MELS TAX WORKSHOP on WED. JAN. 27, 5:30 PM
MAYORAL FORUM, TAX WEBINAR, COVID UPDATES, PAID FAMILY LEAVE, EDUCATION and MORE
DC 37 VIRTUAL MAYORAL FORUM on MONDAY, JAN. 25, 5:30 PM
DC 37 will host a members only Virtual Mayoral Candidate Forum on Monday Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Please register in advance here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j9OwSPAgSFKN0qJLibHZ9A. You will receive a code to access this union event 24 hours in advance. For more information please call the DC 37 Political Action Department at 212-815-1550.
MELS TAX WORKSHOP on WED. JAN. 27, 5:30 PM
MELS UPDATE on NYS COVID Eviction Moratorium through MAY 1
On December 28, 2020, a sweeping eviction ban took effect in New York, giving qualifying tenants fearful of losing their homes during the pandemic, relief through May 1, 2021.
To qualify for protection from eviction, tenants must file a “hardship declaration” explaining the source of their hardship. The eviction ban does not protect tenants who are creating safety or health hazards for other tenants or tenants who do not file a declaration. Nor does the law absolve the financial obligations of renters who file declarations, leaving them subject to eviction after May 1.
Click on https://bit.ly/3nj8O2u to view a sample “hardship declaration” that you can print and submit to your landlord. MELS suggests that you send a copy to the landlord by regular first class mail with a “certificate of mailing” (visit your local post office – a certificate of mailing can be obtained for the price of a first class postage stamp). If possible, a copy should also be hand delivered or emailed to the landlord. If you have pending court case, please contact your MELS attorney to have the form served on the landlord’s lawyer.
NYC COVID VACCINE AVAILABLE
The City of New York and other employers where DC 37 members work are distributing COVID-19 vaccines for their employees.
New York City is currently vaccinating certain groups at worksites and other 24 hr. locations. Inoculation is voluntary and free at worksites. The two FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioN Tech and Moderna, require two doses that are administered several weeks apart.
Your agency will notify you when the state guidelines are updated to include your category of work. Learn more here: http://on.ny.gov/2JUN7IH.
PAID FAMILY LEAVE BENEFIT
The Paid Family Leave benefit increases to 12 weeks in 2021, from 10 weeks. The maximum weekly paid benefit increases to $971.61 or $1,943 bi-weekly. This union negotiated New York State benefit is available to all DC 37 members, including those in the six nonprofit and private sector locals. PFL provides a salary and job security while you bond with your newborn or adopted child, care for a sick parent or close relative, and more. For details and to acess the new 2021 PFL calculator, visit: http://on.ny.gov/2LsklQ8
DC 37 EDUCATION FUND PROVIDES FREE SOCIAL WORKER WORKSHOPS FOR LOCAL 768 MEMBERS
The DC 37 Education Fund in conjunction with the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter, plans to host two (2) continuing education workshops online in February and March for eligible Local 768 licensed Social Workers:
Barriers to Effective Implementation of Evidence-Based Addictions Treatment (3 CEU’s) – Tues., Feb. 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Registration deadline – Feb. 1)
Transformance in Action: AEDP in Clinical Social Work (4 CEU’s) – Sat., March 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Registration deadline – Feb. 24)
Understanding the Experience of Individuals Indirectly Impacted by the Criminal Legal System (3 CEU’s) – Tues., March 16, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Registration deadline – Feb. 23)
To attend these virtual workshops complete the online application here: www.dc37edfund.org/socialworkfebmar2021
CUNY LABOR SCHOLARSHIPS: CUNY offers full scholarships to promote leadership of women and people of color in labor to become stronger advocates for labor rights and social justice. The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies our Diversity Scholarships awards full tuition plus additional funds to working adults and full-time students to earn a MA in Labor Studies program or a BA in Urban and Community Studies. To qualify, applicants must have 60 prior credits. The deadline to apply is February 23. Scholarship applications are due on March 16.
CUNY COUNSELING IS HERE FOR YOU! Worker Education at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU) can help you reach your career and academic goals. Expert advisors offer FREE one-on-one phone sessions on: academic requirements for specific jobs; choosing a CUNY campus and major; applying to and financing a CUNY degree; certificate and non-credit options at CUNY, transferring previous credits, and more at: CUNYDays.eventbrite.com.
TUITION REIMBURSEMENT: As DC 37 resumes its Tuition Reimbursement program, we have streamlined the application process. There may be longer than usual processing time required; thank you for your patience. Members should mail in their completed reimbursement applications and supporting documents to: DC 37 Education Fund Attn: Tuition Refund, 75 Broad Street, Suite 2204 New York, NY 10004
YOU CAN GET YOUR HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA. LET DC 37's ED FUND HELP