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State of the Union

 
 
“State of the Union” is a half-hour weekly radio program hosted by Chris Policano and produced by District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO – New York City’s largest public employee union. The program features DC 37’s viewpoint on issues that impact New Yorkers and offers a platform where the voices of public employees can be heard. Tune in for lively discussions with some of the city’s most interesting personalities. You can also click on a program title below to hear the show.

Broadcasts Wednesdays at 1:30 pm and Sundays at 8 pm on WNYE-91.5 FM in New York City.


Radio Show Archives:
2015 | 2014 and Earlier



Dec. 25: SSEU L. 371’s A. Weekes & V. Ciccarello on the Union’s Reform Proposals at ACS & In the Public Interest’s D. Cohen on Privatization During the Upcoming Trump Presidency (mp3 format)*
SSEU Local 371 Child Protective Specialist Supervisors Armenta Weekes and Vincent Ciccarello discuss the union’s proposals for reform at the city’s Administration for Children Services. In the Public Interest Executive Director Donald Cohen talks about privatization during the upcoming Trump presidency. Show also aired on Wed., Dec. 28, 2016.


Dec. 18, 2016: Murphy Institute’s Ed Ott on Trump Election’s Impact on Unions & Master Puppeteer/L. 299’s Bruce Cannon i.e. “The Three Bears Holiday Bash” Puppet Show (mp3 format)*
The Murphy’s Institute (CUNY) Lecturer of Labor Studies, Ed Ott, talks about the Trump election’s impact on unions. NYC Parks Dept.  Master Puppeteer/Local 299 Secretary Bruce Cannon discusses his work and Christmas show “The Three Bears Holiday Bash” at Central Park. Show also aired on Wed., Dec. 21, 2016.


Dec. 11, 2016: DC 37 Exec. Dir. H. Garrido on the New Provisional Workers’ Law & L. 372’s D. Nesbit on Health Code Violations in Public School Cafeterias (mp3 format)*
DC 37 Exec. Dir. Henry Garrido discusses a recently signed union backed bill that gives thousands of provisional city workers the chance to become civil servants with job protections. L. 372 Exec. V.P. Donald Nesbit refutes a State Senate Independent Democratic Caucus report that shows health code violations in NYC public school cafeterias. Show also aired on Wed., Dec. 14, 2016.


Dec. 4, 2016: Political Action Dir. J. John & NY Immigration Coalition’s Murad Awawdeh on NYS Constitutional Convention (mp3 format)*
Political Action Dir. Jeremy John and Murad Awawdeh of the NY Immigration Coalition make the case against a NY State Constitutional Convention. Show also aired on Wed., Dec. 7, 2016.


Nov. 27, 2016: Highlights of Mayor de Blasio’s speech at Cooper Union & L. 372’s S. Francois & Comm. Food Advocates’ L. Accles on the Universal Free School Lunch (mp3 format)*
Highlights of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech at Cooper Union this week. Local 372 Pres. Shaun D. Francois I and Comm. Food Advocates Exec. Dir. Liz Accles call for universal free lunch for all public school students. Show also aired on Wed., Nov. 30, 2016.


Nov. 13, 2016: Playwright/actress Sharon Washington on her play Feeding the Dragon & Filmmaker Joseph Fusco on his film Finish Line: The rise and demise of Off-Track Betting. (mp3 format)*
Playwright/actress Sharon Washington discusses her play Feeding the Dragon, which chronicles her experience of living with her family in a NYC public library branch kept running by her father, a DC 37 member. Former OTB worker Joseph Fusco talks about his feature-length documentary Finish Line: The rise and demise of Off-Track Betting. Show also aired on Wed., Nov. 16 & 23, 2016 and Sun., Nov. 20, 2016.


Nov. 6, 2016: SSEU L. 371 Pres. A. Wells on ACS Caseworkers & the Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel on the Election’s Consequences (mp3 format)*
SSEU Local 371 Pres. Anthony Wells talks about the challenges faced by his union's members at the ACS; the Nation’s Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel discusses the longtime consequences of this election season. Show also aired on Wed., Nov. 9, 2016.


