Mayor Bill de Blasio, confronting a key challenge of his first year in office, announced what he called a “landmark” labor deal on Thursday with New York City’s largest teachers’ union that officials said would provide a framework for dozens of other outstanding contracts with the municipal work force.The deal, hammered out in marathon negotiations this week, will grant $3.4 billion of back pay to the union, the United Federation of Teachers, which has worked for nearly five years without a contract. In exchange, the union agreed to a substantial reduction in health care costs and a revision of classroom rules that have long frustrated city officials.
At the same time the UFT and de Blasio announce a contract, Daily Politics reports this:
The police union was granted an impasse by the state's Public Employment Relations Board after talks with the city to reach a contract deal stalled, officials announced Thursday.
The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and the city have been stuck over a deal that would include no raises for the first three years, which union president Patrick Lynch says he refuses to accept.
PERB has now appointed an arbitrator to help both parties reach an agreement.
"We are pleased that PERB has recognized the need to appoint a mediator to facilitate meaningful negotiations between the parties," said Lynch. Our officers are already among the lowest paid big-city police officers in the country. Now the city wants us to take another three years with no raise and that is simply unacceptable. We look forward to participating in good faith in non-binding mediation in the hopes of achieving an agreement."
A spokesman for the PBA said the impasse had nothing to do with the groundbreaking teachers union deal, the terms of which were announced by Mayor de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and union president Michael Mulgrew Thursday afternoon.