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Volume 43 Number 7 August 2013

Ofcial Publication of Social Service Employees Union Local 371-DC 37 AFSCME, AFL-CIO

www.sseu371.org

United to Protect Public Housing

espite averting most of the impending layoffs at the New York City Housing Authority at the beginning of the summer, SSEU Local 371 members participated in a rally July 2 in a ery display to the City that this Union will tolerate no cuts or downsizing in public housing. The rally, which took place outside City Hall, was organized by Teamsters Local 237, which represents most of the frontline staff at NYCHA. Our Union, representing social service workers in the authority, as well as groups representing tenants, stood in solidarity, showing all the candidates for mayor and other ofces that the working men and women of this City support public housing.

SSEU Local 371 members made clear that no cuts should be made to public housing.

to be in talks with the agency about how to make sure not one worker will end up being terminated. Beyond saving the jobs, the Union voiced its opinion that community centers, which the authority will transfer to other City agencies and eventually into the hands of

private-sector non-prots, are vital resources for NYCHA tenants. The people rely on these centers, Wells said. This Union, Local 237, progressive politicians and tenants groups are saying that we should not be balancing the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable.

Homecare Ruling in CASA


SSEU Local 371 is pleased to announce some good news in the ongoing struggle at CASA. The Union learned last month that the New York State Department of Health has issued a ruling that Housekeeping cases in Homecare will continue to be handled by local social service districts. This means that HRA workers in CASA will continue to do assessments on housekeeping cases. There are an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 housekeeping cases expected to be returned to HRA. Furthermore, all housekeeping cases will be handled by HRA. I am happy with the ruling, said President Anthony Wells. It means that more workers will be retained in CASA. There will be formal discussions with HRA on the impact of the ruling. We are expecting to meet with the Governors staff to discuss other programs in which our members can be utilized. The ght to protect and save our jobs continues.

Our Message
This is a strong message were sending, President Anthony Wells said after the rally. We havent completely won this thing yet, but we are in a much better position than we were. The Union is going

Ari Paul

CALENDAR
AUGUST
20 Alumni Association: 2:00 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor 21 Delegate Assembly: CANCELLED Civilians in Law Enforcement: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor

22 Next Wave: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor 29 Parks Dept Citywide Election: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor

Overcoming Adversity
s we reel from the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, let us remember the precious gift of life. Let us remember that the struggles we face will not be overcome by apathy and fear. We must commit our energies, ideas and actions to resolutions and the protection of life. This decision reminds us that life and values are not precious to all. It is an injustice that must be addressed through the voices and actions of the people. It is about the dignity and sanctity of life. Unionism is about the dignity and rights of working men and women. The Union is there to be the voice of the members. Often times the Union is attacked from outside for protecting the rights of all its members. Well, it is not for the Union to judge or decide which members to ght for: We ght for all.

SEPTEMBER
4 Executive Committee: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor 10 Committee of Concerned Social Workers: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor 11 Womens Committee: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor 16 Latino Heritage Committee: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor 17 Alumni Association: 2:00 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor 18 Delegate Assembly: 6:30 p.m. Advance Realty Building, 235 West 23rd Street in Manhattan 19 Next Wave: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor 25 Political Action Committee: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor Civilians in Law Enforcement: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor

27 HPD Chapter: 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor

Unionism is about the dignity and rights of working men and women.

Published monthly except for a combined issue in July/ August and a Supplement in January by the Social Service Employees Union Local 371, District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. Subscription Price $2.00 annually. Periodical postage paid at New York, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to: The Unionist, SSEU Local 371, 817 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y. 10003. USPS# 348990 (212) 677-3900 ISSN# 0041-7092 President Anthony Wells Executive Vice President Yolanda Pumarejo Secretary-Treasurer Juan Ortiz V.P. Negotiations & Research Rose Lovaglio-Miller V.P. Organization & Education Armenta Weekes V.P. Grievances & Legal Services Lloyd Permaul V.P. Publicity & Community Relations Patricia Chardavoyne V.P. Legislation & Political Action Michelle Akyempong Trustees Vincent Ciccarello Yolanda DeJesus Melva Scarborough Editor Ari Paul Visit us on the web at www.sseu371.org

