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Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District Employee Union Leaders Celebrate Collective Bargaining Agreements and Pay Raises

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District Employee Union Leaders Celebrate Collective Bargaining Agreements and Pay Raises

Mayor Continuing to Work on Reaching Agreements with All Unions

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, labor leaders and District government employees announced the completion of collective bargaining agreements with unions representing over half of the District’s unionized workforce. Mayor Gray also announced that all non-union DC government employees will receive a 3 percent pay raise effective this month.

 Today’s announcement means that almost three-quarters of District government employees will soon receive a raise.

“The District of Columbia has some of the most dedicated public servants anywhere – the people who keep us safe, clear snow from our streets, take away our trash and recycling and perform hundreds of other jobs for us every day – and the vast majority of them have gone for years without getting any sort of raise,” Mayor Gray said. “I’m proud to say that, together, we have been able to reach agreement on these union contracts – and that we are continuing to work on reaching agreements with the remainder of our unions in a manner that is both fair to our civil servants and responsible with District taxpayers’ dollars.”

Mayor Gray continued: “I promised when I came into office that we would rebuild our relationship with labor and view negotiations as a win-win proposition rather than a zero-sum game. I’m proud that we are living up to those promises.”

This is the first pay increase for most District employees in three years, and for many, it is the first in as many as seven years. The cost associated with the collective bargaining agreements (CBA) and raises is possible because of the District’s growing economy and revised revenue projections.

The parties have been in negotiations for some of these agreements since 2010, while others were completed within a matter of months. The eight completed agreements include: 

  • Compensation Units 1 and 2, which consists of approximately 9,000 white- and blue-collar workers in the District government. They work at approximately 27 District agencies in professional, technical, clerical, administrative, trade and craft positions such as accountants, engineers, paramedics, correctional officers, staff assistants, sanitation workers, solid waste inspectors, locksmiths and custodians. Employees in Compensation Units 1 and 2 bargaining units are represented by the following unions: 
  1. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees;
  2. American Federation of Government Employees;
  3. Fraternal Order of Police;
  4. National Association of Government Employees;
  5. Service Employees International Union;
  6. National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees; and
  7. Alliance of Independent Workers Laborers Organization. 
  • Compensation Unit 33, the attorneys employed by the Office of the Attorney General and represented by the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 33.

  • Office of the State Superintendent for Education and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 1959, consisting of part-time school bus drivers and attendants.

  • Office of the State Superintendent for Education and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 639, consisting of full-time school bus drivers and attendants.

  • Department of Mental Health and the Service Employees International Union, consisting of social workers at the Department of Mental Health.

  • Department of Mental Health and the Committee of Interns and Residents.

  • Department of Mental Health and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3758 and the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees, consisting of psychologists employed by the Department of Mental Health.

  • Department of Mental Health and the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 383 and AFSCME, Local 2095, consisting of behavioral specialists and related service providers at the Department of Mental Health. 

“We are proud to have concluded the CBAs in partnership with the Gray Administration,” said Geo T. Johnson, Executive Director of AFSCME District Council 20. “In all cases, after the give-and-take that is inherent in collective bargaining negotiations, the parties reached agreements that will provide a solid labor-management structure for employees and employers. I believe that the Mayor played a significant role in how the economic portion of the CBAs rolled out. Instead of selecting many other portions of the government at the expense of city workers, he made sure that city workers were treated in a fair and equitable manner.“