Welcome to Local 983

President Joe Puleo

Telephone Number 212-815-1983
Fax Number 212-815-1727

Brothers and Sisters, Welcome to Local 983's new website!

On our site, you can download forms, contracts and get benefit information, you can look up contact information for union representatives including shop stewards; you can read the latest media covering the hard work of our members and union issues at In The News: To find out what we do and who we represent click on About Us.

You can also learn about up coming meetings on our Calendar page. We’ll also be putting up photos of Union events, both celebrations and struggles in our Events page.

So please go up to the site's navigational bar on top and click away.

We hope the sisters and brothers of our local, as well as visitors interested in who we are and what we do, will find the site both useful and informative. We have tried to make it easy for our members to find your benefit information and forms.

If you ever have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact the union office. Our number is 212- 815-1983.

LATEST NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES - July 20,2021

The LATEST NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES YOU CAN USE  

GET COMPENSATED TO PROVIDE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ACCESSING CANCER CARE

Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSK) is committed to ensuring its patient base reflects the greater NYC communities it serves, specifically for communities of color.

MSK would like to speak to Black and Hispanic people who considered receiving cancer care for themselves or a loved one at MSK but who ultimately pursued cancer care elsewhere.

MSK wants to understand what motivates, enables, or prevents their access to cancer care at MSK so they can develop programs that best serve patients' needs.

MSK is compensating qualified individuals to share their feedback ideally in person but also via phone or Zoom.

MSK would love to hear your voice! If you’re interested, please send a brief message by July 23 to Julien at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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COVID LONG HAULERS WORKSHOP

The DC 37 Safety and Health Department invites you to a virtual workshop on COVID Long Haulers, July 29 at 6 PM. Health experts will discuss the long-term effects of COVID-19. Tojoin, register here: http://dc37local.com/webinars. Registration is required. You will receive a confirmation email. For information, call Safety and Health: 212.815.1685 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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GET HELP PAYING for CHILD CARE

The Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project is a NYS funded pilot program that was developed to assist working parents to increase access to childcare subsidies and quality care in New York City for children up to 13 years of age with qualifying incomes (up to $72,050 for a family of four). For more information, visit: https://www.cwenet.net/nysfe-1

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COVID-19 WORKERS' COMP and SHORT-TERM DISABILITY BENEFITS

DC 37 urges members who believe they have contracted coronavirus in the line of duty to apply for New York State Workers’ Compensation. For a list of Workers' Comp lawyers click here: https://bit.ly/3f1wK8z.  Additionally, DC 37 Health & Security short-term disability benefits may be available for members who have filed Workers’ Comp claims. For more information click here: http://bit.ly/3ptCdt0

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FEMA COVID-19 BURIAL RELIEF

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) burial relief program is accepting applications. The maximum amount of financial aid available is $9,000 per funeral up to $35,500 per application with multiple COVID-19 decedents. FEMA federal funeral assistance can be used to help with expenses for funeral services held in 2020 for COVID-19 deaths, interment or cremation. Call the FEMA hotline: 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585), 8 AM to 8 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday. For additional burial assistance programs, please visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page.              

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MELS

COVID Emergency Rental Assistance

New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is accepting applications for the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). [?link_id=8&can_id=e76214754d13db0cebc4366f4cce3694&source=email-news-and-benefits-you-can-use-4&email_referrer=email_1234851&email_subject=news-and-benefits-you-can-use]Apply Here

Eligibility Guidelines:

-         Household income before taxes is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). AMI levels for NYC by household size are available online at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/new-york-emergency-rental-assistance-program-erap.page

-         A member of the household received unemployment benefits OR experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs OR experienced other financial hardship, directly or indirectly, due to the pandemic.

-         The applicant owes past due rent at their primary residence that was accumulated on or after March 13, 2020.

-         The applicant is at risk of housing instability or homelessness (this can be demonstrated by having rental arrears owed on or after March 13, 2020.

