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District Council 37 was chartered in 1944 by AFSCME to represent public employees in New York City. It was small and relatively unsuccessful under its first president, Henry Feinstein. But under the leadership of Jerry Wurf, who took over DC37 in 1952, the union grew to 25,000 members by 1957, and 36,000 members in 1962.

When Wurf became president of AFSCME in 1964, he was ultimately replaced later that year by Victor Gotbaum, who was president of DC37 until 1987. Under Gotbaum, the union continued to grow in numbers and power.

Gotbaum had a number of people who worked closely with him to build the union. They included: Lillian Roberts, Associate Director in charge of Organization; Edwin Maher, Associate Director in charge of employees; Daniel Nelson, head of the Department of Research; Julius Topol, DC37 counsel; Bernard Stephens, editor of the Public Employee Press; and Alan Viani, who took over as head of the Department of Research in 1973 after Nelson's death.[1]

Gotbaum's successor was Stanley Hill, who subsequently resigned in 1998 due to a major scandal in the union. After a trusteeship by AFSCME, Hill was ultimately succeeded in 2002 by Lillian Roberts, who first started working with Gotbaum in 1959.


  1. ^ Bellush, J., & Bellush, B. (1984). Union power and New York: Victor Gotbaum and District Council 37 ISBN 9780275911263


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