New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

STATEMENT: Council Member Ben Kallos on Achieving Wage Parity for All Early Childhood Educators in NYC

“After years of unequal pay, we finally have wage parity for the hardworking early childhood education professionals at community-based organizations who have been essential to making New York City’s historic Universal Pre-K program a reality.

“Many of the teachers who were being paid less than their colleagues were women of color. With today’s agreement, which follows years of advocacy involving, rallies, marches, and press conferences, that inequity will finally come to an end.”

“Thank you to Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and DC 1707 President Kim Medina for working together to finalize this agreement today. Congratulations to coalition that fought for wage parity and to labor groups who stood firm on behalf of their members. Most importantly, thank you to the DC 1707 members who teach and care for our city’s children every day.”

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