Sisters and Brothers,
Women make up the majority of Local 768, and I write to you with special appreciation. It is a fact that women have been more active in our movement for social and economic power than men. Recently, the womens’ march illustrated that.’
I am relying on our Local 768 women to continue to bring power to our union struggle. Women, as a whole, make less than men do — but this is not true in labor unions, where contracts set the same pay for every worker. However, this does not protect us from favoritism, cronyism, and other tactics that the employer has to discriminate against women. Let’s be on the lookout for those tactics.
I would also like to alert you to an opportunity. DC 37 is preparing women for future leadership roles through a six-month training program that begins in June. You are invited to apply to the union’s Women’s Leadership Academy. The application deadline is May 31 – more information at this link:
Fraternally, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Local 768 DC 37 AFSCME AFL-CIO
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New: Sister Nina Turner, lead of Our Revolution, the progressive political movement begun by Bernie Sanders, speaks on January 27th before the New York Progressive Action Network. President Reid attended the event in solidarity with her and union organizer Eddie Kay.
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Local 768 Membership Passes Resolution on the Care of Undocumented Patients in New York City Public Hospitals.
The Local 768 Membership, at our regularly scheduled meeting on February 6, passed the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the crisis of the undocumented in the United States has deep roots in a system of oppression and colonialism in which the U.S. played a major role, and;
WHEREAS, some Local 768 members have been given instructions to decrease the population of undocumented immigrants in their facilities by 40%; and
WHEREAS, Local 768 members, like health care providers and other workers, have grave concerns over threats to this desperately needed safety net coverage; and
WHEREAS, Local 768 believes we have a basic ethical obligation to defend undocumented immigrants in need of health care from round-ups, jail and deportation
by ICE; and
WHEREAS, any attempt to have Local 768 members identify patients for such discriminatory treatment would violate not only our professional obligations but NYC law and NYC Health + Hospitals’ stated policy; and
WHEREAS, this situation is made even more urgent by President Trump’s attacks on “sanctuary cities” and NYC regulations limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities; and
WHEREAS, we join with NYC-area building-service, education, Teamster, construction trades and other unionists in standing up for the rights of us all in opposition to attacks on our Muslim and immigrant sisters and brothers; and
WHEREAS, solidarity is a matter of life or death for labor, which is now under attack by anti-union “right to work” legislation and court cases such as (Janus v. AFSCME)
RESOLVED, that Local 768 formally and publicly states the following:
1) We will continue to serve all those in need and oppose any attempt to use immigration status against them, or to collect such information.
2) We will not go along with demands to cut care to undocumented patients, which would violate our most basic ethical responsibilities.
3) We also reject any attempt to undermine the federally mandated right to treatment of all those seeking emergency care.
4) Local 768 will establish a committee to defend the rights of immigrant patients, families and staff.
5) We advocate that the unions of the NYC metropolitan area come together in a massive protest showing the power of labor to stand up against any and all anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and other racist attacks in line with the labor motto, “AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL.”
The Resolution was submitted by Local 768 Member Irina Langman.
Health Services Unit Raises to Be Paid March 10th.
THE FIVE-MONTH wait for a 3% raise to be paid as the final step in our
current contract is over. Negotiators for DC 37 have agreed to settle on
how to allocate an additional payment due under the contract equal to
.52% of one wage point, which now frees up the 3% for all members.
The 3% raise will be payable to all members in the Health Services Unit on
March 10th, and all affected members will also receive retroactive money from
September 3, 2016 to the present. Members in the Social Services unit already
receives their 3%.
The .52% may be allocated to fund longevity increases for all titles, but
even though details on this payment are still being worked out, the wait for
the 3% raise is over.
This final resolution of these pay increases comes against the backdrop of
a contract extension which DC 37 is now asking members to approve, which
will help to fund our increasingly expensive health benefits. The Executive
Board of Local 768 recommends a “yes” vote when you receive your ballot
in the mail.
