Westchester County
New York

Act
ACT-2018-170

Agreement between the County of Westchester and CSEA

Information

Department:Board of LegislatorsSponsors:County Executive
Category:Enter Into Agreement

Body

AN ACT approving certain financial terms and conditions of employment requiring legislative approval by law in a Collective Bargaining Agreement for those employees of Westchester County represented by the Civil Service Employees Associations, Inc., Local 1000, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, Westchester County Local 860, Unit 9200 for a ten (10) year period commencing on January 1, 2012 and ending on December 31, 2021.

Meeting History

Oct 15, 2018 9:30 AM Video Budget & Appropriations Committee Meeting

Joint with LMC, LH.

County Attorney John Nonna, Budget Director Soule and Finance Commissioner Berg joined Chief Negotiator Vincent Toomey to discuss the (ID # 111300) the agreement reached between the County and Civil Service Employees Union (CSEA). Chairman of the Board Boykin opened the meeting with comments on the recent agreement. Mr. Boykin stated that it has been 7 years that the union has had no contract, and that the contract was ratified on October 5, 2018. Mr. Boykin explained that the total amount out for retro pay would be approximately $34 million dollars (salaries). Legislator L. Williams and Chairwoman Borgia went on to ask Mr. Toomey to give a brief overview fort he record since most of the meeting were in executive session due to the ongoing negotiations. Mr. Toomey discussed that the retroactive pay will mimic those of other bargaining agreement units. He explained that in 2012 and 2013 there would be a wage freeze or 0% increase, in 2014-2017 there would be a 1% increase, in 2018-2019 a 2% increase and 2020 - 2021 a 2.25% increase. Mr. Toomey went over the specifics of the contract including the Longevity Schedule and Health Insurance contributions. He discussed that the group has agreed to establish a Special Joint Labor Management Committee to discuss two major issues with the members. The Committee would be comprised of 4 member of the CSEA and 4 member appointed by the County Executive. The major issue would be that of inclement weather and who would be deemed as essential personnel and non essential personnel. The other issue is that of compensation for recalls to duty on holidays. The Committee can recommend by majority vote the above mentioned changes and it will be incorporated to the collective bargaining agreement. Mr. Soule spoke of the retro pay would hit all funds in the amount of $37.1 million (salaries and FICA) including the Airport and Special Districts funds (approximately 93% is from the General Fund). He mentioned that the impact to the 2018 deficit would be approximately 40-45 million and they would have to draw from the Fund Balance. Discussion was held regarding the County's finance, Fund Balance and the County's rating. With a motion by Legislator Maher and seconded by Legislator Barr the item was approved with a vote of 7-0.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Oct 15, 2018 9:31 AM  Law & Major Contracts Committee Meeting

Mr. Nonna, Mr. Soule and Ms. Berg joined Mr. Toomey, the chief negotiator for the County, to discuss the agreement. Mr. Toomey reviewed the terms of the agreement, which include a 0% wage increase for 2012 and 2013, 1% increase for 2014-2017, 2% increase for 2018-2019, and a 2.25% increase for 2020 - 2021. He also discussed the longevity schedule and health insurance contributions. He stated that the parties have agreed to establish a Special Joint Labor Management, comprised of four members of the CSEA and four members appointed by the County Executive, to discuss two issues: who is deemed as essential personnel for inclement weather, and compensation for recalls to duty on holidays. The Committee can recommend changes on these two issues by majority vote, and it will be incorporated into the collective bargaining agreement. Mr. Soule stated that the retroactive pay (salaries and FICA) of $37.1 million would affect the Airport and Special Districts Funds, although approximately 93% is from the General Fund. He noted that the impact to the 2018 deficit would be approximately $40 - $45 million, and the County will have to draw from the Fund Balance. The Committee discussed the County’s bond rating with various agencies.

With a motion by Legislator Shimsky seconded by Legislator Burrows, the item was approved with a vote of 6 - 0.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Oct 15, 2018 9:32 AM  Labor & Housing Committee Meeting

County Attorney John Nonna, Budget Director Soule and Finance Commissioner Berg joined Chief Negotiator Vincent Toomey to discuss the (ID # 111300) the agreement reached between the County and Civil Service Employees Union (CSEA). Chairman of the Board Boykin opened the meeting with comments on the recent agreement. Mr. Boykin stated that it has been 7 years that the union has had no contract, and that the contract was ratified on October 5, 2018. Mr. Boykin explained that the total amount out for retro pay would be approximately $34 million dollars (salaries). Legislator L. Williams and Chairwoman Borgia went on to ask Mr. Toomey to give a brief overview fort he record since most of the meeting were in executive session due to the ongoing negotiations. Mr. Toomey discussed that the retroactive pay will mimic those of other bargaining agreement units. He explained that in 2012 and 2013 there would be a wage freeze or 0% increase, in 2014-2017 there would be a 1% increase, in 2018-2019 a 2% increase and 2020 - 2021 a 2.25% increase. Mr. Toomey went over the specifics of the contract including the Longevity Schedule and Health Insurance contributions. He discussed that the group has agreed to establish a Special Joint Labor Management Committee to discuss two major issues with the members. The Committee would be comprised of 4 member of the CSEA and 4 member appointed by the County Executive. The major issue would be that of inclement weather and who would be deemed as essential personnel and non essential personnel. The other issue is that of compensation for recalls to duty on holidays. The Committee can recommend by majority vote the above mentioned changes and it will be incorporated to the collective bargaining agreement. Mr. Soule spoke of the retro pay would hit all funds in the amount of $37.1 million (salaries and FICA) including the Airport and Special Districts funds (approximately 93% is from the General Fund). He mentioned that the impact to the 2018 deficit would be approximately 40-45 million and they would have to draw from the Fund Balance. Discussion was held regarding the County's finance, Fund Balance and the County's rating. With a motion by Legislator Cunzio and seconded by Legislator Borgia the item was approved with a vote of 6-0.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Oct 15, 2018 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

Submitted by COMMITTEES ON BUDGET & APPROPRIATIONS, LABOR & HOUSING AND LAW & MAJOR CONTRACTS.

Ms. Borgia, Mr. Maher and Mr. Williams presented the report and Act and moved that the report be received, filed and approved and the Act adopted, which motion was carried by the following vote.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
AYES:Catherine Parker, John G. Testa, Nancy Barr, Catherine Borgia, Gordon A. Burrows, Terry A. Clements, Kitley Covill, Margaret A Cunzio, Christopher Johnson, Michael Kaplowitz, Damon Maher, Virginia Perez, MaryJane Shimsky, David J. Tubiolo, Alfreda Williams, Lyndon Williams, Benjamin Boykin