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)

2016 Chapter Election Results

Below are the Local 375 Chapter election results from Saturday December 17, 2016 provided by the American Arbitration Association. To view a chapter's results, click the link for that chapter. If a run off is noted and necessary, the date for that runoff will be established later this week.
Chapter 2 - Transit Authority (TA)
Chapter 4 - Department of Design & Construction - Structures - (DDC)
Chapter 5 - School Construction Authority (SCA)
Chapter 7 - Department of ParksParks and Recreation

AFSCME Local 375 Administratorship Appeal Response Letter

Dear Brothers Troman and Feder and Sister Moriates:

This is to advise you that on December 16, 2016, the International Executive Board considered your appeal of the administratorship placed over AFSCME Local 375. Each of the International Vice Presidents was given a complete copy of the materials you submitted for their review. Please click here for full letter

Excused absence for Breast and Prostate Cancer screenings

City of New York employees will now be entitled to excused leave to undertake a screening for breast or prostate cancer.

Effective July 21, 2016, employees of the City of New York are entitled to take an excused absence for prostate cancer screenings. Chapter 96 of the Laws of 2016 was enacted on July 21, 2016, amending Civil Service Law § 159-c to include New York City's employees among public employees entitled to take excused leave for prostate cancer screenings.

Effective September 25, 2016, New York City employees will be entitled to take an excused absence for breast cancer screenings. On June 12, 2016, Chapter 74 of the Laws of 2016 was enacted, amending Civil Service Law §159-b to include employees of the City of New York among public employees who are entitled to receive excused leave for breast cancer screenings. Please click here for full information

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