But we will not let this tear the Union apart. The stakes are too high to allow any person, group or thing to distract or detract us from our mission. The agenda is clear: ght back against any and all forces that stand in the way of our jobs, benets and rights. Find your motivation to be involved. Whether it is the Next Wave Committee, which brings young and new workers into the movement or the Political Action Committee, which educates and involves members in the political process. Get involved. There are so many avenues and forums to be involved in the Union. Find one. Decide that the value and dignity of workers can only be preserved from your action and involvement. The Trayvon Martin verdict, the Supreme Court ruling stiing the Voting Rights Act, the attacks on unions and working men and women, and the attacks on affordable and public housing are all calls to action. The August 24 March on Washington, as the Rev. Al Sharpton says, is not a commemoration but a continuation of the 1963 March. It is another opportunity to show that we will participate in our destiny. It is a journey that must make as those before us to preserve, ensure and protect the rights they fought and died for. God bless you and God bless the Union.. Anthony Wells

Other times, the attacks on the Union come from within. Personal ambitions and gains become the motivation for lies, mistruths and innuendos. Verbiage about commitment to members and unionism are not reected in the destructive and negative actions. While we struggle to save programs, preserve benets, stop the outsourcing of jobs and shape our political future, others seek to tear down and destroy the only institution that is dedicated to workers.

The Unionist|August 2013

The 2013 Union Endorsements


Its said everY Year that this election is the most important in history. Well, starting next year we will nally be able to live in a post-Bloomberg New York. So it is important that we elect into ofce leaders who will advance the interests of working men and women. Our Political Action Committee, led by Vice President for Political Action Michelle Akyempong, has been working around the clock to vet the candidates. The primary is Tuesday September 10. The general election is Tuesday, November 5. With that, Union members are encouraged to reect on this list of SSEU Local 371 endorsed candidates.
City Council Districts: 1. Margaret Chin 2. Rosie Mendez 3. Yetta Kurland 4. No endorsement 5. Micah Kellner 6. Noah Gotbaum 7. Joyce Johnson 8. Melissa Mark-Viverito 9. Inez Dickens 10. Ydanis Rodriguez 11. No endorsement 12. Andy King 13. James Vacca 14. Fernando Cabrera Mayor: No endorsement Comptroller: Scott Stringer Public Advocate: Letitia James Manhattan Borough President: Gale Brewer Bronx Borough President: Ruben Diaz Jr. Queens Borough President: Leroy Comrie (dropped out) Brooklyn Borough President: Eric Adams Staten Island Borough President: No endorsement

15. Ritchie Torres 16. No endorsement 17. Maria del Carmen Arroyo 18. Annabel Palma 19. John Duane 20. Peter Koo 21. Julissa Ferreras 22. Costa Costantinides 23. Mark Weprin 24. Rory Lancman 25. Daniel Dromm 26. Jimmy Van Bramer 27. Daneek Miller 28. No endorsement 29. No endorsement 30. Elizabeth Crowley

31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51.

Donovan Richards Eric Ulrich Stephen Levin Antonio Reynoso Olanike Alabi Robert Cornegy Kimberly Council Sara Gonzalez Brad Lander Mathieu Eugene Darlene Mealy Inez Barron Vincent J. Gentile David G. Greeneld Jumaane Williams Alan Maisel Todd Dobrin Ari Kagan Deborah Rose Mendy Mirocznik No endorsement

August 2013|The Unionist

Condolences
Condolences are extended to the family and friends of Karen Eatmon-Harrigan, former ACS Caseworker at 150 William Street, who died July 4. Condolences may be sent to Kevin Harrigan, 75 Roberts Place, Roosevelt, NY 11575. Condolences are extended to the family and friends of Ms. Marion Jolles, SSEU Local 371 retiree and former HRA Sup II, at Queens CASA, who died in March.
Social Service Employees Union Local 371 817 Broadway New York, N.Y. 10003

