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2015 Archived Radio Shows

Radio Show Archives: Back | 2015 |2014 and Earlier

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December 20, 2015: MSNBC & Roosevelt Institute’s D. Warren on Income inequality and Attacks on Public Employee Unions; Safety & Health’s G. Mejia on the Zadroga Act Extension until 2090.
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MSNBC contributor and Roosevelt Institute fellow Dorian Warren discusses income inequality and the attacks on public employee unions. DC 37 Safety & Health Director Guille Mejia talks about Congress’ renewal of the Zadroga Act, which extends health care for 9/11 responders for 75 years. Show also aired December 23, 2015.

December 13, 2015: L. 768’s F. Reid discusses city’s rat problem; NYC PEP Officer B. Ahmadi on arrest of pipe wielding suspect in Battery Park City.
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Local 768 Pres. Fitz Reid discusses the city’s rising rat problem as elaborated in City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s recent audit on the proliferation of rats in the subway system and elsewhere; and PEP officer Benjamin Ahmadi talks about helping arrest a pipe swinging suspect who had swung his pipe at woman in Battery Park City last month. Show also aired December 16, 2015.

November 25, 2015: Exec. Dir. Henry Garrido on union’s accomplishments & Local 1505 Member & NYC Parks Worker Johanna Zeno on heroic action at Queens park
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DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido discusses the union’s 2015 accomplishments and the challenges ahead in 2016, including the fight to contain the high cost of prescription drugs. Also, NYC City Parks Worker and Local 1505 member Johanna Zeno talks about how she recently rushed to the aid of an off-duty police officer who was attacked in Queens’ Cunningham Park. Show also aired November 29, 2015.

November 18, 2015: L. 983 Pres. Puleo PEP at Battery Park City & EMS Lt. M. Daddona’s rescue of elderly woman
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Local 983 Pres. Joe Puleo discusses the fight to stop private security contractors from replacing NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol officers who’ve patrolled Battery Park City since 1992 and have made it one of the safest communities in NYC. Also, Local 3621 member and FDNY EMS Lt. Michael Daddona talks about his rescue of an elderly woman trapped in her burning house in Queens. Show also aired November 22, 2015.

October 25, 2015: NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray on “Roadmap for Mental Health” & Public Interest Group’s Donald Cohen on Privatization in NYC
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NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray discusses her "Roadmap for Mental Health," initiative to combat mental illness through community intervention. Also, Donald Cohen of the group In the Public Interest talks about how privatization and contracting out public services in New York City has undermined democracy and the public interest. Show also aired October 28 and November 4 & 8, 2015.

October 21, 2015: L. 1501 Pres. J. Sanders on Autumn activities at New York City’s Zoos & Aquarium
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Local 1501 Pres. Jeremy Sanders discusses the role that his members play in the activities at the Bronx, Central Park, Queens and State Island Zoos, and the Aquarium during autumn.

October 14, 2015: Community Voices Heard overview; and an update on the union’s Labor Faith & Community Outreach Program
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Community Voices Heard board member John Medina discusses the organization’s mission, goals and accomplishments. Also, Director of Field Operations Barbara Edmonds talks about the union’s Labor Faith and Community Outreach Program. Show also aired October 18, 2015.

September 30, 2015: Prescription Drugs’ High Cost/DC 37 Prescription Drug Plan; DC 37 Municipal Housing Program
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Health & Security Administrator Willie Chang and Health & Security Associate Administrator/Counsel Audrey Browne talk about the high cost of prescription drugs and its impact on the union’s drug plan. Also, DC 37 Municipal Housing Program Manager, Ruth Pena, discusses the program’s success in helping DC 37 members fulfill their goal of purchasing their first home. Show also aired October 4, 7, & 11 and November 11 & 15, 2015.

September 23, 2015: Daily News Arthur Browne & New Book; L. 768 member & Ebola volunteer mission to Guinea
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New York Daily News Editorial Page Editor Arthur Browne discusses his book, “One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line In New York,” the story of the NYPD’s first African America cop. Also, NYC Public Health Advisor and Local 768 member Gardy Deshommes speaks about his recent experiences as a volunteer helping confront the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Show also aired September 27, 2015.

