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LOCAL 237: A COMMON DENOMINATOR

Providing Service to NYC’s Most Vulnerable Populations

ACS Police Officers at the Horizons Juvenile Facility in the Bronx were visited by Local 237’s Charlie Cotto, Law Enforcement Business Agent (left); Derek Jackson, Director of Law Enforcement, (left, back row) and Frank Rella, Law Enforcement Business Agent (right). The Officers are, left to right: PO Rogers; PO Proctor; Sgt. Redwine; Sgt. Spencer; PO Wong; PO Taite and PO Wingo.
ACS Police Officers at the Horizons Juvenile Facility in the Bronx were visited by Local 237’s Charlie Cotto, Law Enforcement Business Agent (left); Derek Jackson, Director of Law Enforcement, (left, back row) and Frank Rella, Law Enforcement Business Agent (right). The Officers are, left to right: PO Rogers; PO Proctor; Sgt. Redwine; Sgt. Spencer; PO Wong; PO Taite and PO Wingo.

We’ve all read the headlines: “NYC Homeless Would Rather Risk The Streets Than Hellish Shelter System” (Daily News, March 16, 2016); “Stringer Charges ACS Putting Kids At Risk” (The Chief, June 20, 2016); “Orders Less School Discipline” (NY Post, July 21, 2016).We know the stories behind the headlines only too well: 60,042 homeless — including 23,213 homeless children; 55,000 investigations a year of suspected child abuse and neglect by the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS); Over 4,000 youth awaiting court trials are housed in ACS detention centers annually. And the nearly one million children in our public schools.

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2016 Legislative Wrap-Up: Many Gains For 237 Members

Patricia Stryker
Director of Political Action and Legislation and Recording Secretary on Local 237’s Executive Board

Patricia Stryker

During the 2016 legislative session, several pieces of legislation were enacted or passed that are beneficial to Teamsters Local 237 and organized labor.

A bill that would allow those who served in the military to buy pension credits was enacted. This bill was sponsored by Senator William Larkin (S.7160) and Assembly Member Amy Paulin (A.9531). Under this law, after five years of work for a municipality or the state, veterans are eligible to purchase up to three years’ pension credit. Veterans will be able to do this regardless of where or when they served. Previously, this option was only available if the veteran served in a combat role during specified conflicts.

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EL LOCAL 237: EL FACTOR COMÚN

Provee servicio a las poblaciones más vulnerables de Nueva York

La clase graduanda de Septiembre 2016, con felicitaciones de parte de familiares y amistades en la ceremonia en John Jay College. Estos 40 cadetes se unirán a oficiales de DHS que recientemente se graduaron en Junio y Julio.
La clase graduanda de Septiembre 2016, con felicitaciones de parte de familiares y amistades en la ceremonia en John Jay College. Estos 40 cadetes se unirán a oficiales de DHS que recientemente se graduaron en Junio y Julio.

Hemos leído en primera plana: “Los Desamparados en NYC Prefieren Arriesgarse en las Calles Que en Los Peligrosos Asilos” (Daily News, Marzo 16, 2016); “Stringer Acusa a ACS de Poner Niños en Riesgo” (The Chief, Junio 20, 2016) “De Blasio Ordena Menos Disciplina Escolar” (NY Post, Julio 21, 2016).

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Dec 2014/Jan 2015

Our Future Begins with a Solemn Oath

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Hoffa, third from left, stands with newly sworn in board members. They are, from left, Edmund Kane, trustee; Ruben Torres, secretarytreasurer, President Gregory Floyd; Richard Hendershot, vice president, Jeanette Taveras and Curtis Scott, trustees; and Patricia Stryker, recording secretary.

Guests, including many elected officials, filled Local 237’s union hall on Jan. 17 for the Installation Ceremony that kicked off the next five-year term for President Gregory Floyd and six executive board members. James P. Hoffa, general president, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, officiated, and George Miranda, vice president at-large, IBT, and president, Joint Council 16, served as master of ceremonies. The Rev. Robert Royal of St. Paul Baptist Church delivered the invocation.

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Floyd Testifies at Hearing on NYCHA Lighting

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President Gregory Floyd is joined at City Council by David Jones, president and CEO of Community Service Society, center, and Victor Bach, senior housing policy analyst, CSS.

President Gregory Floyd testified at a City Council oversight hearing on the relationship between lighting and safety at New York City Housing Authority in the wake of the Akai Gurley shooting. The hearing was held on Dec. 16.

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Atascada Primera Negociación con NYCHA

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Miembros del comité de negociaciónes prestan atención.

Rompiendo con lo tradicional, Shola Olatoye, presidenta y ejecutiva principal de la Autoridad de Viviendas de la Ciudad de Nueva York, no asistió a la primera reunión de negociación que tuvo lugar Diciembre 10, 2014 en la sede del Local 237. También, la gerencia se abstuvo de presentar alguna propuesta. En su lugar, el Comisionado Laboral de la Ciudad, Bob Linn, solicitó al comité “apretar el botón de reajuste” en cuanto a relaciones obrero-patronales, y el Gerente General, George House dio un resumen de las malas condiciones económicas de NYCHA.

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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

Carmen Rodriguez: Balancing Work and Family

Carmen RodriguezWorking women have historically had to struggle to balance work with caring for their families. This Local 237/Oral History Project interview focuses on the relationship of work and family. Following are excerpts of an interview with Carmen Rodriguez, a retired housing assistant and mother of four children.

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From the President

Our Most Precious Possession: The Right to Vote

altIsn’t it ironic that the United States can be both admired and despised by people of other countries for precisely the same thing: Our democratic values.

Those values have been hard fought; they have cost many lives; they have been challenged throughout the ages and continue to be challenged today. Whether we’re talking about the values represented by the Civil Rights Movement or the Labor Movement — both of which are intertwined — voting for a democratic, representative government is the mechanism by which those values come to fruition.

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