Oct. 30, 2016: L. 3621 Pres. V. Variale & L. 2507 Pres. I. Miranda on raising of FDNY firefighter age limits & L. 371’s N. Muhammad on her Olympic gold medalist daughter (mp3 format)*
Uniformed EMS Officers L. 3621 Pres. Vincent Variale and Uniformed EMT’s & Paramedics L. 2507 Pres. Israel Miranda discuss the impact City Council legislation to raise FDNY firefighter age limits could have on EMS staffing levels. Local 371 Child Protective Specialist Nadriah Muhammad, mother of Olympic gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad, talks about her child’s incredible accomplishment. Show also aired on Wed., Nov. 2, 2016.


Oct. 23, 2016: L. 1501 Pres. J. Sanders on the Forum on Public Pension Divestment from Fossil Fuels & Newsday’s D. Janison on the Final Presidential Debate (mp3 format)*
Climate Justice Committee’s Local 1501 Pres. Jeremy Sanders talks about the recent forum on public pension funds divestment from investments associated with fossils fuels. Newsday columnist Dan Janison weighs in on last week’s final presidential. Show also aired on Wed., Oct. 26, 2016.


Oct. 16, 2016: MELS’s Joan Beranbaum & Bob Martin on Legal Services Program, and Journalist Tom Robbins on Giuliani’s role in the Trump Campaign (mp3 format)*
DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services Director Joan Beranbaum and Associate Director Robert Martin discuss the program’s legal services for union members. Noted journalist Tom Robbins talks about former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s role in the Trump campaign. Show also aired on Wed., Oct. 19, 2016.


Oct. 9, 2016: Exec. Dir. H. Garrido on Fair State Funding for NYC Public Hospital System (mp3 format)*
Executive Director Henry Garrido makes the case for fair state funding for New York City’s public hospital system. Show also aired on Wed., Oct. 12, 2016.


Oct. 2, 2016: Politico’s Glenn Thrush on the Historic Presidential Debate; Health & Safety’s Guille Mejia on State Workers Comp. & Pension Registration Extension for Ground Zero Workers & Volunteers (mp3 format)*
Politico’s Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush weighs in on last Monday’s historic presidential debate and its impact on the race for the White House. DC 37 Health & Safety Director Guille Mejia discusses the recent registration extension, until Sept., 2018, for state pension and worker’s comp. benefits for Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers. Show also aired on Wed., Oct. 5, 2016.


Sept. 18: Parks Supervisor/L. 1508’s Nicole Brewer & Parks Crew Chief/L. 1505’s Corey Garrett on Public Employees Impact on Communities (mp3 format)*
Dept. of Parks & Recreation Parks Supervisor/Local 1508 member Nicole Brewer and Parks Crew Chief/Local 1505 member Corey Garrett discuss how their work makes a difference in the communities they serve. Show also aired on Wed., Sept. 21 & 28, Sun., Sept. 25.


Sept. 11, 2016: VCF Special Master R. Bhattacharyya on the Zadroga Act Extension & Artist Brenda Berkman on “Thirty-Six Views of WTC” exhibit (mp3 format)*
On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya talks about the Fund’s benefits and the Zadroga Act extension; and artist/Ret. FDNY Captain Brenda Berkman discusses her exhibit of lithographic work titled “Thirty-Six Views of One World Trade Center” displayed at DC 37. Show also aired on Wed., Sept. 14, 2016.


Sept. 4, 2016: Citizens Campaign for the Environment Exec. Dir. A. Esposito on Suffolk County water usage; L. 508 Pres. P. Stein on Pool & Beach Season Extension
(mp3 format)*
Drowning in inequality: Suffolk County, Long Island families use an average of 120,000 gallons of water per year while billionaire David Koch (of Koch brothers infamy) used 22.5 MILLION gallons of water last year at his summer house in the Hamptons. Adrienne Esposito of Citizens Campaign for the Environment talks about the environmental and economic impact on the rest of the community. NYC Lifeguard Supervisors L. 508 Pres. Peter Stein on pool & beach season extension after Labor Day and the city’s lifeguards’ first responder’s work during another summer season. Show also aired on Sept. 7, 2016.


Aug. 28, 2016: L. 372 Pres. S.D. Francois I on School Crossing Guards hiring hall & L. 1189’s K. Arnold on his book “The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick”
(mp3 format)*
Local 372 President Shaun D. Francois I talks about the union's recent hiring hall events to recruit School Crossing Guards and the restoration of benefits for spouses and domestic partners of the union’s retirees; Coney Island Hospital psychologist and Local 1189 member Kyle Arnold discusses his book 'The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick,' about the famed science fiction writer. Show also aired on August 31, 2016.


