Yonkers and the city’s Police Benevolent Association have an agreement on a proposed 10-year labor union contract, Mayor Mike Spano announced today. It would be retroactive to 2009 and expire in 2019.
The contract, which has to be approved by union members and the City Council, would provide an average annual increase of 2.35 percent over the 10 years. New recruits no longer would receive a $3,000 bonus when they completed training. The pact would require police officers to use fewer sick days in a year in order to qualify for the sick leave incentive.
“This agreement is in line with recent settlements in comparable municipalities, yet at the same time we’ve successfully negotiated much-needed structural reforms to reduce the use of sick leave and overtime, one of the biggest strains on our budget.” Spano said in a statement.
Spano said the agreement “eliminates the threat of a potentially budget-breaking agreement being forced upon the City by a State-mandated arbitrator.”
These are the increases in the proposed contract:
— 1 percent a year for the first two years;
— 1.5 percent a year for years three, four and five;
— 3 percent a year for years six, seven and eight;
— 4 percent a year for years nine and ten.
The retroactive payments would be phased in over the next five years, rather than being paid in a lump sum.