New York City Council issue proclamation on DC 1707's 45th Anniversary!
Updated On: Jan 31, 2019
City Council Speaker, Corey Johnson, speaking on the importance of labor and handing the 45th Year proclamation to Executive Director, Kim Medina.
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New York City Council Issues a Proclamation Celebrating Union’s 45th Anniversary
The City Council Chambers inside City Hall is historic and often dry, except when city commissioners are being grilled by councilmembers for misleading statements or underreporting the facts.
Not this day. A solid contingent of councilmembers applauded union members and their organization for fighting the “good fight” for the past 45 years. It was a recognition of working peoples’ history. For 45 years, District Council 1707 organized and represented workers who were not burly construction workers or truck drivers, but steady and resilient home care, day care, Head Start, social service, direct care and other non-profit designations who work every day without much appreciation.
The New York City Council acknowledged workers’ efforts with a proclamation stating that the union was being honored “…for their outstanding contributions to workers’ rights in New York City.
From its humble beginnings as Local 1707 in 1932 by the employees of the Independent Federation of Jewish Philanthropists to pioneering organizing non-profit employees, in public center-based day care, home care and Head Start to fighting against apartheid in South Africa to raising their voices and for progressive candidates – the union has always been in the mix.
On this day, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and a bevy of other councilmembers saluted the growing union in an age when unions are truly under attack from all sides by the Republicans and their standard bearer, Donald Trump.
Councilmember Ben Kallos congratulated the union for its 45th anniversary and wished them “an additional 45 years then another 45 years,” he said. Councilmember I Daneek Miller, a former labor president himself, recognized the union for its tenacity over the decades.