Benefits ERAP Provides:

-         Up to 12 months of rental assistance for arrears accrued on or after March 13, 2020.

-         Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if the household expects to spend 30% or more of their gross monthly income to pay rent.

-         Up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears that have accrued on or after March 13, 2020.

Prioritization of Applications:

-         Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis, as long as funds remain available. Funds are limited to all eligible households should apply as soon as possible regardless of whether they are in a priority group. More information on priority categories is available at [?link_id=14&can_id=e76214754d13db0cebc4366f4cce3694&source=email-news-and-benefits-you-can-use-4&email_referrer=email_1234851&email_subject=news-and-benefits-you-can-use]https:/otda.ny.gov/programs/emergency-rental-assistance/#eligibility

Additional Protections:

In order to receive ERAP payments, landlords must agree to waive any late fees and not increase a tenant’s monthly rent for one year and are restricted from evicting tenants, except in limited circumstances for one year.

For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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EVICTION MORATORIUM UPDATE

On December 28, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020. The Act stayed residential eviction proceedings until May 1, 2021 where a tenant submits a completed Hardship Declaration.  

On May 4, 2021, Governor Cuomo signed the bill presented to him by state lawmakers and extended the eviction moratorium to August 31. Now, any tenant that previously served and filed a Hardship Declaration with the landlord and/or the Housing Court will be protected under the extended moratorium. Any tenant who has not served and/or filed a Hardship Declaration can do so at any time before August 31, to secure coverage under the Act.

Please call the MELS Screening Unit at 212- 815- 1111 for help with filling out and filing a hardship declaration. MELS will provide advice regarding how the moratorium works. MELS also assists with securing financial assistance to pay rent arrears or utility arrears that accrued during the pandemic. Lastly, MELS provides legal representation in Housing Court eviction proceedings.

If you have received any notices or court papers from Housing Court, your landlord or your landlord's attorneys, please contact MELS at 212- 815- 1111, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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UPDATE on STUDENT LOAN FORBEARANCE thru SEPT. 30

President Joe Biden extended the student loan payment forbearance created under the CARES Act through Sept. 30. Until that time, attempts to collect FFEL loans in default must cease and no further interest shall accrue. For FFEL borrowers who defaulted after March 13, 2020, the loans are to be returned to good standing. For more details, check the updated article on the DC 37 blog. Any member with questions about the status of their FFEL student loans can call MELS Screening and Intake at 212-815-1111, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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WORKWELL NYC EVENTS

Julydration, July 19- 25
Did you know more than 50% of the human body is water? Staying hydrated is so important in maintaining health, but often gets forgotten or overlooked. Join us for Julydration, July 19 thru 25, as we explore fresh and flavorful ways to hydrate for your health!  
Follow along on Instagram @WorkWellNYC and if you're near Lower Manhattan, sign up to get a WorkWell NYC water bottle here. 
 
Flashback Fridays: 80s and 90s Music, July 23 and August 20 at 12:30 PM
Join the Project XYZ community as our DJ spins some of your favorite tunes from popular eras. Tune in to hear songs played from the 80s & 90s. This is an event you won't want to miss! Register for one or both sessions.
Register for all WorkWell NYC events at on.nyc.gov/upcomingevents

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#STOPASIANHATE The recent hate crimes against members of our Asian community are devastating. Over the last year, violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has increased dramatically, especially against those who are most vulnerable. These acts of violence are rooted in ignorance and racism. WorkWell NYC and DC 37 condemn these acts and stands in solidarity with our Asian American colleagues and their families. Everyone deserves to live with dignity, without fear of working, walking, communing or thriving. We see you, we believe you, we support you. NYC prides itself on our diversity. We celebrate it each day and thrive on its enrichment to our daily lives. Hate has no home in our city. Together we can make that message louder than ever before.

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY

1. Speak up and speak out against hate, racism and violence. Use this guide to learn how to have conversations about racism.

2. Report hate crimes here or by calling 212-416-0197.

3. Seek support. Experiencing racism as a victim or as a bystander can be traumatic. The NYC EAP can help at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.v.

