NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES
LET DC 37 BOOK YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS: DC 37 can help you book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please fill out this form and a DC 37 representative will call you to book your appointment.
What you need to know:
* To confirm eligibility, you can check nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution.
* Proof of eligibility required:
1. Members who are eligible by virtue of job function must bring proof of employment. This can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub.
2. Members who are eligible by virtue of underlying conditions or comorbidities will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and will be asked to attest to their condition during the scheduling process.
3. Members who are eligible by virtue of age will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and proof of age.
* Employees are granted 4 hours excused leave to go to their vaccination appointment if the appointment is during work hours and, upon receiving the second dose, employees at mayoral agencies only will get 3 hours compensatory time. The 3 hours of comp time for the second dose of vaccine excludes employees at libraries, cultural institutions, authorities (MTA, TBTA), CUNY and the State.
* You will not be charged; the vaccine is completely free.
* For frequently asked questions about the vaccine, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/covid/covid-19-vaccines-faq.pdf.
FEMA COVID-19 BURIAL RELIEF
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) burial relief program starts accepting applications on April 12. 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.
Beginning April 12, you can call FEMA for help with applying for funeral aid. Call the FEMA hotline: 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. For additional burial assistance programs, please visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page For more information on FEMA burial relief, please check the DC 37 blog.
DC 37 endorses Eric Adams in the New York City mayoral primary race. Eric, whose mother was a DC 37 member, knows the critical importance of labor in this city. He’s stood with us countless times and is committed to prioritizing labor-friendly policies once in City Hall. To learn more about his policies, click here. Be sure to check the DC 37 blog at https://bit.ly/32bV2qE for a full list of union- endorsed candidates in the June 22 New York Primary.###
AFSCME GET VACCINATED: As AFSCME members, we value our neighbors' health and safety the same as our own. We can show the way and protect one another by getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This virus is so dangerous and contagious, and it's been such a brutal year, but AFSCME and DC 37 have led every step of the way. Together, we will crush this virus and get back to normal. Be a hero – get your vaccine. Add you name here: https://vaccine.afscme.org. ###
MELS legal experts will host a webinar on Bankruptcy, An Opportunity For A Fresh Start, on April 28 @ 5:30 p.m. Legal experts will discuss the difference between Chapters 7 and 13, garishments and judgments, privacy, how to rebuild your credit, and more. Register at www.DC37MELS.com to get a meeting ID 24 hours before the event.
FREE TAX PREP: The Food Bank for NYC offers free, contactless tax preparation services for low-income New Yorkers to help them get the refunds and credits they are entitled to, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that can be worth up to $8,852 for some families. For free tax prep visit here: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/taxhelp/
WORKWELL NYC #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.
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.
Conversations that Matter: Responding to Racism Wed., April 28 at 12:00 p.m.: Hear a panel of NYC employees discuss ways to have difficult conversations around racism, inequity, and the path to social justice. Register here for these events: https://on.nyc.gov/3u0KExt and visit the Upcoming Events webpage to see a full list of WorkWell NYC events and programs to help you reach your life goals this Spring!###
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. PFL provides a salary and job security while you bond with your newborn or adopted child, care for a sick parent, and more. For details please read the DC 37 blog. To acess the 2021 PFL calculator, visit: http://on.ny.gov/2LsklQ8
COVID-19 WORKERS' COMP and SHORT-TERM DISABILITY BENEFITS: DC 37 members who believe they have contracted coronavirus in the line of duty can apply for New York State Workers’ Compensation. 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###
DC 37 EDUCATION COMMITTEE SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE APRIL 30: Applications are now available for dependent children and grandchildren of eligible DC 37 members or retirees, and active members pursuing technical or trade schools, undergraduate or graduate degrees. Online applications must be submitted by Friday, April 30, no exceptions. Winners will be notified by June 4. For more details and to apply online visit:https://form.jotform.com/210605566272150
AFSCME FREE 4-YEAR COLLEGE: The 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/
DC 37 ED FUND
DC 37 EDUCATION FUND PROVIDES FREE SOCIAL WORKER WORKSHOPS FOR LOCAL 768 MEMBERS
The District Council 37 Education Fund, in conjunction with the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter plans to host three (3) continuing education workshops during the month May for eligible Local 768 licensed Social Workers. These workshops are:
The Art of Creating Meaning from Loss (3 CEU’s) Tuesday, May 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration deadline is April 20)
Suicide Prevention, Crisis Intervention and School Reintegration for Youth during COVID-19 (2 CEU’s) Monday, May 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration deadline is April 26)
Managing Conflict in the Workplace (2 CEU’s) Wednesday, May 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration deadline is May 5)
All workshops will be held online. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please use this link to complete the online application: www.dc37edfund.org/socialworkmay2021.
The DC 37 Education Fund is offering classes online Spring 2021: DC 37 Education Fund is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2021 cycle online classes. The Ed Fund offers classes on labor, business, the Lillian Roberts Women's Leadership Academy, and more. For a full list of DC 37 Ed Fund courses and programs and to register, please visit: www.dc37.net/benefits/education/edfund and click on your program of interest.
CLIMATE JUSTICE BIKE RIDE APRIL 24