Union Seeks Unpaid Overtime in New Lawsuit!

In the first of several cases for Local 983 members seeking overtime for unpaid work time and late payment, among other claims, an overtime lawsuit was filed in federal court by Parks employees on March 7, 2021. It is not too late to join these lawsuits. To do so,
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Parks Faces Maintenance Staff Deficit Going into Summer

Last summer, the city’s parks were flush with maintenance crews as New Yorkers streamed into green spaces after a long pandemic winter.


NYS Lawmakers Push for Expanded Abortion Protections

State Attorney General Letitia James and lawmakers announced new legislation aimed to help not only New Yorkers seeking abortions, but also those from other states where the procedure is poised to get banned if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.


Draft Opinion Shows Supreme Court Has Voted to Overturn Abortion Rights

The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court.


DCAS Postpones Park Supervisor Exam #2555

The Park Supervisor (Pro) 2555 test was postponed. The date is now June 8, 2022.

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Kathy Hochul Picks Rep. Antonio Delgado to Run as Her Lieutenant Governor

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced she will appoint Rep. Antonio Delgado to fill out the rest of Brian Benjamin's term as lieutenant governor. That will leave his upstate swing seat open at a time Democrats are desperate to hold onto the House, and with district lines in limbo in the state.


Courts Toss State's New District Maps

New York's 2022 primaries are about to get very messy.


Adams Falls Short of Campaign Promise to Double Parks Funding

Mayor Eric Adams is pulling back on his commitment to dedicate 1% of the city’s budget to public parks – instead offering New Yorkers a “down payment” that covers a fraction of the promised funding.


Support Local 983 Parks Workers + NYC Parks

Please Sign the Play Fair Petition >> Our fight for Parks funding and jobs continues.


Juneteenth Now a Paid Holiday for City Workers

Juneteenth will be a paid city holiday for New York City workers beginning this year.


MLC Pushes City to Return Non-Vaxxed Workers in Light of Double Standard

As you have recently seen, many Unions, along with many residents, are greatly troubled by what appears to be a stark double standard between athletes/performers, on the one hand, and public employees, on the other, regarding continuation of the vaccine mandates.


Statement from MLC: Vaccine Mandate - What About the City Workforce?

In response to NYC Mayor Eric Adams exempting the city’s athletes and performers from the Big Apple’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate following weeks of pressure after it kept Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving from playing in home games — and was expected to block some baseball...



News and Updates

Hochul lifts mask mandate for schools

The mask mandate for New York schools ended on March 2. Gov. Kathy Hochul's decision follows new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on when masking should be required. The mandate officially lifted as students returned from winter break. Read More >>

Updated Guidance on leave policy with respect to City employees to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 

This updated guidance >> for city agencies on leave policy with respect to City employees to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 is effective Dec. 29, 2021, until further notice, and supersedes the Sept. 13, 2021, guidance.

Updated City Leave Policy During Coronavirus Outbreak >>

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Information

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests UPDATE
Residential households in the U.S. now are eligible for two orders of four, free at-home rapid tests at USPS. There is a limit of two orders per residential address. If you previously placed an order, you can go back and now place a second order. Each order includes four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests. The orders will ship free as tests are received from manufacturers. You can place your order here >>

Vaccine Mandate Update from
the Municipal Labor Committee

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. Read More >>

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.

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-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

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. 






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