Aug. 21, 2016: Pulitzer Prize winning & investigative journalist David Cay Johnston on his latest book, “The Making of Donald Trump"
(mp3 format)*
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston discusses his latest book, "The Making of Donald Trump," and makes the case for public employee defined benefit pensions. Show also aired on August 24, 2016.


Aug. 14, 2016: 2016 Workmen’s Circle A. Toback on Social Justice Initiatives; The Public Interest’s D. Cohen on Private Prisons’ Decline
(mp3 format)*
Workmen’s Circle’s Executive Director Ann Toback talks about the organization’s social justice initiatives within the Jewish community. In the Public Interest’s Donald Cohen discussed the decline of private prisons. Show also aired on August 17, 2016.


Aug. 7, 2016: 2016 AFSCME Convention speeches - AFSCME Pres Lee Saunders and Rev. Dr. William Barber
(mp3 format)*
Highlights of keynote speeches from the 2016 AFSCME Convention - AFSCME President Lee Saunders and the Rev. Dr. William Barber. Show also aired on August 10, 2016.


July 31, 2016: Daily Beast’s M. Tomasky on Political Conventions & SSEU Pres. A. Wells on role of newly elected AFSCME Inter. V.P.
(mp3 format)*
Daily Beast senior correspondent Michael Tomasky discusses the Democratic and Republican conventions. SSEU Local 371 President Anthony Wells talks about his new role as AFSCME International Vice President. Show also aired on August 3, 2016.


July 24, 2016: Murphy Institute’s Ed Ott on State of Labor & Election year politics
(mp3 format)*
Murphy Institute’s lecturer in labor studies Ed Ott talks about the state of the labor movement and its impact on politics this election year. Show also aired on July 27, 2016.


July 10, 2016: Wash. Post’s T. Samuel on D.Trump’s Unorthodox Campaig; L.1508 Pres. P.Stein on Pool & Beach Season Extension
(mp3 format)*
Washington Post’s National Political Editor Terence Samuel on Donald Trump’s unorthodox behavior on the campaign trail and Pres. Obama’s legacy. NYC Lifeguard Supervisors Local 508 Pres. Peter Stein talks about pool & beach season extension after Labor Day and city’s lifeguards’ first responder work. Show also aired on July 13, 17 & 20, 2016.

July 3, 2016: L. 3621 Pres. V. Variale i.e. Tentative EMS Contract Agreement;L.1321 Pres. J. Hyslop i.e. FY 2017 Public Library Funding & Union Organizing Effort (mp3 format)*
Uniformed EMS Officers Local 3621 Pres. Vincent Variale talks about the tentative contract agreement which gives EMS workers a 10.41 percent compounded wage increase. Queens Library Local 1321 Pres. John Hyslop discusses funding public libraries in FY 2017 NYC Budget. Show also aired on July 6, 2016.


June 19, 2016: Exec. Dir. H. Garrido on CUNY Contract Agreement & FY 2017 NYC Budget Approval; Newsday’s Dan Janison on Presidential Campaign
(mp3 format)*
Executive Director Henry Garrido discusses two recent tentative contract agreements benefitting 15,000 DC 37 members at CUNY and FDNY, and last week’s City Council approval of the FY 2017 NYC Budget. Newsday political columnist Dan Janison tries to make sense of this year’s presidential campaign. Show also aired on June 22, 26 and 29, 2016.


June 12, 2016: L. 371's Deborah Williams on Karen Silkwood Award; Daily News' Robert George on Donald Trump's latest racist remarks
(mp3 format)*
SSEU Local 371 Health & Safety Coordinator Deborah Williams on being presented with the Karen Silkwood Award by the NY Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. NY Daily News columnist Robert George on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's racist salvos directed at a federal judge. Show also aired on June 15, 2016.


June 5, 2016: CWA District One’s Bob Master on Tentative Contract Agreement with Verizon; Part two of Murphy’s Institute’s Ed Ott on State of Labor & Election year politics
(mp3 format)*
CWA, District One’s Bob Masters, discusses tentative contract agreement striking unions (CWA & IBEW) reached with Verizon Communications. Part two of longtime labor leader and activist Ed Ott talking about the state of the labor movement and its impact on politics this election year. Show also aired on June 8, 2016.


