NYC and Union Officials Hail Move toward Pay Parity for Pre-K Teachers

The DC 37/1707 partnership with the Mayor and the City Council, led by Speaker Johnson, achieved just compensation for the hard dedicated workers of Early Childhood Education

NYC and Union Officials Hail Move toward Pay Parity for Pre-K Teachers

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.

“For too long the dedicated early childhood educators/DC 1707 members have provided thousands of our children with the caring and vital education they need during their early years – but without the compensation they deserved,” said Henry Garrido, Executive Director of District Council 37, which recently merged with DC 1707. “The long struggle is finally over, and Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and DC 1707 Executive Director Kim Medina are to be commended for their leadership. The DC 37/1707 partnership with the Mayor and the City Council, led by Speaker Johnson, achieved just compensation for the hard dedicated workers of Early Childhood Education.”
 

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