UFANYC.org - December 23, 2015
Firefighters Affirm Contract Permanently Mandating FDNY to Maintain Five-Firefighter Ladder Companies & Adding 20 Five-Firefighter Engine Companies
Members of the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) ratified the union’s 2010-2017 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the de Blasio Administration. The new contract permanently increases by 20 the number of five-firefighter engine companies in the city and also permanently guarantees five-firefighter staffing levels on all FDNY ladder companies. The agreement mandates that these increased staffing levels remain in place, even after the expiration of the current contract.
The wage portion of the CBA is retroactive to August 1, 2010 and the now ratified contract expires on July 31, 2017, giving New York City Firefighters an 11.51% compounded increase.
The vote was 3,131 in favor and 2,955 against, with 76 percent of all union ballots returned and voted. The process was managed and directed by the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
As part of the agreement, there is also a side letter that the de Blasio Administration agrees to support joint legislation to restore disability protections to more than 2,000 firefighters hired after July 1, 2009 and for all future hires. The UFA expects to have this legislation passed by June 2016.
For almost two years the UFA fought in City Hall and Albany for changes to the disability pension law that limited New York City Firefighters hired after July 2009 to only $27/day protection, should they be permanently injured in the line of duty.
UFA president Steve Cassidy said, “This agreement permanently sets in stone that every FDNY ladder company must have five-firefighters for the safety of firefighters and the citizens we are sworn to protect. It also restores a critical fifth-firefighter in 20 engine companies across the city and also guarantees those minimum staffing levels forever. While firefighters are not satisfied with the salary increases, contracts with multiple other uniformed unions had already established a wage ceiling.”
Mr. Cassidy continued, “These staffing protections are an important component of safety for firefighters and an added value that no other union achieved in this round of negotiations.”
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