It was 2 a.m. when the vote came down, but union members still filled the room and cheered as a board voted to approve the end of a wage freeze.
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, known as NIFA, voted 6 to 1 to approve contracts for Civil Service Employees, the PBA, the Detectives Association, and the Superior Officers Association, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported.
“I have young guys in steps making $34-thousand and that they’ll be able to sit there and get their steps, raises, there’s going to be some certainty for the next four years as NIFA has committed not to re-freeze wages for the next four years,” PBA President James Carver said, “It gives us a chance to start rebuilding, hiring more police officers here in Nassau County.”
The contracts mean that employees will receive their first pay raises in three years, retroactive to April 1. That raise will be followed by a series of pay hikes that will total more than 13 percent by the end of 2017.