Four thousand safety guards within the metropolis’s privately managed homeless shelters are getting raises, courtesy of Mayor de Bill Blasio and the City Council.
The just-approved $98.7 billion city budget steers an extra $40.5 million to contracted shelter suppliers to give safety staff a pay hike to “prevailing wage” — a high precedence of the highly effective union SEIU Local 32 BJ, which has sturdy ties to de Blasio and the Council.
The funding will carry 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 up to $7,000 a 12 months lower than those that work in shelters managed straight by the town’s Dept. of Homeless Services.
The minimal hourly wages will bounce from $15 an hour to $18.45 per hour, and whole compensation can be $21.82 to $24.94 primarily based on months of service, in accordance to the union.
During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of homeless people had been transferred out of densely populated shelters to empty hotels to assist curb the unfold of COVID-19. They are being reassigned again to shelters now that COVID infections plummeted after many New Yorkers received vaccinated.
“We are grateful that Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor de Blasio took action to make sure the city budget supports good, family-sustaining jobs for security officers working in homeless shelters operated by non-profit providers. These security officers have been working on the frontlines of the pandemic, making sure some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers had a safe place to come back to at night,” mentioned 32BJ vice chairman John Santos.
De Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson mentioned the pay improve was overdue.
“A Recovery for All of Us includes supporting essential workers. Security officers safeguard some of our most vulnerable neighbors. We are proud to invest $40.5 million to ensure the essential security officers in shelters run by private contractors stay in their jobs and receive the wages and benefits they deserve.”
Johnson mentioned the settlement “finally guarantees these essential workers a prevailing wage. This is great news, and comes at an important time. They’ve spent the past year helping our city through its darkest hours, and now we’re looking out for them.”
Awash in practically $6 billion in federal COVID aid assist, the town price range additionally awards not-for-profit human service suppliers a “one-time bonus” of $24 million “in recognition of the valuable work they do,” a Council doc says
The mayor and Council additionally elevated funding by $24 million to neighborhood teams operating “Summer Rising” applications for youths.
Elementary faculty suppliers will obtain a 30 p.c improve and center faculty suppliers a ten p.c enhance, data present.