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Unionist November 2011

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 Volume 41 • Number 10November 2011
Ofcial Publication o Social Service Employees Union Local 371-DC 37 AFSCME, AFL-CIO
 www.sseu371.org 
Your Fifth Amendment Rights Resisting Hospital Cuts
 
Page 4
Page 8
Obama Talks Jobs
President Barack Obama addressed unionleaders, including our Union President, Nov. 1at the White House.
See more on page 7.
 I
n today’s political climate, public-sector unions like our own are underattack. That is why SSEU Local 371is organizing its Delegates and Alter-nates, the ront lines o the union in all o our workplaces, or a ght back campaign.Part o that eort was hosting the three-day Delegates Training in Stamord,Conn., where nearly 350 o our Delegatesand Alternates took part in trainings andheard moving speeches rom our Unionleaders. This year’s theme was “We ght back.” The Delegates and the Alternates arecentral in the ght back, as they inorm themembers on the ground o their rights andorganize them on a regular basis. The train-ing included help rom the Union’s parentorganization, the American Federation o State, County and Municipal Employees. AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saun-ders addressed the Delegates and AlternatesOct. 22, stressing that members neededto mobilize the vote against a Republicanagenda that attacks working amilies.“They will have a dear price to pay inNovember,” Saunders said about the GOPopposition in the House o Representativesto President Obama’s jobs plan.
Lots of Workshops
 The crowd heard rom various otherspeakers, including VP o Organization In-grid Beaumont, the main organizer o thishistoric event, who brought the membersto a roaring applause.Delegates and Alternates attended workshops in which they learned aboutgrievances, internal organizing and nego-tiations. VP o Research and NegotiationsRose Lovaglio-Miller noted in her pre-sentation the negotiations process starts with Delegates, as they are responsible orpolling the members on what they think  were important demands. The Delegatesin turn pass on this inormation to theUnion’s negotiators. VP o Legislation and Political Action Michelle Akyempong led a discussion aboutpolitical organizing, in addition to StateSenators Eric Adams and Diane Savino, aormer SSEU Local 371 VP, who taughtstrategies or ghting back politically. Unionlawyers and VP o Grievances and LegalServices Lloyd Permaul spoke about work-ers’ rights and how to preserve them.In his address to members, SSEU Local371 President Anthony Wells underscoredthe importance o the younger generationo members. Among the Union’s Delegates who are a part o the AFSCME’s Next
‘We ight back’
Delegates Gather for Three Days of Training
Continued on page 5
Delegates and Alternates participated in various training sessions, learning about grievances and legal services,organizing and union history.
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2 The Unionist | November 2011
November
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Political Action Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor23
Civilians in Law Enforcement:
 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 15th Floor30
HHC Chapter:
6:30 p.m. Union Ofce,12th Floor
December
7
Executive Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor8
Black Heritage Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor12
General Membership Meeting:
 6:30 p.m. TBA 13
Concerned Social Workers:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor14
Women’s Committee & Political ActionCommittee:
6:30 p.m. Union Ofce,12th Floor15
Jewish Heritage Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor20
Alumni Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor21
Delegate Assembly:
6:30 p.m. Advance Realty Building, 235 West 23rdStreet in Manhattan28
Civilians in law Enforcement:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 15th Floor29
Caribbean Heritage:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor
CALENDAR
Published monthly except or a combined issue in July/  August and a Supplement in January by the SocialService 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: TheUnionist, SSEU Local 371, 817 Broadway, N.Y., N.Y. 10003.USPS# 348990 (212) 677-3900ISSN# 0041-7092
President
 Anthony Wells
Executive Vice President
 Yolanda Pumarejo
Secretary-Treasurer
Joe Nazario
V.P. Negotiations & Research
Rose Lovaglio-Miller
V.P. Organization & Education
Ingrid Beaumont
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 DeJesusMelva Scarborough
Editor
 Ari Paul
Visit us on the web at www.sseu371.org
 
