A city environmental workers' union praised Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday for settling his administration's first labor contract.
The Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association and members of the Department of Environmental Protection police force announced the result of their negotiations with the de Blasio administration.
The officers, whose duties include protecting the city's water supply, had been without a contract for nine years.
Under the new agreement, members will get nearly $50,000 in back pay.
"We came in really not knowing what to expect. The last administration, we had over several negotiation sessions, 11 arbitration dates, one Supreme Court hearing, another final hearing, and we got nothing done, so we didn't really expect too much when we sat down with the new administration," said Kenneth Wynder, president of the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association. "I've had prior dealings with the old administration, and believe me, we were treated much better in negotiations with the new administration then we did with the old administration."
The de Blasio administration will be negotiating contracts for more than 150 city labor unions with expired contracts.