New York – District Council (DC) 37 members voted yes and ratified its five year contract with New York City. The agreement provided annual raises of 3 percent in the first four years and 3.25 percent in the fifth year, as well as a one-time bonus of $3,000 immediately to eligible members.

DC 37 members will receive the following compounded and retroactive wage increases, representing a 16.21 – percent increase across the life of the contract:

  • May 26, 2021: 3.00 percent
  • May 26, 2022: 3.00 percent
  • May 26, 2023: 3.00 percent
  • May 26, 2024: 3.00 percent
  • May 26, 2025: 3.25 percent

The contract also includes:

Ratification Bonus:  Eligible members will receive a one-time bonus of $3,000.

Flexible Work Committee: The city and DC 37 will establish a committee to discuss options to provide greater flexibility to employees and to enhance employee morale, including remote work, compressed and flexible work schedules, and improved transit benefits. The parties’ goal is to begin a pilot program that includes remote work no later than June 1, 2023.

Child Care Trust Fund: DC 37 will establish a child care trust fund to provide support for its members with child care needs. As part of this agreement, the city will contribute $3 million per year to the fund.

Equity Fund: The parties have set aside $70 million to make salary adjustments to help fill hard-to-recruit positions and will work collaboratively to address those issues. The fund will be administered by a committee including city and DC 37 representatives.

Pandemic Response Committee: The city and DC 37 will establish a joint committee to discuss issues related to pandemic response, to best prepare the city and its workers for the next pandemic.


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