By NYC CLC
After long marches, huge demonstrations and the threat of a citywide strike of unionized public center-based child care employees, the City of New York and the NYC Day Care Council reached a tentative contract agreement that will benefit more than 4,000 members of Day Care Employees Local 205. At issue is the wide pay gap between teachers who work in community-run preschools — which enroll the bulk of students in the city’s free, universal pre-K program — and those who teach in public school classrooms overseen by the education department.
The new agreement would steadily boost salaries for pre-K teachers over three years, eventually matching what starting teachers in public schools make. The agreement establishes a model for how salary parity can be implemented for all early educators at CBOs, including those who are not members of the union.
DC 1707 Executive Director Kim Medina praised the Mayor “for recognizing the need to rectify this on-going problem of paying center-based educators less than their counterparts in the DOE.” Medina also thanked the NYC labor community for their solidarity with child care workers over the years. “Labor’s support was immeasurable,” she said.
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