Mineola - (WALK) A three-year wage freeze may soon end for thousands of government workers in Nassau.
As many as 7,000 members of three unions: the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), the Detectives Association, and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), have reached a tentative four-year agreement to implement annual raises ranging from between 2 and 3.75 percent. The deal also reportedly resumes step increases based on years-on-the-job, until a top scale wage is reached.
Under terms of the agreement new hires employees would be required to contribute approximately 15 percent to their health plans. An undisclosed percentage would be contributed to pension plans according to reports.
Nassau's state-imposed financial control board, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) imposed a wage freeze on government workers in March of 2011. Officials say the freeze saved Nassau taxpayers approximately $230 million through 2013.
Rank-and-file union members, NIFA board members, and the Nassau County Legislature must all approve Saturday's agreement, and are expected to do so before April.
Corrections officers and the Nassau police Superior Officers Association must still negotiate an agreement, according to NIFA officials.