New York City reaches deal with largest municipal union

Gothamist, Elizabeth Kim, February 17, 2023

Mayor Eric Adams on Friday announced a tentative deal with the District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal union, that would grant their members roughly 3% annual raises over five years as well as bonuses.

“I have made no secret that I am a blue-collar mayor,” Adams said during a news conference in City Hall.

He began by speaking about his late mother, who had been a member of DC37 as a food service worker.

“This is in my blood,” he said.

The agreement resolves a key challenge facing the mayor, who has strong relationships with labor but is seeking to contain costs during an uncertain economic period for the city.

DC37, which endorsed Adams during his mayoral primary campaign, represents 100,000 city workers across a wide breadth, including 911 operators, social service workers and park staffers. The union is one of dozens whose contracts have expired. City workers have demanded raises that reflect their work during the pandemic as well as the burden of inflation.

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