Free Tax Prep

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.


Uterine Cancer Now a Covered 9/11-Related Condition

Uterine cancer is now recognized as a 9/11-related cancer, giving affected women access to World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund benefits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced.


Get the Money you Deserve for Overtime!

Local 983 is working with a Washington, D.C. law firm to recover damages for Local 983 members for overtime violations by the City. This firm has sued the City many times to recover money damages for overtime violations. Under the overtime law, each person must individually sign up to join the lawsuit. Don’t miss out!

To join, please complete the consent retainer found by clicking here.

Election Committee Update

Under the Local 983 Constitution, the Local 983 Election Committee has the job of making arrangements for the local's elections and supervising those elections. We, the Local 983 Election Committee, are writing to update you about the status of the Local 983 election. While this update is a bit lengthy, we do believe the members of Local 983 are entitled to know why the election for officers has been delayed.


President's Message
Joe Puleo

It’s hard to believe how quickly 2022 flew by. So much happened during the year in New York City, New York State, and even in the country. Of course, we had a lot going on right in Local 983 as well. From the City’s health care crisis, to the state’s first election of a female governor, to the country’s influx of immigrants that other states transported en masse to New York, 2022 was quite the year. Since it’s often hard to remember what happened last week, or even last month, we put together this year-end wrap-up newsletter to remind us all of just how far we have come, summarize some of the important news, spotlight our members who made significant contributions on their jobs and in their communities, and show just a few of the many rallies and events we participated in as a union.

One of the first issues we tackled during the year was to work with a prestigious law firm to recover damages for our members who worked overtime for the City of New York but were not paid for those hours. This Washington, D.C. law firm has successfully sued the City many times to get back money for similar violations, which is why we turned to them. We’ve been promoting this to our membership the entire year on our website, through mobile app push notifications, and in emails, reminding everyone that the only way to recover damages is to sign up. The union cannot sign you up for the lawsuit. Each member must do so individually.

For more information about the lawsuit and to file an application, click here.

Another important issue we dealt with were massive layoffs in the Parks Department. By working with DC 37, speaking out at several rallies, and getting the support of New York City Council members, we were successful in saving hundreds of jobs and making sure our members had continued income to support their families. But our Parks members were not the only ones we helped. The entire Local 983 Executive Board handled dozens of member grievances throughout the year in various titles in many different agencies. Working with our Shop Stewards, we successfully stood up for our members across the board, which is what we do at Local 983.

We could not close out the year without mentioning the health care crisis and ongoing negotiations to find a solution to the ever-increasing debt load caused by skyrocketing medical costs. As a labor movement, we have asked for changes to the administrative code that would allow for better negotiations between labor and the City when it comes to Medicare Advantage. As of the time this newsletter went to print, we are waiting for the City Council to schedule a hearing on the matter.

As many of you have heard, the City administration will not begin negotiations for new contracts until the Medicare dilemma is resolved, so let’s all hope for a timely resolution. It’s important to keep in mind that Local 983, although a member of the Municipal Labor Committee, does not have a direct say in talks regarding health care.

I’d like to thank all of you for your support and encouragement during the year. As officers, we do what we do to help better the lives of all our members. As a union, we have remained fiscally prudent with strategic investing and strict oversight of daily spending to keep the union running. Unfortunately, we have incurred some rather large legal fees due to the lawsuit filed against us to stop the officer election. You can read more about this in the Election Committee update on page 5.

We are hoping to return to at least some in-person membership meetings in 2023 as we know there is nothing like being able to speak with everyone face to face. In the meantime, we do hold monthly virtual membership meetings that we encourage all of you to attend. It’s your chance to hear union updates and ask questions. We send out reminder emails a few weeks prior to each meeting with a link to register. You can also find this information on our website on the Calendar page. Of course, we also send out mobile app notifications for meetings and other important news, so be sure to see the back page of this newsletter for how to get the Local 983 Union Strong mobile app on your smartphone if you don’t already have it.

Communication is key to a strong union. We’re looking forward to 2023 being a great year.






District Council 37 



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New York, NY 10041

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