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City Reaches Tentative Deal With DC 37 Labor Union

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced a deal with the city's largest municipal labor union that will result in employees receiving raises of 10 percent over the first seven years. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

Another major public-sector union is poised to get a new contract.

District Council 37 reached a tentative agreement with the de Blasio administration that includes 10 percent in pay raises over seven years and a $1,000 bonus when the contract is approved.

The deal applies to more than 100,000 city employees, including librarians, maintenance workers, civil engineers and administrative aides.

The union has been working with an expired contract since 2010.

"I'm going to state something everyone in this room knows. It is long overdue," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

When de Blasio took office in January, every city labor union was working with an expired contract. Earlier this year, he reached another major contract agreement with the city's teachers' union.

"This is once again an example of what respect and cooperation makes possible," de Blasio said. "Over those four long years, while people waited, they were treated to a lot of disrespect.

"I want to commend the mayor for listening and wanting to work with us in order to make this a better city for the workers and the New Yorkers," said Lillian Roberts of District Council 37.

The agreement with DC 37 mirrors the one struck with the city's teachers. Like the teachers' deal, this calls for health care savings, but it does not specifically state how those savings will be achieved. DC 37 is required to come up with $795 million in health savings by 2019.

City officials are pushing other municipal unions to sign onto agreements that follow the same approach when it comes to raises and health savings.

"Every union has its own reality, but I'm confident we're going to keep up a lot of momentum," de Blasio said.

The union's executive board has already signed off on the tentative contract agreement. The union president said she expects ballots to go out to union members starting next week.

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