YONKERS, NY – November 18, 2013 – Mayor Mike Spano announced today that the City and the PBA, which represents the rank and file police officers, have agreed upon a proposed ten-year labor contract. The agreement would be retroactive to 2009 and expire in 2019.
The proposed contract, which must be ratified by the police union membership as well as the City Council, would result in an average yearly increase of 2.35 percent over the ten-year agreement. The agreement eliminates a $3,000 bonus for new recruits when they complete training and reforms the sick leave incentive to require police officers to use fewer sick days over the course of a year in order to qualify for the incentive.
“This agreement is in line with recent settlements in comparable municipalities, yet at the same time we’ve successfully negotiated much-needed structural reforms to reduce the use of sick leave and overtime, one of the biggest strains on our budget.” said Mayor Spano.
The agreement, if ratified, eliminates the threat of a potentially budget-breaking agreement being forced upon the City by a State-mandated arbitrator.
“It’s important that we reached an agreement through the negotiating process rather than have an agreement forced upon taxpayers by a State-mandated arbitrator,” said Mayor Spano, referring to the state law that gives police unions the ability to demand mandatory arbitration. “With a ten year agreement reached, we can set labor negotiations aside and put all our energy into protecting the people of Yonkers. Thanks to the hardworking men and women of the Yonkers Police Department we are one of the safest cities of our size in America and we intend to keep it that way.”
The proposed contract would be retroactive to 2009, when the prior contract expired. It provides for 1% increases for the first two years, 1.5% increases for the next three years, 3% increases for the next three years, and 4% increases for the final two years. Importantly, the retroactive payments would be phased in over the next five years rather than be paid as a lump sum, providing further relief for the City.
“I want to thank the police union for coming to the table and always expressing a willingness to compromise,” said Mayor Spano. “We all have a stake in the City’s success, and the police union’s compromise on retroactive pay, structural reforms to sick leave and the elimination of the new recruit bonus will lead to taxpayer savings.”
SOURCE: Office of the Mayor, City of Yonkers