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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.

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.

Scroll down for details and for raise and retro pay calculators.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact your local or division.

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
  • $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.

Estimate Your Raise and Retro Pay

Please click one of the buttons below, based on your pay status, to access a DC 37 CUNY Contract Raise and Retroactive Pay Estimator.

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