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CSEA ratifies five year deal

CSEA President Danny Donohue surrounded by the CSEA State Negotiating Team members after reaching tentative deal in June
Photo from CSEA Website
CSEA President Danny Donohue surrounded by the CSEA State Negotiating Team members after reaching tentative deal in June

By WBFO Newsroom

Albany, NY – Members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) have ratified a five year labor contract agreed. It was a deal the union leadership and the Cuomo administration agreed to in June.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and CSEA President Danny Donohue announced the deal Monday. The Governor says it marks a milestone accomplishment for collective bargaining and labor-management cooperation in New York State.

"This is a big, big win -- a win for the union and a win for the people of the state," Governor Cuomo said. "The union avoided layoffs and the state is financially stronger. I'm pleased that our approach of labor and management working together is vindicated. Mutual respect and honest negotiations work. I applaud Danny Donohue for his leadership and vision in this negotiation. This vote demonstrates their commitment to seeing this state get back on the right track. In these difficult financial times, shared sacrifice is needed, and CSEA members have shown willingness to do their part."

The contract includes provisions to keep CSEA-represented state employees on the job delivering essential services to New Yorkers.

The new contract freezes base wages for the first three years, and then allows for retention payments - totaling $1,000 - as well as salary increases in each of the last two years. It also calls for a redesign of the employee health care contribution and benefit system.

The new deal also protects CSEA employees from layoffs. Members will receive broad layoff protection for fiscal year 2011-12 and 2012-13 arising from the $450 million budget gap.

"These are not ordinary times and CSEA worked hard to reach an agreement that we believed would be in everyone's best interest," said CSEA President Danny Donohue. "CSEA members agree that this contract is reasonable and responsible for the long term and shows that CSEA members will do what is right for the good of all New Yorkers. The Governor's leadership is helping move this state in the right direction."

The terms of the agreement will take effect immediately as the state legislature already approved the agreement contingent on the CSEA ratification.