The City of Hoboken and their municipal supervisors association have agreed to a new contract that recognizes the Juneteenth holiday, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I am grateful to the HMSA for working with my administration on a contract that fairly compensates their members and recognizes Juneteenth,” he said in a statement.
“I look forward to working with the council to ensure this contract gets approved at the next council meeting.”
A June 7th memo from Business Administrator Jason Freeman indicated that the HMSA would have to work today if they did not come to a new deal, with a city spokeswoman indicating that “multiple offers” were rejected.
At the tail end of Wednesday evening’s council meeting, Freeman said that the city had come to terms with the union and it was up to their membership to vote on the contract.
The contract was approved yesterday afternoon, just before the city held their Juneteenth flag raising at 5 p.m.
The parameters of the deal were not immediately available, but HMSA President Dawn De Lorenzo said in her own memo last week that she would “put up a hell of a fight” to reach a fair deal.
The City of Hoboken is recognizing Juneteenth today, and with the HMSA contract settled, City Hall is completely closed for the day.
A draft agreement obtained by HCV this afternoon shows that the deal is a six-year contract that runs through January 1st, 2018 and ends December 31st, 2023, with a 12.5 percent increase that kicks in on June 1st and a 3 percent raise in 2023.
Editor’s note: This story was updated to include some of the basic parameters of the Hoboken Municipal Supervisors Association contract.