The Town of North Hempstead has finalized a new, six-year contract with its Civil Service Employees Association Unit 7555 that includes a 1.75 percent salary increase in 2018.
Supervisor Judi Bosworth and CSEA Long Island Region President Nick LaMorte on Tuesday called the agreement fair. The contract, which covers the period from Jan. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2022, covers about 345 town employees.
“I think [the contract] is a very fair and equitable agreement for the town, its residents and the CSEA members who provide services,” LaMorte said in a statement.
The contract retroactively covers union members who were on town payroll in 2017, giving those workers a one-time payment of 1.5 percent of their current salary.
In 2019, union employees will get another 1.5 percent one-time payment similar to that for 2017. In 2020, they will get another 1.75 percent increase. In 2021 and 2022, union workers will get a 2 percent increase each year. Those raises will come on top of annual step increases.
“All of the changes reflect the numerous hours spent by our union leadership and our negotiating team in order to present a fair contract that we can all be proud of,” Bosworth said Tuesday.
A finalized union contract means all anticipated spending for next year is accounted for in the town’s 2018 budget.
The union contract has new features that weren’t present in the previous four-year deal that ended in December 2016.
New town employees will have to contribute 25 percent toward their medical and dental insurance whereas the previous contribution was 18 percent. New employees will also accrue two fewer vacation days each year.
Also new, under the contract’s bereavement policy, the phrase “husband and wife” has been changed to “spouse or domestic partner.”