Two labor unions in the region are getting new contracts, The Journal News/lohud.com reports.
Yesterday, Orangetown officials approved a six-year deal with the 152-member Civil Service Employees Association after more than three years of 0n-and-off negotiations. The contract is retroactive to 2011. Pay raises are 2.35 percent for 2013, 2.45 percent for 2014 and 2.5 percent for 2015 and 2016. There are no pay hikes for 2011 and 2012.
The contract increases health-care contributions for new employees from 10 percent to 17 percent. It limits lifetime benefits to employees with 15 or more years on the job and reduces the number of paid sick days from 21 to 15.
“It was a compromise,” said Councilman Paul Valentine, one of three Republican board members who helped negotiate the contract. “We both walked away a little aggravated, which means it worked out very well.”
CSEA members approved the contract last month after rejecting a previous deal. The union has not had a contract since late 2010.
“It’s been a long, rough three years,” CSEA President Keith Brennan said in a brief statement at the Town Board meeting that thanked taxpayers for their support.
In Ossining,the Board of Education and Ossining Association of Administrators and Supervisors reached an agreement that doesn’t include pay raises and requires other concessions, according to a statement from the district.
The 21-member union agreed to no raises for each of the three years of the contract, which covers the 2013-14 through 2015-16 school years. It also eliminates stipends for summer school work. Administrators who are eligible for step pay increases will get them on July 1 of each year. Administrators who are at the top salary position will be eligible for a lump sum merit payment.
Administrators’ contributions to health-insurance premiums will increase from 17.5 percent to 21.5 percent of the total.
Board of Education President Bill Kress thanked union members in a press release “for again stepping up and making sacrifices to maintain focus on students and help us keep our strong programs amid ongoing fiscal challenges.”