ALAN R. VIANI: Continues role in program he established.

More than 6,000 members of District Council 37 spread over 13 locals and 26 titles will have their pay or benefits upgraded using $12.6 million in equity money contained in the union contract reached last year. The awards were earmarked to address “demonstrable evidence of significant recruitment or retention issues” or “compelling evidence of significant changes to job duties or qualifications.”

The union offered few specifics about the awards, except to say that salaries were raised by unspecified amounts for Exterminators and Pest Control Aides and “progress was made in alleviating the city’s serious recruitment and retention issues for specific city titles such as school-based Public Health Nurses and Child Protective Specialists.

Extend Health Coverage

Similar progress was reported on “providing health insurance during the summer for our lowest-paid workers who do not have an opportunity to work in the summer time, including School Crossing Guards and Public Health Assistants and Advisors.”

The equity panel that made the decisions, based on hearings held in July, consisted of one representative each from DC 37 and the city and a neutral member, veteran arbitrator and mediator Alan R. Viani, who more than 35 years ago as the union’s chief negotiator played a key role in establishing the fund.

Determinations were made by majority votes. In some cases, no award was made for a title because either it did not meet the criteria or there wasn’t sufficient funding.

All awards that were approved were effective retroactive to July 26.

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