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New York, USA, March 14, 2024 – New York City Mayor Eric Adams announces a $741 million investment for an estimated 80,000 human services workers employed by non-profit organizations with a city contract as part of a new cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) today in New York City. Photo: Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire

In a resounding victory for New York City’s essential workforce, Mayor Eric Adams and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams joined forces to announce a groundbreaking initiative: a significant boost in pay for 80,000 human services workers. The press conference, marked by jubilation and a palpable sense of achievement, heralded a new era of recognition and support for those who tirelessly serve the city’s most vulnerable populations.

At the heart of this historic announcement was a recognition of the indispensable role played by nonprofit workers. Mayor Adams, accompanied by First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright, emphasized the critical contribution of these workers in sustaining the city’s social fabric. From childcare to homelessness prevention, mental health services to food security initiatives, nonprofit workers are the unsung heroes who keep New York City running.

The journey towards fair compensation for these workers began long before Mayor Adams took office. Recognizing the systemic challenges facing the nonprofit sector, the administration embarked on a mission to rectify historical injustices. Deputy Mayor Wright, drawing from her own experience in the nonprofit realm, played a pivotal role in shaping policies aimed at addressing wage disparities and bureaucratic hurdles.

One of the key achievements highlighted during the press conference was the swift resolution of a $6 billion backlog in payments owed to nonprofit organizations. Within a mere 12 weeks of assuming office, the administration, in collaboration with Deputy Mayor Wright and dedicated advocates, managed to close the gap, ensuring that workers received the compensation they rightfully deserved.

The $741 million investment announced by Mayor Adams represents a monumental step towards achieving pay equity for human services workers. Over the next three years, this infusion of funds will result in a 9.2 percent pay increase, lifting up a workforce predominantly composed of women and people of color. With this initiative, the administration reaffirms its commitment to building a fairer and more equitable city for all.

City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams echoed Mayor Adams’ sentiments, emphasizing the transformative impact of this investment on the lives of workers and their families. She underscored the importance of timely payments for nonprofit organizations, pledging continued advocacy to ensure that workers receive their due compensation promptly.

The significance of this announcement was further underscored by testimonies from frontline workers like Autrice Wildman, whose dedication and resilience embody the spirit of New York City. For Autrice and countless others, this pay increase represents more than just financial relief—it symbolizes recognition, dignity, and the promise of a brighter future.

As the press conference drew to a close, the message was clear: New York City stands united in its support for the essential workers who have been the backbone of its resilience. Mayor Adams, Speaker Adams, and their partners have set a precedent for collaborative governance, demonstrating that by prioritizing the needs of workers, we can build a more inclusive and compassionate city for all.

Source: EuropaNewswire, Mayors Office.

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