The DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services (MELS) held webinars on Family Law (Oct. 28, 2020), Real Estate (Nov. 30, 2020), and Student Debt (Dec.

DC 37's Health & Security Plan launched the new DC 37 Delta Dental Benefit Plan on Tuesday, Sept.

DC 37 Retirees'  June 19 ad in The Chief salutes frontline workers. The DC 37 Retirees Association placed an ad in the June 19 issue of The

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. 

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

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.

For those retirees who received their Medicare Part B Reimbursement from the NYC Office of Labor Relations (OLR) a direct deposit was made by OLR on Friday, April 17, 2020, to the same bank account that their pension check is deposited into. Paper checks will be sent out later.

Everyone should check the amount that was deposited against the amount that they actually paid for Medicare Part B in 2019 by comparing the amount received to the amount shown on their SSA 1099 for 2019.

Note: This information is excerpted from the "Tax Strategies" column by Barry Lisak that appeared in the April 10, 2020 edition of The Chief.