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Should NIFA vote "yes" to ratify new union agreements that would lift a three-year wage freeze?

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The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) will be voting at the end of the month on lifting the wage freeze for Nassau County government employee contracts affecting nearly 8,000 union employees. The new agreements have already been approved by the Nassau County Legislature. The employee contracts have been frozen by NIFA for three years because Nassau has been running severe deficits and could find no way to balance the budget without it. Should NIFA vote "yes" to ratify new union agreements that would lift a three-year wage freeze?

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Legislature

Do you believe Nassau County's employee wage freeze should be lifted in 2014?

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For the past three years, Nassau County's 7,000-plus employees have had a wage freeze imposed by NIFA (Nassau Interim Finance Authority). The wage freeze was instituted because, in recent years, Nassau County government has had a difficult time balancing its budget. Though Nassau County's sales tax revenue has increased as a result of economic activity due to the cleanup and rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy, county workers' wages have remained frozen. Do you believe the county executive should lift the wage freeze and honor previously negotiated contracts sometime in 2014?

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