CSEA Monroe County Sheriff Command Unit Ratifies New Deal

Rochester– On November 18, a majority of members of the CSEA Monroe County Sheriff Command Staff voted to ratify the terms and conditions of a tentative collective bargaining agreement that was reached on September 13. Approximately 32 public safety employees in the supervisory unit were working without a contract since the previous deal expired on December 31, 2012. The vote was a mail-in ballot conducted November 1 through November 10. Of the 31 eligible ballots received, 25 voted yes and 6 voted no.

The new five-year deal guarantees a 7.5 percent cost of living increase over the life of the contract. Effective after complete ratification, all employees shall receive a bonus of 1.5 percent of their annual base salary to be paid 60 days following the County Executive’s and Monroe County Legislature’s final approval of the agreement.

Depending on an employee’s hire date, some employees represented by CSEA under this contract will pay a slightly higher contribution percentage for healthcare over time. Additionally, employees who join this bargaining unit after September 13, 2016, must have 20 years of continuous service with the County to qualify for retiree health insurance.

“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our CSEA members, staff and county management team for their commitment to the negotiations process,” said CSEA spokesperson Ove Overmyer. He added, “The new agreement required compromise and sacrifice on both sides and we believe it’s respectful to both taxpayers and employees alike.”

The new contract will expire December 31, 2021.