New York Daily News

June 6, 2016, 7:17 PM



De Blasio reaches pension deal with three uniformed unions — but not PBA 


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at One Police Plaza on Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Manhattan, N.Y.

The de Blasio administration has reached a deal with three unions repping uniformed city workers — including members of the FDNY — that boosts disability pensions for some workers.

But the deals, announced late Monday by City Hall, do not include the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the city’s largest NYPD union and a persistent thorn in the mayor’s side.

It does cover the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, and the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association Local 831 IBT.

Under the terms of the deal, workers hired after April 1, 2012, will receive three quarters of their salaries if they are injured in the line of duty.

Previously, those hires - known as Tier 6 employees — were only entitled to 50% of their salaries because of budget cuts during the global recession.

To pay for it, workers will contribute a set amount towards those disability pensions, ranging from 2% for firefighters to 4.3% for sanitation workers.

The correction and sanitation workers will pay for their benefits completely through the contributions, while the city will kick in extra to cover the firefighters, who tend to suffer more line-of-duty injuries.

Officials estimate it will cost the city $6.1 million in 2017, and grow to $12.6 million by 2021.

The PBA, which has a fraught relationship with de Blasio, said they will continue to fight for a bill in Albany to boost pension benefits.

“Our members cannot be made to pay more than their fair share to cover the Mayor's political debts,” said PBA President Patrick Lynch.