De Blasio Proposes Pension Increase To Injured City Workers


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.

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