August 12, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Rochester, NY – Demanding Monroe County “sit down in a ‘fair and equitable way’ and negotiate a contract,” Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)-represented Workers rallied outside the County Office Building in Downtown Rochester Tuesday (August 8th) afternoon.
The Unionized County Employees have been working without a contract since 2013 and CSEA Western Region President Flo Tripi (pictured below) told those at the rally – which included support from a number of Rochester area Labor Unions and the Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation – that County Workers have only seen a 2% wage increase over the past 11 years, while at the same time agreeing to make several health care concessions.
"These are people who are raising families, paying taxes and doing all the things that citizens do, ‘but they’re not being paid properly,’" CSEA Western Region President Tripi told Rochester Media Outlet 13WHAM. "What we are demanding is that this County sits down in a ‘fair and equitable way’ and negotiate a contract."
CSEA represents around 1,800 full-time County Workers who are employed at a variety of locations, including, but not limited to, the Seneca Park Zoo, the District Attorney's Office, the County Clerk's Office, and the Monroe County Health Department.
An impasse in contract negotiations was declared with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) on May 2nd after the CSEA Negotiating Team polled its Members and determined that a final contract could not be reached without assistance from a mediator.
CSEA Officials are hopeful that intervention from a neutral third party will break the county’s refusal to negotiate in good faith and bring both sides to a fair and equitable agreement.
Currently, only one out of eight Full Time Bargaining Units with Monroe County has a valid negotiated contract. One additional Union had their contract imposed by a third party, while six other Collective Bargaining Agreements remain unresolved. To read more click on the following link