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The year was 1952. In the U.S, the average worker earned $3,400 per year. 2 out of 3 families owned a car. 2 out of 3 families had a phone and 1 in 3 households had a television. A new car cost $1,700 and gas was .20 per gallon. Chopped meat was .53 per pound. The average new house cost $9,050 and the average rent was $80 per month. Testing continued on the atomic bomb and the first hydrogen bomb was detonated. The first mechanical heart is used on a patient and the Polio vaccine is invented. Emmett Ashford became the first African American substitute umpire in major league baseball

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In Recognition of a Job Well Done

The first-rate work of our members is often acknowledged with special honors to mark their achievements. Here are some members recently recognized for their professionalism and performing a job well-done:


JACOBI HOSPITALPO Patrick Green; PO Raphael Torres; PO Jesus Rosario; Local 237 Law Enforcement Division Business Agent, Charlie Cotto; Captain Moises Suer; PO Siheem Washington; PO Hafiz Ali; PO Fello Parrilla and PO Johnathan Morales.

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Teamsters Local 237 on Hand as Governor Cuomo Shows Support for Labor Unions

237CilentoGovspressconferLocal 237 members, pictured with New York State AFL-CIO President, Mario Cilento, after viewing Governor Cuomo sign into law legislation which will allow union members who itemize on their tax returns to deduct the cost of their union dues from their state taxes. The new law, which increases the number of eligible workers who can take advantage of the tax break, will put back into the pockets of union members an estimated $35 million.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed several pieces of legislation into law that benefit union members. He also hosted a laborpacked rally with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to launch his “New York Fights Back” campaign to unseat Republican members of Congress who, the Governor argues, have not voted in the best interest of New Yorkers by favoring Trump-generated polices that jeopardize workers’ rights and guarantees, ranging from prevailing wages to collecting union dues, as well as endanger health care, immigrants and affordable housing.

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65 Años: Marchando con Fuerza

65 Años: Marchando con Fuerza

Era el año 1952. En los Estados Unidos el trabajador promedio ganaba $3,400 por año. 2 de cada 3 familias tenían un automóvil. 2 de cada 3 familias tenían un teléfono y i de cada 3 hogares contaba con un televisor. Un carro nuevo costaba $1,700 y la gasolina era .20 por galón. La carne molida costaba .53 por libra. El valor promedio de una casa nueva era $9,050 y el alquiler promedio era $80 por mes. Las pruebas de una bomba atómica continuaban y la primera bomba de hidrógeno fue detonada. El primer corazón artificial es usado en un paciente y se inventa la vacuna contra el  Polio. Emmett Ashford llegó a ser el primer Afroamericano empleado como árbitro substituto en las Grandes Ligas de béisbol

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Newsline - Summer 2017



President's Awards

  • Charles Taylor

    Charles Taylor

    Custodian Worker 1
    Town of Brentwood
    Long Island Division

    Mr. Taylor has been a member of Local 237 for three years. Prior to working for the Brentwood School District, he owned a fence company and plowed snow for the Town of Brentwood as a contractor. He appreciates union job security and benefits that allow him to take care of his family. 

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Oral History Project

Hercules Cornish: Caretaker J Stores Man

Herclules CornishHercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.

Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.

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