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NYC in contract deal with traffic agents

New York City’s 2,100 traffic-enforcement agents — the NYPD employees who issue parking tickets and direct traffic — are set to receive a 10 percent raise under a contract proposal announced Tuesday.

The proposal, which covers a little more than seven years, is retroactive to 2010, when the prior arrangement expired. The $64.4 million cost of the contract is expected to be offset by health care savings that could bring the net cost down to $20.3 million, according to the city.

“Our traffic enforcement agents keep our roads moving and our pedestrians, bikers and drivers safe. This agreement means they’ll get the fair wages they deserve, while protecting New York City’s fiscal health,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a written statement about the deal, negotiated with the agents’ union, the Communications Workers of America.

Assuming the contract is ratified, 95 percent of the city’s unionized workforce will have reached deals with the city. When de Blasio took office in January 2014, all such contracts were expired.

The union did not immediately return a call for comment.


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