By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The city has settled contract negotiations with four employee unions: the Hoboken Police Benevolent Association (PBA), Hoboken Municipal Employees Association (HMEA), Hoboken Municipal Supervisors Association (HMSA), and Local 108 RWDSU (part-time).
The contracts were approved by the City Council at their regularly scheduled December 7 meeting.
The contracts extend through 2017 and provide for annual raises of 2 percent, city spokesman Juan Melli said in a news release issued last night.
Additionally, the City of Hoboken negotiated the elimination of longevity payments for new employees in the agreements with the PBA and both municipal employees unions, as well as the elimination of terminal leave for new employees in the agreements with HMEA and HMSA.
â€œI thank all the union members who worked together with us to come to an agreement that is fair for everyone,â€ Mayor Dawn Zimmer in a statement.
Zimmer and the council also announced that as a result of the agreement with the part-time unions, all employees of the City of Hoboken will earn a minimum of $15 per hour before the expiration of the new contract in 2019.
Part-time city employees currently earn on average $10.82 per hour.
Under the new agreement, the minimum hourly wage for city employees will increase to $12 in 2016, $13 in 2017, $14 in 2018, and $15 in 2019.
Back at the April meeting of the city council where Local 108 RWDSU complained about making just $8.67 an hour, 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo said Hoboken should be at the forefront of making a $15 an hour minimum wage.