DC 37 Settles Citywide Contract

Months of negotiations with the City of New York came to a close Friday, Feb. 7 when DC 37 finalized the terms of the citywide contract. The tentative deal, which now needs to be ratified by the membership, includes 3% annual raises for the first four years with 3.25% in the fifth year. The deal also includes a ratification bonus of $3,000 for employees active on the date the agreement is ratified.


Photo: Local 983 President Joe Puleo with NYC Office of Labor Relations Commissioner Renee Campion

Appellate Division Rules In Favor of Union Election Committee

In a decision that upheld the position of the Local 983 Election Committee, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the First Judicial Department unanimously reversed the decision of the Supreme Court that enjoined Local 983 from holding its duly scheduled election.

The decision of the Appellate Division stated that the members who sued to halt the Local 983 election failed to exhaust the internal AFSCME remedies. The decision noted that that AFSCME’s constitution prohibits members from suing their union over an officer election without first using the remedies that AFSCME provides. The AFSCME Constitution provides members with a procedure to challenge how a local union conducted its officer election and gives those members the chance to be heard.

This has long been the position of the Election Committee, which has now been vindicated by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for the First Judicial Department.

DCAS Exam for Promotion to Associate Urban Park Ranger

DCAS has posted a Notice of Examination for Promotion to Associate Urban Park Ranger (AUPR). Applications are being accepted from Feb. 8-29, 2023. The application fee is $68. The multiple choice testing is expected to begin on Thursday, May 25. Local 983 is working on an AUPR Test Prep course now and will keep members updated. The Notice of Examination has all the details.

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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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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.






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