School custodians, NYC reach contract agreement

Associated Press

New York City public school custodians and building engineers have a new labor contract.

The Daily News ( ) reports that the International Union of Operating Engineers and the city reached a $207.2 million agreement on Monday.

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The terms calls for the 2,000 workers to received 18 percent raises and bonuses of $1,000.The tentative contract is retroactive to 2007.

It also calls for about $41.1 million in health-care savings.

City officials say the cost of the pact will be covered by the current budget.

Robert Troeller, president of Local 891 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, praised the agreement.

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the tentative agreement recognizes the important work custodian engineers do to keep schools clean and safe.


Information from: Daily News,