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Civil Service Employees Association-Represented Monroe County Sheriff Command Unit Ratifies New Five-Year Deal

Agreement Impacts 32 Public Safety Employees In The Supervisory Unit Who Have Been Working Without A Contract Since December 2012

Published Sunday, November 20, 2016
by CSEA Western Region Six News

(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - A majority of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)-represented Members of the Monroe County Sheriff Command Staff voted late Friday (November 18) to ratify the terms and conditions of a tentative and five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement that was reached on September 13th.

Approximately 32 Public Safety Employees in the supervisory unit were working without a contract since the previous deal expired on December 31st, 2012.

The vote was a mail-in ballot – which was conducted from November 1st through November 10th.  Of the 31 eligible ballots received, 25 voted yes and six voted no.

The new agreement guarantees a 7.5% Cost of Living increase over the life of the contract.

Effective after complete ratification, all Employees shall receive a bonus of 1.5% 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 represented by CSEA under this contract will pay a slightly higher contribution percentage for health care over the course of time.

Additionally, Employees who joined this bargaining unit after September 13th, 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,” CSEA Western Region Six spokesperson Ove Overmyer.  “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 on December 31st, 2021.

CSEA - New York State’s Leading Union - represents a variety of New York State Public Workers in 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 National AFL-CIO.

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