Nassau County Collective Bargaining Agreement
Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, Mitte, is joined by other county lawmakers as he announces reforms that will overhaul elections in Nassau County at a news conference in front of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, Mineola, Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Thank you: Charles Eckert Shaver Abrahams and his colleagues Carrié Solages and Siela Bynoe joined the opposition and asked that the contract not be approved until the county adopted a police reform plan in accordance with an executive order issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo after Floyd`s death. It requires state municipalities, with a police force, to come up with a plan to allay fears of aggressive police work by minority communities. Members also agreed to wear body cameras during the patrol and receive a $3,000 grant for the implementation of the county`s body camera program, which is scheduled to begin on September 30, 2021. Bynoe said that while she respected the work of the police, her “tied hands” were tied because of the timing of the contract. She said she believed that after further discussions on law enforcement reforms, there was still time for the agreement to be adopted. The new contractual terms are retroactive from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2026. Members will receive annual increases of 2% from 2020; 2%; 2.5%; 2.5%; 3% and 3% under the agreement. And all of this is less than a year before Curran and the lawmakers run for re-election, with police unions expected to be a big player in these races.
The PBA, the county`s largest police union, is moving closer to a collective agreement that relies heavily on the approval of the SOA contract. Unions support the emergency vote, but that means they have to help Curran borrow when they rarely feel like anything else with it. The SOA reached an agreement on a new 81-year contract with Curran, which was ratified by its members in September. He`s following the detectives` contract. But the detective agreement was approved by the county`s legislative office in December 2019, three months before COVID-19 crushed sales tax revenue and five months before George Floyd died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Under the agreement, SOA members agreed to participate in their health care costs as well as a cap on redundancy pay. The SOA agreement must be approved by the Nassauische Interim Finance Authority, the district`s financial control office. The vote in the Republican-controlled legislature was 16-3, with minority leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), Legis. Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury) and Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Valley Stream) voted no.
They argued that the district legislator should not approve agreements with criminal prosecutions until Nassau has implemented a state-mandated police reform plan. County officials said costs to the county will be minimal by 2022, when staff costs are expected to increase by $6 million, and by $8 million in 2023, $11 million in 2024 and $14 million in 2025.