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NEW YORK––Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson, Labor Relations Commissioner Renee Campion, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, District Council 1707 Executive Director Kim Medina and Day Care Council of New York Executive Director Andrea Anthony recently announced a tentative contract agreement between early childhood care providers, District Council 1707 Local 205 and the Day Care Council of New York (DCCNY). The contract extension will benefit 4,241 early childhood education employees with over 10,000 students in their care and serve as the model for remaining certified early childhood education providers. The tentative agreement provides a pathway to pay parity between certified early childhood education teachers and entry-rate Department of Education salaries by October 1, 2021.
This agreement builds on the deal reached in 2016, which provided the first comprehensive salary increases since 2006 for day care employees.
“There are few things as valuable as early childhood education and our youngest New Yorkers deserve the very best,” said Mayor de Blasio. “With this agreement, we’re ensuring whether you’re in one of our schools or teaching in a community based organization, you get the same starting salary. That means our kids and parents can rest assured that they’ll always have our best teachers in the classroom, helping our future leaders develop the skills they need to succeed.”
“This deal ensures that certified teachers who work in community based organizations will earn the same starting salary as their DOE colleagues. More importantly, this deal enhances the educational opportunity of our City’s students by helping to provide stability in their classrooms, instead of losing effective teachers due to the lack of pay parity. All NYC teachers deserve the same pay, the same benefits and the same respect, and when we provide pay parity in education, we provide better educational opportunities for our students,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
According to the tentative agreement, DC 1707 Local 205 certified teachers will receive the following salary increases over three years:
October 1, 2019
With Master’s Degree: $53,581
With Bachelor’s Degree: $48,372
October 1, 2020
With Master’s Degree: $62,295
With Bachelor’s Degree: $55,651
October 1, 2021
With Master’s Degree: $68,652 ($20,784 more than previous rate)
With Bachelor’s Degree: $61,070 ($17,435 more than previous rate)
The tentative agreement also includes:
Additional compensation for non-certified teachers and support staff: Non-certified teachers and support staff will receive a 2 year contract extension, a $1,800 ratification bonus and a 2.75% wage increase on October 1, 2021.
Health care cost reductions: This agreement provides many DC 1707 Local 205 members with significant reductions in co-pays and/or an approximately 10% reduction in co-premiums, depending on their Metroplus plan. The City, Health+Hospitals, MetroPlus, and DC1707 Local 205 will also review medical claims over the next year to find opportunities for additional reduced premiums and/or co-pays.
While DC 1707 workers are employed by providers who are members of the Day Care Council and the contract was negotiated between those two parties, the City funds these early childhood education programs and supported the negotiations. At full ramp up, the cost of the tentative DC 1707 Local 205 settlement in Fiscal Year 2023 is approximately $15 million, with a net cumulative cost of $5 million, as $10 million is already reflected in the City’s labor reserve.
The tentative agreement covers the period through September 30, 2022. The agreement must be ratified by DC 1707 Local 205’s membership. This settlement continues the Administration’s commitment to early childhood education and ensuring we have the best talent in our classrooms so our children have the tools they need to succeed.
To allow providers more time to consider what this information may mean for their program model, the DOE is extending the deadline for the Birth-to-Five RFP and Head Start/Early Head Start RFP from July 15th to August 5th. The DOE will provide more detail in the coming days through an RFP addendum about what information proposers will be required to include in their final submission as it relates to their program budget and staff salaries.
“Thanks to the leadership of Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson, we’re taking an important step forward in our partnership with community-based providers across the City. 3-K, Pre-K, and EarlyLearn would not be possible without these educators, and I’m excited to continue working together to provide free, full-day, high-quality education for New York City’s youngest learners,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza.