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TV Show

State of the Union

The DC 37 TV program hosted by Henry Garrido
District Council 37 Executive Director.

Tune in for the union perspective and lively discussions on the key workplace issues of the day.

Monthly schedule:
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (9:30 p.m., third Thursday); Bronxnet (3 p.m. every Wednesday); BRIC (5 p.m., second Thursday); and Queens Public Television (2 p.m., fourth Tuesday & 10 p.m., fourth Wednesday).

Preview of This Month’s Show


July 2017: NYS Constitutional Convention Ballot Question
NYS AFL-CIO Pres. Mario Cilento makes the case for a NO vote on the NYS Constitutional Convention ballot question this November. The program airs in July.

June 2017: NYC Public Advocate Letitia James Touts NYC Equal Pay Law & Universal Free School Lunch
NYC Public Advocate Letitia James speaks out on the merits of new Equal Pay Law and funding for Universal Free School Lunch. The program aired city-wide in June.

April 2017: HHC Funding in NYS FY 18 Budget & Universal Free School Lunch
NY State Nursing Asso. Exec. Dir. Jill Furillo and DC 37’s Sr. Asst. Dir. Moira Dolan discuss Fiscal 2018 NY State budget funding for safety net hospitals. NYC Board of Ed Employees Local 372 Exec. V.P. Donald Nesbitt and Community Food Advocates Exec. Dir. Liz Accles make the case for universal free school lunch in all NYC public schools. The program aired city-wide in April.

March 2017: Conservative Supreme Court’s Threat to Unions & Leslie Tolf’s ‘When the Rules Aren’t Right’
With Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court threatening to tip the court’s balance to the right, DC 37 General Counsel Robin Roach discusses the threat that poses to the labor movement. Activist/author Leslie Tolf talks about promoting social change and union activism through her graphic novel “When the Rules Aren't Right.” The program aired city-wide in March.

February 2017: NYC Provisional Reduction Plan Extender & Parks Dept. Master Puppeteer/L. 299’s Bruce Cannon
Local 1180 Pres. Arthur Cheliotes discusses the new NYC Provisional Reduction Plan Extender law’s positive impact on NYC’s provisional workforce. NYC Parks Dept. Master Puppeteer/Local 299 Secy.-Treas. Bruce Cannon talks about his work at the Marionette Theatre in Central Park, including his new show “The Princess, the Emperor and the Duck,” a modern retelling of classic Han Christian Andersen tales. The program aired city-wide in February.

January 2017: The Case Against a New York State Constitutional Convention

DC 37 Political Action Dir. Jeremy John and NY Immigration Coalition’s Dir. of Political Engagement Murad Awawdeh make the case against a NY State Constitutional Convention. The program, hosted by DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, also features short videos on the campaign for Universal School Lunch for all New York City schoolchildren and the stories of many DC 37 and AFSCME members who NEVER QUIT providing vital public services nationwide. The program aired city-wide in January 2017.

November 2016: More State Funding for NYC Public Hospital System and MELS’ Services & Programs

Healthcare advocates, retired Dir. of the Comm. on the Public’s Health System Judy Wessler and NYS Nursing Association Secretary Anne Bove, join host DC 37 Exec. Dir. Henry Garrido to make the case for more state funding for the city’s public health system. DC 37’s Municipal Employees Legal Services Dir. Joan Beranbaum and Asso. Dir. Robert Martin discuss MELS’s 39-year history of providing free legal services to the union’s members. The program aired city-wide in November 2016.

October 2016: School Crossing Guard Hiring Campaign, and Ground Zero Rescue & Recovery Workers’ NYS Pension & Workers Comp. Benefit Registration Extension

Local 372 Pres. Shaun D. Francois I and Exec. Dir. Henry Garrido discuss the union’s campaign to rehire more school crossing guards and to restore health benefits to retired Local 372 members’ spouses and domestic partners. NYCERS Trustee Robin Roach explains the NYS pension and worker’s comp. benefits registration extension for Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers. The program aired in city-wide in October 2016.

July 2016: FY 2017 NYC Budget Parks & Library Funding & CUNY Contract Agreement

Executive Director Henry Garrido and City Council Parks & Rec. Committee Chair Mark Levine discuss funding city parks, public libraries and the pool & beach season extension for a week after Labor Day in the FY 2017 NYC budget. DC 37 Research & Negotiations Dir. David Paskin talks about the recent tentative CUNY contract agreement, which impacts 12,000 DC 37 members. The program aired in late June (Bronx & Brooklyn) and citywide in July and Aug. 2016.

June 2016: NYC Public Health Care System Fiscal Crisis & Public Libraries Funding Campaign
Executive Director Henry Garrido discusses saving the city’s public health system with N.Y. State Nursing Association Executive Director Jill Furillo and Doctors Council Pres. Frank Proscia. Local 1321 Pres. John Hyslop and Local 1930 Pres. Valentin Colon joined Garrido to talk about DC 37’s campaign for millions of dollars in additional library funding in the FY 2017 NYC Budget. The program aired in city-wide in June 2016.

May 2016: Ending Privatization of Emergency Medical Services & Workplace Violence at ACS
Local 2507 Pres. Israel Miranda and Local 3621 Pres. Vincent Variale discuss the fight to end the privatization of emergency medical services. SSEU Local 371 Pres. Anthony Wells, with SSEU Local 371 Child Protection Specialists Nitza Sutton and Trisha Van De Cruz, discuss the workplace violence threats they face because of the nature of their work. The program aired citywide in May.

March 2016: Fight for CUNY Funding & ‘Mandela’
Executive Director Henry Garrido discusses the fight to fully fund CUNY and for a contract for CUNY workers with Professional Staff Congress Treasurer Sharon Persinger. Also, retired fighter John Ruiz joins Garrido for a discussion on the play “Mandela,” which he co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed with Local 983 member Yolanda Brooks. The program aired in citywide in March and April 2016.

February 2016: AFSCME/DC 37 Strong Organizing Drive
Executive Director Henry Garrido and former DC 37 Secretary Cliff Koppelman welcome Organizing Director Barbara Terrelonge and Director of Field Operations Barbara Edmonds to talk about the union’s organizing drive to empower, educate and grow the union’s membership. They also discuss the possible impact on public employee unions of the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, heard in January 2016 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Aired citywide in February 2016.

January 2016: Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs & City’s Rat Problem
Health & Security Assoc. Administrator/Counsel Audrey Browne discusses the exorbitant (and rising) cost of prescription drugs and how they threaten the union’s vital Health & Security benefits. Also, Local 768 Pres. Fitz Reid talks about the impact of the city’s rat problem on our public health. Aired citywide in January 2016.



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