MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – On Thursday, a judge threw out a wage freeze imposed on Nassau County police by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority.

Police union president James Carver praised the federal judge’s decision and now wants NIFA and the county to pay up.

“NIFA and the county should not appeal this case. I think they should go forward and come to some kind of resolution between the two of them,” Carver told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs on Friday.

NIFA has said it intends to appeal the ruling.

Carver believes they’d better serve the county by paying up.

“We are looking for full retroactive pay back to March of 2011,” he said. “Unions fairly negotiate contracts with municipalities under guidance that the law provides and those contracts should be honored,” he said.

Carver called the judge’s decision a victory for unions across the country.

“If we would have lost this case, every municipality would have turned around and tried to freeze everybody’s wages,” he said.

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