Municipal Government, New York

CSEA Members OK Five-Year Contract

August 17, 2017

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY – Civil Service Employees Association members have ratified a new five-year contract with New York State that will raise their pay by 2% a year, the union announced Aug. 9. The deal, reached with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration in June, covers more than 60,000 workers at the state’s executive-branch agencies. “Our negotiating team worked tirelessly to secure a well-rounded agreement that provides hard-earned cost-of-living increases while keeping health-insurance expenses reasonable for working families,” CSEA President Danny Donohue said in a statement. The raises will be retroactive to March 2016, when the union’s last contract expired. The contract also includes bonuses of $2,500 to $4,500 for workers with at least 15 years of continuous service, what the union called “modest” increases in health insurance co-payments, and double-time overtime pay for workers in the state’s agencies for mental health and people with developmental disabilities, “to control the excessive mandated overtime rampant in that sector.” Read more

August 17, 2017

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