Union News Update for March; Celebrating Women's History Month


The DC 37 Women’s Committee invites you to celebrate Women’s History Month with your union! Please join us at Local 420 Headquarters (70 West 36 Street, 16 Floor, New York, NY 10018) at 6 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 22, 2024, as guest speaker Ellen Cassedy joins us. Ellen is the founder of 9to5, the National Association of Women Office Workers, and author of Working 9 to 5: A Women's Movement. We hope to see you there!

MELS Citizenship Webinar

DC 37 MELS, in partnership with the 32BJ Legal Services Fund and CUNY’s Citizenship Now, presents Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen. In this webinar, you will learn: how and when to file for citizenship, requirements to file, preparation for the exam, and resources available to members.

The seminar will be hosted in English with Spanish translation available.

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2024 at 6 p.m. Register HERE.

MELS Divorce Webinar

DC 37 MELS is pleased to offer legal advice to members considering separation or divorce at The ABCs of Divorce: Matrimonial Law Webinar.

Experts will answer your questions about what to consider in deciding to divorce, how MELS can represent you, the advantages of using MELS, what documentation you will need to begin, and additional resources for information.

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2024 at 6 p.m. | Register HERE.

For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at (212) 815-1111 or email [email protected].


2024 Voter Registration Deadlines

Are you and your family all set to participate in the 2024 elections? Elections for President, Congress, New York State Senate, and New York State Assembly are happening this year!

You may register to vote online HERE or check the status of your voter registration HERE.

Support Your Union Political Action Fund!

Have you signed up for PEOPLE yet? DC 37 members are making a difference in important races. Support from the PEOPLE program, our DC 37 political action fund, helped in the path to victory for Congressmember Tom Suozzi in the Feb. 13 Special Election to replace expelled Congressmember George Santos. PEOPLE contributions are used to do Get Out the Vote campaigns, lobbying around member issues, directly supporting pro-worker candidates, and other important activities that we are restricted from using dues money to conduct.

Join at the MVP level of $8/month and get a free AFSCME PEOPLE hoodie! Become a PEOPLE contributor now by clicking HERE.

Attend Political Action Committee Meetings

Join us for our monthly Political Action Committee Meetings to find out more about what’s happening in City Hall and Albany. Meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

To register, click HERE.

Classes and Prep Courses

Content Specialty Test (CST) - Arts & Sciences Prep

  • Saturdays, March 2 to March 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Total of 4 sessions to complete the course

Educating All Students (EAS) Prep

  • Mondays, March 18 to April 15, 6-8 p.m.
  • Total of 4 sessions to complete the course

You can register for these classes and more by clicking HERE.

For more information about these programs, call (212) 341-4991 or email [email protected].

Register For Spring 2024 Ed Fund Classes!

Registration for the Spring 2024 semester with the union's Education Fund is now open! Classes begin in April. For information on classes and schedules or to register for a program, please click HERE.

The DC 37 Green Jobs Training Program is Expanding!

The DC 37 Education Fund is happy to announce the Green Jobs Training Expansion Program, a grant-funded training program for eligible DC 37 members to receive free, hands-on instruction in areas of need within the green economy and energy sector. 

Training courses include Energy Auditing, Multifamily and Commercial Building Analyst, Carbon Accounting, LEED Green Associate, Energy Benchmarking and Construction Management. These courses and more will prepare members for certifications and licenses offered and recognized by the Building Performance Institute, Urban Green Council and Association of Energy Engineers. 
If you are interested in more information on these courses and what this training can provide for you, please click HERE.

NYC Career Maps

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
  • (6) Software Development

You can view these maps HERE.

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

Changes to Tuition Reimbursement Benefit

Beginning with classes, courses and workshops taken on or after Jan. 1, 2024, eligible DC 37 members can now be reimbursed up to $1,500 by the DC 37 Education Fund as long as the requirements for reimbursement are met. Additionally, tuition reimbursement applications can now be submitted completely online. 

For more information on the changes to the reimbursement benefit, please click HERE.

Education And Career Counseling

Do you need guidance on selecting a class from our offerings, updating a resume, or need assistance reaching a career or educational goal?

Contact an Ed Fund counselor HERE to schedule a virtual appointment.

CUNY Counseling Is Here For You

Now is the ideal time to plan for enrollment at the CUNY college of your choice. Let Worker Education at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU) help guide you through the process of finding 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. Many dates are available to meet with an advisor before the Spring 2024 semester.

View the calendar and schedule your CUNY advisement session here. Need help finding a date/time that works for you? Email [email protected].

Retirees Education Courses For Spring 2024

The Ed Fund is currently accepting applications for classes for the Spring 2024 cycle. Apply online HERE or visit: https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/deptclasses/retirees.

For questions, please contact Manuel Gomez-Rosa at [email protected] or call (212) 815-1700.