Funding for H + H, where half of our members work, is critical, with some
experts saying the hospital system will run out of funds by June unless it receives
another cash infusion from the City or the State.
To cope with this situation, H + H has already fired 100 managers, who are
not represented by unions and therefore are not entitled to due process which
includes a grievance process. This shows the pressing urgency of our working
with all parties to find ways to develop new funding streams to support H+H.
It also should remind us of the value and importance of our Union contract.
— President Reid
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A Message from President Fitz Reid
Sisters and Brothers,
Bargaining on our current union contract, for members in the Health Services Bargaining Unit, is not complete. That’s the reason why some members of Local 768 have not yet received the 3% wage increase that was due from the City on September 3, 2016.
As you may recall, especially if you have been a municipal employee for some time, wage increases on a year-to-year basis are negotiated between the City and DC 37 every three to five years. DC 37 often sets the pattern for the entire municipal workforce. You also may recall that, during the last term of the Bloomberg administration, no contracts were negotiated.
Mayor Bloomberg did not engage in good faith bargaining, leaving negotiations with DC 37 and other unions to be sorted out by his successor, Bill de Blasio. Once Mayor de Blasio came into office, he made settling the outstanding contracts a priority, and DC 37 and other unions came to terms, three years ago, on a retroactive deal with a final raise payable earlier this month.
This explains why we waited so long for a contract. Once the overall wage deal was negotiated, the “unit contracts” were still left outstanding. Unit contracts are different from the overall wage and benefits pattern, which governs all municipal employees.
Unit contracts bind workers in various titles together into groups, and these unit contracts often include titles from different locals.
Local 768 members are part of four different unit contracts – the health services unit, the social services unit, the blue collar unit, and the NYCHA unit.
Each unit bargains separately with the employer over issues which are distinct from the basic wage and benefit citywide pattern. These issues generally include working conditions applicable to the titles in the unit, including assignment differentials (such as extra pay for hazardous or unusual duty), longevity payments, and uniform allowances.
So far we have settled the Social Services and the Blue Collar unit contracts, and dates for the payment of the 3% retroactive pay increases have been set.
In DC 37’s Professional Division, there are 17 Locals which have 28 unit contracts between them. Often, there are also members of other Locals which are not part of DC 37 in the units. This makes negotiations even more complicated.
Unit negotiators are free to bring up any issues of concern to the members of the bargaining units – with the understanding that basic wages have already been settled. However, there is generally a small amount of money, in this case, .52%, expressed as a percentage of a wage point, that is available to the unit negotiators and the City to address issues where money can solve them. And an overall agreement is generally in place, negotiated at the time the overall wages and benefit levels are set in a ew contract, that says that, until unit bargaining is settled, the final wage increase in the overall citywide contract will not be paid.
This is why members of our Health Services bargaining unit have not seen their This is one way the City puts pressure on the Union. They know that members will be unhappy if raises are delayed, and this is a way to force us to make concessions in unit bargaining. We shouldn’t be surprised by this. It’s been going on since the start of “pattern bargaining” in the City of New York.
Another way the City often puts pressure on us is to threaten layoffs as a bargaining tactic to demand concessions in wage and benefit demands.
It’s important to note that the 3% is set in stone, and our members will receive their raises once the health services unit settles, and with full retroactive back pay. So we are not losing our 3% raise – it is only being accumulated for retroactivity. And we expect the final unit bargaining agreement to be initialed within the next few weeks.
What are we bargaining for in the Health Services Unit? Local 768, as have the other locals which are part of the Health Services Bargaining Unit, has put certain unit demands on the table which can be funded by the .52% of wage point which has been allocated to the bargaining unit.
That’s several million dollars, spread out across the members of each unit. For our titles in the health services unit, this amounts to approximately $1 million.
We have put four demands on the table for our members in the health services unit, including the following:
1. We demand that our Creative Arts Therapists be granted the Recurring Increment Payments (RIP’s) that they are currently not entitled to.
