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25% Bump in Wages For Poll Workers Is Good 1st Step: Union

Posted 8/27/18

Mayor de Blasio announced last week that more than 34,000 Board of Elections poll workers would receive a boost in their daily pay, a move that the union representing BOE staff celebrated but cautioned wouldn’t be enough for the workers to reach minimum wage.

The per-diem employees have earned $200 a day for 17 years, according to Communications Workers of America Local 1183, which represents about 600 full-time staff members. The raise to a $250 daily salary will bring the poll workers, who work 16-hour days, to a pay rate of $15 an hour, according to the Mayor.

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