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PEP Feb 2001
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  La Voz

Public Employee Press


Bellevue childcare group says thanks

On behalf of the Bellevue Childcare Committee, I’d like to thank the many union leaders and locals that supported our fundraising event on Oct. 30.

The event helped raise over $21,000 to fund the first 24-hour childcare center in New York City, which will be located in Bellevue Hospital.

The center will soon be completed and will service employees, patients and community residents. Union members from DC 1707 will staff the center.

Thanks to: DC 37 and Administrator Lee Saunders; L. 768 and President Helen Greene; L. 2507 and President Patrick Bahnken; L. 375 and President Uma Kutwal; L. 1549 and Deputy Administrator Delsie Butler; Retirees Association and President Alma C. Osborne.

In addition, we must thank other unions such as CIR, NYSNA, DC 1707 and CWA Local 1180 for their support.

I would also like to thank Local 420 Bellevue Chapter Chair Jesse Payton, DC 37 Public Policy Director Debbie Bell and former Political Action Department staffer Andy Inglesby for their participation and support.

Thank you all for supporting affordable, quality childcare.

For the Committee

How to quit smoking

Tell Ms. Callards, who wrote a leter to the editor about her difficulty quitting smoking, to pick up a box of Nicoderm CQ patches, then go to the department store and buy baby pacifiers.

When she gets the urge to smoke, she should put a pacifier in her mouth. I am retired from DC 37. I smoked for over 50 years and tried everything out there. I put a string on the pacifier and slipped it around my neck. It was there when I needed it. I haven’t smoked in 13 months. I know it sounds silly, but it works for me.

DC 37 Retirees Asociation

Veterans buy-back law needs improvement

Congratulations to DC 37 and the labor movement for their legislative victory, which includes the veterans “buy back” legislation.

However, I am told that this legislation (which allows veterans to “buy back” up to three years of credit for military service in certain conflicts or periods of war) only applies to those presently employed and does not cover those already retired.

This seems unfair to me. Retirees should not be locked out of this “buy-back” opportunity. In fact, retirees deserve to be included if they served our country in wartime. They risked as much as those still working. Pass new legislation. Give “wartime” retirees the same oportunity to improve their pensions.

Retiree, Local 371

COLA hits the spot, says HHC retiree

I retired from my job at the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation about 15 years ago.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to receive the COLA increase in my last pension check.

Thank you, and have a very healthy New Year.

DC 37 Retirees Association

He has questions on security deposits

I have the following questions to ask your team at DC 37’s Municipal Employees Legal Services

  1. How long does the landlord get to keep the security deposit for a rented space?

  2. Is the tenant entitled to interest on this security deposit?

  3. How much?

  4. Does the law restrict the security deposit to a certain amount, or can the landlord ask for any amount?

Thank you for a fine and informative publication.

Accountant, Local 1407

Editor’s Note: MELS Director Carl Jay Nathanson suggests that you call their Housing Unit at (212) 815-1875. The unit supervisor will be happy to answer your questions.


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