

Career maps are available for the following fields: (1) Administrative and Data-Focused Health Care; (2) HVAC-R; (3) IT Networking; (4) Parks and Recreation; (5) Patient-Care Focused Health Care, and (6) Software Development. You can view these maps HERE.

Be on the lookout for more Ed Fund career maps soon. For information, call the DC 37 Ed Fund at 212-815-1700 or email [email protected].


The DC 37 Education Fund has partnered with the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) to expand higher education opportunities to develop the next generation of union leaders. The Education Fund will cover tuition for four courses (up to 16 credits where applicable) in certificate and degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, excluding books and a one-time application fee required by CUNY. Eligible members may opt to participate in one of the following tracks:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Relations
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Community Relations
  • Graduate Certificate in Labor Relations
  • Master’s Degree in Labor Studies

For information or to register to attend an information session, click HERE.


The Education Fund is accepting applications to various computer classes:

Introduction to Computers: This is a Foundation program and provides the first step to computer literacy (click HERE to register and for more information)

Microsoft Excel: Students will design useful and attractive spreadsheets using editing and formatting of numerical and text data, write formulas and use numerical data to create charts and graphs. (click HERE to register and for more information)

Microsoft Word: This course covers creating, editing, and printing documents. (click HERE to register and for more information)


These programs are designed to help members who are native speakers of another language improve their command of English. The classes aim to build speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) at Queens College. Apply Online HERE
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) at Hostos Community College. Apply Online HERE


Do you need guidance selecting a class from our offerings, updating a resume, or assistance reaching a career or educational goal? Contact an Ed Fund counselor HERE to schedule a virtual appointment.


This is the ideal time to plan for FALL 2023 enrollment at the CUNY college of your choice. Let Worker Education at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU) help you find the best CUNY program to match your education and career goals.

Expert advisors offer FREE one-on-one phone sessions on academic requirements for specific jobs; choosing a CUNY campus and major; applying to and financing a CUNY degree; certificate and non-credit options at CUNY, transferring previous credits, and more. Each session is free and catered to your specific goals and needs. There are still dates in December available to meet with an advisor.

View the calendar and schedule your CUNY advisement session here https://cunydays.eventbrite.com/. Can’t find a date/time that works for you? Email [email protected].


Both of these virtual workshops are still available and accepting applications. As a follow-up to attending the workshops, an appointment will be scheduled for each attendee to assist with updating their resume and conduct a mock interview with the instructor. To register for Resume Writing, click HERE. To register for Interview Techniques, click HERE.


Since January 2022, the High School Equivalency exam has been the GED again. However, there are changes to the exam and how you schedule your test. There are four subtests on the exam instead of five. In addition to Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies, and Science, Reading, and Writing are combined in a subtest called Reasoning Through Language Arts. The good news is that passing scores from the tests between 2002 and 2021 count towards earning your diploma.

You must create your own GED account to schedule an exam. Information about the GED exam can be found at ged.com. The exams are primarily offered online and must be taken at an official GED testing center.

DC 37 offers prep classes for eligible members online, in person, and hybrid through our partner colleges and are available in English and Spanish. Classes are held in several boroughs with two CUNY schools. To register, click on the name of the school of interest: CUNY Hostos or CUNY Kingsborough. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with an Educational Counselor, email [email protected].


This spring, we are pleased to announce that our Test Prep/Math and Test Prep/Reading will assist members in improving their test-taking skills in the two primary academic areas. These six-session workshops are not tailored to a specific exam but provide and support skill-building and strategies to improve your scores on competitive exams. Math/Test Prep will be offered on six consecutive Tuesdays starting May 9; Test Prep/Reading will be offered on Thursdays beginning May 11. Since these workshops are conducted virtually, a computer is needed to participate. To register for one or both, click HERE.


The Ed Fund is accepting applications for online classes for the SPRING 2023 cycle that begins in April.

Apply online HERE. Or visit https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/deptclasses/retirees. Or you can print and mail the application to the address indicated. For questions, please contact Manuel Gomez-Rosa at [email protected] or call 212-815-1700.