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The Unionist May 2012

The Unionist May 2012

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I
n an unprecedented collaborationbetween labor and the Bloombergadministration, more than 100 Unionmembers joined City ofcials includingDeputy Mayor Linda Gibbs at City Hall April 23 to fght or the rights o socialservice workers to be sae in their work environments and avoid uture assaults. Workers spoke, and the media listened.SSEU Local 371 successully advancedanother step toward getting the AssaultBill passed as a New York State law at the well-attended news conerence and rally. The bill, i passed, would make it a elony to assault a social service worker, bringingSSEU Local 371 members in line with tra-fc enorcement agents and transit workers.
Union ofcials, rank-and-fle members,agency commissioners and members o theState Senate and Assembly acknowledgedthe importance o protecting social service workers, who are among the most vulnerablepublic employees. They noted that the Ad-ministration or Children’s Services, the De-partment o Homeless Services and HumanResources Administration are essential assetsto social services provided to amilies in need. They enter hostile environments every day todeend victims, keep them rom harm’s way and create productive solutions or amilies.
SSEU Local 371 President Anthony  Wells told a crowd o reporters inside City Hall, “We’re not seeking to criminalize ourclients, rather we want to ensure that our
 Volume 42 • Number 5
May 2012
Ofcial Publication o Social Service Employees Union Local 371-DC 37 AFSCME, AFL-CIO
 www.sseu371.org 
Annual Union Audit Stopping Layoffs at ACS Discharge: Not So Bad?
 
Pages 4-6
Page 6
 
Page 7
The Time is Now!
Elected Ofcials and Union Join Forces or Assault Bill
Member Erica Pagan-Foy speaks to the press about being assaulted on the job. She is joined by Union members,elected ofcials and labor leaders.
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2 Th Uiist | Ma 2012
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Delegate Assembly:
6:30 p.m. AdvanceRealty Building 235 W. 23rd Street, Manhattan17
Caribbean Heritage Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor
Next Wave Committee:
6:30 p.m. UnionOfce, 12th Floor23
Political Action Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor
Civilians in Law Enforcement:
 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 15th Floor24
Jewish Heritage Celebration:
5:30 p.m.DC 37, 125 Barclay St., Manhattan31
Caribbean Heritage Committee:
 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor
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Executive Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor11
Latino Heritage Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor12
Committee of Concerned SocialWorkers:
6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor19
Alumni Association:
2 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor20
Delegate Assembly:
6:30 p.m. AdvanceRealty Building 235 W. 23rd St., Manhattan25
Membership Meeting:
6:30 p.m. AdvanceRealty Building 235 W. 23rd St., Manhattan27
Political Action Committee:
6:30 p.m.Union Ofce, 12th Floor
Civilians in Law Enforcement:
 6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 15th Floor28
Committee of Concerned SocialWorkers:
6:30 p.m. Union Ofce, 12th Floor
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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
Psit
 Anthony Wells
exuti vi Psit
 Yolanda Pumarejo
Sta-Tasu
Joe Nazario
v.P. ngtiatis & rsah
Rose Lovaglio-Miller
v.P. ogaizati & euati
Ingrid Beaumont
v.P. Gias & lga Sis
Lloyd Permaul
v.P. Pubiit & cmmuit ratis
Patricia Chardavoyne
v.P. lgisati & Pitia Ati
Michelle Akyempong
Tusts
 Vincent Ciccarello Yolanda DeJesusMelva Scarborough
eit
 Ari Paul
Visit us on the web at www.sseu371.org
M
ay marks the beginning o the Employee Recognitioncelebrations, when some agencies celebrate 25- year milestones with a celebratory event at DistrictCouncil 37 or agency headquarters. In many locations, workers are on committees to recognize various milestones by their coworkers o 10, 15, 20, 25 years and longer. It is a nobleidea to take one day to have management and labor recognize workers or their contributions to City government. I wishthe administration would keep it in mind the other 364 dayso the year. At a recent HRA celebration with more than 100 workers,there were our workers who had 50 years o service, and one with 55 years. These are remarkable eats o commitment anddedication. Every worker should be appreciated or every year o service no matter what length. At the same time in May, the Mayor announcedhis Executive Budget. Once again, Child WelareSpecialists are at risk o being laid o. We mustrepeat our success o protecting 26 Child WelareSpecialists, and discussions have already begun withCity ofcials and City Council Members to avertthese layos. The budget dance is in ull swing.It is unortunate that as we celebrate years o service the City seeks to end years o service or other workers. The hard work that goes into planning these ceremonies is exhibited in theproduct, a wonderul day or those who participate. However, ater the celebration, letus not orget the challenges and struggles that remain.
Th Stugg Aha
 The fght back against layos and the contracting out o CASA continues. Our cam-paign to get the Assault Bill passed is in ull gear. Workers have responded by signingthousands o letters to the Assembly urging lawmakers to pass it. (The State Senatehas passed the bill. It was sponsored by Senator Martin Golden.) It is time or the As-sembly to step up and pass it. Assemblyman Peter Rivera is the sponsor and many aresupporting it. However, we need the Assembly leadership to push it.So in May, as we celebrate workers’ rights and service, we continue to demand andfght or dignity and respect. We fght back against those who want to interere andreduce our rights. Something as simple but important as vacation time is treated likea privilege rather than a right. Many workers have given decades—or a lietime—toserving this City. Their contribution means something proound and important. Thatis why we celebrate it and why we fght to protect its value.
– Anthony Wells 
Let us not orgetthe challengesand strugglesthat remain.
Every Year of Service Counts
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sseU Lcal 371 ha a nw ack pag, which will tt allw th Unin tcmmunicat with mm. Pla “lik” u pag and cmmnt.Th UrL i: http://www.ack.cm/u371.
 
