Corrections Officers Benevolent Association, NIFA reach deal to end wage freeze

COBA leaders say those concessions include work rules and shift changes that will help reduce overtime for the union's almost 900 members. They've also agreed on a new hiring plan, which extends the amount of time it takes for officers to reach top pay. (6/28/14)

WOODBURY - An agreement was reached this week between the Corrections Officers Benevolent Association and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, ending a three-year wage freeze.

The agreement comes with some concessions from members of the workers’ union.

COBA leaders say those concessions include work rules and shift changes that will help reduce overtime for the union's almost 900 members. They've also agreed on a new hiring plan, which extends the amount of time it takes for officers to reach top pay.

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NIFA ordered the wage freeze in March 2011, leaving many hires during that timeframe with the same pay over the past several years.

The Nassau County Legislature must approve the agreement. News 12 was told the approval could come as early as Monday.

Union leaders hope the deal passes without hiccups and secures the future for their members as well. They say the agreement won’t allow NIFA to refreeze wages until 2018.

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