September 16, 2015: NY Daily News’ Dennis Hamill, NYC Public Library Service Expansion (mp3 format)*
Daily News columnist Denis Hamill talks about Wisconsin Governor and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker’s latest attack against unions and his recent criticism of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s rants blaming the city’s homeless problem on Mayor Bill de Blasio. Also, NY Public Library Local 1930 Pres. Valentin Colon and Brooklyn Library Local 1482 Pres. Eileen Muller discuss the $43 million additional funding for public libraries and its impact on library hours and services. Show also aired September 20, 2015.

September 9, 2015: City Outdoor Pools Closure & Fair Contract for CUNY; AFSCME’s New Wave Initiative & Student Debt Assistance (mp3 format)*
DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido calls for a fair contract now for CUNY employees and talks about the Parks Dept's closing of outdoor pools while extending the beach season, and the importance of marching in the 2015 Labor Day Parade. Also, DC 37 Asst. Assoc. Director Jahmila Joseph and L. 372 V.P. Donald Nesbit discuss the union's initiative to train future leaders and to help members struggling to pay student loans. Show also aired September 13, 2015.

September 2, 2015: Violence Against Public Workers; El Maestro Cultural and Education Center
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Local 983 Pres. Joe Puleo and First V.P Marvin Robbins discuss the rash of violence that has victimized Local 983 members this summer and what they are doing to stop it. Also, the founder of the El Maestro Cultural and Education Center in the South Bronx, Local 371 member and NYCHA employee Fernando “Ponce” Laspina talks about his work with youngsters including the center’s boxing program, which he runs. Show also aired on September 6, 2015.

August 26, 2015: AFSCME’s Steve Kreisberg on volatile Wall Street; Journalist Paul Moses on new book “An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish & Italians." (mp3 format)*
AFSCME Research Director Steve Kreisberg talks about the volatile stock market and its impact on pensions and retirement funds; also, former Newsday city editor (and Brooklyn College professor) Paul Moses talks about his new book, "An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York's Irish and Italians." Show also aired on August 30, 2015.

August 12, 2015: AFSCME’s Jane Carter on radical right-wing’s agenda; International Business Times’ David Sirota on corporate welfare for billionaires
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AFSCME labor economist Jane Carter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and journalist David Sirota of the International Business Times talk about the big, shadowy bucks that are being spent to hurt public employees (and all workers) and the media coverage of the Koch brothers. Show also aired on August 16, 2015.

August 5, 2015: FDNY Paramedic/ Local 2507 member Niall O’Shaughnessy; AFSCME’s Jane Carter on “dark money in politics"
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FDNY Paramedic/Local 2507 member Niall O’Shaughnessy talks about jumping into the Hudson River to save a woman from drowning during a recent emergency call. Also, American Federation of State, County and Municipal mployees labor economist Jane Carter discusses the proliferation of “dark money” coming from right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers to influence the 2016 presidential election. Show also aired on August 9, 2015.

July 29, 2015: "Mandela" a play written by DC 37/Local 768 member Yolanda Brooks
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Local 768's Yolanda Brooks discusses her inspiration for writing the play "Mandela" and her involvement in the theatre while serving the city as a health inspector. Show also aired on August 2, 2015.

July 15, 2015: NY Zoological Society Employees L. 1501 Pres. Saunders (mp3 format)*
Local 1501 Pres. Jeremy Sanders talks about his members' work in the city zoos, aquarium and cultural institutions during the busy summer months. Show also aired on July 19, 22 and 26, 2015.

July 8, 2015: Supreme Court case: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association  (mp3 format)*
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders discusses the U.S. Supreme Court case: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association and its impact on public sector unions, and DC 37 Organizing Dir.  Barbara Terrelonge talks about the AFSCME/DC 37 Strong campaign to individually engage 50,000 members by the Spring, 2015. Show also aired on July 12, 2015.

July 1, 2015: New NYC in-sourcing agreement; Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. group opposes gun violence (mp3 format)*
Executive Director Henry Garrido discusses in-sourcing agreement with the de Blasio Administration that replaces excessively paid information technology consultants with city workers and saves tax payers millions of dollars. Also, L. 299 Pres. Jackie Rowe-Adams talks about her activism against gun violence through the group Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E., which she helped found. Show also aired on July 5, 2015.

