CSEA Monroe County Unit Approves New Contract

CATlogoround1 - CopyRochester– A majority of members of the CSEA Monroe County Employees Unit 7400 voted this evening to ratify the terms and conditions of a new collective bargaining agreement that was reached on February 1. Approximately 1,800 county employees represented by CSEA have been working without a contract since the previous deal expired on December 31, 2013. The vote was a mail-in ballot conducted February 14 through March 1. A previous tentative agreement was narrowly rejected by membership in October of 2016.

The new five-year deal guarantees a 10 percent cost of living increase over the life of the contract plus other bonuses. Effective after complete ratification, all employees shall receive modest increases and bonuses in their annual base salary over time to be paid 60 days following the Monroe County Legislature’s and County Executive’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. Effective July 1, 2017, employees must have 15 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 Unit President Jim D’Amico. He added, “The new agreement required compromise and sacrifice on both sides and we believe it’s respectful to taxpayers, management and employees alike.”

The new contract will expire December 31, 2021.

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 CSEA is New York State’s leading union, representing employees of New York State and its counties, towns, villages, school districts, library systems, authorities and public corporations. Together with a growing population of private sector members and retirees, CSEA forms a union 300,000 strong. It is also the largest affiliate (and Local 1000) of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) which, in turn, is one of the largest affiliates of the AFL-CIO.