May 29, 2016: FDNY EMS Lt./Local 3621’s Michael Kaiser on 1,000 mile bike ride to highlight mental health issues; NYCHA/L. 1549’s Lisa Ramcharan-Campbell on journey from her native Trinidad and Tobago to summa cum laude graduate of the CNR’s DC 37 campus
(mp3 format)*
FDNY EMS Lt./Local 3621 member Michael Kaiser discusses the grueling Ottawa-Washington, D.C. 1,000 mile bike ride he completed to highlight mental health issues confronting first responders. NYCHA/Local 1549’s Lisa Ramcharan-Campbell talks about her incredible journey that took her from her native Trinidad and Tobago to a summa cum laude graduate of the College of New Rochelle’s DC 37 campus. Show also aired on June 1, 2016.


May 22, 2016: Ray & Annie Acosta on Charity for Youths with Mental Health Issues; Ed Ott on State of Labor & Election year politics
(mp3 format)*
NYC Parks Deputy Chief of Operations Ray Acosta, and his wife Annie talk about the charity they started to help young people with mental health issues after the tragic loss of their son; longtime labor leader and activist Ed Ott talks about the state of the labor movement and its impact on politics this election year. Show also aired on May 25, 2016.


May 15, 2016: Exec. Dir. H. Garrido on Mayor de Blasio’s plan for NYC Health + Hospitals; The Public Interest’s D. Cohen on the failures of privatization
(mp3 format)*
DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido discusses Mayor de Blasio’s proposals to save the city’s fiscally ailing public health-care system. The Public Interest’s Donald Cohen talks about his organization’s recently released report which illustrates the dire consequences of private contractors cutting corners and jobs, lowering worker wages and skirting environmental protections. Show also aired on May 18, 2016.


May 1, 2016: Dept. of Social Services Comm. S. Banks on Mayor de Blasio’s comprehensive homeless plan; CM. R. Espinal on East New York Rezoning Plan
(mp3 format)*
NYC Dept. of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks talks about Mayor de Blasio’s recently released comprehensive homeless plan that focuses on prevention and the re-housing of families and individuals in the shelters. City Council Member Rafael Espinal (D- 37th District) discusses the East New York Rezoning Plan, recently passed by the City Council, which will bring much needed affordable housing units and investments in schools, parks and other infrastructure to the neighborhood. Show also aired on May 4, 8, 11, 2016.


Apr. 24, 2016: NYC Public Advocate L. James on Gender Wage Gap in NYC & NYCERS’ divesture of Hedge Funds
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NYC Public Advocate Letitia James discusses a report her office recently released that illustrates the gender wage gap that exists in New York City, and the New York City Employment Retirement System’s trustees voting to liquidate its hedge fund holdings. Show also aired on Apr. 27, 2016.


Apr. 17, 2016: L. 2507 Pres. I. Miranda on End to Privatization of Emergency Services; Daily News’ R. George on Political Humor
(mp3 format)*
NYC Uniformed EMT’s & Paramedics Local 2507 Pres. Israel Miranda calls for an end to privatization of emergency medical services; NY Daily News editorial board member Robert George on political humor and the thin line between funny and offensive. Show also aired on Apr. 20, 2016.


April 3, 2016: Ret. L. 371/Latin Soul legend Joe Bataan on “We Like It Like That” documentary; L. 1559 member Rebecca Meah on Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit on Dinosaurs
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Retired Local 371 member and Latin Soul music legend Joe Bataan, whose life and times are the subject of a new documentary film and Local 1559 member Rebecca Meah, who talks about the work of preparing a new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. Show also airs on April 6, 10 and 13, 2016.


March 27, 2016: L. 1320’s J. Tucciarelli on Privatization of NYC’s wastewater treatment; SSEU L. 371's A. Wells on Protection of ACS social workers
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Local 1320 Pres. Jim Tucciarelli talks about the privatization of NYC’s waste water treatment system; SSEU Local 371 Pres. Anthony Wells discusses the need to protect ACS child protective specialists, whose work can make them vulnerable to assault. Show also aired on March 30, 2016.


March 13, 2016: Exe. Dir. H. Garrido i.e. CUNY, NYC Heath + Hospitals, Mayor de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan; Local 1321 Pres. J. Hyslop on New Queens Library Pres./CEO D. Walcott
(mp3 format)*
DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido on the fights to save City University and the city's public healthcare system; and Mayor de Blasio’s Affordable Housing plan. Local 1321 Pres. John Hyslop on the challenges facing new Queens Library President/CEO Dennis Walcott. Show also aired on March 16, 2016.


