De Blasio Proposes Pension Increase To Injured City Workers

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday proposed hiking benefits for uniformed city workers if they are injured on the job.

De Blasio’s proposal would change a state law and increase the money paid to injured police, fire, sanitation or correction officers by removing the social security offset and calculating the benefit from a higher salary point.

The plan requires approval in Albany. Officials say it would cost the city $47 million through fiscal year 2019.

The uniformed workers benefits were cut by a 2009 state law.

A joint statement from police and fire unions said the new plan is “unacceptable and continues to create a second-class citizen status for FDNY firefighters and NYPD police officers.” They said that it would grant veteran employees more benefits than newer hires.