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LABOR NEWS UPDATE: CSEA Wins Dispute Over Retroactive Contract Imposed By Onondaga County, Public Employees Will Get To Vote On New Contract

Published Monday, February 22, 2016
by Chris Baker/

(SYRACUSE, NEW YORK) - Two days after the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) challenged the legality of an Onondaga County-imposed contract, the county has agreed to meet the Union's requests.  CSEA Members will get a chance to vote on a retroactive contract that had been recently imposed by the Onondaga County Legislature, which prompted the Union to charge the county had violated New York State law when it approved the contract.

The county legislature had voted 14-1 to approve a three-year retroactive contract for its 2,300 Public Employees who are represented by the CSEA.  In response, CSEA alleged the county violated the Taylor Law, which limits imposed contracts to one year.  Last week the CSEA filed an improper practice charge against the county.  Then later in the week, the county offered to settle the charge by letting CSEA’s Membership vote on the retroactive contract.

"It's ‘more about the process and protecting the rights’ of our Members ‘under the process’ than ‘it's ever been about the amounts,’" CSEA spokesman Mark Kotzin said. "We're ‘leaving it up to’ our Members to ‘decide if the amounts are right or not.’"

The contract imposed by the county legislature includes a 2% wage increase for half of 2014 and a 2.25% increase for 2015 wages.

CSEA Members will vote on the contract during the second week in March.  A majority of voters must approve the contract.  If Union Members approve the contract - it must then be ratified by the county executive and the legislature.

The county’s CSEA-represented Employees have rejected three previous contract offers from the county, citing increases in Health Care Contributions and Salary Increases for elected officials, among other things.

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