DC 37 AFSCME 2019: ‘Making History & Growing Union Power’ - ‘A Year That Will be Remembered For Skyrocketing Membership’
From the halls of the U.S. Congress to the streets of New York City and workplaces in the five boroughs, DC 37 American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) kept busy in 2019 - looking out for the interests of its Members and Retirees.
And - the Union’s success in carrying out its mission is becoming ever more important as Working Families struggle to survive in a political world that is all too often hostile to their well-being.
But DC 37 made history in 2019, which will be remembered as a year its Membership skyrocketed.
Nearly 25,000 Members from the Private Sector joined the Union in September under a Unification Agreement between District Councils 37 and 1707, both AFSCME affiliates.
As a result, DC 37 Membership now tops 150,000 - the highest it’s ever been.
The benefits of unification became immediately apparent during the Summer as DC 37 won an agreement bringing the salaries of 4,000 Private Sector Day Care Teachers into line with their public school system counterparts.
The agreement served as a model for a similar pact for Childhood Educators in the Federally-supported Head Start Program, and it is now the blueprint for negotiations affecting thousands of other Private Sector Workers.
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