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NYC strikes labor deal, settles equal pay suit

August 26, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has agreed to a new labor contract with the union that represents school safety agents.

The agreement also settles a discrimination lawsuit brought by female members of the union.

Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed the deal Tuesday and said that settling the lawsuit was "the morally right thing to do."

The suit contended that female officers had been making $7,000 less per year than their male counterparts.

The $38 million settlement would make up the difference. It is pending judicial review.

The new contract provides a 10 percent raise over seven years and a $1,000 ratification bonus.

It follows the pattern set up by other recent labor deals, including by the teachers union.

De Blasio said 62 percent of city workers have received new contracts since January.



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