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CSEA Unit 6700 & Erie County Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Published Thursday, June 9, 2022
by Erie County Executive Press Release
CSEA Unit 6700 & Erie County Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Unit 6700 has reached a tentative contract agreement with Erie County.

CSEA Unit 67’s Membership will vote on the agreement later this month.

“CSEA feels that we reached a mutually beneficial agreement that provides its Members with an improved work environment,” CSEA Erie County Unit President Bill Wilkinson said in a press release distributed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s Office. 

“We are confident that the terms of the agreement will give Members a greater work-life balance, along with additional wages and benefits that will promote recruitment and retention efforts in such a highly-competitive market,” Wilkinson said.

If ratified by CSEA Membership, the agreement will begin this year and will be in effect through December 31st, 2027.  

There are 2,400 CSEA-represented Workers employed by Erie County, along with an additional 1,500 Members who are employed by the Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMC), Erie Community College (ECC) and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

Highlights of the tentative agreement include:

A Pay Increase - CSEA Membership will receive $2.50 added to their hourly base pay this year, with an increase of 4% next year and then 3% annually during the remaining four years.  Other pay incentives include a parking reimbursement, an increase in shift differential pay and on-call pay.

Work Flexibility: Work-from-Home will be memorialized in the new contract and 10-hour shifts will be allowed, a change welcomed by the Union-represented County Employees, which they say helps to attract and retain talent.  In return, County Management also now has greater flexibility to reassign its Employees.

Sick Leave Bonuses Are Being Phased Out Of The Contract: these bonuses had encouraged Employees to come to work when sick and are now being ended.

New Policies In The Contract For Both Sides: Notifying probationers of poor performance and using mediation to settle disputes, and implementing newly-negotiated changes to time and attendance policy.

“Contract negotiations always involve an open dialogue and sincere efforts to do what’s right for all involved,” County Executive Poloncarz said.  “This tentative agreement addressed the inflationary issues of the day while being fair and responsible.  I want to thank Commissioner of Labor Relations Josh Pennel and his team along with the CSEA Unit 6700 team for working out a proposed contract that respects Labor and the taxpayers.”

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