4. Build space for dialogue. WorkWell NYC can help coordinate conversations for small teams to discuss and process these events. Contact Anna Tan at aThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

5. Practice self-care. There are many ways to help nurture yourself as a daily restorative practice. Here is a self-care guide to get you started. For additional resources, please visit the Project BUILD resource center here.                          

Visit the Upcoming Events webpage to see a full list of WorkWell NYC events and programs to help you reach your life goals.      

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BENEFITS

PAID FAMILY LEAVE BENEFIT

The NYS Paid Family Leave benefit is 12 weeks. The maximum weekly paid benefit is $971.61 or $1,943 bi-weekly. This union negotiated New York State benefit is available to nearly all DC 37 members, including those in the six nonprofit and private sector locals. For more details please read the DC 37 blog. To access the 2021 PFL calculator, visit: http://on.ny.gov/2LsklQ8

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EDUCATION

 

AFSCME FREE 4-YEAR COLLEGE

The AFSCME free 4-year college program has been extended for good. This can be combined with the Free College program, under which AFSCME members and their immediate family can earn associate degrees for free. This means members of the AFSCME family can go to college for free from anywhere in the country. All they need is a computer and an internet connection. For more information visit: https://freecollege.afscme.org/

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DC 37 EDUCATION FUND

ADVANCED GRIEVANCE HANDLING and ARBITRATION This course teaches Stewards, members who are on union release time and other activists grievance procedures. The class meets Tuesday evenings, 6 to 9 PM, Sept. 14 thru Nov. 9. To apply visit: https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/deptclasses/grievancehandling

INCLUSION and AWARENESS in the WORKPLACE This 8-session workshop series explores the concepts of identity, diversity, cultural sensitivity and inclusion in today’s workplace. The class meets Mondays, 6 to 9 PM, Sept. 14 thru Nov. 13. To apply visit: https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/offerings/inclusion_awareness

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE This course is designed for those who are new to using parliamentary procedure, or, would like to refresh their meeting management skills. The class meets on Thursdays, 6 to 9 PM, Sept.  16 thru Oct. 21. To apply visit: https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/offerings/parliamentary_procedure

COMPUTER PROGRAMS are offered online for the Fall 2021 cycle in conjunction with City College, Queens College, or Hostos Community College. Registration is open for the following classes:

Internet as a Research Tool

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint.

Microsoft Office Certificate Beginner and NEW Advanced Level.

Each course is 30 to 60 hours of instruction starting Sept. 2021. Register online by clicking on the class of interest to you.

LOCAL 372 PARAPROFESSIONALS can earn 18 credits annually towards a degree in Human Services through a partnership with Monroe College in the  Fall 2021 term. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LOCAL 372 MEMBERS WORKING in SCHOOL FOOD can earn an Associate Degree in Nutrition and Culinary Management through a partnership with LaGuardia Community College. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

RETIREES EDUCATION COURSES ARE BACK for the FALL 2021 CYCLE! We are accepting applications for online classes to be offered during the upcoming FALL 2021 cycle. The application can be accessed through the following links: https://form.jotform.com/211390511235141; or at https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/deptclasses/retirees, if you prefer to print and mail the application to the address indicated. If you have any problems getting an application, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 212-815-1700.

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SUMMER FUN at SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE

DC 37 members get discounted admission to the Six Flags theme park in New Jersey and can save over $40 on the gate admission. Just click the link below and enter promo code rewards2021 in the red box at the top right-hand corner that says “Enter Promo.”

For Theme Park and Safari Drive Thru tickets, please order here: https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure

The Safari Drive-Thru requires a reservation: https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/things-to-do/animal-attractions

To purchase Hurricane Harbor water park tickets, please visit: https://www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharbornj

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Local 983 Events Calendar

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Tue Sep 14 @ 5:00PM - 06:00PM
Executive Board Meeting
Tue Sep 14 @ 6:00PM -
General Membership Meeting

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