Rockland Reaches Tentative Pact With County Workers

Agreement includes health insurance contributions by new workers and wage freeze.


Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef and leaders of the Rockland Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) today announced they have reached a tentative labor agreement.  The CSEA is the county’s largest labor union with close to 2,200 employees.

“For many months we have been negotiating with the CSEA,” said Vanderhoef.  “I am pleased that we were finally able to reach an agreement that I believe benefits the County, the employees and the taxpayers of Rockland County.  We have taken many critical steps this year to improve the County’s finances and settling this contract is an important piece of that overall plan.  I’d like to thank the CSEA leadership for working with us and recognizing the challenges that we
faced as we negotiated this contract.”

“We are pleased to have reached what we feel is a fair contract given the current fiscal climate,” said CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo. “Through a respectful, collaborative process, we reached an agreement that achieves needed savings and preserves services for county residents while also offering needed job security for our members. I’d like to thank County Executive Vanderhoef for his commitment to wrapping up negotiations. I’d also like to extend my appreciation to the members of the CSEA Negotiating Committee and CSEA Chief Negotiator Larry Sparber for their hard work.”

“After many months of negotiations, we are happy to be able to bring a tentative agreement back to our members that we feel is fair to both taxpayers and the CSEA workforce,” said CSEA Rockland County Unit President P.T. Thomas. “We’ve said all along that meaningful savings could be achieved while preserving vital services and we feel this tentative contract does just that. We will be holding informational meetings with the CSEA membership to explain the details of  the tentative agreement, after which the contract will go before the membership for a vote.”

The tentative agreement, which is retroactive to January 1, 2011 and runs through December 31, 2013, includes the following:

●A 15% 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 days work during certain periods
in 2012 and 2013, with compensation for those days taking place on
December 1, 2014
●Language preventing layoffs for budgetary reasons through the life
of the contract

If  the contract is ratified by the CSEA membership, it would then go to the County Legislature for final approval.

Tom August 01, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Let me see if I understand this... New employees will contribute to their health benefits (but we aren't hiring), deferred pay for 10 days (but we just moved that balloon to Dec 1, 2014), and a commitment to no layoffs for 3 years. And Vanderhoef has the nerve to say "We have taken many critical steps this year to improve the County’s finances", what a joke. People, we have got to get this clown out of office.
stephany August 01, 2012 at 02:28 AM
vanderhoef must be going to the gromack school of contract negotiation
GWashington August 01, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Is it April Fool's Day already?
George C August 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Exactly. No mention of the 18 million in concessions from the unions that they had counted on in the budget discussions. Sounds like this agreement will not save any money.
to QUOTE..a very brillant person who saved NYC in the 1970s from calamity..he uses one word to describe many cities in this country regarding their stature in their finances and promises....its called "UNSUSTAINABLE" Definition: not able to be maintained or supported in the future, esp. without causing damage or depletion of a resource Now that is what ROCKLAND AND CLOWNTOWN appears to be!!!!
fred August 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Another one whit nothing good to say. No raises for the life of contract equals savings .deferred payments equal savings paying into benefits for new employees equals savings times 2200 people equals a lot of savings.why don't you cry about the people who don't pay property taxes and get health insurance for free
stephany August 01, 2012 at 07:37 PM
"paying into benefits for new employees equals savings times 2200 people equals a lot of savings" so rockland plans to hire 2200 people in the next 3 yrs--I think more like none so it is no saving or negligible at best
stephany August 01, 2012 at 07:39 PM
and your statement indicates Rockland plans to hire them NOW--all 2200--so we can begin to save
JP August 01, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Looks like a fair contract. Would have been better if everyone started to pay something for their generous health care coverage; especially if the Union wanted a no lay off clause included whic they did receive.
stephany August 01, 2012 at 11:57 PM
when so many people have no healthcare at all it seems strange if not unjust, that they are forced to pay for county employees pets to go to the doctor and overpriced vitamins no less. preventative care is good, but not on my dime for your pet.
Clarkstown life August 02, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Pets???? I must've missed that clause in the contract. They take zero's for raises and they still get attacked......unbelievable.
stephany August 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
and that means it doesn't exist. you are more full of yourself than I imagined. I do note you didn't miss another opportunity to attack--which is all you do. There are a lot of zero's working for the county and they should be fired
jrod August 05, 2012 at 02:34 AM
First of all, the CSEA union gave approx $8 million in concessions. There are 8 other unions who represent county workers who have yet to come to the table. Including the managements union (shocker). Second, the no lay off clause is retroactive (2011, 2012, & 2013)...but no laid off workers will be called back.So it's only til the end of 2013, at which point the hospital will probably be privatized and mental health closed out. So there will be many more lay offs at that time.The problem continues to be inflated salaries for overstocked management and appointees who wont retire now because they dont have to pay for health insurance as they thought. Lets hope he didnt put the sale of the hospital in the budget if it doesnt sell (like he did last year) - which we are all paying for with 30% increased property taxes.And I'm still waiting for the free pharmacy to go.


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