CONTRACT RATIFICATION VOTE
The Executive Officers of the PBA want to thank all of our members for coming out in such large numbers and participating in the ratification vote on the contract. This vote is the culmination of two long and exhausting years of negotiation.
Over 84% of our members participated in the voting process. That is an overwhelming percentage and a huge indication that this union is as strong as it has ever been.
Our unity was even more re-enforced by the professional manner in which our members treated each other no matter how they were voting.
The margin (6 to 1) by which this contract passed is an endorsement that we are doing the right thing by our members.
At this point the City of Buffalo is on notice that the membership has ratified the contract. The Corporation Counsel will now present the contract to the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority for that boards review and consent. The BFSA is in advisory status and cannot void this contract; they can merely provide the City with its opinion.
During the same time frame the Corporation Counsel will present the contract to the Common Council. The Common Council is scheduled to ratify this contract on July 28, 2015. After the Common Council ratifies the contract the tenants of the contract will be passed on to the City’s MIS and Finance Departments for implementation. This process may take a month or two but rest assured that the PBA will advocate that these departments expedite their process.
This contract is not a panacea and there are a large number of issues that we have with the City of Buffalo and this department’s management staff. With our strength in numbers and solidarity by which we have just displayed we shall overcome any difficulty that confronts us.
The PBA wishes to extend a special thanks must be extended to those members that assisted in managing this ratification vote. Without their help this task would have been impossible.
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contract and info packet.pdf