FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH THE DETECTIVES’ ENDOWMENT ASSOCIATION
Collective Bargaining Agreement Includes Over 20% Increases in Wages and Benefits, Maximum Salary for a Detective First Grade Will Be Nearly $110,000
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Michael J. Palladino, President of the Detectives' Endowment Association (DEA), announced that a tentative contract settlement has been reached on a collective bargaining agreement covering the period from April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2012. The agreement covers four years and features increases in wages and other economic benefits of more than 20%, including an improved salary structure for those employees designated as Detectives Third Grade on or after March 31, 2006. This settlement is consistent with the parameters of this round of bargaining with the other uniformed forces. As in the recent agreement with the Sergeants' Benevolent Association and other uniformed services unions, there is also a uniform differential for detectives to be applied in the form of increased longevity pay, additional annuities and other economic benefits.
"The 5,300 members of the DEA are part of the greatest police force in the world," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Their superb investigative work has helped keep New York the safest big city in the nation. This proposed agreement is the product of hard work on both sides of the bargaining table. I want to thank Michael Palladino and his team at the DEA for engaging in the creative collective bargaining that produced this agreement."
"In response to my members' request to have a contract negotiated on time, the DEA together with the City has reached an accord that includes a good salary structure, optional benefits and an increase in Second Grade and First Grade promotions," said DEA President Michael J. Palladino. "It was important for the rank of Detective to walk away with a good financial package and no givebacks."
"I want to add my congratulations to Mayor Bloomberg and DEA President Michael Palladino, along with Commissioner Hanley for reaching this impressive accord," said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. "Our detectives deserve every raise and other economic benefit reflected in the proposed contract. It's only fitting that the world's best detectives be well compensated in what is now officially recognized as the nation's safest city."
The principal features of the settlement, including compounded wage increases of nearly 17% during the contract, are as follows:
At the end of this contract, a Third Grade Detective's basic maximum salary will be $84,508, as compared to the current maximum of $72,238. At the end of this contract, a Second Grade Detective's basic maximum salary will be $94,962, as compared to the current maximum of $81,174. At the end of this contract, a First Grade Detective's basic maximum salary will be $109,002, as compared to the current maximum of $93,176.
Effective May 1, 2009, for employees who are newly appointed to Detective Third Grade on or after March 31, 2006, an improved salary schedule that eliminates the step immediately below basic maximum salary will apply. Effective November 1, 2007, the current number of budgeted positions for First and Second Grade Detectives will be increased by 4.92% of the current bargaining unit.
Effective May 1, 2009, the City's contributions to the Annuity Fund will be increased so that all Grades are equalized at the level of $5 per day per employee. Effective May 1, 2011, the City will make a one-time lump sum contribution to the annuity fund in the amount of $4,515 for each employee.
Effective May 1, 2009, there will be a $100 increase per employee in the annual contribution to the welfare fund on behalf of retirees. Effective May 1, 2011, there will be a $100 increase per employee in the annual contribution to the welfare fund on behalf of active employees.
Effective November 1, 2008, there will be an increase of $1,000 on the fifteen-year and twenty-year steps of the longevity schedule. Effective April 1, 2010, there will be an additional increase of $1,500 on the fifteen-year and twenty-year steps of the longevity schedule.
Civil Legal Representation Fund
Effective May 1, 2011, there will be a $50 increase per employee in the City's annual contribution to the Civil Legal Representation Fund.
The Mayor thanked Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler, Police Commissioner Kelly, DEA President Palladino 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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