Click on the image above to download a flyer to share with your colleagues. We hope you and your family are able to join us on Sunday!
The Local 1482 family picnic is happening this Sunday! It will take place on Sunday June 9, from 11 am to 5 pm and you'll find us near the Picnic House in Prospect Park, which is located near the entrance to the park at Prospect Park West and 4th St. Bring the family, and join Local 1482 for food, fellowship, games, fun, and raffle prizes.
Click on the image above to download a flyer to share with your colleagues. We hope you and your family are able to join us on Sunday!
A paid leave benefit has been negotiated on behalf of DC37 members covered by the 2017-2021 economic agreement.
New York's Paid Family Leave provides job-protected time off so you can bond with a newly-born, adopted, or fostered child; care for a close relative with a serious health condition; or assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service.
There are more details on Paid Family Leave, including eligibility and the weekly percentage of paid leave the benefit provides in the document below. You can download a PDF of the document here, and we have posted it in the Benefits & Services page of the Local 1482 website..
This fact sheet was prepared by the Research & Negotiations Department at DC37.
The first General Membership Meeting for 2018-2019 is scheduled on Tuesday October 2nd, at 7:00 pm in the Trustees Room of the Central Library. As always, General Membership meetings are held on the the first Tuesday of the month in October, December, February, April, and June. You can find the full schedule, along with other Local 1482 events, on the Meetings and Events page.
We also have a flyer listing both the General Membership and Executive Board meetings, located here. Please print it out and post it on the union bulletin boards in your work locations.
All members of Local 1482 are welcome- and encouraged- to attend General Membership meetings when they are able to. The union is as strong as its membership, and the General Membership meetings are your chance to vote on motions, add your thoughts to discussions, and get involved. See you on October 2nd!
Ballots to vote on the new economic contract between DC37 and the City of New York were mailed to members' home addresses last week. If you do not receive your ballot, reach out to a member of the Executive Board or send an email to email@example.com.
The vote is being run by the American Arbitration Association, and ballots are due there no later than 9:00 am on Wednesday, August 14th. Please mail in your ballots as soon as you can!
It is important to follow the instructions for preparing your ballot, or it will be deemed invalid and will not count. Voting instructions are found on the other side of the purple ballot. Please read them carefully before marking your ballot or sealing it in the enclosed envelopes.
We encourage members to vote 'Yes' on this agreement. Besides providing raises totaling 7.42% over the 44 months of the contract, the contract is also notable for not including any givebacks on healthcare and promises increases in education and workplace skills training.
If you have any questions about the contract, or the voting process, please reach out to a member of the Executive Board or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There were a couple of major news stories this week you may have missed...
DC37 Reaches Tentative Agreement with the City for New Economic Contract
On June 25, DC37 reached a tentative agreement with the City on a new economic contract. The 44-month contract provides 7.42% in wage hikes to the 100,000 members of DC 37, which includes members of Local 1482. The previous contract expired in September, 2017. The wage increases break down as follows:
The contract also preserves premium-free health insurance for DC37 members and retirees at least through 2021, due to negotiations with the Municipal Labor Council, which represents all the unions of all city workers. In addition, DC37 and the City agreed to work together to opt-in to the New York Family Leave program by January, 2019.
The contract was approved by DC37 delegates. Soon, secret ballots will be sent to all members to vote on the contract. We'll share the dates the ballots will be distributed, and when they are due, once they are announced.
You can read more about the contract about the contract at the DC37 website here and here.
Supreme Court Rules Against AFSCME in a 5-4 Decision in Janus vs. AFSCME Case
On Wednesday, the five justices in the majority vote of the Janus vs. AFSCME case dismantled 40 years of legal precedent by undermining public workers and their unions in favor of privileged, wealthy corporate interests. The effects of this decision could eventually gut healthcare benefits, wages, and the ability to protect workplace health and safety of public sector workers.
The five justices in the majority ruled that mandating agency fees for non-members is unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Agency fees are paid by workers who choose not to belong in the union, but are represented by the union for contract bargaining, grievances, and other functions. The court also ruled that unions must continue to represent non-members even if they opt out of paying agency fees. This decision is designed to diminish revenue and erode membership and influence.
This article in Vox provides a solid overview on the significance of the Janus vs. AFSCME decision if you want to read more.
You can read reaction from DC37 on the decision here and here.
Finally, if you have not yet signed a card to join or recommit to DC37, you can either reach out to a member of the Executive Board to provide you with a card, or you can sign up online on the DC37 site. Encourage your coworkers and friends to fill out a card as well! Our strength is in our numbers, and it will be through collective action that we can fight inequality and attacks on workers
This year's annual conference of the New York Library Association will be held in Rochester, November 7-10.
The Library & Leadership Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association is seeking candidates for two scholarships to attend NYLA’s 2018 Conference in Rochester for first time attendees. One award will be given to Directors/Branch Managers; the second is for Library Assistants/support staff. This award covers the full conference registration fee; hotel room; LAMS luncheon and $100.00 towards travel. All applicants must submit an application in the form of a letter which includes:
To apply for these scholarships, submit the application via email to Julie Dempsey at email@example.com by June 30, 2018 All applicants will be reviewed by the LAMS’ Scholarship Committee. The winners of these scholarships will be selected by July 31, 2018.
