President's Message
Joe Puleo

Thank You For Electing Us Back Into Office

Thank all to all our members who voted in the recent Local 983 Election and returned us to office. Your overwhelming support is a sign that you have placed your trust in us and appreciate everything we have done for you while we’ve been in office. We also thank the Election Committee for their hard work and diligence in what was a long process.

This was the first election where members had multiple ways of voting — in person, online, and via telephone. It successfully allowed easier access for members outside of midtown Manhattan to vote.

We have a lot of changes coming — all positive steps to make us even more accessible than we have been in the past. Last year, we redesigned and improved our website, implemented the Local 983 Union Strong Mobile App, and started utilizing an email blast system, all to keep you more aware of union news. Be sure you have signed up for everything so you stay in the know. You can do this all via our website at

We are diligently working on settling all our contracts and making sure you get your raises soon. We are planning lunchtime meetings for members with Officers, more ways to reach your representatives, and emailing out monthly updates.

On behalf of my entire team, thank for you the overwhelming support you have shown us.

Medicare Advantage Plan Update

Aug. 11, 2023: Judge Frank issued an order in the case brought by certain retirees challenging the implementation of the Aetna Medicare Advantage Plan. As you will recall, the Judge had previously issued a preliminary injunction preventing the plan from moving forward. There had been some concern about whether the City could appeal directly from the issuance of a preliminary injunction.

As indicated in his decision, the City’s lawyers obtained the agreement of the retiree group to have the Court issue a final order without any further briefing or proceeding to expedite the matter. The Court made no new findings. This decision allows the City to move forward with an appeal more expeditiously. In essence, this decision does not substantively change the status of Medicare Advantage. The City has indicated its intention to move quickly to appeal.

driver shortage
City's Motor Vehicle Operators Working 16-Hour Shifts, Union Claims

Low pay compared to private-sector contributes to driver shortage.
City motor vehicle operators bring hot meals and supplies to schools around the city and transport bodies to the morgue. They also shuttle correction officers and other jail staff from the parking lot to the jail complex at Rikers Island and transport nurses and deliver personal protective equipment to the city’s public hospitals.

And they’re severely understaffed, which is forcing the drivers to work 16-hour shifts, their union said. | BY CRYSTAL LEWIS
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400+ DOT Employees Sue City Over Unpaid Overtime

Nearly 400 highway repair workers employed by the Department of Transportation are suing the city, alleging they aren’t being paid for overtime.

The lawsuit filed last Monday in the Southern District Court for New York claims that the city’s timekeeping system, CityTime, only pays employees for their regular scheduled hours, not the times that they punch in and out of work. 

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Hiring Halls
Access Your FREE MEMBER BENEFITS Program Today!

Local 983 is here to save you money through exclusive deals and limited-time offers on the products, services and experiences you need and love. Check out "Working Advantage Member Benefits Program" on the benefits page to learn more.

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Uterine Cancer
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.

Degree Programs
DC 37 Green Jobs Training Program

The DC37 Education Fund's Green Jobs Training Expansion Program is a training program for eligible members to receive free, hands-on instruction in areas of need within the green economy and energy sector. Training courses include Energy Auditing, Multifamily and Commercial Building Analyst, Carbon Accounting, LEED Green Associate, Energy Benchmarking and Construction Management.

These courses and more will prepare members for certifications and licenses offered and recognized by the Building Performance Institute, Urban Green Council and Association of Energy Engineers.

If you are interested in more information, click HERE.

Joe Puleo & Team Sworn Into Office

After a year-plus delay in officer elections, President Joe Puleo (center) and his team were sworn back into office by DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido on June 22 at a special membership meeting.

Photo: From left: MVO Supr. José Padilla, TEA3 Farris Coley, APSW Sylvester Ervin, Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Burke, Vice President Ralph Baselice, Secretary-Treasurer Marlena Giga, DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, President Joe Puleo, Vice President Thomas DiNardo, HPPT Robert Aponte, Vice President Victor Shannon, Trustee Van Scatliffe, and ACHR Vincent Gismundi. In front: Recording Secretary Donald Chapman.






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