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Workers in Onondaga County’s largest union reject contract

Workers in Onondaga County’s largest union voted overwhelmingly to reject a tentative contract agreement with county officials.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Workers in Onondaga County’s largest union voted overwhelmingly to reject a tentative contract agreement with county officials.

The Civil Service Employees Association says 1,528 members voted “no” on the contract, while 110 voted “yes.”

In a statement released Tuesday night, CSEA officials said union members felt “disrespected” by the contract.

The agreement – which covered 2013-2017 – would have given workers multiple raises through 2017:
  • 2013: 0 percent
  • 2014: 1 percent
  • 2015: 2 percent
  • 2016: 2 percent
  • 2017: 2 percent
Union officials noted that the contract would also double the percentage that workers would pay for their health care premiums increase office visit co-pays and some prescription drug co-pays by 50 percent or more.

County officials say CSEA President Kathy Zabinski, the union’s negotiating committee, and county negotiators had tentatively agreed on the contract.

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