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DC 37 Agrees to Defer Benefit-Fund Payments Under No-Layoff Deal

Posted 10/28/20

District Council 37 approved the deferral of payments to its health-and-welfare and education funds until late next year in return for a no-layoff deal that could last until July 2022 and the de Blasio administration's agreement to support an early-retirement-incentive bill introduced in the State Legislature a few days earlier that's intended to significantly reduce the city payroll.

The union's executive director, Henry Garrido, said in an Oct. 28 phone interview, after his delegates accepted the terms the previous evening, that having the terms structured along the same lines as an earlier deferral of retroactive wages by the United Federation of Teachers and ensuring job security for his 120,000-plus members were the key components of the deal.

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