Dozens of New York City Unions Back Health-Care PlanMay 6, 2014
Dozens of New York City Unions Back Health-Care Plan
Mayor Bill de Blasio Says Proposal Will Save $3.4 Billion
The Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella group of New York City unions, voted Monday in support of a proposal championed by Mayor Bill de Blasio that the mayor says will generate $3.4 billion in health-care savings.
Several public safety unions—the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, the Detectives’ Endowment Association, the Sergeants Benevolent Association and the Detective Investigators’ Association—voted against the proposal. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association abstained, and the rest of the committee’s dozens of unions voted in support.
Mr. de Blasio first publicly discussed the proposal to save $3.4 billion on Thursday when he announced a preliminary deal with the United Federation of Teachers on a nine-year contract that includes expected health-care savings of more than $1 billion. The precise details of the health-care measures have remained secret.