COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE HOTLINE
To answer any outstanding questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine mandate agreement between DC 37 and the City, DC 37 has established a COVID-19 vaccine mandate hotline. Members can call this dedicated phone line to speak to a representative for assistance. The DC 37 hotline at 212-815-1100 is available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Find the terms of the agreement here.
COVID-19 VACCINE, BOOSTER, and FLU SHOT
If you need the COVID vaccine, the flu vaccine, or the COVID-19 booster, DC 37 urges you to get immunized so you can enjoy a healthier holiday season. Children age five and up can get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. City workers can use up to four hours of excused leave to travel to get themselves or their child(ren) immunized. The employee should give their supervisor three days’ notice. For more details, please speak to a union representative. Hundreds of sites across the city offer appointments or walk-up vaccines at no cost. Help end the pandemic. Get vaccinated.
DC 37 DENTAL CENTER
The DC 37 Dental Center is open. The state of the art, 30-chair facility at 115 Chambers Street in Lower Manhattan is accepting appointments Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 8 AM to 5 PM. To schedule your visit, please call 212-766-4440.
MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLUS PLAN for NYC RETIREES
The Municipal Labor Committee has voted to move to a Medicare Advantage Plus Plan designed specifically for DC 37 NYC retirees. The plan goes into effect January 1, 2022. For more information, call 833-325-1190.
MSK LUNG HEALTH SCREENING IS EASY
NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL FAMILIES CAN GET A $50 MONTHLY INTERNET CREDIT, APPLY NOW
DC 37 EVENTS:
PARENTAL LEAVE WORKSHOP DEC. 13 at 2 PM
ONLINE FREE for DC 37 MEMBERS
Taking a parental leave soon? Attend a free virtual Planning Workshop from the Center for Parental Leave Leadership on Monday, DEC. 13, at 2 PM. We’ve made special arrangements with the Center for Parental Leave Leadership and authors of the recently released book The Parental Leave Playbook to attend this free parental leave planning webinar.
In this free workshop you’ll:
- Learn the ten touchpoints of the parental leave transition
- Learn how to plan for all three phases of parental leave:
- Prepare for leave
- During leave
- Return from leave
- Get a free Next Steps Action Plan template for planning your leave
- Have the chance to ask your questions of the parental leave experts!
Register at: https://cplleadership.com/
MELS REAL ESTATE WEBINAR DEC. 13, 6 PM
MELS, the union’s Municipal Employees Legal Services, will host a virtual webinar for members and retirees who are interested in buying a home, co-op or condominium apartment. On Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 PM, MELS Housing experts will discuss retaining and working with a realtor, seller’s concerns, purchaser’s concerns, financing and mortgages, home inspections, closings and more. To register visit: https://rcm.ringcentral.com/
CLIMATE JUSTICE COMMITTEE
The DC 37 Climate Justice Committee meets the first and third Tuesday of every month. To join, please email Committee Chair Jon Forster at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENT LOAN FORBEARANCE UPDATE
Whether your loan is in default, you need assistance in qualifying for PSLF, you wish to learn how switching to an income driven repayment plan will affect your cost, or you just want help understanding student loans, MELS can help. To connect with a MELS attorney call the MELS Screening Unit at 212-815-1111. MELS can help!
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 state hardship declaration form and the other protections available to tenants. 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 will no longer accept Emergency Rental Assistance Program applications. Tenants who have applied for ERAP are protected from eviction while the application is processed. ERAP can provide up to 15 months of rent and up to 12 months of gas and electric utility arrears. If you have questions or need assistance, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212.815.1111.
HEALTH and COVID:
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/
PAID FAMILY LEAVE BENEFIT
The New York State Paid Family Leave benefit is 12 weeks. The maximum weekly paid benefit is $971.61 or $1,943 bi-weekly. This union-negotiated benefit is available to nearly all DC 37 members, including members in the six nonprofit and private sector locals. For more details about the PFL benefit, please contact your union representative. To access the 2022 PFL benefits calculator, visit: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.
Be sure to join the free PLANNING PFL WORKSHOP DEC. 13 at 2 PM. Register at: https://cplleadership.com/
GET HELP PAYING for CHILD CARE
The Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project is a New York State 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
AFSCME offers a free 4-year college program to members and their immediate family. You can go to college for free from anywhere in the country. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. For more information, visit: https://freecollege.afscme.
DC 37 EDUCATION FUND
FLU SEASON IS HERE. FREE FLU SHOTS ARE AVAILABLE!
To see the full list of WorkWell NYC events, visit: on.nyc.gov/upcomingevents