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To the editor:
Two weeks ago DC37 and the City reached a tentative agreement on one of the worst municipal contracts in the last 30 years. Instead of hanging their heads in shame, DC37 leadership assembled on the steps of City Hall surrounding Mayor Eric Adams and declared him "the middle-class" mayor. What a disgrace. How little respect does the leadership have for their own members? Do they think their members can't add? Inflation has already eaten up 2/3 of the total value of the contract and there's still four years left to run.
This contract is a huge (and unearned) gift to the city. It's been mentioned that "at least there are no givebacks.” Baloney. With inflation running 5 percent, 6 percent, 7 percent as it is and has been, every DC37 member stands to lose tens of thousands of dollars over their careers because of this contract. That's some giveback.
Here are two tip-offs that this contract is bad for members. 1) $3,000 signing bonus. Leadership has highlighted this as a major benefit of the contract. But by the time this contract ends even the lowest paid members will have given back thousands more than if they demand a contract that simply keeps up with inflation. Put that $3,000 pay-off into salary Mr. "Middle-Class" Mayor. 2.) In the Q&A published on the DC37 website there's an erstwhile query asking, "Will there be layoffs because this contract is so expensive?" If the contract is worth the ink it’s printed with, why throw this classic "scare-tactic" around? Shameful.
What's happened to DC37 leadership? This contract is reminiscent of the bad old Stanley Hill days of hawking turkeys and steaming open ballots in the basement, not the union that Victor Gotbaum built. Members of DC37 are smarter and worth more than this contract gives them credit for. They should reject it.
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