Opportunities for Local 802 Members

In Brief

Volume CI, No. 2February, 2001


Manhattan Plaza is now accepting requests for applications from non-elderly persons who currently reside in substandard housing within the boundaries of Community Board 4, and from people 62 and older who live within those boundaries. Requests for applications must be in writing, and must be postmarked no later than Feb. 9.

Manhattan Plaza is opening its waiting list for studio and one-bedroom apartments. To be eligible to receive Section 8 Housing Assistance, applicants may not earn more than the following amounts at the time of admission: One person – $42,457; two persons – $48,532; three persons – $54,607. One to two persons may occupy a studio apartment, and two to three persons may occupy a one-bedroom unit.

Make your request for an application in writing and mail it to Manhattan Plaza, The Application Office, 400 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036. The order in which applicants are listed on the waiting list will be established by a lottery held after the Feb. 9 deadline for submitting requests.


The manufacturers of Wristreleve, a corrective wrist support for the relief of carpal tunnel syndrome, have made samples available at no cost to 802 members and staff, and their families. The supports are designed to relieve compression of the nerves and tendons, relieving pain in the wrists and hands and numbness in fingers. The company would like to be able to contact people who try out this product, to have them complete a brief product summary, so members will be asked to give their names and card numbers when they pick up samples, which are available on every floor at the 802 building.


Musicians have one of the most stressful occupations, often producing mental and physical tension. Members of Local 802 who are interested in managing stress by learning yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques, which can help to reenergize and revitalize the body and calm the mind, are asked to call (212) 245-4802, ext. 157. If enough musicians are interested, sessions may be organized at 802 headquarters.


The Mount Sinai-I.J. Selikoff Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine is embarking on a study of whether ultrasound would be useful to help diagnose cumulative trauma disorders (also known as repetitive strain injuries). Musicians are among the workers likely to suffer such injuries because they use their hands in repetitive types of work.

The center is looking for two groups of volunteers for their study of chronic muscle, tendon and nerve injuries in the arm and hand. Group 1 will be made up of people who have jobs where the hands or arms are used to do forceful or repetitive work, and who have arm or hand pain, numbness or tingling that they think may be related to their work. Group 2 will be made up of people who do not have such jobs and do not have arm or hand pain, numbness or tingling.

Those eligible to participate will receive an examination of the arm and hand and a diagnostic ultrasound of the same area. Participants in the study will be reimbursed for their time. For information, call Jonathan Dropkin, MSPT, at (212) 241-2582 or Debra Milek, MD, at (212) 241-4801.