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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 249-07
July 20, 2007

MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIFORMED FIRE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

Agreement Provides Compensation Increases of Over 20%, Wage Increases of Nearly 17%

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Uniformed Fire Officers Association (UFOA) President John J. McDonnell today announced that a tentative contract settlement has been reached on a collective bargaining agreement covering the 48-month period from March 20, 2007 through March 19, 2011. The agreement includes an overall increase of over 20% in total compensation, including nearly a 17% wage increase, an enhanced salary structure for certain employees promoted subsequent to March 2006, and other improvements. The agreement covers nearly 2,400 Fire Department employees in the titles of: Lieutenant; Captain; Battalion Chief; Deputy Chief (except those Deputy Chiefs designated as Deputy Assistant Chief of Department, Assistant Chief of Department and Chief-in-Charge); Fire Medical Officers; and Supervising Fire Marshal (Uniformed).The agreement, which is subject to ratification, is consistent with the parameters of the round of bargaining most recently announced in tentative settlements reached with the Sergeants Benevolent Association and the Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association.

"Any union that wants to come to the negotiating table in a good faith effort to reach an agreement will find the City ready and willing to bargain," said Mayor Bloomberg. "This agreement provides the wage increases our fire officers deserve. In arriving at this settlement, the City has applied the basic economic framework found in agreements reached with our other uniformed forces for this round of bargaining."

"Fire officers risk their lives each day to protect millions of New Yorkers while leading our younger firefighters into harm's way," said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. "Their great knowledge and experience have made this Department stronger than ever and help provide our members with more advanced training than any other department in the world. I am very pleased that a tentative contract settlement has been reached."

"This contract agreement was a difficult process, as most negotiations are. However, through solid and sincere dialogue this union and the Office of Labor Relations were able to reach a fair and rewarding settlement," said UFOA President McDonnell. "I would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Jim Hanley and his great staff for their patient efforts, understanding, and professionalism. I am confident that this contract agreement will appeal to the Fire Officers Association."

The principal features of the settlement, including compounded wage increases of nearly 17% during the contract, are as follows:

  • 4% effective March 20, 2007
  • 4%, compounded, effective March 20, 2008
  • 4%, compounded, effective March 20, 2009
  • 4%, compounded, effective March 20, 2010

New Promotees

For Lieutenants, including those who were newly promoted after March 1, 2006, and Supervising Fire Marshals, including those who were newly promoted after March 20, 2006, an enhanced salary schedule will apply, as follows, effective March 20, 2008:

The salary schedule for new promotees to the position of Lieutenant will be:

  • Step 1   $75,000
  • Step 2   $75,500
  • Step 3   $76,000
  • Step 4   $77,120
  • Basic Maximum $87,798

The salary schedule for new promotees to the position of Supervising Fire Marshal will be:

  • Step 1   $87,400
  • Step 2   $88,900
  • Step 3   $90,000
  • Step 4   $92,000
  • Basic Maximum $96,016

In the case of Lieutenants, the enhancement provides approximately a $4,000 improvement over what the unmodified hiring rate would otherwise have been. For the Supervising Fire Marshals, the improvement is over $8,000. At the end of the contract, the hiring rate will be $81,120 for Lieutenant and $94,532 for Supervising Fire Marshal.

Family Protection Plan Fund

Effective March 20, 2008, the City's contribution to this Welfare Fund on behalf of retirees will be increased by $60.00 per year per retiree. Effective April 20, 2010, an additional $60 per year per retiree will be paid by the City to this Fund. Effective April 20, 2010, the City's contribution on behalf of Active employees will be increased by $50 per year per employee.

Annuity Fund

Effective March 20, 2008, and April 20, 2010, respectively, the City's annual contribution on behalf of active employees to the Annuity Fund will be increased by $261 per employee.

Longevity Schedule

Effective April 20, 2010, the longevity schedule will be increased by $1,000 at all steps.

Assignment Differential

Effective September 1, 2007, there will be an assignment differential in the annualized amount of $2,500 for Deputy Chiefs designated as "Division Commanders," and in the annualized amount of $1,500 for those Battalion Chiefs designated as "Battalion Commanders." Effective March 20, 2008, the eight hour Battalion Chief/Deputy Chief training day will be compensated at the overtime rate of time and one-half instead of at straight time.

CFR-D Refresher

Effective April 20, 2010, the 40 hours of CFR-D training will be compensated at the overtime rate of time and one-half instead of at straight time.

Discontinuation of "Surplus Officer Assignments"

Effective March 20, 2008, "Surplus Officer Assignments," a provision contained in the previous contract, will be discontinued.

Special Assignment

Effective September 1, 2007, there will be an assignment differential payable over three years (four steps) to Lieutenants, Captains, and Battalion Chiefs assigned or long-term detailed to "special assignments" in certain specific companies.

The Mayor thanked Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, UFOA President John J. McDonnell 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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