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Mayor’s Office: Union Contract Means Pay Equity For Largely Female School Safety Agents

Lilly Ledbetter (in green) with school safety agents on steps of City Hall demanding fair pay, May 9, 2014. (credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

Lilly Ledbetter (in green) with school safety agents on steps of City Hall demanding fair pay, May 9, 2014. (credit: Jim Smith/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The City of New York has reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing school safety agents, which includes a provision for pay equity for the predominantly female workers.

The deal with Teamsters Local 237, which represents both the largely female school safety agents and special officers, was reached Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced. Tuesday is Women’s Equity Day, and the deal ensured that over 5,000 school safety agents will achieve pay equity with the special officers by the end of the contract term, the Mayor’s office said.

Many of the school safety agents had been making $7,000 less than the special officers, the Mayor’s office said.

“Today’s agreement ensures that the over 5,000 mainly female school safety agents—who protect our children and our schools—will receive the pay they deserve,” Mayor de Blasio said in a news release.

More than 62 percent of the city’s unionized workforce has now reached contract agreements, the Mayor’s office said.

The agreement between the city and Local 237, which represents 8,204 employees, also provides 10 percent in raises over seven years, and a $1,000 ratification bonus, the Mayor’s office said. The seven-year contract will also be extended for six more months for additional benefits, the Mayor’s office said.

The contract will go back retroactively to Sept. 26, 2010, and will run through March 25, 2018, the Mayor’s office said.

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