The Civil Service Employees Association Monroe County Employees Unit 7400 recently voted by majority to ratify the terms and conditions of a new collective bargaining agreement.
About 1,8000 county employees represented by CSEA have been working without a contract since the previous deal expired in 2013. The vote was a mail-in ballot conducted in February. A previous tentative agreement was narrowly rejected by membership in 2016.
The new five-year deal guarantees a 10 percent cost of living increase over the life of the contract plus other bonuses. All full-time CSEA employees will receive modest increases and bonuses in their annual base salary over time to be paid 60 days following the final approval of the agreement by the Monroe County Legislature and county executive.
Some employees represented by CSEA under this contract will pay a higher contribution percentage for health care over time depending on their hire date. Employees must have 15 years of continuous service with the county to qualify for retiree health insurance by July 1.
“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our CSEA members, staff and county management team for their commitment to the negotiations process,” said Jim D’Amico, CSEA unit president. “The new agreement required compromise and sacrifice on both sides and we believe it’s respectful to taxpayers, management and employees alike.”