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New York - Employees Approve New Economic Agreement

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New York City, New York

Members of New York City’s largest public employee union, DC 37, have voted almost unanimously to ratify a new contract that will raise wages more than 8 percent over two years.

“We listened to our members’ needs and, clearly, their overwhelming vote in support of this contract indicates that we met them,” says DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts. “The hard-working, dedicated public employees who preserve the quality of life that makes New York great deserve a contract that gives them a decent increase and protects their health coverage and pension plans, especially in these difficult economic times. This contract does that and more.”

The agreement includes annual 4 percent wage increases, plus additional compensation for uniform maintenance allowances, longevity differentials, service increments and other items, for a total of 8.26 percent. Also, health and pension benefits are preserved and all other terms of the previous contract continue unchanged.

The contract is retroactive to March 3, 2008 and runs through March 2, 2010. The second year’s wage hike begins March 3, 2009.

About 125,000 city employees, including those working in the Department of Education and the Health and Hospitals Corporation, are represented by the council through its 56 local unions.