March 6, 2016: B. Edmonds and M. Dolan on NYC Health + Hospitals Fiscal Crisis & L. 2627’s C. Childs on his All female Band’s Music
(mp3 format)*
DC 37’s Director of Field Operations Barbara Edmonds and Research & Negotiations Senior Assist Director Moira Dolan discuss the fiscal crisis impacting the city’s public hospitals; Local 2627 2nd Vice President Cody Childs on being a computer specialist by day and an R & B singer by night. Show also aired on March 9, 2016.


February 28, 2016: L. 3621 Pres. V. Variale on 2015 Ambulance Calls & Safety & Health’s G. Mejia on Workers Comp. proposals
(mp3 format)*
Local 3621 Pres. Vincent Variale on the record number of ambulance calls in NYC during 2015; DC 37 Health & Safety Director Guille Mejia on problems with proposed changes to NYS workers comp. Show also aired on March 2, 2016.


February 21, 2016: AFSCME’s S. Kreisberg on Justice Scalia’s death and its impact on a crucial Supreme Court Case; AFSCME’s B. McCamish on the politics behind the Flint Water Crisis
(mp3 format)*
AFSCME Research Director Steve Kreisberg on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and its impact on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case against public service worker unions. AFSCME Area Field Services Director Boyd McCamish discusses the politics behind the water crisis that has endangered public health in Flint, Michigan. Show also aired on February 24, 2016.


February 14, 2016: Public Interest’s Donald Cohen on Politics, Ideology & Veolia’s Role in Flint water crisis
(mp3 format)*
Donald Cohen of the Public Interest talks about the role that politics, ideology and the world’s largest private water corporation, Veolia, has played in the water crisis that has endangered the public health in Flint, Michigan. Show also aired on February 17, 2016.


February 7, 2016: MSNBC/the Nation’s Joan Walsh on Iowa Caucus results and New Hampshire primaries & L. 1189 Psychologist Dr. Goldfinger on City’s Drug Addiction problem
(mp3 format)*
MSNBC political analyst/the Nation’s national political correspondent Joan Walsh talks about the winners and losers of last Monday’s Iowa Caucuses and Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries. Also, Local 1189 member and NYC Psychologist Dr. Steven Goldfinger discusses the city’s drug addiction problem and his long career treating substance abuse patients. Show also aired on February 10, 2016.


January 31, 2016: Public Advocate James on Abusive landlords, Affordable Housing and Homeless Families; L. 2507 Pres. I. Miranda on the EMS Crews and the Snowstorm (mp3 format)*
NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, the first African-American woman to hold city-wide office, talks about the affordable housing crisis, the increasing number of homeless families in city shelters and the challenges of taking on abusive landlords. Local 2507 Pres. Israel Miranda discusses the life-saving work of Emergency Medical Services personnel during last week’s record breaking snowstorm. Show also airs on February 3, 2016.


January 24, 2016: A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (mp3 format)*
A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featuring an excerpt from his famous ‘I Have Been to the Mountaintop’ speech, delivered at the Mason Temple in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated. Dr. King was in Memphis supporting a strike by 1,300 AFSCME sanitation workers, who carried signs declaring, ‘I Am A Man. Show also airs on January 27, 2016.

January 17, 2016: Steve Greenhouse on the Supreme Court Case: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Associations oral arguments (mp3 format)*
Former New York Times labor correspondent Steve Greenhouse talks about the January 11 oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which threatens public employees unions’ right to collect fees from workers who are not members but benefit from union-negotiated collective bargaining agreements. Show also airs on January 20, 2016.


January 10, 2016: Wage Hike to $15 an Hour for City’s Public Workers; B. Childers on Lavish CEO Retirement Accounts & Ongoing Retirement Crisis
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Highlights of the Mayor de Blasio/DC 37 news conference at union headquarters announcing a $15 an hour minimum wage for the city’s public employees. Also, Bailey Childers of the National Public Pension Coalition talks about CEOs enjoying lavish retirement accounts while a retirement crisis exists for everyone else. Show also aired January 13, 2016.


December 30, 2015: DC 37’s 2015 accomplishments & 2016 challenges; New State Law Protects EMS workers (mp3 format)*
DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido recounts the union’s 2015 accomplishments and talks about the challenges in 2016. Also, Local 2507 Pres. Israel Miranda discusses the recently signed state law that makes assaulting an EMT or paramedic a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. Show also aired January 3, 2016.






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