Contract reached for New York City school agents

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New York City reached a nearly $68 million contract agreement with the school safety agents union and a tentative settlement with its workers over equal pay discrimination claims.

The union, Teamsters Local 237, will receive 10% raises over the course of the new, 7-year contract, as well as a $1,000 ratification bonus for each worker, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Separately, the union's school safety agents, totaling more than 5,000, will receive about $38 million in retroactive pay. That deal, which requires court approval, would settle a 2010 federal class-action lawsuit filed by the agents—two-thirds of whom are women—who earned an average of $7,000 less each year than special officers, their mostly male counterparts who perform similar work at other public buildings like hospitals and homeless shelters.

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