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Councilmember Brad Lander explained: "... It’s outrageous that we’ve been paying them low wages, keeping them stuck in part-time jobs, and laying them off in the summer. By making job-quality better, we can fill vacant slots. By expanding the number of slots, we can move toward NYC’s Vision Zero goals to eliminate preventable deaths from traffic crashes, ensure a safe Pre-K expansion, and do more to keep all our kids safe.”
According to the NYPD information page, crossing guards start at $10.33 an hour, and can earn up to $13.49/hour after three years. But they are forced to take summer off and don't work full time. Schedules vary but generally run from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30am and 1:30pm to 4:00pm.
Guards may retire with a pension -- but DC37 says the pension is small. They site the case of
Local 372 retiree Sallie Robertson, who worked for 35 years as a school crossing guard. Robertson gets a $790 monthly pension.
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