To All Local 805 Members

We are very sorry to inform you that Office Manager Linda Alvarez’s mother passed away on Sunday, August 17th.

Viewing hours will be Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22, from 3:00pm to 9:00pm.

La Fe Funeral Home
182 Wycoff Avenue (corner of Greene Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Housing Counseling Services Available

Homeowners are often overwhelmed by state and federal mortgage programs that can be difficult to understand. Most programs are designed to help people modify or refinance their mortgage. Other programs encourage non-retention options such as a short sale or deed-in-lieu. Eligibility requirements can be confusing, and program options vary based on mortgage type and state of residence.

GreenPath’s housing advisors help you find the best solution for your unique situation.  Foreclosure prevention services are free of charge.  If appropriate, they will also contact your servicer to explore options and even help you apply for specific programs.

Click here to find out more.

Summer Programs for Middle School Students

The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development is adding 17,000 seats to its summer enrichment programs – doubling the number from previous years.

Programs include everything from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), service learning, and literacy, to dance, the arts, and sports.

Parents who want to take advantage of this opportunity should visit the DYCD website to apply: The deadline to pre-enroll is June 30.

Sign the Petition, Save Our Horses

Mayor de Blasio wants to ban horse carriages in Central Park. These carriages have been a part of New York City history for 150 years. The horses are beloved by residents and tourists alike and are well cared for by their hard-working drivers. De Blasio wants to replace the horse carriages with electric cars.

Mayor de Blasio, WE DO NOT want you to ban horses in Central Park.

Click here to sign the petition.

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Union Election Results

Members have elected the Sandy Pope Slate Leadership Team.

Thanks to all Local 805 members who made the effort to participate and vote in the election.

Click here to view the complete vote totals.

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship

Applications are being accepted to International Union's James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The deadline is March 31, 2014.

Click here to download an application packet.

NYC Labor Council Endorses National Single Payer Health Care

IB ImageThe Executive Board of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, unanimously approved a resolution supporting HR 676, national single payer health care legislation, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).

NYC CLC President Vincent Alvarez calls this resolution “Labor’s way of standing up for the health and well-being of working men and women and their families,” noting “The national legislation is a true means of controlling ever-increasing healthcare costs, while ensuring that Americans get the medical care they so desperately need.”

In the resolution, the Council notes that almost every union is forced to battle and sacrifice to sustain healthcare benefits for members.  The Council also notes that while the United States spends twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as other developed nations, we remain the only industrialized country without universal healthcare coverage.

Robert Score, Recording-Corresponding Secretary of IATSE (Theatrical & Stage Employees) Local One, said "As we all know, nobody in the United States should have to choose between healthcare and keeping a roof over their heads, food on their table or clothing on their children. HR 676 will prevent such calamities.  I am thankful to President Alvarez for guiding the NYC CLC to endorse HR 676."  IATSE Local One submitted the resolution that was passed.

The NYC CLC, the 146th CLC to endorse HR 676, represents 300 local unions with a total membership of 1.3 million.

In other news also, on July 19th Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of California’s 46th district became the 44th co-sponsor of HR 676.

HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system by expanding a greatly improved Medicare to everyone residing in the U. S.

HR 676 would cover every person for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental (including oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics), mental health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), vision care and correction, hearing services including hearing aids, chiropractic, durable medical equipment, palliative care, podiatric care, and long term care.

HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments.  HR 676 would save hundreds of billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry and HMOs.

In the current Congress, HR 676 has 44 co-sponsors in addition to Conyers.

HR 676 has been endorsed by 605 union organizations including 146 Central Labor Councils/Area Labor Federations and 43 state AFL-CIO's (KY, PA, CT, OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC, MO, MN, ME, AR, MD-DC, TX, IA, AZ, TN, OR, GA, OK, KS, CO, IN, AL, CA, AK, MI, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NV, MA, RI, NH, & ID).

NY Times: Pension Predators

Pension Predators
The New York Times Editorial Board

May 15, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done retirees and military veterans a great service by ordering New York's top banking regulator to investigate "pension advance" firms that persuade customers to sign over all or part of their monthly pensions in exchange for immediate cash payments. The payments, advertised as advances, are, in fact, cleverly disguised loans that can carry ruinously high interest rates and eventually strip older citizens of their meager assets.

By insisting that they are making advances, not loans, these firms elude state supervision, including usury laws, licensing regulations and the federal Truth in Lending Act, which requires lenders to disclose borrowing costs. These and other subterfuges have enabled the companies to ambush pensioners with "advance" loans that carry interest charges ranging, according to a review by The Times, from 27 percent to 106 percent.

This is clearly illegal in New York, where a 1976 law makes it a felony for lenders to charge in excess of 25 percent interest. In addition to cash-strapped older residents and public employees like teachers, firefighters and police officers, the companies have been aggressively courting military veterans despite a federal law barring veterans from turning over pension payments to third parties. Next up for fleecing are disabled people who may have received structured disability settlements. In some cases, borrowers are required to pay for life insurance policies that list the lender as the sole beneficiary.

In addition to this investigation, the Cuomo administration has come out strongly against a bill pending in the Legislature that would lift the longstanding usury cap, allowing short-term lenders who issue ruinously priced loans to operate in the open. This should shed light on, and shame, legislators who have been lapping up contributions from the industry in return for supporting a bill that would be dangerous for their constituents.

The investigation into the pension advance companies now rests with the state's Department of Financial Services. The department moved quickly last week, sending subpoenas to 10 companies that asked, among other things, for information about their profits and marketing strategies. Depending on what it finds, the state could bring a lawsuit, issue an enforcement action or create new regulations. Given what we know so far about these seedy enterprises, all three could be required.

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