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.
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.
Please join our phone banks in support of Eric Adams. You can sign up here.
Be sure to check the DC 37 blog here: https://bit.ly/39hqXJT for a full list of union- endorsed candidates in the June 22 New York Primary.
RANK CHOICE VOTING: Did you know that New York City has changed the way we vote in local elections? Have you heard about Rank Choice Voting? This new voting method will impact every voter in our city. Please join DC 37 for a forum to discuss the Rank Choice Voting system that was implemented in January 2021. The forum will take place on April 6 at 6 p.m. Our guest speaker will answer all of your questions and help you prepare for this new way of voting. Register for the forum at https://www.mobilize.us/afscmedc37/event/380217/
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 Webinars in April: MELS lawyers will host a Housing Discrimination webinar with the NYC Commission on Human Rights on April 14 @ 5:30 p.m. Register at www.DC37MELS.com to get a meeting ID 24 hours before the event.
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, garnishments 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/
The MELS Tax Tips 2020 Webinar video and PowerPoint slide show are now online: http. MELS Tax Tips webinar slides: http://bit.ly/3qXdvkT
The IRS income tax filing deadline is Monday, May 17.
NYS EVICTION MORATORIUM ends MAY 1: A sweeping eviction ban gives relief to qualifying tenants fearful of losing their homes during the pandemic through May 1. To qualify for protection from eviction, tenants must file a “hardship declaration.” The law does not absolve the financial obligations of renters who file declarations, leaving them subject to eviction after May 1. Viewhttps://bit.ly/3nj8O2u for a sample “hardship declaration” that you can print and submit to your landlord. To speak with a MELS attorney about the eviction ban or any other housing matter, and to access your free legal service benefits, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212-815-1111, or email: MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net.
DC 37 HEALTH & SECURITY PLAN: Life happens. You move, marry, divorce, have a child, or retire so please be sure to update your information to the DC 37 Health & Security Plan and submit the necessary forms and supporting documentation to the DC 37 Eligibility & Enrollment Unit. All H&S Plan forms, including the Change of Status Form, are at: www.dc37.net/benefits/health/hs_forms.
WORKWELL NYC’s Project XYZ, a wellness initiative intentionally created to focus on the health and wellness of City employees from Generations Y and Z, has launched “Transformation Tuesdays” professional development series in partnership with DCAS and LeadNYC offer one remaining session to help employees improve their skills and build their careers. All employees, regardless of age, are welcome to participate:
#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
- Speak up and speak out against hate, racism and violence. Use this guide to learn how to have conversations about racism.
- Report hate crimes here or by calling 212-416-0197.
- Seek support. Experiencing racism as a victim or as a bystander can be traumatic. The NYC EAP can help at email@example.com.
- Build space for dialogue.WorkWell NYC can help coordinate conversations for small teams to discuss and process these events. Contact Anna Tan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- 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.
Webinar Replay: Race, Health, and You Thurs., April 8 at 12:00 PM: In NYC, we recognize that communities of color are disproportionately impacted by chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and now COVID-19. In honor of Public Health Week, join WorkWell NYC for a replay of the “Race, Health, and You: Separating Fact and Fiction” webinar. Hear the truth about vaccinations, patient advocacy, and how providers can help you during this challenging time.
Paint & Sip: Painting with All Colors Thurs., April 15 at 5:00 PM: Jump into spring by joining WorkWell NYC’s Project BUILD Paint and Sip! Whether you’re a painting pro or newbie, you can tap in to your artistic side here. All attendees must bring their own sips and supplies.
Conversations that Matter: Responding to Racism Wed., April 28 at 12:00 PM: 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 access 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 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
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.
THE RETIREES EDUCATION COURSES ARE BACK: We are accepting applications for online classes for the Spring 2021 cycle. Click HERE to fill out the application online; or visit: www.dc37edfund.org/retireeseducation, or print and mail in the application to the DC 37 Education Fund (the mailing address is on the application). Look for the application in the next issue of the Retirees edition of PEP talk. Keep in mind that these classes are only for DC 37 retirees who are members of the DC 37 Retirees Association. For more information, please contact Manuel Gomez-Rosa at email@example.com, or call 212-815-1679.
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, hosts continuing education workshops in April for eligible Local 768 licensed Social Workers. Below are workshops still accepting applications:
Understanding Otherness when Working with LGBTQ Clients (2 CEU’s) Tues., April 20, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Register by March 30)
Unpacking Black Women’s Mental Health: Past, Present, and Future (2 CEU’s) Thurs., April 29, 7 to 9 p.m. (Register by April 8)
All workshops will be held online. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please apply online at: www.dc37edfund.org/socialworkapr2021. If you have any questions regarding the online application or the workshops, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org@dc37.net or email@example.com.
CUNY COUNSELING IS HERE FOR YOU! Let Worker Education at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU) help guide you through the process of finding the best CUNY program to match your education and career 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. Each session is free and catered to your specific goals and needs. To view the calendar and schedule your CUNY advisement session visit: CUNYDays.eventbrite.com Can’t find a date/time that works for you? Please contact WorkerEd@slu.cuny.edu for more information.
STUDENT LOAN FORBEARANCE thru SEPT. 30: President Joe Biden extended the student loan payment forbearance created under the CARES Act through Sept. 30. Borrowers with direct federal student loans in repayment continue to be excused from making their regular month payments. No interest and no penalties will accrue. Collection activity is also suspended. Borrowers can opt to make voluntary principal balance payments. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212-815-1111 or email: MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net.
CLIMATE JUSTICE BIKE RIDE, APRIL 24
Join the April 24 Bike Ride organized by the DC 37 Climate Justice Committee. The CJC meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. via Zoom and telephone, every two weeks to plan the ride, highlight the sustainability work of DC 37 members, and more. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and follow CJC on Facebook.