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Executive Board Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: District Council 37, 125 Barclay Street, Room 7,
New York, NY 10007

General Membership Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: District Council 37, 125 Barclay Street, Room 7,
New York, NY 10007

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Updated TDM Seniority List, Sept. 2017

Message from President Michael DeMarco


Dear Brothers and Sisters:

DC 37 members voted overwhelmingly to approve the new contract with the city. Under this 44-month economic agreement, we won a 7.42 percent wage increase and secured benefits with no givebacks.

The 44-month pact pays a 7.42 percent compounded raise, funds education programs for members, preserves health benefits, and offers a provision for the City to opt-in to the New York State Paid Family Leave Plan in January 2019. The union preserved health care benefits, with no premium contribution or co-pay increases for members and their families.

The contract pays members:

  • a retroactive 2 percent raise effective September 26, 2017;
  • a compounded 2.25 percent raise effective September 26, 2018,
  • and a compounded 3 percent raise effective October 26, 2019.

Visit www.dc37.net to calculate your anticipated, pre-tax salary increases. The union anticipates your retroactive money may be included in the October 5 paycheck.

Over the years our jobs have changed to keep pace with technology. I fought hard and long at the bargaining table, putting our members’ interests up against those of the larger 5 percent locals in our union.

With the support of Executive Director Henry Garrido, our new contract also provides an Equity Panel to examine our titles and DOT’s new job requirements and compensation.

I am always fighting for salary increases. As soon as 2019, we hope the Equity Panel will lead to increasing Local 1455 members’ salaries to match the demands and skills needed to do our jobs.

We believe equal wages for equal work. For example, Traffic Device Maintainers install and maintain munimeters and the Local 1455 leadership team is fighting for a wage increase for TDMs to match the pay of Revenue Equipment Maintainers.

Local 1455 members save the city millions of dollars by contracting signage work and other jobs, in addition to gainsharing for meeting production goals. We want our fair share of the pie.

Again, because we are not a prevailing rate local, we are challenged to get members the pay they deserve. The Equity Panel established in this contract will bring us closer to achieving that. We now have something to reach for towards winning better wages for union members.

We have to thank Executive Director Henry Garrido and the local presidents on the DC 37 Negotiating Committee, the DC 37 staff including Associate Director Oliver Gray, Director of Research and Negotiations David Paskin, General Counsel Robin Roach as well as Mayor de Blasio and Labor Commissioner Robert Linn for their successful efforts in negotiating this deal.

The mayor and his administration have shown genuine concern regarding funding and preserving public sector services and civil servants’ jobs, which makes me very optimistic about the future of Local 1455.

The conservative Right has targeted labor unions. Their attack culminated with the June U.S. Supreme Court decision Janus vs. AFSCME that overturned a 40-plus-year legal precedent in favor of unions.

SCOTUS sided with corporations who want to break up and destroy unions, and eliminate workers’ rights to a unified voice at work and the right to come together to bargain for raises and benefits.

But members have spoken up, they voted YES for this contract and are sticking with their union!

On Saturday September 8, union members marched in the annual Labor Day parade in one of the biggest turnouts in years.

This is a new day, a new era and a fresh start for union members. The truth is out: We are sticking with our union!

New Yorkers count on unionized municipal employees to protect and usher them through disasters and day-to-day life in our city 24/7. We always do our best, and we get the job done. We make New York City run. And New York City is a union town!
DC 37 continues to work on improving relations with managers to insure that all workers are treated with dignity and respect.

As your local president I continue build on the good relationship I have with Dept. of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. She continues to listen and work with us, hear our concerns and implement suggestions that help us do our jobs better.

Each of you has placed your confidence and trust in me and the Local 1455 executive board. The leadership team of Local 1455 is very honored and grateful for that. I can say with confidence we will continue to work hard on your behalf.

In Solidarity,
Michael L. DeMarco
President, Local 1455


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