BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Members of Erie County's largest union voted to reject a new contract Friday, that could have eliminated some widely criticized perks. CSEA workers voted 1,296 no to 570 yes, voting down the agreement.
"We brought the tentative agreement to our membership and they have spoken by voting 1,296 no votes to 570 yes votes," said CSEA Erie County Local President Joan Bender.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released this statement Friday, "I am disappointed that this tentative agreement has been rejected. This is the third time that a tentative agreement has been rejected by this bargaining unit, once under the prior administration and now twice with my administration. I will be discussing next actions with Director of Labor Relations David Palmer and others."
The county's tentative deal with CSEA would have given 2,700 county workers raises of 11.5% over five years, but would not have included back pay for years workers without a contract, beginning in 2007.
It would have also done away with summer hours and election day as a paid holiday, and eliminate the massage and acupuncture benefit. That benefit cost county taxpayers $1.4 million over the past four years.
Under the agreement, current union members would have had to contribute 7.5 percent toward health insurance coverage, beginning in January 2017. Newly hired workers would have had to contribute 15 percent.
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