By Janee Law
The Northport Village board officials approved a deal that gives 31 “blue-collar” union workers a 6 percent raise over three years at Tuesday night’s trustees meeting.
The deal follows six months of negotiations with Local 342 of the Long Island Public Services Employees Union, which represents the village’s highway, park and sewer workers, as well as firehouse attendants and police dispatchers. The union was without a contract during that time.
The new agreement — which is retroactive to April 1, when the contract expired — provides 2 percent annual wage increases through for the union workers through April 2017.
Bill Hennessey, president and general manager of Local 342, said that the average employee got a $1,200 raise as part of the agreement.
“They have a good work force that the residents should appreciate because they don’t make a lot of money relative to what other people make,” Hennessey said.
Negotiations between the union and village officials were friendly, said Village Trustee Damon McMullen. Last time, which was about six years ago, negotiations went on too long, he said.
The new deal also provides replaces certain titles with appropriate civil service titles, and gives $150 increase for employees who have served the village for at least 20 years. The village will also increased its contribution to the Union Welfare fund, which provides dental, optical, life insurance, prepaid legal and disability for workers.