A splinter labor group that broke away from the larger Council 82 has struck a tentative deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration.
The leadership of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State—which represents police officers at SUNY campuses, state parks and environmental conservation officers—agreed to a deal similar to the one ratified by the Public Employees Federation earlier this year: four years, increased employee health care contributions, no pay increase for the first three and a 2 percent hike in the fourth year, and nine furlough days.
The PBA’s deal, however, includes a “retroactive wage increase adjustment” that will be payed out during the first two years of the contract. (The amount of the payments isn’t detailed in the governor’s press release.)
“The tentative agreement reached last evening allows the PBA of New York State to bring to its members a fair and reasonable contract for their consideration and when ratified will bring a conclusion to seven years of frustration and uncertainty,” union president Manuel Vilar said in a statement.
The union split from the ranks of Council 82 earlier this year after a group of members grew upset with its leadership. Council 82 had agreed to a less generous deal with the Cuomo administration earlier this year, but it was roundly rejected by its membership.
Council 82 has been without a contract since 2005.
Cuomo reached deals with the state’s two largest public employees unions, the Civil Service Employees Association and PEF, earlier this year. He still has some mid- and small-sized unions with now-expired contracts to tackle, including United University Professions, which represents SUNY faculty.