Thursday, December 8, 2016

City reaches agreement with four employee unions

City of Hoboken announces:

CITY OF HOBOKEN REACHES AGREEMENT WITH 4 EMPLOYEE UNIONS

The City of Hoboken has settled contract negotiations with four employee unions - the Hoboken Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Hoboken Municipal Employees Association (HMEA), Hoboken Municipal Supervisors Association (HMSA), and Local 108 RWDSU (part-time). The contracts were approved by the City Council on December 7, 2016.

The contracts extend through 2017 and provide for annual raises of 2 percent. In addition, the City negotiated the elimination of longevity payments for new employees in the agreements with the PBA and both municipal employees unions and the elimination of terminal leave for new employees in the agreements with HMEA and HMSA. These important concessions by the unions will help keep the City on a fiscally responsible track for the long term.

“I thank all the union members who worked together with us to come to an agreement that is fair for everyone,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Mayor Zimmer and the City Council are also pleased to announce that as a result of the agreement with the part-time unions, all employees of the City of Hoboken will earn a minimum of $15 per hour before the expiration of the new contract in 2019. Part-time City employees currently earn on average $10.82 per hour. The minimum hourly wage for City employees will increase to $12 in 2016, $13 in 2017, $14 in 2018, and $15 in 2019.