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NYC union members approve a contract deal that includes massive raises for some pre-K teachers


August 5, 2019
Christina Veiga
Chalkbeat New York

Some preschool teachers will see their pay increase by as much as $20,000 after union members voted Thursday night to approve a labor agreement that has been touted as historic.

The deal with District Council 1707’s Local 205 significantly boosts salaries for about 300 teachers who work in publicly funded but independently run programs, bringing them on-par with starting salaries for public school teachers.

That is a major step forward for advocates who have long fought for pay parity between both groups of teachers, who are represented by different unions but have the same credentials — and have played a major role in rolling out Mayor Bill de Blasio’s highly touted universal pre-K initiative.

“We never thought this day would come,” said Kim Medina, the executive director of DC 1707. “It was always a constant fight for us because the mindset was that our childcare providers…were not teachers. They were babysitters.”