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HPD forced to take back 40% pay hike for hundreds of workers

Raise violated collective bargaining rules

October 13, 2016 01:10PM

Vicki Been

Vicki Been

The City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development was forced to retract a 40-percent pay hike for low-level employees because of a procedural error.

The department had raised pay for as many as 300 employees, including a pay hike from $35,000 to $50,000 for case managers. But the city’s Office of Labor Relations ruled that the raise violated collective bargaining rules, according to the New York Post.

“HPD has been advised by the city’s Office of Labor Relations (OLR) that the salary adjustments were not done according to the city’s collective bargaining process and will very likely need to be rolled back in whole or in part,” HPD commissioner Vicki Been wrote in a Sept. 21 email to employees.

HPD staffers were understandably upset, the Post reports. “Sentiment ranges from despondent … up to worried and confused as to how this happened,” one said. [NYP]Konrad Putzier