Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Uniformed Officers Coalition

December 20, 2019

By Bob O'Neill

NEW YORK, NY – New York City has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Uniformed Officers Coalition (UOC). 

The 36-month contract contains annual raises of 2.25%, 2.50%, and 3.00%. This represents compounded wage increases of 7.95% over 3 years. The UOC represents eight unions representing over 16,200 employees including Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, Correction Captains Association, Assistant Deputy Wardens/Deputy Wardens Association, Lieutenants Benevolent Association, Captains Endowment Association, Uniformed Fire Officers Association, Sanitation Officers Association, and the Uniformed Sanitation Chiefs Association.

“The work of these uniformed officers is crucial to the safety and security of our city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “These employees put their safety on the line every single day, and we are tremendously grateful for their service and proud to pay them a fair wage.”

Because the UOC covers eight separate unions whose contracts will expire at different intervals between 2021 and 2023, each contract will extend a period of three years from the end of the previous contract. 

“After an extensive negotiations process, I’m pleased to report that COBA has reached the best possible economic deal for our over 10,000 members, who will be seeing close to an 8% rise over a 36-month term,” said Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association. “New York City Correction Officers are the unsung heroes of law enforcement and ensuring they receive the wages and benefits they deserve is paramount to the COBA. We now look forward to negotiating the non-economic components of this contract in the weeks ahead.”

The net cost of this settlement in the financial plan is approximately $152 million through the Fiscal Year 2024. This settlement incorporates health savings from the agreement reached with the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC). The terms of each contract must be approved by each unions’ membership.

“Today the UFOA was one of eight uniformed unions that agreed to a fair and appropriate collective bargaining agreement for 36 months.  This agreement recognizes the important contribution of the members of the UFOA and other uniformed unions to the City. We look forward to furthering individual unit bargaining to address issues unique to the UFOA membership,” said Jake Lemonda, President of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.

December 20, 2019

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