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Latest from Local 237

  • Local 237 and NYCHA have reached an agreement on a four-month FlexOps pilot program in 12 developments. No current member will be forced to work a different shift and members who volunteer to work alternate shifts will receive a bonus and differential. Additionally, a host of worker safety measures must be in place before the pilot program can be tested. Read More.
  • The May 2nd NYCHA Rally has been cancelled
  • Local 237 mourns the loss of our union brother Igor Begun. A seven-year NYCHA employee, he died tragically while performing his duties as an elevator mechanic helper at Coney Island Houses on Friday. He was much liked and well respected by co-workers and residents alike. Our prayers go out to Igor’s family and friends.
  • Local 237 Stands with Verizon Workers! Find out how you can support striking CWA and IBEW members.
  • NYS Supreme Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against NYCHA!
  • Applications are now available for the annual James P. Hoffa Scholarship essay contest. The children of Teamsters currently enrolled in college may download an application here. Essays and completed applications are due June 15th, 2016.
  • Contrary to NYCHA Chairwoman Olatoye’s assertions to workers, Local 237 has never agreed to any changes in our members’ work schedules, as is clear from <the letter> she recently sent to President Floyd.
  • Local 237 Delegates to the 2016 International Convention have been nominated and elected. <2016 Delgate List>
  • Unite in Support of San Bernardino Victims, Families
  • The School Safety Working Group, part of The Mayor's Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline, is proposing major changes to school safety procedures that, if adopted, will lead to more violence and jeopardize public school students and staff. Click here to read their proposal to prohibit school principals from alerting the NYPD or School Safety Agents when crimes such as disorderly conduct, criminal mischief or vandalism are committed.  <Read the School Safety Committee's MOU>
  • U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters called on President Obama to reconsider HUD’s expansion of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. <Read the Letter to Pres. Obama> With a RAD program now in the planning stages at NYCHA, Local 237 shares her concerns. We can't risk the loss of any public housing. She also requested that the Government Accountability Office investigate whether tenants have lost their rights, and about the potential for privatization of public housing in the RAD program. <Read the letter to GAO>
  • From the Daily News: City to ax scanners at some schools.
  • Free professional financial planning is available to all active Local 237 Welfare Fund participants. 
  • Before you apply, prepare for DCAS exams!
  • President Gregory Floyd's public affairs radio show, "Reaching Out with Gregory Floyd", is broadcast every Saturday on AM 970 at 8:30 a.m.  April guest schedule:   2nd - State Comptroller DiNapoli.  9th - NYS Assemblyman Wright. 16th -NYC Councilman Torres. 23rd - U.S. Senator Schumer. 30th - Elsie McCabe Thompson. Watch Local 237:On the Air on your local cable network. View schedules for the NYC and Long Island.  Watch video clips from previous interviews.
  • Get the Facts: Stop the War on Public Employee Pensions!

Newsline Highlights

Union Workers: Focusing on Things that Matter

AmongthosedrummingAmong those drumming up support for a $15 minimum wage are Gregory Floyd, in back second from the left, Congressman Charlie Rangel, NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, George Gresham, President of 1199 SEIU, speaking, and Governor Cuomo.

Guess which state has the largest number of unionized workers? If your answer is New York, you’re correct. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its findings: While the national average of union workers is 11.1%, in New York, 24.7% of our workforce is unionized, which actually represents a 1% increase from previous

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Cuomo Announces $1B Expansion of Javits Center

GregoryFloydandAndrewCuomoGregory Floyd talks with Governor Andrew Cuomo at the announcement of the Javits Center expansion.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a major expansion of the 30-year-old Javits Center that would create an additional 1.2 million square feet of event space and New York City’s largest ballroom at the six-block-long complex. The addition in the northern end of the center would provide meeting rooms, new contiguous exhibition halls and outdoor space for conventioneers.

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Sindicato de Trabajadores: Cosas Que Realmente Importan

El Vicepresidente Joe Biden le dice a la concurrencia que “La Ausencia Pagada por Asunto Familiar es cosa correcta que se debe hacer.”

¿Adivina qué estado tiene el mayor número de trabajadores sindicalizados? Si su respuesta fue Nueva York, está en correcto. La oficina de estadísticas laborales ha publicado recientemente sus resultados: mientras que el promedio nacional de sindicatos de trabajadores es 11.1%, en Nueva York el 24.7% de nuestra fuerza laboral pertenece a un sindicato, lo que representa un incremento de 1% de los totales anteriores. Y hay mas noticias buenas: en Nueva York, el 71.7% de los trabajadores en el sector público son miembros de sindicatos, a pesar de que, a nivel nacional, los sindicatos de gobierno están disminuyendo, perdiendo 118,000 miembros en los últimos años, según un estudio reciente de la CUNY Graduate Center.

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President's Awards

  • Thomas Coppola

    Thomas Coppola

    Shop Foreman
    Auto Mechanic Foreman
    Town of Babylon
    Long Island Division

    Mr. Coppola has been a member of Local 237 since 1984.   A longtime shop steward, he enjoys representing members and “keeping everything fair and being certain that the members get everything they deserve.” He believes that unions provide important protections to all Americans – both unionized and not. He appreciates the benefits that come with membership.  Mr. Coppola enjoys spending time with his wife and sons; he also enjoys working around the house, gardening and hot rods.

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Oral History Project

James Spicer's Little League Football Team

James SpicerFor 16 of his 38 years as a heating plant technician and shop steward at Breukelen Houses, from 1970-86, James Spicer coached a little league football team, with help from Local 237. Following is Spicer’s story of the Falcons.

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