Uniondale - (WALK) A spring thaw in a three-year wage-freeze is expected to grow salaries for thousand of Nassau County employees by an estimated 13 percent by the end of 2017.
The seven-member Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) voted 6- 1 early Saturday to approve contracts for approximately 4,000 members of four municipal unions: the Nassau Police Benevolent Association, the Detectives Association, the Superior Officers Association, and the Civil Service Employees Association.
NIFA members approved the contract agreements just before 2:00 a.m. Friday following a day of meetings at the Marriot Hotel in Uniondale.
Employees will receive a pay increase retroactive to April 1, then a series of raises totaling just over 13% by the end of 2017, according to NIFA. Some employees would reportedly receive additional "step" increases.
The new deals would cost the county about $129 million over four years, according to NIFA. The budget review office of the Nassau County Legislature calculates the cost as between $120 million and $292 million. Union representatives say worker's concessions will save Nassau taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars over many years.
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