June 24, 2015: Latin Soul Musician Joe Bataan
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Retired Local 1457 member and Latin Soul musician Joe Bataan discusses his long and distinguished musical exploits, and his long career as a juvenile counselor and union activist. Show also aired on June 28, 2015.

June 17, 2015: Civilianization at NYPD; Library Funding in FY 2016 NYC Budget; Century-Long Battle to Integrate African-Americans into the FDNY (mp3 format)*
NYC Clerical-Administrative Employees L. 1549 2nd V.P. Ralph Palladino discusses the need to transfer desk-bound NYPD officers to patrol duties, replacing them with better qualified and more efficient police administration aides. Also, Queens Library Guild L. 1321 Pres. John Hyslop talks about the union’s campaign to pressure the City Council to restore to the FY 2016 NYC Exec. Budget $65 million in funding for public libraries. And, NY Daily News reporter Ginger Adams Otis talks about her book “The Century-Long Battle to Integrate NY’s Bravest,” which focuses on the century-long struggle to integrate African-Americans into the FDNY. Show also airs on June 21, 2015.

June 10, 2015: Attacks on Public Workers’ Impact on African-Americans; 2015 NYC Beach and Pool Season (mp3 format)*
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders talks about impact attacks on public services, public services workers and their unions on African-Americans nationwide. Also, L. 508 Pres. Peter Stein discusses his members’ work in keeping New Yorkers safe at the beaches and pools during this year’s beach and pool season. Show also aired on June 14, 2015.

June 3, 2015: Big Apple Dialysis contract cancelled; “Flushable wipes” and environmental problems (mp3 format)*
Municipal Hospital Employees Local 420 President Carmen Charles and DC 37 Research and Negotiations Senior Asst. Director Moira Dolan talk about the denial of an outside contractor to run dialysis clinics at four public hospitals, and Local 1320 Sewage Treatment Workers President James Tucciarelli discusses “flushable wipes” and the environmental problems they are causing. Show also aired on June 7, 2015. 

May 27, 2015: The right-wing assault on public workers; Extending the Zadroga Act
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AFSCME Research Director Steve Kreisberg on the right-wing assault on public service workers, and DC 37 Safety & Health Director Guille Mejia talks about the need for Congress to extend the James Zadroga Act, which helps 9/11/01 responders address their health care problems. Show also aired on May 31, 2015.

May 20, 2015: FY’ 16 Executive Budget; College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources at DC 37 (mp3 format)*
Executive Director Henry Garrido discusses the NYC FY ‘16 Executive Budget released on May 7; The College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources Director Dr. Stephen Greenfeld and CNR Hooding ceremony speaker and DC 37 member Nichole Melendez-Mowatt talk about the school’s programs and success during its forty-five year history at DC 37 headquarters. Show also aired on May 24, 2015.

May 13, 2015: South Bronx Hip-Hop in the 1970s and ‘80s; The legacy of Victor Gotbaum
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Local 2507 V.P. and noted photographer Joe Conzo on documenting the rise of Hip-Hop and the volatile state of the South Bronx in the 1970s and 80s, and noted journalist Tom Robbins on the legacy of the late former DC 37 Executive Director Victor Gotbaum. Show also aired on May 17, 2015.

May 6, 2015: Public Employee pensions; Challenging Gov. Scott Walker; DC 37’s biggest loser drops 200 pounds. (mp3 format)*
AFSCME Director of Research Steve Kreisberg on the nationwide retirement crisis and attacks on public employee pensions; Uniformed EMS Officers Pres. Vincent Variale on going to the Midwest to give WI Gov. Scott Walker a piece of his mind; and DC 37’s “Biggest Loser,” Local 372 Health Aide Anita Dean, on how the union helped her drop more than 200 pounds. Show also aired on May 10, 2015.

April 29, 2015: DC 37 campaigns and initiatives; Elimination of credit check for workers applying for NYC jobs; Lost in the Stacks, musicians from Brooklyn Public Library. (mp3 format)*
District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido on the union’s campaigns and initiatives; DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services Assoc. Dir. Robert Martin on NYC’s elimination of a credit check for workers applying for city jobs; and Lost in the Stacks, a band of musicians who are DC 37 members at the Brooklyn Public Library. Show also aired on May 3, 2015.


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