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JUDICIAL PANEL CASE NO. 24-015

District Council 37 Retirees Chapter Administratorship

We're excited to share details about our Spring 2024 Retirees education program, brought to you through a Partnership with the DC 37 Education Department and the DC 37 Retirees Association. This program offers a variety of enriching experiences in education, recreation, and social engagement tailored for retirees like you. There's something to suit everyone's interests: health and fitness, history, computer/digital skills and language classes.
An administratorship is a process established under Article IX of the International Constitution, under which the International President is authorized to appoint representatives to assume responsibility for the day-to-day affairs of an affiliate when the affiliate is found to have violated the International Constitution. Under this provision, he may appoint administrators to carry out these responsibilities on his behalf.
On February 22, AFSCME President Lee Saunders placed the Retirees Association of DC 37 under emergency administratorship. This means that the national union has assumed responsibility for the day-to-day affairs of the Association.

As you may have heard, Governor Cuomo has made a series of changes that will impact this year’s primary elections. In an executive order, he has cancelled the special elections for Queens Borough President, and the 31st Assembly District.

The Governor has mandated, through executive order, that the state Board of Elections mail all registered voters a postage-paid absentee ballot application. While poll sites will remain open, an absentee ballot offers everyone the safest way to vote during the coronavirus pandemic. 

As New York City became the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, emergency medical services (EMS) professionals, including AFSCME member Laura Hartnett, were working 16-hour shifts instead of their normal eight-hour shifts to respond to the flood of emergency calls.

Across the country in California, AFSCME member Blake

During Law Enforcement Week, we honor public safety officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. We also recognize the unique role that first responders like AFSCME law enforcement members play during times of crisis.

Union Family, 

May 1 was International Workers' Day, or May Day, when we reflect on the labor movement -- the progress we have made and the work we still have to do. 

This year’s International Workers' Day came in the middle of a devastating public health crisis. Public service workers are on the front lines each and every day, and far too many have succumbed to COVID-19 while putting their neighbors’ safety above their own. 

The DC 37 Retirees Association office is officially open. The hours are Monday to Thursday, 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an appointment is necessary for in-person meetings with office personnel. It is recommended that visitors wear a face mask during their visit to the office. To schedule an appointment, please call 212-815-1790 or send an email to retassn@dc37.net.

This is a repost of an April 29, 2020 article by Neal Frumkin that appeared on LaborPress.org

Roxie Nelson remembers her father, Ed Nelson, as a caring and passionate man who often put the needs of others before his own.

“When I was around him his phone was always busy, and he would take calls from people all the time,” she recalls. “He was always working to help somebody, whether it was at the union or friends or family. He would take care of people whenever they needed help.”

Editor’s note: The following is a story from the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, as told by a member in Washington state:

“My name is Kristina Johnson-Short and I am a social services specialist with the Division of Children, Youth and Families in Washington state. I’m a proud AFSCME member, a shop steward and president of AFSCME Local 1054 (WFSE). I am also a domestic violence survivor.