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November 6, 2008

2008.11.06: City and Municipal Union Reach 2-Year Deal (4% raises a year)

Filed under: Collective Bargaining — nyclaw01 @ 9:16 am
From: Herschel, Lucy
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 9:16 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: City and Municipal Union Reach 2-Year Deal (4% raises a year)
This was buried in the New York Times the other day.  Other city unions have gotten higher increases. 

City and Municipal Union Reach 2-Year Deal

Published: November 3, 2008

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal union, announced on Monday that they had signed a tentative two-year contract that calls for raises of 4 percent a year.

In light of the financial crisis and economic downturn, some of the union’s members feared that the city would insist on giving District Council 37 lower raises than several other municipal unions have received, but the settlement generally followed the 4-percent-a- year pattern of raises that the city’s other civilian unions have received in recent months.

“We clearly understand the practical reality of bargaining in difficult fiscal times,” said Lillian Roberts, the union’s executive director, who appeared at a City Hall news conference with the mayor. “A contract that provides two 4 percent increases over the course of two years is a significant victory.”

The agreement covers more than 100,000 employees in mayoral agencies, the Department of Education and the Health and Hospitals Corporation.

James F. Hanley, the city’s labor commissioner, said: “It’s 100 percent consistent with the pattern that six other municipal unions have settled on. It’s established an even playing field.”

Mr. Bloomberg said he was pleased that his administration and the union “have been able to come up with a good, fair contract that rewards the everyday heroes who keep New York running morning, noon and night.”

Some of the raises would be retroactive because the new contract, if ratified, would cover a period that began March 3. The deal calls for a raise of 4 percent effective that date, and a second 4 percent raise March 3, 2009.

At a meeting of the district council’s negotiating committee last week, officials from 2 of the union’s 56 locals voted against the agreement, complaining that it did not include a one-tenth of 1 percent pay increment that the city gave in September to another civilian union, Teamsters Local 237, which represents Housing Authority workers.

Faye Moore, president of the local representing social workers, said, “D.C. 37 is the largest civilian union, and we did not even deliver to our members what some other civilian unions received.”

Zita Allen, the district council’s communications director, noted that the Teamsters signed their contract before the $700 billion federal bailout and that the differences between the Teamsters’ deal and D.C. 37’s deal were inconsequential.

If, as expected, the district council’s delegate body approves the agreement at a special meeting on Thursday, the American Arbitration Association will conduct a ratification vote by mail ballot.

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