Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Erie County and the county's largest labor union have struck a tentative deal on a 10 year contract. Details won't be revealed so members can get word first before an August vote.
“In my first 7 months, I have done what the previous two administrations could not accomplish over the last 5 years—reaching a fair agreement with the County’s largest employee union,” says Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. “I want to thank CSEA leadership for coming to the table in good faith and understanding the financial constraints facing the County in negotiating what I believe is a good and fair deal for both employees and taxpayers.”
“CSEA and County worked together in good faith these last seven months to reach a tentative agreement that recognizes the importance of the work our members do,” says CSEA Erie County Unit and Local President Joan Bender. “The tentative agreement takes into consideration the difficult financial situation in Erie County and it includes shared sacrifice by both sides. It is time to bring a tentative agreement back to the members and let them decide.”
CSEA will hold several informational meetings with its membership to discuss the proposal between August 2nd and 6th.
CSEA employees have been working under a contract that expired on December 31, 2006. The tentative agreement covers approximately 2,400 county employees and other employees at Erie County Medical Center Corporation and Erie Community College.