Nassau legislature to consider union contracts next Monday

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The Nassau legislature has scheduled a special meeting April 7 to consider proposed labor pacts after Nassau police union members ratified the agreements that would lift a three-year wage freeze.

James Carver, president of Nassau's Police Benevolent Association, said members of the PBA, the Detectives Association and Superior Officers Association voted to approve each of their union's deals. The Civil Service Employees Association voted to ratify their proposed agreement last week.

The legislature is scheduled to consider Memorandums of Agreement for the PBA, DAI and CSEA. The SOA pact has yet to be submitted while the county corrections officers union is still talking about their deal.

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If the county legislature approves  agreements, they still must be approved by Nassau's fiscal control board, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, which imposed a wage freeze in March 2011.

NIFA chairman Jon Kaiman said he has yet to call a meeting for the control board because the state legislature delayed approval of proposed speed cameras in Nassau. Revenue from the speed cameras is expected to help pay for the deals if concessions do not cover costs, which Kaiman put at $129 million.

"We’re going to wait and see what happens in relation to the potential funding," Kaiman said. He said NIFA is still exploring legal issues regarding new employees paying a portion toward their pensions and also clarifying some of the language in the MOAs.

He said there was "a bit of a setback" when the state legislature pulled the speed cameras out of the state budget though a bill for the cameras has been filed in the state Assembly.

"We're going to let that play itself out before we can take any action," Kaiman said.

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