4 thousand safety guards within the metropolis’s privately managed homeless shelters are getting raises, courtesy of Mayor de Invoice Blasio and the Metropolis Council.
The just-approved $98.7 billion metropolis price range steers a further $40.5 million to contracted shelter suppliers to present safety staff a pay hike to “prevailing wage” — a high precedence of the highly effective union SEIU Native 32 BJ, which has robust ties to de Blasio and the Council.
The funding will deliver the safety staff parity in pay with counterparts employed by the city-run shelters, who’re represented by 32BJ, negotiators mentioned.
About two-thirds of safety officers within the metropolis’s shelters work on the not-for-profit shelters however they earn as much as $7,000 a yr lower than those that work in shelters managed instantly by the town’s Dept. of Homeless Providers.
The minimal hourly wages will bounce from $15 an hour to $18.45 per hour, and complete compensation might be $21.82 to $24.94 primarily based on months of service, in line with the union.
Throughout the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, 1000’s of homeless people have been transferred out of densely populated shelters to empty inns to assist curb the unfold of COVID-19. They’re being reassigned again to shelters now that COVID infections plummeted after many New Yorkers bought vaccinated.
“We’re grateful that Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor de Blasio took motion to verify the town price range helps good, family-sustaining jobs for safety officers working in homeless shelters operated by non-profit suppliers. These safety officers have been engaged on the frontlines of the pandemic, ensuring a number of the most susceptible New Yorkers had a protected place to come back again to at night time,” mentioned 32BJ vice chairman John Santos.
De Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson mentioned the pay improve was overdue.
“A Restoration for All of Us consists of supporting important staff. Safety officers safeguard a few of our most susceptible neighbors. We’re proud to take a position $40.5 million to make sure the important safety officers in shelters run by non-public contractors keep of their jobs and obtain the wages and advantages they deserve.”
Johnson mentioned the settlement “lastly ensures these important staff a prevailing wage. That is nice information, and comes at an vital time. They’ve spent the previous yr serving to our metropolis by its darkest hours, and now we’re looking for them.”
Awash in almost $6 billion in federal COVID aid support, the town price range additionally awards not-for-profit human service suppliers a “one-time bonus” of $24 million “in recognition of the dear work they do,” a Council doc says
The mayor and Council additionally elevated funding by $24 million to neighborhood teams operating “Summer season Rising” packages for youths.
Elementary college suppliers will obtain a 30 % improve and center college suppliers a ten % increase, data present.