DIANE S. WILLIAMS
As 2000 came to a close, Quality of Work Life committees
hosted events that touched the lives of DC 37 members and the communities
they live in. A health fair, an art show and a toy drive were just a few of the
many exciting events that filled the last quarter of QWLs calendar.
Weve been very busy and very successful in the activities we
held in 2000, said QWL Director Linda Feldman.
From toys for tots
to training for team leaders, labor-management QWL committees offered something
for everyone in the more than 25 events they coordinated with city agencies last
Four hundred DC 37 members checked in for check-ups on Sept. 27
at the Health Fair sponsored by the Dept. of Healths QWL Committee. Health
care providers gave DOH workers advice on nutrition, exercise and preventive medicine
at the daylong event.
A display of drawings by the children of Finance
Dept. staffers transformed the DC 37 lobby into an art gallery on Oct. 27.
DC 37 Deputy Administrator Zachary Ramsey and Commissioner of Finance Andrew
S. Eristoff were on hand to help the QWL team award certificates and ribbons to
the children whose artwork was showcased.
And in December, the spirit
of giving abounded as the New York City Housing Authority QWL Committee held its
first annual toy drive. Employees collected more than 200 new toys for homeless
We wanted to do something a little different this Christmas,
said Walthene Primus, president of NYCHA Clerical Employees Local 957. Vice President
Debra Jennings coordinated the toy drive with help from four QWL subcommittees.
When they decided to donate the gifts to the children at the Catherine Homeless
Shelter in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the committee members did not know that the shelter
had scheduled a Christmas party but had no presents for the children. When
the committee told shelter officials about the toys they collected, Ms. Primus
said, They were speechless. It was something so simple, but it made the
And in 2001, QWL promises to do even more for
union members. AFSCME consultants were set to lead sessions in the first training
seminar for committee members in 10 years. Ms. Feldman was expecting 600 QWL members
to attend the six sessions at union headquarters.
QWL was also scheduled
to host a training session for committee co-chairs on Jan. 30 as a follow-up to
the leadership seminar that was held last March. We look forward in 2001
to further improving the Quality of Work Life program, she added.