This would a terrific opportunity for members of Local 1482 who have never attended a NYLA conference before. Please share this information with colleagues and friends you think may be interested!
We deeply thank the membership of Local 1482 for participating in our Day of Action on Wednesday and making it a success. It looks like most of our work locations were represented, often with full participation. We hope the day promoted a sense of teamwork and solidarity throughout all of the agencies represented by Local 1482.
We've heard that numerous library visitors noticed the shirts, hats, and buttons, and asked what they were about. Thank you for responding to their questions, and for helping to raise awareness that the city's libraries run thanks to the hard work and dedication of staff who belong to a public sector union.
Also, many thanks to members who took photos and have forwarded them to us. If you have photos, send them in! We'll add them to the slideshow. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also send us your stories, anecdotes and impressions from the day.
As of this posting, there is still no decision issued from the Supreme Court on the Janus vs. AFSCME case. It is expected any day now. We encourage Local 1482 members to make a plan on how you will respond. If you haven't already, you can sign up for action alerts from DC37. Also, at 5:00 pm on the day of the ruling, there will be an Emergency Janus Protest/Union Power Rally is planned in Foley Square in Manhattan at 5:00 p.m. All union members--and their families and supporters--are invited.
Once again, thank you for your enthusiastic support of Local 1482's Day of Action, and for demonstrating that your union is proud and strong and ready to confront the future.
Here we are, June 20th, Local 1482's Day of Action!
This is a day where we display solidarity towards union members everywhere simply by getting dressed for the day. T-shirts, hats, and buttons are being delivered to all branches and work locations (Unfortunately, we were not able to obtain t-shirts for all of our members as we originally planned. But DC37 was able to make up for it with hats and buttons). Please wear the shirts, buttons, and hats today, demonstrate to your communities that union members keep NYC running--particularly its libraries--and that as union members we are undivided and ready to face the future together.
The Executive Board thanks all of our members for making the Day of Action a success, and we intend it to be a springboard for future actions. Please take pictures, and share your stories with us! You can email them to email@example.com.
Rally Planned on Date of Janus vs. AFSCME Decision
We chose June 20th for the Day of Action because it is around the time the Supreme Court is expected to issue it's decision in the Janus vs. AFSCME case, which could overturn decades of precedent and severely hobble public service unions' capacity to function. On the day the decision is handed down, an Emergency Janus Protest/Union Power Rally is planned in Foley Square in Manhattan at 5:00 p.m. It is being organized by the PSC (the CUNY faculty and staff union), together with NYSNA (the nurses’ union), but all union members and their family and friends are welome.
There is an event page, but please note the date is not accurate (Facebook requires inserting a date, even if it's just a placeholder). The rally will be at 5:00 on whatever day the Janus decision is announced, rain or shine. We encourage Local 1482 members to come out to make some noise and show that NYC will always be a union town.
Thank you again for taking part in the Local 1482 Day of Action!
Today marks two weeks until Local 1482's Day of Action on June 20th. For the Day of Action, we are asking that members of Local 1482 wear their green DC37 shirts to work to illustrate that our branches and work locations operate due to the commitment and hard work of union members. Uniformed members, such as Special Officers and Custodians, will be provided with green DC37 pens to display in the front pockets of their uniforms.
Shirts and pens will be delivered to all agencies and branches in the coming days.
The Day of Action will also be an opportunity for members to learn about participating in union activities and events, such as shop steward training and contributing to the PEOPLE campaign.
Local 1482 calls on all of our members to take part in our Day of Action on Wednesday, June 20. The date is around the time the Supreme Court is expected to issue its ruling in the Janus vs. AFSCME case, a decision which could subject public sector unions like ours to ‘right to work’ laws that could over time lower wages, strip benefits, and stifle the collective voices of workers.
On June 20th, we ask that members of Local 1482 wear a green DC37 t-shirt to work, which will be provided to you for free. Uniformed members who cannot wear the t-shirt, such as Custodians and Special Officers, should instead display a green DC37 pen in the front pockets of your uniform shirts.
By wearing the t-shirts and pens, we as members of Local 1482 and DC37 will demonstrate visually that our branches and agencies are staffed by people who belong to a public sector union, that we are committed to retaining our ability to represent the rights and interests of our members, and that we stand in fellowship and solidarity of unionized workers nationwide.
As part of the Day of Action, Local 1482 will also provide members with information on signing up for Local 1482 Shop Steward training, contributing to PEOPLE (AFSCME’s fund to support political candidates who support and understand the needs of working families), and participating in Local 1482 events and activities.
A flyer for the Day of Action is located here. Please print it out, display it, and share this information widely with your colleagues. Encourage everyone to participate! Our collective power is built member-by-member, action-by-action.
If you have any questions or feedback about the Day of Action, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or reach out to a member of the Executive Board. We will also have more information and will answer questions at the General Membership Meeting on June 5th.
We will continue to post updates about the Day of Action. Keep an eye on this space. We'll also provide answers to your questions in the FAQ below.
Day of Action FAQ
Do I need to order a shirt (or pen) myself? No, we have you covered! We will provide green DC37 t-shirts for all of our members, and they will be delivered (along with pens for uniformed titles) the first week of June to your branches and work locations.
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