The agreement announced Thursday affects workers in more than 200 centers in New York. A similar agreement followed that was reached in July for 4,000 early childhood educators inside Local 205. The salaries of more than 2,650 departing teachers are increased based on teachers` salaries in public schools under a provisional agreement between the city, the union and the Head Start Sponsoring Board. The interim agreement covers the period up to 31 January 2022. The agreement must be ratified by the district council 37/1707 local 95 members. “Head Start is essential to educate our youngest New Yorkers and educate entire families,” said Mayor de Blasio. “With this agreement, we are ensuring that our children have the best teachers at their most critical stages of development.” While 95 local workers are employed by providers who are members of the Head Start Sponsoring Board Council and the agreement was negotiated between the two parties, the city supported the negotiations. In the event of a full start-up increase, the cost of the comparison for fiscal year 2023 is approximately $7 million. “As Chair of the Education Commission and under the leadership of Spokesperson Corey Johnson, we have made it clear that pay parity for early childhood educators in Budget 2020 is a top priority for City Council. I recommend to the administration, Local 95, DC 37/ 1707 and the Head Start Sponsoring Board Council, that they have reached an agreement that closes the pay gap between Head Start employees and their colleagues in the Department of Education.
The Early Learn NYC Head Start programs provide our young learners with important comprehensive services – child care, pre-K, UPK and healthy meals – that receive hundreds of working families every day,” said Mark Treyger, Chair of the Education Commission. I thank the spokesperson, Mr. Johnson, my council colleagues and the unwavering efforts of the supporters to move this initiative forward. This is another positive step towards pay equity, and the Commission will continue to work until full pay parity is achieved for all educators and early childhood children. The interim agreement expires on January 31, 2022. The agreement requires the agreement of Head Start employees in Local 95. “I would like to thank the Mayor of Blasio, Speaker Johnson and DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido for their diligence in pursuing this agreement that provides my members with the well-deserved pay parity that we have fought for so long. With this agreement, my members can now see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Linda McPherson, President of Local 95. However, despite the results of the program, most Head Start employees across the country are paid close to the minimum wage. However, because of its strength and organization, 95 local members are among the highest paid Head Start employees in the country. This Aboriginal man, for example, successfully negotiated a retirement plan for his members with a total of credits for the return service.