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Economic Contract

September 2016 Pay Raise

“The latest and largest increase of 3% in the 2010-2017 Economic Agreement will go into effect for a majority of our members this fall. DC 37 continues to fight for the economic security of our members throughout the city by protecting our health and drug benefits and insuring that wages are paid correctly and as quickly as possible,” said Henry Garrido, Executive Director of DC 37, AFSCME. Pay dates and amount may vary, depending on the bargaining unit and the payroll cycle of the employer. Most units have an effective date of September 3, 2016. Please contact your payroll department or union representative for specific information. Please click on the appropriate calculator below for an ESTIMATE of what your increase will be.


Summary of Economic Agreement

Contract value: 10.41% in compounded wage increases over contract term (March 3, 2010 to July 2, 2017)*

1. Term of Contract – 88 months

2. $1,000 Ratification Bonus – Lump sum payment payable upon ratification. Pro-rated for other than full-time employees (pensionable, consistent with applicable law).

3. Compounded Wage Increases

  • 1% – Sept. 3, 2011
  • 1% – Sept. 3, 2012
  • 1% – Sept. 3, 2013
  • 1.5% – Sept. 3, 2014
  • 2.5% – Sept. 3, 2015
  • 3% – Sept. 3, 2016
  • Additions to Gross shall be increased by 3% effective September 3, 2016.

4. Retroactive Pay on the First Three Wage Increases

5. Health and Welfare Benefits Preserved With No Increase in Out-of-Pocket Costs

6. Additional Compensation Fund of .52% to be Determined by Each Bargaining Unit’s Negotiating Committee – Available on March 3, 2017 to be used for unit-specific needs.

7. Workplace Initiatives/ Gainsharing – Jointly agreed upon initiatives that generate workplace savings and increase compensation for members.

8. Joint Recruitment & Promotion Study Committee – High-level Labor-Management Committee to address favoritism and inequities in promotions and appointments and provide for greater promotional opportunities.

  • Review the City’s selection process for promotions for DC 37 titles, including the impact of the 1-in-3 rule on women and minorities in DC 37 titles.
  • Review DC 37 titles with limited promotional opportunities to make recommendations to DCAS regarding the need for promotional opportunities and/or the establishment of new titles or levels if necessary.

Recommendations to be developed within six months of ratification.

9. Due Process for Provisionals – Immediately after ratification, the City shall make good faith efforts to ensure due process protections for provisional employees in the Department of Education, NYCHA and HHC similar to the Citywide Agreement due process procedures.

10. Continuation of All Other Terms of the Previous Economic Agreement

The Economic Agreement determines the overall general wage increases for the majority of DC 37 members. It also includes provisions for job security, annuities and privatization.

What agencies are covered?

  • Mayoral agencies
  • Cultural institutions
  • Department of Education
  • Libraries
  • HHC

What are the exceptions?

  • Certain non-mayoral agencies: In certain non-mayoral agencies like CUNY, workers are not covered by the economic contract. Contact your union representative or local president for more information.
  • Prevailing rate workers: Wages and benefits are covered under separate agreements called Comptroller’s Determinations. Contact your union representative or local president for more information. (See also the NYC Comptroller’s website)