Lilly Ledbetter Joins NOW-NYC in Equal Pay Fight
More than 5,000 current and former School Safety Agents, a majority woman workforce, have joined a federal class-action lawsuit against the City of New York to secure equal pay. The agents, who work in our public schools and guarantee the safety of students and teachers, are paid $7,000 less annually than other “peace officers” who work in public hospitals and government buildings across the city. NOW-NYC has been rallying behind the School Safety Agents to turn this classic case of pay discrimination on its head.
NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio said, “This case needs to be settled now. One year ago, mayoral candidate de Blasio unequivocally promised to fairly settle this case if elected. Now we’re almost half a year in to his new administration and our School Safety Agents are still waiting for their fair share. Every single day, these women are doing their job of protecting the more than one million students in our public schools. Now it’s up to the mayor to do his job to fairly pay these city workers. Every day that goes by these 5,000 workers are getting shortchanged, and their families are getting shortchanged.”
NOW-NYC, Lilly Ledbetter, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James, City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, Teamsters Local 237, and the League of Women Voters of the City of New York rallied on Friday, May 9th at City Hall to push Mayor de Blasio to settle the case fairly and expeditiously.
Many of the same advocates also rallied on April 8, 2014, National Equal Pay Day, to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to fulfill his campaign pledge to fairly settle the ongoing school safety agent federal class action lawsuit against the city demanding pay parity.
Teamsters Local 237 represents the school safety agents and has repeatedly tried to address this 20 percent pay inequity through contract negotiations with the city’s Office of Labor Relations, but it refused to engage under former Mayor Bloomberg. We are asking for Mayor de Blasio to follow-through on his pledge to fairly settle this case.
NOW-NYC and the Teamsters hold up a birthday cake for the Mayor. 7,000 is the number of dollars School Safety Agents are losing in pay each year.
VIDEO NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio Call on Mayor DeBlasio to Settle Pay Discrimination Lawsuit– April 9, 2014 (2:52-4:06)