Ma 2012 | Th Uiist 3
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hen Eduardo Sanchez was a clerk at the Bank o New York, he knewsomething was missing. Sure, he was making good money, but he knewhe wanted the benefts and security o aunionized, civil service career. Besides,he wanted to serve the public. “I always wanted to work or the City,” he said.Nine years ago, he joined the HumanResources Administration as a Job Oppor-tunity Specialist in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he still works today. An immigrantrom the Dominican Republic, people likeSanchez were in demand, because the City needed Spanish-speaking social service workers.
A Au th Jb
In the decade Sanchez has been on the job, he has worked in all aspects o the jobcenter. Currently, he works in an adminis-trative position, but he wants to return toace-to-ace work. “Working with clientsis a little more eective, because you canunderstand where they’re coming rom,”he said. “The goal o the agency is to getthem to break barriers.”He’s also doing his job completely on hisown, as he used to have the support o asecond co-worker. “I don’t need supervi-sion because I know the work,” he said.Sanchez hopes that his mastery o theposition will soon elevate him to a supervi-sory position. “It’s not a challenge or me,”he said. “I’m ready or the next step.”
On the FrOnt Lines
Jb Assista Is His Jb–a Passi
For SSEU Local 371, the situationin the job centers has been dire, as theeconomic downturn has caused over-crowding and an overburdening o themembership.“Unortunately, we don’t have enough workers,” Sanchez said. “It is tough, butright now with this economy the job has tobe done, no matter what.”
Ati i Ui
Sanchez has been a Delegate or fve years, and is active in helping the Unionpass the Assault Bill, which would makeassaulting social service workers a elony oense. “Three o my workers were as-saulted at my location,” he said. “We needprotection. We’re not asking or much. We’re just asking or protection.”In addition, Sanchez is active in many o the local and DC 37 heritage committees. When asked how he can work a ull-time job, be a Union Delegate andparticipate in so many Union commit-tees, he responded, “You have to manage.I like to be busy. I like to be involved ineverything. I like to hear things rom thehorse’s mouth.”
Eduardo Sanchez: His job is fnding work or the jobless.
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MeMbers roM sseU Lcal 371 jind th thuand unin mm, immigatin ight activit, occupyWall stt uppt and th in Unin squaMay 1 t cmmmat Intnatinal Wk Day.
SSEU Local 371 and May Day
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