April 1, 2023
New York – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Office of Labor Relations (OLR) Commissioner Renee Campion today hailed District Council (DC) 37 for voting to ratify its contract with the city last night – passing with 97 percent of all members voting in favor. The five-plus year contract is the first reached under the Adams administration and will cover roughly one-quarter of the city's total unionized workforce, providing annual raises of 3 percent in the first four years and 3.25 percent in the fifth year, as well as a one-time bonus of $3,000 immediately to eligible members.
"This agreement will put thousands of dollars into the pockets of the men and women of DC 37, who work tirelessly each and every day to keep our city running. And it is a victory for people like my late mother, Dorothy Adams, herself a former member of this union, who raised six children on her own thanks to the good pay and decent benefits she got from DC 37," said Mayor Adams. "I am a blue-collar mayor who will always stand with the working people of this city – fighting for fairer wages, better benefits, and a better quality of life – and this contract not only provides our blue-collar workers a great deal, but it is also fair to our city's taxpayers. It would not have been possible without the dogged efforts of OLR Commissioner Renee Campion, the steadfast partnership of Henry Garrido, and the dedication of the great members of DC 37."
"Congratulations to DC 37 on the ratification of this contract, which will provide good raises, a ratification bonus, and other important benefits that will address the most pressing needs members are facing," said OLR Commissioner Campion. "The overwhelming vote in favor is a testament to this administration's strong partnership with our labor unions and a reminder that our city is stronger when labor and management work together to uplift our city and its employees."
DC 37 members will receive the following compounded and retroactive wage increases, representing a 16.21-percent increase across the life of the contract:
The contract ratified last night also includes: