Local 374 Quasi-Public Employees



Back in the mid-1990s, Queens Public Library hired a private security guard company, supposedly to supplement its own unionized guards.

Fast forward to 2010. That’s when the library laid off two security guards, leaving only one on its payroll. About a dozen lower-paid non-union contract security guards now monitor the Central library and the biggest branch, Flushing. The 62 other branches are left to fend for themselves.Full Story

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The union has launched a campaign to establish a funding floor for the city’s three cash-strapped public library systems.
District Council 37 — working with its four union locals that represent library workers — is pressing for legislation to make the city dedicate 2.5 percent of its property tax assessments to public libraries. During the past four years, the city has slashed its library spending by $67 million, or more than 20 percent.
“A permanent funding stream would free the library systems, staff and patrons from annual round of budget cuts and restorations and provide a more stable delivery of services to communities citywide that are using public libraries at an increasing rate,” said DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts.Full Story
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I am Cuthbert Dickenson, President of Local 374, DC 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO.

The proposed Preliminary Budget 2014 includes cuts of approximately 5.5 million dollars of city tax levy funds for the botanical gardens and an overall cut of approximately 60.2 million dollars to all the cultural institutions which DC 37 represents.Full Store



The Great Recession has brought years of service cuts and downsizing to revenue-starved public library systems throughout the United States.

In New York City, supporters are looking to put an end to the budget battle that occurs every year over library funding, which has plummeted by $67 million, or 22.1 percent, over the past four years.

District Council 37, the largest union of municipal workers in the city, recently launched a campaign to fight for a funding floor for the city’s cash-strapped three public library systems. Full Story

A six-year struggle for pay equity ended in July as DC 37, Local 374 and Wave Hill management negotiated salary increases worth about $115,000 for six Gardeners and three Maintainers.
“It was a tedious process but we were tenacious and never wavered. We knew eventually we’d be victorious and get these members the pay increases they deserved,” said Local 374 President Cuthbert Dickenson.Full Story


Answering the mayor's myths

Colossal waste or Human Needs?

In February 2009, District Council 37 release “Massive Waste at a time of need,” a white Paper that demonstrated the waste in contracting out and called for replacing the outsourcing with a more accountable and reliable city workforce. Using city employees would improve serve delivery, save taxpayers money and provide jobs in communities citywide through the civil service system.

You have the right to demand the presence of a union representative whenever an agent of management summons you to an investigation which you REASONABLY BELIEVE could result in disciplinary action against you.


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Let me be the first to congratulate you on your employment. Secondly, and just as important to you and your family, you will now become a member of Local 374, your union.

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