New York State, City Employees Settle

By Ruben, George | Monthly Labor Review, October 1985 | Go to article overview

New York State, City Employees Settle


Ruben, George, Monthly Labor Review


There were several settlements in New York State involving large units of workers. More than 100,000 clerical, administratie, institutional, and blue-collar employees, represented by the Civil Service Employees Association, settled with the State on a 3-year contract. The contract provided for wage increases of 5 percent in June 1985, 5.5 percent in April 1986, and 6 percent in April 1987; $600 a year "location pay" for workers in areas with high living costs; freezing of entry level pay rates for new employees; and revisions in health insurance, including State determination of the payment schedule for various medical and surgical procedures.

The City of New York settled with various unions for 125,000 workers. The 3-year contract for 80,000 nonuniformed employees provided for pay increases of 5 percent retroactive to the July 1, 1984, termination date of the prior agreement, 5 percent on July 1, 1985, and 6 percent on July 1, 1986; a $500 longevity increase in annual pay for employees with at least 15 years of service; a twelfth annual holiday (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday); a $150 increase (to $675) in the City's annual payment for vision and dental care benefits; and a cut in paid vacations for workers hired after July 1, 1985.

New York City's 3-year accord for 45,000 uniformed employees provided for 6-percent pay increases on July 1 of 1984, 1985, and 1986. …

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