FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2006
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE ASSISTANT DEPUTY WARDENS/DEPUTY WARDENS ASSOCIATION
Collective Bargaining Agreement Includes Over 17% Wage Increase and Covers 175 Uniformed Supervisors in the Department of Correction
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Sidney Schwartzbaum, President of the Assistant Deputy Wardens/Deputy Wardens Association (ADW/DWA), announced that a tentative contract settlement has been reached on a collective bargaining agreement covering the period from July 1, 2003 through February 29, 2008. The agreement covers four years and eight months and includes a greater than 17% wage increase along with a modified salary structure for employees newly promoted to Assistant Deputy Warden and Deputy Warden on or after July 1, 2006. The agreement is funded through productivity enhancements and other measurable savings and is consistent with the parameters of this round of bargaining that compensate employees for increased productivity.
"Assistant Deputy Wardens and Deputy Wardens throughout our City's detention system are responsible for keeping our jails safe and secure," said Mayor Bloomberg. "These employees work under some of the most challenging conditions and perform tough jobs with professionalism and skill. This settlement adheres to the basic economic framework found in agreements reached with our other uniformed forces. The City of New York has again maintained its commitment to negotiate fiscally prudent settlements that include productivity enhancements while addressing the Union's goal to achieve fair treatment and substantial compensation for its members."
"This round of bargaining posed difficult options for our supervisory union especially considering our small size, but we managed to craft a solution that did no harm to the career path," said ADW/DWA President Schwartzbaum.
The principal features of the settlement, including compounded wage increases of over 17% during the contract for incumbent Assistant Deputy Warden, Deputy Wardens and Deputy Wardens-in-Command, are as follows:
The following productivity and operational improvements have been agreed to:
The following other provision have been agreed to:
"I want to thank ADW/DWA President Sidney Schwartzbaum and his Executive Board for rolling up their sleeves and hammering out this agreement," concluded Mayor Bloomberg. "I would also like to thank Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler, Correction Commissioner Martin Horn, Labor Commissioner James F. Hanley and First Deputy Commissioner Pamela S. Silverblatt and their team, and Budget Director Mark Page and his staff for their efforts in reaching this Agreement."
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