District Council 37’s Community Associations are the building blocks of union’s mobilizing efforts in neighborhoods throughout the city and are essential to addressing critical issues affecting union members, retirees and their families.
In January 2018, the associations are gearing up for the year ahead with their first round of quarterly neighborhood meetings (see schedule below).
“DC 37’s Community Associations provide our members, retirees and their neighbors with vehicles for positive change within their respective communities,” said DC 37 Political Action Director Jeremy John. “Community Associations meet quarterly to share common concerns and plan action. The union sponsors these associations to help address local problems and to build organization in the local community.”
Issues and accomplishments
A broad range of topics is addressed at the meetings. The association’s steering committee chooses the topic with input from the general membership. Community problems such as crime, drugs, transit, housing, and educational services are frequent topics.
Politicians and agency representatives are invited to these meetings to hear members’ and community residents’ problems and answer their questions. The community associations are also involved in voter registration and electoral activities.
The community associations have made a positive impact citywide. They have registered voters, consulted with community partners and acted as liaisons for the union. Most importantly, they have established a strong union presence in the community, as well as in the workplace.
DC 37 members, retirees and their families are encouraged to attend upcoming community association meetings. To learn more call DC 37 Political Action at (212) 815-1550 or visit the DC 37 website’s Community Associations page.
UPCOMING DC 37 COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEETINGS – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Staten Island – January 25th – Central Gamily Life Center – 59 Wright St, Staten Island, NY 10304
- South East Queens – January 25th – Queens EOC – 15829 Archer Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432
- Bronx (Co-op City) – January 25th – 177 Dreiser Loop, Room 1, Bronx, NY 10475
- Northern Manhattan – January 30th –Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027