Westchester County
New York

Act
ACT-2012-89

III.25 Agreement - County of Westchester & COBA

Information

Department:County ExecutiveSponsors:County Executive
Category:Act

Body

An ACT approving certain financial terms and conditions of employment requiring legislative approval by law in a Collective Bargaining Agreement for those employees represented by the Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association, for the seven year period commencing January 1, 2009 through December 31,2015.

Meeting History

Jun 18, 2012 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

On motion of Mr. Harckham the above item was received, filed and referred to the Committees on Budget & Appropriations and Government Operations.

RESULT:REFERRED TO COMMITTEE
Jul 3, 2012 9:00 AM Video Term 2012-13 (Government Operations) Committee Meeting

Vince Toomey, Esq., the County's Labor Negotiator, addressed the Committee to review the points of the COBA Labor Contract. Finance Commissioner Berg, DOC Commissioner Cheverko and Budget Director Soule joined Mr. Toomey in the presentation.

Mr. Toomey stated that he felt the terms were negotiated in good faith on both sides and it is a fair contract. He also stated that the health care portion of the negotiations were the most difficult.

Chair Borgia inquired as to the possibility of deterring new recruits. Commissioner Cheverko replied no, and that in the last test /application opportunity, they received over 7,000 applications as opposed to their average of approximately 1200.

At 10:35am, Chair Borgia stated that she had to leave to attend a funeral and that Legislator Shimsky would chair the rest of the meeting.

With a motion by Legislator Ryan, seconded by Legislator A. Williams, the item below was approved with a vote of 6-0.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Jul 9, 2012 10:00 AM Video Budget & Appropriations Committee Meeting

The employees that retired in good standing (there are seventeen) are not covered by this contract. There was much negotiation and the union agreed to these terms. The current employees will receive 3% for 2009, 3 percent for 2010 and 2.5% for 2011 which will be retroactive. The increase for 2012 is 2.5% effective on April 1, 2.5% for 2013 effective July 1, 2.5% for 2014 effective July1, and 2.5% for 2015 effective on July 1. New members that are hired after the ratification of the contract will have a different scale for salaries. The present employees reach top pay within five years, new employees will reach top pay in seven years. There were no new employees hired this year as the test was only given recently. Approximately 6000 took the test with the results becoming available shortly. There will be 50 individuals hired and that will be as of January 2013. There were no new hires in 2012. The health benefits are different than the teamster’s agreement. Each union’s agreement is different. Correction officers can retire after 25 years which means they might be around 45 years old whereas the teamsters usually retire at a much older age. The night shift differential is effective in 2013, and longevity is effective in 2013. It is not retroactive. The welfare fund is effective as of January 1, 2012 and is retroactive. The co-pay matches the teamsters. One difference is that on drug prescriptions, it is mandatory that the generic drug has to be tried. If the doctor insists on the brand name, the person has to pay the difference between the two drugs. On the motion of Legislator Marcotte, seconded b Legislator Shimsky, the motion was passed by a vote of 7-0 (Myers, Harckham, Borgia, Shimsky, Marcotte, Smith, Spreckman). This had previously been signed out of the Committee on Government Operations.

RESULT:SIGNED BY COMMITTEE
Jul 9, 2012 7:00 PM Video Board of Legislators Regular Meeting

Submitted by COMMITTEES ON BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

Ms. Myers and Ms. Borgia 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:Peter Harckham, James Maisano, Catherine Borgia, Gordon A. Burrows, David B. Gelfarb, Michael Kaplowitz, Sheila Marcotte, Judith Myers, Virginia Perez, Mary Jane Shimsky, Michael J. Smith, Bernice Spreckman, John G. Testa, Alfreda Williams, Kenneth W. Jenkins
ABSENT:William J. Ryan, Lyndon Williams