Brookhaven Town and its unionized white-collar employees have agreed on a new 12-year contract, ending acrimonious negotiations that lasted two years. Workers will get annual raises ranging from 2% to 3% for 10 years retroactive to Jan. 1, and the town dropped its demand that employees extend their work day by a half-hour. “It is a very fair agreement and will ensure that we have labor peace during that time," Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said Thursday before the town board voted 6-0 to ratify the agreement.
Jerry Laricchiuta, president of the Long Island Civil Service Employees Association, which represents the town's white-collar employees, said the agreement was "a good step" forward. He said members voted 200-94 on June 14 to ratify the deal.
“Considering the times right now, obviously it was the best that we can do. Our team did a good job and I think the raises are fair,” he told Newsday. “I know they took a long time to get this done. We need to move forward now and hope the economy gets better.”