City Council Approves Building Service Worker Prevailing Wage

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On November 14th, NYC Council approved Intro 1321C, legislation that requires developers of certain affordable housing projects to pay the prevailing wage to building service employees. The Mayor is expected to approve the bill. This requirement will go into effect 120 days after it becomes law.

The full bill text and a short description are available on the City Council’s website.

In City-initiated rezoned areas or at sites subject to separate negotiations, prevailing wage may still apply if the building does not meet conditions specified by 1321C. Please check in with HPD for specific guidance on your deal.

Below are pertinent aspects of the final bill.

Following the City Council vote, the Network and its partners, NYSAFAH, Human Services Council, LiveOn NY, and Homeless Services United, issued this statement:

While we applaud the Council’s concern about raising wages for low-income workers, we are concerned that, without significant new City subsidy to pay for these raises, the vote today will disproportionally impact affordable housing projects that serve the lowest income New Yorkers, including those experiencing homelessness. We ask that the next budget include additional funding to allow projects in the pipeline to afford prevailing wages, so that the City’s record level of production remains on track. We also ask that the Council take up the issue of the even-lower incomes earned by the caseworkers and other human service workers under City contracts.

Please feel free to reach out to us with questions, concerns, and thoughts about this legislation and its implementation. Please contact Rebecca Sauer, Director of Policy and Planning at the Network.

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