CUNY Labor Pact Includes 10% Wage Increase

CUNY Chancellor James Milliken and Henry Garrido, the Executive Director of District Council 37, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and its affiliated locals, announced that a tentative contract settlement has been reached on a collective bargaining agreement covering more than seven years.

The proposed contract covers the period from November 1, 2009 through January 31, 2017 and provides 10.41% in compounded wage increases. A $1,000 bonus upon ratification of the contract is also part of the terms of the agreement. The agreement also includes an annual $200 increase to the welfare fund for all active and retired employees.

The agreement, which is subject to approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees and ratification by the CUNY members of DC 37, provides much deserved raises for the staff at CUNY and is consistent with the union’s contract with the city that covers 100,000 members who work in city agencies, NYC Health + Hospitals, libraries, museums and other cultural institutions.

“We thank Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Heastie and Chancellor Milliken for the hard work and leadership that helped secure this agreement, and we thank the members of DC 37, who provide the vital support services that help make CUNY one of the finest public institutions of higher learning in the country,” said DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido. “Today, their patience and commitment bore fruit with an agreement that truly helps provide them with the economic certainty that had been elusive for too long.”

“Our dedicated CUNY employees represented by District Council 37 provide invaluable service to the entire University community. Through the negotiating process, we successfully reached an equitable settlement that delivers increased compensation and benefits for our outstanding workforce,” said Chancellor Milliken. “We join Executive Director Henry Garrido in commending our state and city funding partners, and we recognize Henry’s leadership and resolve in his vigorous representation that led to this fair and balanced economic agreement. We look forward to reaching an agreement with PSC and the other unions that represent additional CUNY faculty and staff soon.”

Leaders for SEIU Local 3 and the New York State Nurses Association also reached settlement with CUNY under similar terms.