The union representing more than 8,000 city firefighters reached a tentative seven-year deal with the de Blasio administration, reports the NY Daily News.
The proposed accord with the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) follows the same pattern as other contracts previously negotiated with city workers under Mayor de Blasio.
The deal — which runs retroactively from Aug. 1, 2010, until July 31, 2017 — further boxes in the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association as it heads into the final stages of its binding arbitration battle with city negotiators, labor insiders said.
Overall, the deal, which includes 11% in raises over seven years, will cost the city $559 million through fiscal year 2019, according to City Hall.
Under the tentative accord, the city has also agreed to help restore disability benefits for newly hired firefighters seriously injured on the job. The issue had been a sore point for the union for over a year.
“This a deal we couldn’t walk away from,” UFA president Steve Cassidy said.
Currently, the city’s uniformed workers who were hired and on the payroll before 2009 get three-quarters of their final pay, mostly tax-free, for life if they’re injured on the job.
But in 2009 new hires got tossed into a different disability classification, and their benefits are just about $10,000 a year.
Albany lawmakers have final say over the disability matter.
But under the deal, the city and union have agreed to jointly support a new state measure that would restore three-quarters disability pay benefits to new hires. To offset the cost, new hires’ pension contributions will rise from 3% to 6% of their salaries.
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