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“This Is A Landmark Contract” - CWA-Represented New York City Traffic Agents Ratify Contract By 99% - Agents Pay To Increase By 10%

Published Tuesday, February 23, 2016
by Steven Wishnia/

(NEW YORK CITY) – New York City’s Traffic Enforcement Agents, who are represented by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1182, have overwhelmingly ratified their first contract in almost six years.  Local 1182 members voted 1,784-to-14 in favor of the agreement that was reached with the Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration last month.

The deal, which will run from March 2010 through December 2017, will raise Agents’ pay by a total of 10%, with retroactive increases going back to 2011, and a 3% raise coming in September, Union Officials said.  It will also begin step-pay increases, raises based on length of service, and create a program to give Agents annuities when they retire, with the city investing $261 a year per agent in the fund.

“This is a ‘landmark contract,’” CWA Local 1182 President Syed Rahim said, as Agents lined up to vote in the basement of Local 1180 headquarters, clad in heavy blue winter-uniform jackets and lime-green vests, radios on their hips, waiting to deposit their paper ballots into two clear plastic bins.  

He listed four major gains: “We ‘never had’ a step plan.  We ‘never had’ a maximum.  We ‘never had’ an annuity.  We ‘got’ the gain-sharing.  Mayor Bill de Blasio ‘helped’ us.  Police Commissioner William Bratton ‘helped’ us.”

The contract will raise Level I Agents’ maximum salaries from $33,000 to $41,200 and Level II Agents from $36,000 to $43,200, said CWA Local 1182 Executive Vice-President Sokunbi Olufemi.  The step increases will be given to Level I Agents on the anniversary of their hiring and to Level II Agents on the anniversary of their promotion.  Olufemi said it wasn’t clear yet how much they would be.

The city also agreed to pay Members more for taking on extra tasks, such as responding to traffic accidents and building collapses.

“Within nine months, the city is going to pay us for ‘working out of title,’” said Olufemi, with the additional pay coming from the money the city saves “by using us.”

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