Executive Board Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Local Office
General Membership Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Union Headquarters, 125 Barclay Street, Room 7
2014 Schedule Details
Bringing in the big bucks
City Parking Equipment Service Workers like Richard Wright collect $100 million in coins from DOT's computerized munimeters.
By DIANE S. WILLIAMS
Jackie Onassis and the Rothschild bankers may own rare gold coins, but what makes New York City one of the world's biggest coin collectors is the hard work of 104 City Parking Equipment Service Workers, who haul in more than $100 million a year in meter money. Read entire article.
12 years later
DC 37 outreach gets 9/11 workers into free health program
ABOVE: Barclay Street, in lower Manhattan where DC 37 headquarters sits, became Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Volunteers and city workers who were part of the massive rescue, recovery, and cleanup can get help through the new WTC health monitoring program.
By DIANE S. WILLIAMS
Twelve years ago on that infamous Sept. 11, Associate Urban Park Ranger Nancy Mercado, watched a terrorist-controlled passenger jet crash into Tower One of the World Trade Center. She and a team of Urban Park Rangers had been working in Battery Park City, training 26 new Parks Dept. recruits. Read entire article.
Unions win protections for members in health plan audits
Municipal unions won protections for members in the city's audit of family health-insurance plans. On Aug. 21, after a court order obtained by the Municipal Labor Committee put a brake on the audit, the MLC Steering Committee approved an agreement with the city that addresses members' need for protections. The MLC represents city unions on health-care and other benefits. Read entire article.
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President Michael DeMarco
Brothers and Sisters:
As members of Local 1455 and District Council 37, we are encouraged by election of Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York City. With Mayor-elect de Blasio and Leticia James the newly elected Public Advocate, this city for the first time in 20 years has pro-union, worker-friendly leadership in City Hall.
DC 37 endorsed these and other progressive candidates last November. We congratulate them-- and our Green machine volunteers — and look to have a seat at the table and a voice on matters that affect public services and our jobs.
We also hope the attacks on unions and the blame game for deficits will stop. This is a new day, a new era and the truth is out: Municipal workers are the workforce that is called on and counted on during disasters and day-to-day operations to do our best, get the job done and make this city run.
Together we can move New York City forward. We want to negotiate a fair contract without sacrificing our hard-earned pensions and benefits.
The members of Local 1455 have placed their confidence in me and once again elected me president of this great union; for that, I thank you. I am grateful for each vote and will continue to work hard on your behalf. The board includes Vice President David Ramos, Treasurer Steven Caesar, Secretary Robert Spiro, executive board members Jasmine Garcia, David Misla and Anthony Jones. The members also elected David Misla, Anthony Jones, Robert Spiro and me DC 37 Delegates. We appreciate the members’ votes of confidence and are ready to serve in solidarity.
Local 1455 members have faced many challenges successfully as we move this city into the 21st century. Traffic Device Maintainers removed the iconic coin meters and installed and maintain the solar powered, computerized muni-meters throughout the city. City Parking Equipment Service Workers continue to collect millions of dollars in revenue. Both projects the Bloomberg administration attempted to contract out, but we have proven, with help from our allies and friends in City Hall, that Local 1455 members do the best job.
The members of Local 1455 are still working diligently in street sign production and installation for the DOT, in some cases correcting signage that was poorly produced by private contractors. Our local also is helping to make this city greener, installing bicycle racks across the city. Again, the DOT could have contracted out this work but we worked with management and fought to keep the job in-house. Local 1455 members are doing a great job installing the modern bike racks.
DC 37 has moved back home to 125 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan after completing renovations to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy a year ago. In January the union will begin running its full schedule of services and political and cultural events. Members and retirees who wish to contact the union about services and activities should call 212-815-1000.
I especially want to thank Ms. Roberts, the DC 37 Blue Collar Division and Local 1455 Executive Board for their continued leadership, hard work and dedication to the membership. It has been more than four years since we have had a contract-- and a raise—but your union is working for you, brothers and sisters. DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts and the DC 37 Bargaining Committee are ready to roll up sleeves and begin negotiations with the city and Mayor-elect de Blasio.
Michael L. DeMarco
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