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The Call Blog: City Signs First Labor Contract With Environmental Officers' Union

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It's not a lot, but it's a start. The fact that it took nine years for LEEBA to get here speaks volumes, but at least it shows this administration is willing to meet the unions somewhere in the middle. It may not be as easy for the rest of the bigger unions, but this labor contract can be a hopeful sign to them.


Will labor relations be smoother under a de Blasio administration? The City has reached a deal with one of the more than 150 municipal unions working on an expired contract for years. The deal pledges about $50,000 in back pay to each of the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association’s 200 workers. Speaking at a news conference today, the head of the environmental officers’ union said, “We were treated much better in negotiation with the new administration than we did with the old administration.”

Mayor de Blasio has said the deal with the small union will have little bearing on negotiations with other unions, which are asking for retroactive raises that could cost the City up to $7 billion. But the agreement could signal a thawing between City Hall and unions after an acrimonious relationship under the Bloomberg administration.

Are you pleased or disappointed with the City’s first labor contract in nearly a decade? If you are a union member, are you hopeful this signals a smoother relationship between the City and labor? Should Mayor de Blasio push for back pay for all union workers if the City can afford it?

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There is no question as to whether or not this Mayor should follow suit with
the other unions.
This is their money and Bloomberg knew this and so does DeBlasio.

They waste money on un-important nonsense and do it without the publics
permission just as they pass laws behind closed doors.

Maxxiee
Morris Park



The best thing that could happen, the best action that could be taken is to dissolve all municipal unions. Pay the members their back pay and tell them to take a walk. It's time for a free market in labor.

Joe
Port Richmond



I am thrilled with this union and the City making a deal on a contract. This shows our Mayor is willing to sit down and talk to the unions and together they will work it out.

I am a union member and believe under DiBlasio we will be treated fairly and with respect. Bloomberg put us down every chance he got . Made us appear to be thieves of city funds. Complete opposite is true though. If not for City workers the public would have nothing but higher and higher real estate taxes. That would be needed to pay for private sector trash pick up , teachers, fire and police departments , transit system etc. The people of NYC might take all
Public workers for granted but they don't realize the cost of the job we do outside of a big city like NY.

Jessica
Arden Heights



Bloomberg shortchanged the taxpayer by making Civil Servants his whipping post. Look at the road conditions, what about the cuts to NYCHA, NYFD, and other agencies. Sure Bloomberg had a surplus, he skimped on providing city services.

Roscoe
Park Hill



I am very happy that the back pay issues have been resolved, but, for anyone to expect a 4-5% increase in pay when the economy does not support that without respect to merit is unrealistic. I hope that future raises will be tied to performance and not everyone across the board getting more pay without making a strong contribution.

Audrey
Clinton Hill



I hope this administration gives us raises, some retroactivity because all if our bills went up.

Additionally, if more administrative /promotional TESTS were given, it would help the MIDDLE CLASS to move up as well.

Nancy
Bellerose



It's even more obvious today that Bloomberg had nothing but contempt and disrespect for the working person -- those who made the city run. DeBlasio, who understands the average working person and their challenges, is a real breath of fresh air. Viva la difference -- no more deals only for the 1%.

Gretchen
Upper West Side



I am Currently work for DOT local 983, and we have been working without a raise for 5 years and I have a family that are in colleges and the money i am getting does not cover my current rent even though it goes up $1200 every 2 years. I hope Bill De Blasio follows suit with these union raises.

Lisa
Far Rockaway



Long time listener. I agree with the lady from the UES, the Unions have been very unreasonable across the board. Their pension payouts for most is just as high as their current salaries.

Jeff
Brooklyn



Please we the teachers have not had a raise in 4 yrs and 4 months. We need a raise as everything has gone up. And no one can deny that the teachers do a fantastic job in this city, thanks

Dan



NY1 says that 37% of city workers are civilian. My question is, what percentage of these so-called civilians are management personnel? While there has been a hiring freeze for ordinary city workers for years and years with no contracts, dozens of 6 figure managers, assistant managers, deputy managers, etc. have been hired and given raises over the same years.
DiBlasio should take some of the money out of the top heavy management that bloomberg loved and give it to the people who actually do the work.

Meryl
Manhattan



Although pay raises are nice, because so many current, and former, correction officers have suffered undeserved punitive action for doing their jobs it has now resulted in creating an environment that has every single staff member terrified in proactively doing theirs.

In turn, under the Bloomberg administration, the public has (so far) watched this prejudiced micromanaging art of suspending; terminating; and indicting, lead to two ugly inmates- on- inmates riots that has forced staff to dangerously sit out and horrifyingly watch from a (not so safe) distance. My question is (besides raises) what does Mayor Deblasio's administration have planned to better change the frightening working conditions for the thousands of men & women who work for the Department of Correction.

Sal
Far Rockaway


I agree with Alanna regarding municipal demands for raises. It is also misconception that the private sector has a higher pay scale.

To demand retroactive pay raises is simply unsustainable for NYC finances. The municipal workers have a higher compensation package than most employees who work in corporate America.

John
Oakwood


IM SCHOOL SAFETY AND I WORK FOR A CITY I CAN NOT AFFORD TO LIVE IN.....RETRO THATS THE LEAST THE CITY CAN DO

Tristan

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