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BULLETIN BOARD
SWaP- HRA Job Opportunity Specialist, at Crotona Job Center /Homeless Diversion Unit, would like to swap to a Job Center in Brooklyn preferably, Clinton Hills, Dekalb Avenue or Bushwick Avenue. If interested, call (347) 243-7958. SWaP- HRA Sup II, at 47 Vanderbilt Ave. in Brooklyn, would like to swap to HASA Queens, APS Queens or OCSE Queens. If interested, call (929) 221-1138 or (917) 400-3052. SWaP- Child and Family Specialist at 150 William Street in Manhattan, would like to swap to Child and Family Specialist Bronx Field Ofce. If interested, please call (718) 710-1895. SWaP- Supervisor II at Brooklyn eld ofce, 2554 Linden Blvd., would like to swap to a Supervisor II Field ofce in the Bronx, or 55 W. 125th Street. If interested, call (718) 348-6697 or (914) 548-8054. SWaP- Job Opportunity Specialist, FIA/HRA at Job Center #64 in Brooklyn, would like to swap to Job Center #70 in Brooklyn or Job Center #63 in Brooklyn. If interested, call (347) 446-4998. SWaP- Job Opportunity Specialist, FIA/HRA at Job Center #13 in Manhattan, would like to swap to Job Center #99 in Staten Island. If interested, call (718) 213-2111. SWaP- Community Assistant at 150 William Street in Manhattan, would like to swap to ACS downtown Courts, 350 Jay Street, 370 Jay Street or 330 Court Street in the Administrative Unit/Data enter division. If interested, call (212) 341-8979. SWaP- Job Opportunity Specialist at East River Job Center #37 in Manhattan would like to swap to Job Opportunity Specialist position at Dyckman Job Center #35. If interested, call (212) 945-8267.

MemberS

Pilot Program: Compressed Time in DHS

embers at the Adult Family Intake Center (Department of Homeless Services) in Manhattan will have the option to work a compressed schedule, which means four workdays and three days off, the Union has learned. DHS is offering the alternative schedule as part of a pilot program in to order allow Fraud Investigators to handle their cases before and after traditional work hours. It also has the obvious advantage of getting one more day away from work.

New Hours
The alternative schedules are 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday off; 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. with Thursday, Friday and Saturday off; or 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. with Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off. The pilot program was set to begin Aug. 8. Management said it will reevaluate the program in February.

We champion any kind of alternative schedules, said associate director of research and negotiations Vela Sutton. As long as members are happy with it, were happy with it.

Dont Comply with the Health Care Audit!


A Manhattan judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a City survey about employee health care. The municipal labor movements legal argument was that the City should have negotiated with the unions before going forward. Therefore, the Union is asking members not to participate in the study. Please do not send any documents or take part in this survey until you hear otherwise from SSEU Local 371. Protecting our members health care plans is a top priority, said President Anthony Wells. This is a notable victory in that regard. Any just and equitable health care plan in the next contract can only come about through good faith bargaining between the City and the unions.
The Unionist|August 2013

Ofcial 15-Day Election Notice


Ofcial 15-Day notice is hereby given for the nomination of (9) delegates and (18) alternate delegates for the Citywide election from the Parks Department on Thursday, August 29, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Union ofce, 817 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10003. This also serves as a fteen day notice of the election on Thursday September 5, 2013 of (9) delegates and (18) alternates from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Union ofce, 817 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10003.
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Ofcial 15-Day Election Notice


Ofcial 15-Day notice is hereby given for the nomination and election of eight (8) members of the Delegate Assembly to the Executive Committee, and will be conducted at the Delegate Assembly on Sept. 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Advance Realty Building, 235 West 23 St. between Seventh and Eighth Aves., in Manhattan.