- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city has reached a tentative contract agreement with a union that represents more than 6,000 sanitation workers.

The proposed contract with the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association would begin retroactively on Sept. 21, 2011 and expire on Jan. 19, 2019.

It would provide 11 percent in raises over about seven years. The agreement will save $3.4 billion in health care spending through 2018 and $1.3 billion in recurring savings every year after that. De Blasio made the announcement Tuesday.

The city and the union will work together to redesign the waste collection system to achieve the goal of zero garbage deposited in landfills by 2030.

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