What follows is a letter to the Yonkers PBA membership advising them of a long delayed proposed contractual agreement with respect to the PBA by Yonkers City Hall. Those items in bold lettering are as the were copied from anonymously garnered documents. Items enclosed [ items within these brackets are appended by the editor for clarity and designated to be other than what was written by the authors of the letter addressing the PBA membership…
Dear PBA members,
I am proud to announce that we have reached a contract agreement with the City of Yonkers, pending ratification from the PBA membership. This agreement comes after months of hard fought negotiations, including intensive talks over the last few weeks. The PBA Board and I feel that this [is] a deal that offers very fair salary raises, generous increases to the welfare fund and uniform allowances with virtually no monetary givebacks for current members.
It is a ten-year deal that brings salary increases totaling 23.5% more than 26% when compounded. Here are the stipulations.
- Pay increases as follows; effective 7/1/2009-1%, 7/1/2010-1%, 7/1/2012-1.5%, 7/1/2013-1.5%, 7/1/2014-3%, 7/1/2015-3%, 7/1/2016-3%, 7/1/2017-4%, 7/1/2018-4%. Full retroactive pay will be paid out in five equal annual payments starting in September 2014 and the final retro payment in 2018. If any member retires before the final retro payment is made, the balance of the retro will be accelerated and paid in a lump sum as soon as practicable.
- Increased contributions by the City of Yonkers to the PBA welfare fund (dental and eyeglass.) The new formula will offer an initial increase of more than $800 per member (75% increase) and built in increases that will nearly triple the City’s per member contribution by the final year of the contract.
- Uniform increase from $800 anually to $1,000 annually with automatic built in annual increases that will bring it to $1,147 in the final year of the contract.
- A change to the salary schedule, for future hires only, which will include the elimination of the “Academy” step and the addition of an annual step increase, from four to five. There will be an increase in starting pay; no decrease.
- A slight charge to the vacation schedule for future hires only. New Hires will reach the max vacation schedule for future hires only. New hires will reach the max vacation days (25) after their fourth full calendar year of employment instead [of] on their third [year].
- Moderate changes to our 207c procedure.
- ILLEGIBLE ITEMS…Cannot tell how many
- A slight change to our sick incentive procedure. The sick incentive is still 10 days of pay but instead of being earned on a quarterly basis (3 months) it will be earned on a 6-month basis(January 1 to June 30; July 1 to December 31.) Should a member not use any sick days in the calendar year an additional 4-hours’ pay (at top P.O. rate) will be awarded and added to the 10 days of sick incentive pay.
This agreement would bring an immediate 6.5% (6.7% compounded) across the board salary increase, followed by an additional 3% on July 1, 2014, bringing top P.O. pay to $89,116 without longevity.
There will be complete copies of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) posted in a commands no later than Monday and will be posted for four days. On Friday, November 22nd there will be a ratification vote (location to be determined). As per the Yonkers PBA Constitution there will be three informative meetings regarding the contract proposal. The first of these meetings regarding the contract proposal will be held on or about 8:00 am. The second on or about 12:00 Noon, and the third and final meeting on or about 4:00 pm. Voting will take place following each of the information meetings. This is done to ensure that all members are informed of the details of the contract proposal. Members may phone their vote in to their trustee at the balloting site during voting hours, pursuant to provisions in the PBA Constitution.
I encourage ALL members to attend the informative meetings and to vote. Our PBA attorneys will be at the meetings to answer any questions, particularly about the changes to the 207c procedure. If you have any questions about the contract proposals please reach out to your trustee. You can also fee free to contact me or any of the board members.
If the membership votes affirmatively to accept the contract, the next step would be having the Yonkers City Council to vote for it. Potentially, the City Council vote could happen before the end of November, and if passed, would put the raises into effect in December.
I have one request. Pease do not e-mail these contract proposals or the MOA with anyone outside the PBA. In particular, sharing this info with members of the media can potentially… BALANCE IS ILLEGIBLE.