inspraton, fromLk and the mebers
T
he Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial wasdedicated Oct. 16, marking a permanent honoror the civil rights hero in Washington, DC.Personally, the awesome moment was PresidentBarack Obama giving his speech under the toweringgure o Dr. King. It was priceless and inspiring.On the weekend o Oct. 21, more than 350 Delegatesand Alternates attended Delegate’s Training. The theme was “We ght back.” The energy and enthusiasmpermeated every corner o the place. The exchange o inormation was invaluable. There were workshops andgeneral sessions designed to equip the Delegates withthe tools to become eective leaders. They were givenmechanisms to energize and mobilize the membership.Furthermore, they shared ideas and concerns with eachother in an eort to develop solutions to the many issuesoccurring in locations. They let the conerence preparedto “ght back” whenever and wherever necessary. We are moving orward, energized or the many challenges acing us. To be successul, we must ad-dress the “enemy within,” i.e. apathy and complacen-cy. We need an inormed and mobilized membership. We need a membership that understands that thisght is about “putting ood on your table.” We needa membership that is prepared, willing and ready toght back. Indeed, we have that membership in you. And you have the leadership in our Delegates and Alternates. We are inspired by the events o the day, like Occupy Wall Street, Dr. King’s Memorialand Delegate’s Training. They remind us that change is possible with hope and determi-nation. It takes eort and commitment. It requires us to come together or a commonpurpose and goal. The purpose is to “FIGHT BACK” and the goal is to “put ood onour tables.” United we will be successul in both.
– Anthony Wells 
We are movingorward, energizedor the manychallengesacing us.
Ohio Fights Back and Wins
On Nov. 8 Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected a Republican-backed law that curbed thecollective bargaining rights o Ohio state workers. It is proo that a grassroots eort tostrengthen unions and workers’ rights can and will beat back the assault on labor nationwide.Governors who want to wage similar campaigns against unions should take note o whathappened in Ohio.“We witnessed a victory that is both encouraging and inspiring,” said SSEU Local 371 VP oOrganization Ingrid Beaumont. “Voters and unions collectively let their voices be heard in Ohio.Let this serve as proo o what is possible when we participate politically and we fght back.”
Save the Date:
The Black Heritage Celebration will take place Feb. 3, 2012. Stay tuned or more details.
 
November 2011 | The Unionist 3
 Ater setting up an opportunity or the TV crew to lm the child or sibling group, theclip airs and Davis elds calls rom parents who want to be oster parents and she walks them through that process.“It has been a rollercoaster,” she said o her tenure. “I eel like I want to take all thekids home with me.”Davis thinks it is a successul program:O the 600 children the segment has ea-tured under her watch, about hal o them
On the FrOnt Lines
A Product of Foster Care, and One of Its Best Advocates
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day before her 10th birthday, KeemaDavis was placed in foster care. Atthe age of 14, along with her twosisters and one brother, she found a newloving mother who to this day she stillcalls “mom.” It was this woman who gaveher a warm home after a troubled start inlife who inspired Davis to do somethingpositive with her career. Today, Davis, anSSEU Local 371 member, works as thecoordinator for Wednesday’s Child, a seg-ment on Channel 4 that features childrenin need of foster parents.
“Even when I went through a roughpatch, she always believed in me,” Davissaid about her oster mother. “She really helped me out. She instilled a desire in meto help others like she did or me. It was apromise ullled doing this work.”
A Weekly Effort
 Wednesdays Child, sponsored by theFreddie Mac Foundation, has been airing inNew York City since 1999. Davis, who was working on her Master’s degree in commu-nications at the New York Institute o Tech-nology, was approached by Channel 4 aterthe segment’s coordinator saw her speakingabout her childhood in oster care.Each week, Davis works rom the Administration or Children’s Services’150 William Street headquarters and each week teams up with the contracted agen-cies to nd children in need o a home.
Keema Davis said her oster mother inspired her to make a career in helping kids in need.
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 A Testament For a Center rom the People It Serves
Senior citizens rom the Senior Center at the Frederick Douglass Houses (New York City Housing Authority)made tiles or this mural honoring the center and thework that it does. “It is important or the seniors,”said Floyd Cohen, a 33-year-member o SSEU Local371 and the Director o the center. “It makes them eelmeaningul and it makes them eel productive.” Themural was unveiled on Nov. 4, and it was meant, Cohensaid, “or beautifcation o the center and beautifcationo the community.”
SAVE THE DATE
The CCSW annual celebration will takeplace March 16,2012 at District Council37. Dinner will be served rom 5:30 to6:45 with a program to ollow.I you earned your MSW in 2011 pleasecontact Yolanda Pumarejo at (212) 598-7053 to ensure you are recognized oryour accomplishment.
have been introduced, matched or settledin oster amilies.Davis hoped more SSEU Local 371members would consider becoming osterparents, or i they could not do so them-selves, reach out to riends and amily members who could adopt children.“You don’t have to be rich to be a osterparent,” she said. “We want caring people. We need good homes.”Davis isn’t a oster parent hersel. Whenasked why not, she laughed, “My apart-ment’s too small.”
The segment airs each Wednesday between5:30 and 6:00 p.m., and re-airs on Sundaymorning between 7 and 8 a.m. To reach out tothe program, call (212) 676-WISH.

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