New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and leaders of eight unions representing almost 12,000 supervisors in the city’s uniformed services agreed to new contracts while talks with rank-and-file members remain unresolved.
The deals with police, fire, sanitation and corrections managers will cost $145 million more than had been budgeted. The agreements follow a pattern set with teachers and civil-service workers. The supervisors will receive raises of 11 percent spread over seven years.
“There was a clear recognition that we wanted to come together and we wanted to acknowledge the particular challenges of this work and how vital it was to the city,” de Blasio said at a news briefing.
When De Blasio, 53, assumed office Jan. 1, contracts with all of the city’s workers had expired. The latest accords bring the portion with agreements to 71 percent. Each of the unions has received retroactive pay covering the time they worked without having pacts in place.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, representing the police department’s officers, has sought binding arbitration and unions representing firefighters, sanitation workers and corrections workers are waiting for the decision, which union leaders say may establish a different pattern.
From Bloomberg News