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Rockland Reaches Tentative Pact with County Workers

Agreement includes health insurance contributions by new workers, wage freeze.

Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef and leaders of the Rockland Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) today announced they have reached a tentative labor agreement.  The CSEA is the county’s largest labor union with close to 2,200 employees.

“For many months we have been negotiating with the CSEA,” said Vanderhoef.  “I am pleased that we were finally able to reach an agreement that I believe benefits the County, the employees and the taxpayers of Rockland County.  We have taken many critical steps this year to improve the County’s finances and settling this contract is an important piece of that overall plan.  I’d like to thank the CSEA leadership for working with us and recognizing the challenges that we
faced as we negotiated this contract.”

“We are pleased to have reached what we feel is a fair contract given the current fiscal climate,” said CSEA Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo. “Through a respectful, collaborative process, we reached an agreement that achieves needed savings and preserves services for county residents while also offering needed job security for our members. I’d like to thank County Executive Vanderhoef for his commitment to wrapping up negotiations. I’d also like to extend my appreciation to the members of the CSEA Negotiating Committee and CSEA Chief Negotiator Larry Sparber for their hard work.”

“After many months of negotiations, we are happy to be able to bring a tentative agreement back to our members that we feel is fair to both taxpayers and the CSEA workforce,” said CSEA Rockland County Unit President P.T. Thomas. “We’ve said all along that meaningful savings could be achieved while preserving vital services and we feel this tentative contract does just that. We will be holding informational meetings with the CSEA membership to explain the details of  the tentative agreement, after which the contract will go before the membership for a vote.”

The tentative agreement, which is retroactive to January 1, 2011 and runs through December 31, 2013, includes the following:

  • A 15% health insurance contribution rate for new employees
  • A salary and wage freeze through the life of the contract, with the exception of five year longevity increases or salary increases tied to job promotions
  • Deferred payment for a total of 10 days work during certain periods in 2012 and 2013, with compensation for those days taking place on December 1, 2014
  • Language preventing layoffs for budgetary reasons through the life of the contract

If  the contract is ratified by the CSEA membership, it would then go to the County Legislature for final approval.

Smitty Chesterfield July 31, 2012 at 09:14 PM
No layouts for budgetary reasons, and current employees don't have to pay for their healthcare plan. What a joke, as most of us taxpayers who fund their positions have to pay a great deal for our health plans.
Watchdog July 31, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Another Vanderblunder. Why are employees not paying for their health insurance? Is there any company in existence today where employees do not pay for at least part of their health insurance? This guy is a disgrace to humanity. Taxpayers get screwed AGAIN!
Watchdog July 31, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Language preventing layoffs? Is he in LALA LAND?
Watchdog July 31, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I cannot even look at this guy Vanderhoefs picture anymore without getting sick.
Libby Nane August 01, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I think everyone reading and listening to others has a huge misinterpretation of county workers and what we pay for. I am a county worker for the past eleven years and have and always will bust my ass to ensure great services for Rockland County residence. Unless you are well up there in years of employment, current employees do pay for insurance. I DO pay for family health insurance bi-weekly and I also picked up and pay for a secondary insurance because I do not have a spouse but because I have children, I also pay union dues. I took tests to excel so that I did not have to ever receive social services. I have worked in the private industry in the past and like you I thought government would be a calmer atmosphere, and even more so security for me and my family. Huh! While most of you think we ride the gravy train, you are and have been misinformed. This may have been the case years ago, but come on people get over yourselves because we are there for you every time you call; this is something you cannot deny. We have had layoff after layoff and are working short staffed and still handling many areas at once, but we are always there and available to assist Rockland County Residents. If the insurance is everyone’s biggest complaint I hope I clarified that. It is still little people like me who pay insurance bi-weekly wonder if I am the next single mother with children on the list for the next group of layoffs all the while still working for you. Please get educated.
Tommy Detank August 01, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Very true Libby.... most have a HUGE misinterpretation and those like "Watchdog" above who continually sound off like they're in the know, are clearly in the DON'T know crappola. I have had family members who were county employees and some who had long tenures didn't pay like you noted because they were grandfathered-in, but those were few and far between. The others paid as do all employees who have been hired within the past decade or more. Thank you Watchdog.... for nothing! Once again, you spout off gar-bage.
Tommy Detank August 01, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Wow Smitty. You're truly clueless.
Smitty Chesterfield August 01, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Thank you for your services. I would love to know how much you are paying for the insurance plan. Are you paying the same is those in the private sector? What is the contribution rate? Just curious. I thank you for your services, and would hate to see you laid off, but a contract preventing layoffs because of budgetary reasons is not something most of us would support.
Watchdog August 01, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Do you have some details for the folks. Percentages paid? Coverages? Deductibles? ? Co-pays for medical and co-pays for drugs at the County pharmacy? Lay it all out .
Watchdog August 01, 2012 at 07:16 PM
If new employees are only paying 15% how much are the rest paying? ONLY in government can you SAVE MONEY by eliminating UNFILLED positions and getting health insurance contributions from People who you are not hiring,,,,No wonder the Union likes it. This County is in the tank and NYS should take over.
Watchdog August 01, 2012 at 07:19 PM
ONLY in government can you still promise to continue paying people when you run out of money( budgetary reasons) We are DOOMED!
Watchdog August 01, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Smitty, I would be surprised if you got an answer but I hope you do.
Joe Dijoch August 01, 2012 at 09:23 PM
hey Watchdog guy -- lay YOURS out. Who are YOU to request this? Boy oh boy you are such a terd. And an incredible terd at that.
Watchdog August 01, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Tommy Detank and Joe Dijoch why are you not posting the information about your cost for health care and are you aware that name calling is not fitting for an employee of the County. It is also a violation of PATCH terms as is using two screen names.
Watchdog August 01, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Libby, can you respond to Smitty? We are very interested in this topic and getting the proper information out there for taxpayers. You wrote a lot....but details are lacking..you cannot say other people are in error without posting the details. Thanks Watchdog
Smitty Chesterfield August 03, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Who are we to request that? Taxpayers. I want to know who much I am contributing towards public employee's benefits. I can easily see salaries on seethroughny.net. I want to know how much of their benefits I am funding. And I'll throw in a few extra bucks for a dictionary for you.
Watchdog August 03, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Lib y, do you have any answer for taxpayers about how much you pay for health care?
Watchdog August 03, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Joey, I am a taxpayer, that's who I am. My taxes pay your salary and benefits. Please post the information.
Clarkstown life August 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM
dog.....you could use your time more wisely by filing a foil request, it will be accurate and from the source..........or is it that you just like to continually spout off nonsense here on every topic in patch
Watchdog August 03, 2012 at 05:58 PM
What are you hiding that I have to file a FOIL? HEH? Come clean.
Watchdog August 03, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Libby, Tommy, Jodecock please post the information.

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