Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Police Benevolent Association President Michael Hagan have reached a tentative six-year contract that would be retroactive to 2009, they announced today. If approved by union members and the Board of Legislators, officers in the Department of Public Safety will receive raises for all six years — 3 percent in 2009; 2.75 percent in 2010; and 2.5 percent each in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Under the contract, rank-and-file police officers would pay about $1,100 toward their health insurance for individuals and $3,100 for a family plan. The officers would be the fifth county union to agree to start paying for health insurance. The others are Teamsters Local 456, the Correction Officers Police Benevolent Association, the Corrections Superior Officers Association and the New York State Nurses Association.
The proposed contract maintains a clothing allowance, special stipends to employees with the aviation or K-9 units and other differentials.
“This agreement is in the best interests of Westchester County,” Astorino said in a statement. “This is a good contract, fair to the union and fair to our taxpayers. I thank Mike Hagan and his negotiating team for their hard work. At the same time I again call on the county’s largest union, the Civil Service Employees Association, to accept a contract where they contribute to their health care costs.”
Current employees would not have to continue making health-insurance contributions upon retirement, but all new hires would have to make payments through retirement.
“The Westchester County Police PBA is pleased to have reached a multi-year collective bargaining agreement with the County that will bring us current for the first time in nearly a decade,” Hagan said in a statement. This agreement is the result of the prolonged, good faith efforts by both sides, and addresses important issues, including health care costs, in a way that is fair and equitable to our membership and the residents that they serve.”