BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an ideal time to take action on your health. Here’s how Ariel took charge of hers: Ariel was a healthy, 38-year-old mother of two when she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. “We were all so surprised because I have no family history of breast cancer or cancer. It really rocked our world.”
At Ariel’s yearly OB/GYN appointment, her doctor did a breast exam. He felt a little lump underneath her armpit and under her breast. The doctor sent her for a mammogram, which showed that her lymph nodes were enlarged. As a precaution, the doctor recommended a follow-up sonogram. “I went back, and thank goodness I did, because they found tiny signs of breast cancer. I jumped into treatment [at Memorial Sloan Kettering] relatively quickly.”
Cancer screenings and preventive care visits are essential to good health and can save lives. Many health professionals fear that delaying screenings due to COVID-19 could cause more harm than good. Ariel advises, “Even if there’s a pandemic, it is still important to prioritize your health and wellbeing. Be proactive. Consult your healthcare professional. A lot of things can be caught early!”
Contact MSK Direct at 833-786-3365 or visit the Screening Tool to see if you are eligible for a breast exam and to take charge of your health. Learn more about how you can be proactive. Visit a guide to breast health for DC 37 members and their families. This story was published with permission from Ariel and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK). Ariel is not a DC 37 member.
DC 37 EVENTS:
BREAST CANCER WORKSHOP OCT. 12, 6 PM
The DC 37 Disability Advisory Committee will host a virtual Breast Cancer workshop on Tuesday Oct. 12, 6 to 8 PM. For information, email Committee Chair Laura Morand at email@example.com. Join the webinar here: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1455880437
POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING OCT. 14, 6 PM
Join the virtual DC 37 PAC meeting on Oct. 14 at 6 PM. Share your concerns and help set the union’s agenda for the coming legislative session. Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/afscmedc37/event/381480/
MELS BANKRUPTCY WEBINAR OCT. 27, 6 PM
MELS will host a virtual bankruptcy webinar Wednesday Oct. 27 at 6 PM. Experts will discuss the answers to questions such as: What kind of debts can I discharge? Will I ever be able to get credit again? Will I lose any of my property? Chapter 7 or 13: What’s the difference? Will my friends or employer know that I filed? Will it stop a garnishment or lawsuit? Will it stop creditors from calling? Register at: www.dc37mels.com. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212.815.1111 or email MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net
CLIMATE JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEETING OCT. 5, 6 PM
The DC 37 Climate Justice Committee meets the first and third Tuesday of every month. To join, please email Committe Chair Jon Forster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON EVICTION MORATORIUMS
NEW YORK STATE EVICTION MORATORIUM
New York State lawmakers agreed on Sept. 1 to extend sweeping protections against evictions. The state’s amended eviction moratorium, extended through Jan. 15, 2022, is one of the most extensive protections put into place in the nation. Under the amended law, landlords can challenge a tenant’s declaration of hardship. However, tenants are still encouraged to file New York State hardship declaration forms. MELS can help with issues related to the N.Y.S. hardship declaration form and the other protections available to tenants. Call our Screening Unit at 212.815.1111 for advice and legal representation.
CDC FEDERAL EVICTION MORATORIUM
The U.S. Supreme Court has recently invalidated the CDC Federal Eviction Moratorium. This means that tenants who filed a hardship declaration form under the federal CDC provision are no longer protected under that provision.
Tenants who owe rent or are facing an eviction case should not give up and move out. There are still many steps landlords must take to proceed with an eviction and there are still many ways tenants can defend their homes. MELS can help. Call the MELS Screening Unit at 212.815.1111 for advice and legal representation.
EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (ERAP)
New York State’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is accepting applications to help tenants pay rent arrears. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) can provide up to 15 months of rent and up to 12 months of gas and electric utility arrears.
Tenants who apply for ERAP are protected from eviction while the application is processed. Apply for ERAP here: on.ny.gov/2WE2CKY. If you have questions or need assistance, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212.815.1111.
STUDENT LOAN FORBEARANCE EXTENDED thru JAN. 31, 2022
On Friday, Aug. 6, the U.S. Department of Education announced a final extension of the student loan forbearance. Scheduled to terminate on Sept. 31, the pause on student loan payments, interest accrual and collections has been extended through Jan. 31, 2022.
Members can contact the DC 37 MELS Screening and Intake office at 212.815.1111 to request to speak with an attorney, or email: MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net.
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
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 (7 AM to 7 PM EST), Monday through Friday. For additional burial assistance programs, please visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hra/help/burial-assistance.page.
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 members 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
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
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/
DC 37 EDUCATION 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 will host two (2) continuing education workshops in November for eligible Local 768 licensed Social Workers:
Embodying A Coaching Mindset for Social Workers (2 CEU’s) – Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 9 PM. Registration deadline is Oct. 20.
Bibliotherapy & Marginalized Identity: Borders, Boundaries, Crossing Lines (3 CEU’s) – Thursday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 9 PM. Registration deadline is Oct. 27.
All of these workshops will be held online. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please enter the following link into your web browser and complete the online application: www.dc37edfund.org/socialworknov2021
LOCAL 372 PARAPROFESSIONALS can earn 18 credits annually towards a degree in Human Services through a partnership with Monroe College. If you are interested in entering the college in January for the Winter 2022 term, email: email@example.com.
LOCAL 372 MEMBERS WORKING in SCHOOL FOOD can earn an Associate Degree in Nutrition and Culinary Management through a partnership with LaGuardia Community College. The next cohort will enroll for the Spring 2022 term. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUNY COUNSELING IS HERE FOR YOU! This is the ideal time to plan for Spring 2022 enrollment at the CUNY college of your choice. 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: https://cunydays.eventbrite.com. Can’t find a date/time that works for you? Email: WorkerEd@slu.cuny.edu.
EDUCATION AND CAREER COUNSELING: Do you need guidance selecting a class from our offerings, updating a resume or need assistance reaching a career or educational goal? Contact a counselor to schedule a virtual appointment: https://www.dc37.net/benefits/education/offerings/counseling
FLU SEASON is HERE. FREE FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE!
The City and its unions offer free flu shots to municipal employees and their families. Learn more and make a flu shot appointment at a WorkWell NYC Clinic at on.nyc.gov/wwnycflu
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER WALK, OCT. 17
Join WorkWell NYC for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Central Park on Sunday, Oct. 17. Show support for those affected by breast cancer. Join at on.nyc.gov/makingstrides. Register for all WorkWell NYC events at: on.nyc.gov/upcomingevents
COPING and WORKING with CANCER, OCT. 19, 12PM
Balancing work responsibilities while navigating cancer treatment can be an overwhelming and stressful process. Join WorkWell NYC and CancerCare for a webinar on balancing work and cancer, and how employees can support a coworker with cancer. Register at: on.nyc.gov/upcomingevents