Massapequa Park, village workers reach deal

Massapequa Park became an incorporated village in 1931

Massapequa Park became an incorporated village in 1931 with Peter F. Colleran as its first mayor. (July 21, 2012) (Credit: Brittany Wait)

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Unionized Massapequa Park employees are to receive the equivalent of a 3.5 percent salary boost for each year of a three-year deal reached with village officials.

The employees have worked for 19 months without a contract. The village board last week voted 5-0 unanimously to approve a three-year Civil Service Employees Association pact for the period June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2014.

The contract covers 19 employees, most of whom work in the village's department of public works and some of whom are office staff, village officials said. It will be applied retroactively, they said.

It includes a 1 percent raise in the first and second years, a 1.5 percent raise in the third year with a step increase each year, officials said.

The funds have been budgeted, Mayor James Altadonna Jr. said Wednesday.

"People should have a livable wage," he said. "They work hard. They're there every holiday. They're there every storm . . . Every time they're called upon, they answer."

The contract also includes newly defined "work rules" and repercussions, he said.

The rules cover everything from expectations that employees arrive to work on time to requirements that they wear certain safety equipment, to clarification on how and when compensatory time can be used, officials said. The rules also clarify how offenses are recorded and when termination is appropriate, officials said.

Local CSEA representatives could not be reached Thursday for comment.

Before June 2011, the Massapequa Park union worked under two one-year contracts with 1.5 percent salary hikes each year and no step increases.

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