President McEntee and Secretary Treasurer Lee Saunders have activated AFSCME’s Fallen Hero’s Fund to provide some modest relief to members who suffered personal loss from the devastation brought on by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.An application is attached.
To be eligible members must:
1. Establish they live in a zip code declared a disaster area by FEMA;
2. Be a member of AFSCME in good standing;
3.Have suffered a loss during the storms.
All applications must be received by December 31, 2011.
The following is in response to my letter asking State Comptroller DiNapoli to support the Local’s ongoing fight against privatization. In this case, Mayor Bloomberg wants to spend $100 million of public money on a private institution in New York.
OCME Chapter Chair Mike McCasland and Local 375 President Behrouz Fathi talk about Mayor Bloomberg's plan to cut jobs through attrition and layoffs at a June 10th press conference on the steps of City Hall.
Many of the City’s top labor leaders turned out for an impromptu City Hall press conference on the same day that news reports surfaced of federal criminal charges against subcontractors working on the City’s computerized payroll system, called CityTime. The CityTime program – at a cost to taxpayers of over $700 million and counting – was originally supposed to cost $63 million and be finished by 2004. For over five years, unions – beginning with Local 375 of DC 37 – have complained that it was a money pit as well as a system for tracking workers that undermined personal privacy. But union complaints and four City Council hearings didn’t change Mayor Bloomberg’s mind about keeping the project on course – until today.
Just hours after the labor press conference reacting to U.S. District Attorney Preet Bharara’s announcement of criminal charges against six CityTime contractors and relatives for stealing $80 million, the Mayor and Comptroller issued press releases announcing that OPA Executive Director Joel Bondy, who has championed the program for years, has been suspended indefinitely without pay from his position. CityTime is overseen by the Office of Payroll Administration, which is under the joint authority of the Mayor and the Comptroller. Last summer, in the wake of continuing spiraling costs for CityTime, the two officials agreed to cut subsidies to the project and demand an accelerated schedule for completion. Their actions followed a Daily News expose which revealed the huge fees – payments of over $400,000 each for dozens of consultants – being garnered by subcontractors.