FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2005
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIFORMED FIREFIGHTERS' ASSOCIATION
Collective Bargaining Agreement Includes Over 17% Wage Increase and Covers 8,700 Firefighters, Fire Marshals and Wipers (Fireboats)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Uniformed Firefighters’ Association (UFA) President Stephen J. Cassidy today announced that a tentative contract settlement has been reached on a collective bargaining agreement covering the period from June 1, 2002 through July 31, 2006. The agreement covers four years and two months, and includes a greater than 17% wage increase and a modified salary structure for employees hired subsequent to the next class in mid-January 2006. The agreement is funded through productivity enhancements and other measurable savings such as a two-month contract extension. This settlement is consistent with the parameters of this round of bargaining to compensate employees for increased productivity.
“In arriving at this settlement, the City has applied the basic economic framework found in agreements reached with our other uniformed forces,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The City’s commitment to attain fiscally responsible contracts that include productivity enhancements has again been dovetailed with the Union’s goal to achieve fair treatment and substantial compensation for its members. This agreement provides retroactive wage increases and other benefits for New York’s Bravest, whose unwavering dedication to duty helps to preserve the welfare and safety of the public and is especially deserving of our praise and gratitude.”
“We commend Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Hanley for recognizing the important part staffing plays in firefighter and public safety,” said UFA President Steve Cassidy. “Although this deal may not have been everything we wished for it is a big step in the right direction.”
The principal features of the settlement, including compounded wage increases of over 17% during the contract for incumbent Firefighters, are as follows:
At the end of this contract, a Firefighter’s basic maximum salary will be $63,309.
Other Contract Provisions
The Mayor thanked Deputy Mayor Marc V. Shaw, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, UFA President Stephen Cassidy and his Executive Board, Labor Commissioner James F. Hanley and First Deputy Commissioner Pamela S. Silverblatt and their team, and Budget Director Mark Page and his staff for their efforts in reaching this Agreement.
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