BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – After eight years of negotiations, CSEA members have approved a new contract with Erie County.
County employees represented by CSEA have been without a contract since the previous one expired in 2006, and have not received a wage increase since then either.
Over the past two days, members voted on the new contract. It was approved 985 to 655.
This marks the fifth successful contract negotiation by the Poloncarz administration, who has reached agreements with CSEA Local 815 Erie County Corrections Officer unit and Teamsters Local 264 in 2012, the Erie County Sheriff’s PBA in August 2013, and the NYS Nurses Association in September 2013.
“The contract ratification by CSEA Local 815 is good news for CSEA members and for all Erie County residents. I would like to thank CSEA membership for coming to the table and negotiating a contract that is fair and equitable to members and is also cognizant of economic realities in Erie County, a contract that involved concessions from both parties and will ultimately save Erie County hundreds of millions of dollars in health care costs in the long run,” said County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
The new contract will cover the years 2008-2016 and includes wage increases for 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as cost-saving modifications to health insurance coverage.
CSEA Erie County Local and Unit President Denise Szymura said, “This agreement represents an equitable compromise between the county and the union, and we hope that the County Legislature will consider holding a special session in order to provide their approval to the agreement as soon as possible.”