Daily News from New York, New York on June 17, 1980 · 495
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7.. to its civilian workers By MICHAEL ORESKES Labor Editor In a major shift of bargaining strategy, the Koch administration made an improved wage offer to the coalition representing the city's 215,000 nonuniformed workers yesterday, but took a much tougher line with the uniformed unions. A top city bargainer said the talks with the two coalitions were "going in totally different directions." The city move reinforced the impression that a peaceful settlement may be possible with the nonuniformed coalition, but that it will be far more difficult to come to terms with police, fire, correction and other unions in their separate coalition. Bruce Mclver, director of the city's Office of Labor Relations, began the day by narrowing somewhat the wide gap between the city and its civilian unions and expressing the hope that both sides would intensify their efforts to reach new contracts to replace the pacts expiring July 1. Bonus proposal dropped The city improved its wage proposal to the civilian coalition, offering a 6 wage hike July 1 and a 57c increase July 1, 1981. The last city offer to both coalitions had been for a 5 raise this year and 4 next year, along with lump sum "bonuses" of 2 this year and 1 next year. The city dropped its proposal for the "bonuses, but leaders of municipal unions had never been enthusiastic about them anyway, since the one-shot money wouldn't count toward pensions, overtime or other fringe benefits. Leaders of the coalition of civilian unions teachers, teamsters and other municipal employes greeted the city's new offer as a step forward, and responded by lowering their demand to wage hikes of 12 a year. "We see signs that the city is interested in settling this contract without doing it in the streets," said Harold Melnick, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association and leader of a group of 10,000 uniformed superior officers who have teamed up with the civilian unions for bargaining, separate from the other uniformed unions. But Mclver took a much harder line when he met with leaders of the uniformed coalition at 3 p.m. He told them that he had no new wage offer for them unless they first reduced their demands. It was the first time in this round of bargaining that the city has made an offer to one group of unions without making the same proposal to the other. At the heart of the city's strategy of treating the two coalitions differently, city officials said, was the view that the nonuniformed unions are looking for a settlement at a "reasonable" level, while the uniformed unions so far have given no similiar Indication. But even the "reasonable" unions are hundreds of millions of dollars apart from the city's position. Coch: Veto pension hike By PETER SLOCUM ChM of Tht Newi Albany Bureau Mayor Koch is urging Gov. Carey to veto a $45 million pension boost for about 40,000 hard-pressed New York City workers who retired more than 10 years ago and have not had a pension increase since, a mayoral aide said yesterday. "It's one of those tough things, but we can't afford $45 million," said Margaret Weiss, the mayor's chief Albany lobbyist, who acknowledged that the retirees deserve the money. Carey, who vetoed a similar bill last year, is considered likely to do so again. As chairman of the Financial Control Board, he does not want to upset the city's delicate budget-balancing act Carey's counsel, Richard A. Brown, declined to comment directly on the pension bill, pointing out that it is one of 783 bills the Legislature sent to Carey before recessing shortly before dawn Sunday. Koch Is not asking Carey to veto a much smaller pension supplement for widows of police, fire and sanitation workers widows who are not eligible for Social Security and are living on $106-a-month pensions. Koch at first opposed that $3 million bill, but changed his mind after getting a flood of outraged mail in response to a Daily News story about the widows' plight The $45 million supplement bill, a major priority of municipal union lobbyists during the recent legislative session, offers one-shot pension hikes to workers who retired before June 30, 1970, and are now drawing benefits under the New York City Employes Retirement , System, the Police Pension Fund, the Teachers Retirement Board and the Board of Education Retirement System. But the increase would apply only to the first $8,000 of a person's pension, and it is termed a one-shot boost because it would be paid monthly only for 18 months, beginning this July. v ' ... Amtrak may run Conrail lines Amtrak will consider taking over Conrail's deficit-ridden Harlem, Hudson and New Haven lines if Congress appropriates "hundreds of millions of dollars to help get the lines back on the track," Rep. Peter Peyser (D-Westchester) said yesterday. Peyser charged that "equipment is decrepit, the stations are deteriorating, trains are late and maintenance virtually nonexistent" JohnRandazzo Gleaning up tor therapy By MARTIN KINO Forty former drug addicts found a "therapeutic tool" yesterday that helps keep them on the road to recovery while also helping keep the Big Apple polished. The young men and women, representing seven major drug rehabilitation groups in the Therapeutic Communities of America, picked up brooms, shovels and litter bags at 57th St and 10th Ave. to begin a six-month citywide commitment to physically maintain nine separate areas. 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