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As a result of COVID-19, the DC 37 Retirees Association office is officially closed until further notice. In-person general membership meetings and committee meetings are also canceled until further notice. However, the Executive Board is conducting its monthly meetings remotely by teleconferencing and monthly membership meetings are being held remotely on Zoom. Below is an update on Association dues, and info on how to reach the Association and DC 37 services.

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As the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerges in the United States, many AFSCME members are and will continue to be on the front lines caring for and transporting those afflicted with the virus. Workers in emergency services, health care, child care, educational institutions and many others may come in contact with people who’ve contracted the coronavirus, putting themselves at risk.

Report by Lesly L Williams, VP of Publicity and Public Relations and a CBTU Convention partipant 

DC 37 Retirees Association officers and members were on the move in recent months, attending city, state, and regional labor events of interest to retirees and raising our issues where appropriate – including the fight to keep our existing health care plans. Below are summaries and photos of those events.

NYC Labor Day Parade 2022

Faced with the management’s refusal to remedy unfair labor practices and address workers’ major priorities during contract negotiations, AFSCME Local 397 (District Council 47) – the Philadelphia Museum of Art Union (PMAU) – began a museum-wide strike Monday.

AFSCME is committed to helping you get the student debt relief you deserve.

Thanks to the Biden administration, millions of public service workers, including AFSCME members, are eligible for student loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program or (PSLF). And even more public service workers are eligible under a temporary waiver that expires Oct. 31, 2022. 

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout. The National Academy of Medicine, in a report from 2019, said that 35% to 54% of nurses and physicians in the United States had “substantial symptoms of burnout.”

Then things got worse.