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The executive board of Local 3599 stands in solidarity with the black community, who have suffered and continue to suffer discrimination on both individual and systemic bases.  We encourage our members to be alert, educated, and actively anti-racist.  This is the commitment to fight racism wherever, whenever, and in whatever form it may be presented.  A core value of the labor movement and unions in general is to give a voice and representation to those who are exploited or oppressed.  We know that this aligns with the movement to fight racism, and as it pertains to the workplace, diversity makes us stronger.  Please use these resources to take action!

Take the 21-Day Anti-racism Challenge!

There are numerous versions of an early retirement incentive circulating through New York State Legislature.  The Senate Bill S2722A appears to have some of the most recent activity.  We support this concept as a mechanism to reduce costs in the citywide payroll budget and thus preventing layoffs down the road.  Details of the incentive would likely include a credit of 1-month for every year of city service.  

Other versions of the idea can be found by researching the following bills in the NYS Assembly: A 10595, A 10897, and A 11089.

Ronell S.H. Bridgemohan was part of the East-of-Hudson Water Quality Field Team before leaving City service to pursue a Master's degree in Florida.  Unfortunately he has contracted neisseria meningitidis (ie. that scary disease that can cross the blood-brain barrier that they warn you about when you’re going to college!).  Through the goodness of the universe, he survived with his vibrant personality intact, however, complications included septicemia and multiple organ failure; heart, lung, kidney, liver. 

Vasopressors and purpura fulminans caused severe damage to his legs, feet and hands. He is currently undergoing daily wound care and limb salvation treatment while still continuing to pursue his graduate education! Despite vigorous wound care and multiple surgeries, doctors were forced to amputate several fingers and part of his left foot leaving him unable to walk.

To aid in his recovery and re-institute his independent mobility we’re collecting donations for his ongoing health care and to get prosthetics.  Please help if you can, it's what we do!

DC 37 has launched a campaign to highlight the invaluable services our members provide and demand the state Legislature take action to stop the proposed layoffs of 22,000 city workers.

Please visit www.dc37everydayheroes.com to watch the video and click the link to email your elected officials and urge them to support the various job-saving proposals under consideration.

We are at a critical juncture. It is vital that the state Legislature take action to save the jobs of members, who as essential workers have already sacrificed so much during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Please share this message with coworkers, family, friends — anyone who is willing to stand with us! We are essential to New York City. Layoffs are simply not an option. Visit: www.dc37everydayheroes.com to email your legislators.

DC37 is fighting every day to counter the politics of layoffs that has been in the media of late. They are also not willing to give in to pressure that City savings can come by adding premiums on our healthcare.  The Union is in support of NYS legislation (Bill A10897) regarding an early retirement incentive and the ability for the City to borrow money, as it did back after 9/11/2001, to prevent the need for layoffs due to short term, budgetary shortfalls.  Please consider reaching out to your NYS legislators to voice your support for these measures.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  Its not.  -Dr. Seuss

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