WOODBURY - The wage freeze that was in place for 6,000 Nassau County workers for three years has been lifted following a week of negotiations.
The deal was hammered out by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, the fiscal watchdog group NIFA and the unions that represent county workers.
The terms of the deal include some concessions from county workers, including police officers. New hires will have to contribute to their pensions and health care plans. Current hires will see some of their scheduled raises decreased or delayed.
Mangano says it's the best deal for workers and for the county. "We're gonna save hundreds of millions of dollars," he said. "The county achieved the concessions it sought since the beginning of the negotiations."
Nassau PBA President James Carver says it's a step in the right direction. "It's not everything that we want but it moves our people going forward," he said.
The unions still must vote to ratify their new contracts, and are expected to do so by the end of the month. After that, the deal goes to the county Legislature.