AFSCME LOCAL 983 

Asbestos Handler, Assistant City Highway Repairer, Associate Park Service Worker, Associate Urban Park Ranger, City Seasonal Aide, High Pressure Plant Tender, Motor Transport Worker, Motor Vehicle Operator, Motor Vehicle Operator Supervisor, Senior Motor Vehicle Operator Supervisor, Plant Filter Operator, Plant Maintainer, Skate Guard, Summer Youth Field Supervisor, Supervisor of Motor Transport Worker, Traffic Enforcement Agent Level III, Traffic Enforcement Agent Level IV, Urban Park Ranger. 

December General Membership Meeting is 12/14/21 @ 6 p.m. Registration is required. More info on the Calendar Page. >>>

COVID-19
vaccine mandate hotline

To answer any outstanding questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine mandate agreement between DC 37 and the City, DC 37 has established a COVID-19 vaccine mandate hotline.

Starting Monday, Nov. 15, members can call this dedicated phone line to speak to a representative for assistance. The DC 37 hotline at 212.815.1100 is available
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vaccine Mandate Update from the
Municipal Labor Committee

Nov. 3, 2021: Since the filing of the Improper Practice Charge against the City for failure to bargain implementation of its latest vaccine mandate there have been bargaining sessions with a number of groups. These sessions have also have produced discussion with the City focusing on the unfairness of the short timeframe to deal with the hastily-issued mandate. The most recent discussions benefited from the involvement of Marty Scheinman. With Marty’s assistance, we have arrived at the following:

  • Given the uncertainty swirling around effective dates, the City will allow those who filed medical or religious exemption/accommodation requests through 11:59 p.m. on November 2nd to be included within the group that will remain on payroll through either the City agency or independent Scheinman appeal process (previous cutoff was Oct. 27th and, as set out below, only allowed for continuation of pay if the employee chose the City agency appeal path);

  •  Employees will be able to file new exemption/accommodation requests today through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 5th; those who file during this period will remain on payroll through the agency determination of the request, not through the appeal process (this opportunity was foreclosed by the prior Order). If an appeal is granted, the employee will be paid retroactive to the date of the agency determination.

  • For appeals of agency denials of exemption/accommodation requests, there will be two separate processes, the City “statutory” one and the independent Scheinman group, but now both will be treated the same; that is, for employees who filed for exemption/accommodation by November 2, workers will remain on payroll through determination of appeal under either path (previously, the City was not allowing employees to remain on payroll if they chose the independent Scheinman path); and

  • For those workers who were placed on leave without pay as of November 1, but get their first vaccine by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, November 5, Scheinman will have jurisdiction to meet and discuss with the City and Unions how their period of unpaid status should be addressed.

For those Unions interested in going forward on this basis, these provisions will be folded into a Memorandum of Agreement, one for Civilian Unions and one for Uniformed Unions (the difference being the separation incentive since Uniformed workers have unlimited sick leave), that OLR will provide this afternoon. As contemplated, the process is modeled on the initial Scheinman Arbitration Award for the DOE unions (including leave of absence and separation incentives with continued healthcare through June 30, 2022), with the modifications highlighted above, and other changes regarding a potentially broader view of exceptions under the City appeal path and a waiver of certain aspects of further appeal from the Scheinman appeal path. We will have recommendations from the lawyers on the full MOA once received. Given the new opportunities for members this week, you are urged to consider all this promptly and get the word out as appropriate.

President's Message
Joe Puleo

Almost a year ago, the Executive Board met to discuss how we could better improve our communication and outreach with members, especially since we are scattered throughout so many different agencies in all five boroughs. We had already implemented numerous changes, but believed we could do more. In the previous couple of years, we started a newsletter that we published periodically to bring members up to date on important news. However, print is not as timely as we would like, and we discovered that most of those stories were more feature than news. We also started making better use of the Local 983 social media outlets, but found we could not provide as much information on them as we needed. That left us with our website; however, that was outdated and not very user friendly.

So, here we are, with a new website we are really proud of that provides our members with all the information that they previously needed to contact the Local 983 office to obtain. While the entire site is open to everyone, the Benefits section is private and open only to members and retirees who were all provided with individual passwords. If you did not receive yours, please call the Union office to obtain it.

This year has been full of change. Our country has a new President and Vice President. New York City has finally started to re-open after almost 18 months of pandemic shut down. New York State’s governor resigned amidst a sexual assault scandal, and we now have our first female governor with Kathy Hochul. New York City is about to get a new mayor, and the City Council, for the first time, could very well have a majority of female members after the November General Election.

Throughout all of this, we have learned that we, as organized labor, cannot always control what goes on outside, but we can often play a part in making change. With DC 37, we supported many candidates for City Council who won their primary elections and are en route to win in November as well. These are candidates who have proven to be on the side of labor, who have shown they will support us when we need them, and we know will have an open-door policy when we come knocking.

And, throughout all of this change, we have learned that what we can control is what goes on inside of our own Local 983 house. These past couple of years have shown us that when we work together and stand together, we become stronger and more resilient. Everything we do as an Executive Board is for the betterment of our 3,000-plus members. Our Union is about you. So be sure to scroll down and sign up for our emails, our Union updates, and our newsletters. It’s the best way for us to keep in touch with you and for you to know what’s going on with your Union. 

STRONGER TOGETHER

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AFSCME, AFL-CIO

Contact

55 Water St.
New York, NY 10041
212.815.1983

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