NEW! Expanded Educational Opportunities for DC37 Members at CUNY SLU

DC37 is dedicated to the empowerment of its members through education and career advancement. To create a ladder to professional success for its members, and to cultivate a new generation of rank-and-file union leaders, DC37’s longstanding relationship with the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies has been expanded to include new course offerings for eligible members interested in learning more about labor relations and the labor movement.

Eligible members may take a series of four-course (12- to 16-credit) college-level programs—with tuition fully funded by the DC37 Education Fund*—towards SLU’s undergraduate and graduate certificates in labor relations, Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies (with a concentration in labor studies) and Master’s degree in Labor Studies. Upon completion of all new program benefits, DC37 members may have access to additional educational support including tuition reimbursement.

These programs offer a comprehensive overview of union-side labor relations in the public sector. Students will gain the practical skills and knowledge necessary for effective leadership in the areas of collective bargaining, union administration, organizing, and labor law. Funded programs include:

* Excludes application fee and books.

Eligible Programs

The Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Relations provides a comprehensive overview of union-side labor relations in the public sector. Classes are open to eligible members interested in learning more about the labor movement, labor relations, and unionism.

The Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Community Studies – Labor Studies Concentration offers an overview of major urban, socio-economic, and political issues as they relate to diverse working communities. Classes explore the dynamics of urban and community life, public policy and administration, the structure of urban government and agencies, the delivery of public services, and community and labor organizing. The B.A. in Urban and Community Studies opens doors to careers in government agencies, community service and philanthropy, urban planning, law, urban design, education, and business, as well as in non-profit institutions serving urban population.

The Graduate Certificate in Labor Relations offers DC37 members the opportunity to develop the practical skills necessary to participate in collective bargaining, conflict resolution, and contract administration. It also provides a theoretical and historical understanding of labor law, public policy and the role of worker organizations in employment relations.

The Master’s Degree in Labor Studies program draws from the fields of sociology, law, history, economics, political science and labor relations to examine the opportunities and challenges facing workers and their organizations.  This MA program will strengthen the ability of DC37 members to advocate for equity and social justice in their communities and workplaces. Students develop critical thinking, analytical and leadership skills, while learning about labor law, organizing, collective bargaining, international perspectives, labor relations and strategic research.

DC37 and SLU

SLU offers additional certificate and degree programs in both Labor Studies and Urban Studies which are not part of the Labor Leadership Partnership. For members interested in these programs, DC37’s tuition reimbursement benefit can help with the costs.

SLU offers a small-college experience with the resources of the largest urban public university in the country. The campus is conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, just steps away from both Grand Central Station and Times Square. A teacher/student ratio of 10:1 ensures individual attention. SLU’s wraparound student support services include:

  • Pre-admissions advisement and application assistance
  • One-to-one academic advisement and student support services including supplemental instruction, individualized tutoring and specialized student success workshops, and health and wellness counseling
  • Career counseling including specialized workshops on networking, résumé development, interviewing for a job, etc.

Applying and Eligibility

To receive the tuition benefit, DC37 members must FIRST complete a DC37 Education Fund Benefits application prior to submitting a CUNY SLU application.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Based on your program of interest, please review the chart under Eligibility and Admissions requirements to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Submit your DC37 Education Fund Benefits Application: DC37 Education Fund Benefits: DC37 Education Fund CUNY Labor Relations Certificate. Should you have questions about your eligibility or the application, call (212) 815-1700 or email
  3. Once you have received confirmation that your DC37 application has been submitted, visit to find instructions on how to complete your CUNY application and submit the necessary supporting documents and the required application fee ($70 undergraduate level, $75 graduate level).
  4. For more information or help with your application, contact the SLU Admissions Office at (646) 313-8300 or  Make sure to mention that you are reaching out with regard to the “DC37 Labor Leadership” partnership.
  5. For additional assistance at any point in the process, contact David Unger, SLU’s coordinator of the DC37 Labor Leadership Partnership, at