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CUNY Contract Pay Dates

DC 37’s 10,000 members in CUNY four-year colleges and community colleges can finally plan for an increase in their paychecks. The contract was overwhelming ratified this summer. With constant pressure from our leadership and our sister unions, CUNY and New York State budget officials have announced the timeframe for payment of the contractual increases.

The lump sum ratification bonus of $1,000 for full-time, and pro-rated for part-time, employees will be paid no later than the second paycheck in October.

The percentage increase of 10.41% on salary and retroactive monies
due back to May 1, 2011 will be paid in January 2017.

“This increase is long overdue and we know that our members really need the money. We are doing everything we can to insure it is quickly and accurately paid to all employees,” said Henry Garrido, Executive Director of DC 37, AFSCME.

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District Council 37 members at CUNY ratified their economic agreement by an overwhelming 98% in a ballot conducted by the American Arbitration Association.

“Members’ overwhelming vote of approval shows widespread support for the DC 37 CUNY contract,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “Our members at CUNY will receive retroactive pay increases worth more than 10 percent and a ratification bonus. For lower paid members, there is now a path toward $15 an hour. We thank our CUNY members for their patience and perseverance, and we will announce pay dates as soon as they are available.”

The vote followed the June 10, 2016, announcement by City University of New York Chancellor James B. Milliken and Henry Garrido, the Executive Director of District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and its affiliated locals, of a tentative contract settlement. The new contract provides 10.41% in wage increases over 87 months.

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Among the contract highlights:

  • Locals Covered – Members of Locals 375, 384, 983, 1407, 1597, 1797, 2054 and 2627 who work at CUNY.
  • Term of the Contract - 87 Months; Nov. 1, 2009 to Jan. 31, 2017.
  • $1,000 Ratification Bonus – Lump sum payment payable upon ratification. Pro-rated for other than full-time employees (pensionable, consistent with applicable law).
  • Compound Wage Increases – 10.41% in wage increases over 87 months

    1% May 1, 2011
    1% May 1, 2012
    2.5% May 1, 2013
    2% May 1, 2014
    2% May 1, 2015
    1.5% May 1, 2016

  • Retroactive Pay on All Wage Increases
    District Council 37 and
    the City University of New York announced
    a tentative contract agreement on June 10, 2016
    DC 37 photo by Clarence Elie-Rivera     

    District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido shakes hands with
    Pam Silverblatt of CUNY on a tentative contract agreement covering more than seven years.

  • $15 Minimum Wage – CUNY has agreed to implement the $15 minimum wage schedule for those members who make less than $15; by the end of 2018, all will earn $15 an hour.
  • Health Benefits Preserved With No Premium Insurance Costs
  • Welfare Fund Increases – $200 per active/retiree annual rate increase to the welfare fund effective Jan. 31, 2017.
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