NYC Public Advocate's Response To The Tentative Agreement Between District Council 37 And The City

February 17th, 2023

Press Release

"Congratulations to the DC37 leadership and workforce on this tentative agreement, one which reflects the values and priorities of working people in and employed by our city. It’s clear that workers are standing up and taking charge on critical issues of worker justice. Increases and equity in wages, as well as financial support for child care, are essential and reflective of the moment – a moment within a pandemic that continues to shape our lives and our work.

"I am heartened to see the city finally express openness to the flexible work options I’ve long implemented and urged the administration to adopt, albeit through a limited and delayed pilot program. I assume that this pilot program will determine what so many private sector companies, as well as our own office, have long known – that flexible hybrid and remote work options are not only feasible but necessary, both to recruit and retain talent and to provide invaluable work-life balance and support for employees. Enabling hybrid work systems where possible is essential for the city in order to provide the level of services New Yorkers need.

"I hope that this agreement, if ratified, sets a path and a standard, a starting point for the rest of the city’s unionized workforce that recognizes the benefits of and need for a flexible new approach to modern, inclusive workplaces."

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