Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Members of CSEA Local 815 have rejected a tentative contract deal with Erie County for the fourth time.
“The union and the county negotiated this agreement in good faith and with a focus on balancing what’s best for our members and the county,” said CSEA Erie County Local and Unit President Denise Szymura. “The final say is left to the membership. They have spoken through their votes. Hopefully the county will agree to return to the bargaining table and we can start again.”
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued this statement:
“I am disappointed that this tentative agreement has been rejected, although the margin of defeat was much smaller than in past votes. Despite encouraging negotiations, this is the fourth time that a tentative agreement has been rejected by this bargaining unit, once under the prior administration and now three times with my administration. However, I will note that my administration has successfully completed contract negotiations with four of the five main bargaining units in Erie County: the New York State Nurses Association (“NYSNA”), the Sheriffs PBA Unit, Teamsters Local 264, and the CSEA Erie County Corrections Officers’ Unit. In the past two years all of these units have gotten new contracts, and it is my hope that the successes of these other negotiations will carry over into next steps with CSEA Local 815. I will be discussing next actions with Commissioner of Labor Relations David Palmer and others.”