BX and city day care workers reach tentative contract agreement with city

The contract dispute between day care workers and the city has come to an end after a four-year battle.

The workers have agreed to a tentative contract, which includes a 14 percent pay raise. In addition, day care workers will receive a one-time $1,000 lump sum payment.

Mayor Bloomberg and the union representing the 7,000 workers were under pressure to reach an agreement following a number of walkouts by the workers. The workers, who earn on average less than $30,000, were demanding pay similar to what city teachers are paid since they too must be state certified.

The new contract will primarily benefit those already in the profession. New day care workers can expect an 11 percent cut in starting salary. The union also agreed to give up the possibility of any retroactive pay.

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