Local 273 voted Thursday to defer contractual raises.
The Journal News is reporting the story which is nice to see; maybe there New Year’s Resolution is to start reporting more actively on these sorts of things.
The city’s fire union has voted to push back raises for a year to spare the jobs of six colleagues, while the public works union voted to keep raises and will lose three people.
What they do not mention is that the deferral money will be paid upon retirement with the caveat that if a firefighter is laid off anytime in 2010 the deal is off and the contractual pay rise would be retroactive. The official vote was 102 – 30.