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Rockland CSEA Members Approve New Three-Year Contract

Overwhelming majority of members vote to ratify agreement that now goes to the county legislature.

 

Members of Rockland County CSEA Unit 8350 voted Wednesday by a wide margin to approve a three-year contract.  The is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011 and runs through Dec. 31, 2013. The contract now goes before the county legislature for a vote, possibly as soon as Wednesday, Sept. 19.  

“I feel relieved,” said CSEA Rockland County Unit 8350 President P.T. Thomas. “I’m really, really happy the contract passed.”

The union has 1,744 members and more than 1,100 of them voted. 893 members of the rank and file cast ballots in favor of the agreement and 238 members voted against it.  

“This agreement helps the county deal with the current financial challenges while preventing future reductions in essential services,” said CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo. “Today’s tremendous voter turnout shows our members’ dedication to preserving public services at a time when need is at a historic high.” 

Thomas said the contract would help the county financially because of the deferred payments for 10 working days for each union employee. He said the no layoff clause for budgetary reasons will help employees feel confident about job their security.

“In approving this memorandum of agreement, our members showed that they recognize the county’s current fiscal issues,” said Thomas. “We believe we have met our responsibility to help the county through this economic turmoil.” 

The agreement, reached at the end of July with the county executive’s office, includes:

  • A 15 percent health insurance contribution rate for new employees
  • A salary and wage freeze through the life of the contract, with the exception of five year longevity increases or salary increases tied to job promotions
  • Deferred payment for a total of 10 work days during certain periods in 2012 and 2013, with compensation for those days taking place on Dec. 1, 2014
  • Language preventing layoffs for budgetary reasons through the life of the contract

Rockland County laid off 74 employees this year and faces a budget deficit of an estimated $95 million.  

Christopher Smith September 13, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Once again we kick the can down the road to Dec. 1, 2014 with the 10 deferred days. If you think we will be out of the woods by then you are sorely mistaken. We obviously pay no attention to what other counties to have been doing with contract negotiations
Sydney Smith September 13, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Just a question? If you have a deficit of $95,000,000.00 that means you have no money.My question is how does anyone get paid?
RJ September 13, 2012 at 12:30 PM
They get paid with your taxes while everything else is credit & loans that our children will have to repay.
Joe Ciardullo September 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Exactly. We kicked 3.1 million down the road until Dec 1, 2014. What will the deficit be in 2014? I fail to see how we get any significant savings from this agreement. Wait, new employees will contribute 15% to their healthcare. Vanderhoff was counting on 18 million in givebacks, once again he over estimates, just like everything else. Time to just declare bankruptcy and move forward with a reorganization.
stephany September 13, 2012 at 04:19 PM
what do 1,744 people do all day? and how many people should it really take?<1,000 is my guess,and I am being generous.
peter cardiello September 13, 2012 at 09:29 PM
leave it to the county politicians to take all our money. they have no regard to the tax payers that work for their money. amazingl enough with all the staff reductions and school employee cuts and budget reduction our taxes still keep rising, goes to show these rockland politicians have no math skills.
JP September 14, 2012 at 02:49 AM
It was a fair contract. The unions did get the upper hand; but everyone needs job security. Thats only fair. For existing workers to continue to not have to pay anything for health care coverage is a bit ridiculous. And that free prescription service they have up at the county heath center is pretty awsome too. C'est la vie!
P.T. Thomas September 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM
This is not true. County workers generate revenue and their salary come from the revenue they generate. Look at Rockland County Budget for the year 2012. The estimated revenue is $ 700 million. The income from sales tax is only $ 175 million and income from all other taxes including property tax is 75 milllion. The rest $ 250 million is generated by the county employees in terms of providing services and collecting fee for such services. Also the Federal and State Govts re-imburses the county for the salary. Though one can argue that these re-imbursements are also taxes, they have to be given to some one for providing the services. For example, Summit Park Hospital provides necessary services to our seniors and these services are re-imbursed by Medicaid, Medicare etc. Assume that these services are not provided by Summit Park and by some one else, the Medicaid and Medicare have to re-imburse for these services.
Anthony January 04, 2013 at 04:01 PM
In response to Stephany dated Sep. 12 what do 1744 employees do. I am one of those and I work in an understaffed and under equipped unit and I was glad that I at least get to keep my job for now. How do you lay off people who support there families and pay mortgages, O yea let's not forget the increasing taxes we pay without any raises and 10 day deferred givebacks. No your facts before you post.

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