These are small raises based on longevity in the title.
2. We demand that our school based health professionals, who are off payroll during the summer, be granted health benefits during the months they are off payroll.
3. We demand that, when employees are ordered to carry and store city-issued equipment at their homes, that the employer provide the member with a lock box and lock, and a pay differential, to compensate them for this additional duty.
4. We demand that Medico-Legal investigators be granted a pay differential for obtaining the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators certification.
I believe that all members will agree that these wage and benefit enhancements, specific to certain titles, are in the interests of every member of DC 37 Local 768. They follow in a longstanding tradition of evening out inequalities and giving relief to key titles in every contract negotiation. While particular titles may benefit in one set of negotiations, we will look to continue to benefit other titles in the next round. In this way, the .52% set aside by the overall citywide negotiators brings benefits to everyone in the long term.
These are complicated and difficult negotiations. The City may try to drag them out, which your Union doesn’t want. But we recognize that we must fight in the trenches, with our researchers, Stewards, and lawyers meeting with their labor relations people, to iron out disagreements and to finally come up with arrangements that both sides can live with. I hope that this letter explains what has caused the delay in your 3% raise, and justifies our strategy.
Please feel free to call me at 718-607-4741 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have questions.
Fitz Reid, President, Local 768 DC 37 AFSCME
New Team Ready to Work for Our Members
With the Local 7 68 election completed after the final runoff resulted in the election of Charlton Smith as 2nd VP and Lorraine Bailey to the Executive Board, we are a unified team ready to get to work and serve the health care workers we represent.
Read the new Health Services Contract here.
At our last meeting on June 18, the Election Committee gave its report on the runoff election. Charlton Smith was declared elected as 2nd Vice President, with Lorraine Bailey declared elected for the remaining contested seat on the Executive Board.
Your full team is now in place, including Fitz Reid as President, Anthony Scruggs as Executive Vice President, Michele Wilson as First Vice President, Charlton Smith as 2nd Vice President, Adama Paddyfoote as Treasurer, and the following as at-large members of the Executive Board: Albert Leung, Lorraine Bailey, and Benita Joseph.
Brother Reid discussed income inequality: union gains are still negative because of the increasing cost of living. The one percent of the one percent continue to profit from massive gains, while the middle class is being eroded.
Brother Anthony Scruggs, our new Executive Vice President, discussed service and his determination to move the union to greater heights.
After the meeting, Brother Reid addressed members concerns informally.
Here are the new Pay Orders for our titles, as per the new contract: 2010-2017 Memorandum of Agreement; Social Services Pay Order 2011-2014; Blue Collar (Supervisory) Pay Order 2011-2014; Health Services Pay Order 2011-2014; Blue Collar (Non-Supervisory) Pay Order 2011-2014
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Brothers and Sisters,
As you know, the membership of our Local and DC 37 has approved the 2010-2017 contract agreement by a very large majority.
Here is the complete agreement, for your review and your reference: DC37MemorandumOfAgreement2010to2017.
Here is the schedule for your retroactive back pay: Pay Dates for Rate and Retroactive Monies. The checks are going out in October.
Here is the City’s memo which describes how the lump sum is to be paid out: OLR Interpretive Memorandum No 102 (8-26-14).
Here are Examples of Salaries and Back Pay showing the back wages which would be paid under this proposed agreement and the raises going forward.
Fitz Reid President Local 768 DC 37 AFSCME AFL-CIO
Health Services Local 768 is New York City’s third-largest Union of health care workers. Our approximately 4,000 members work primarily for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and the Offices of the five New York City District Attorneys. We bring a better quality of life to the 8.4 million New Yorkers and to the millions of other commuters who are here on a regular basis. We also are ready to serve the estimated 50 million tourists who come to New York each year.
Local 768 DC 37 is headquartered at District Council 37, which is located at 125 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan. We’re at room 768, and reachable via telephone at 212-815-1000. You can e-mail President Reid at: email@example.com