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February 14th, 2013

County Declares Impasse With CSEA

GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana today announced that the County has declared an impasse with the Civil Service Employee’s Association (CSEA) Orange County Unit 7900 / 7902.  County negotiators have met with the union 15 times since the contract expired at the close of 2011. 

“In these difficult economic times, the CSEA is unrealistic in their proposal that will cost Orange County taxpayers $41 million over the three year duration of this contract,” said County Executive Edward Diana. “After 15 negotiation sessions, I am very disappointed that the CSEA has not delivered a reasonable contract proposal that takes into account the state of the economy, county finances, and the financial situation at Valley View.”

The union proposed the following items which are of concern:

  • Return of paid lunch - Union’s proposal to return the paid lunch to all County employees. Shortly after taking office, County Executive Diana fought over two contract cycles to have the paid lunch removed, saving taxpayers $10 million over the past 9 years. The union’s proposal to reinstate the paid lunch will cost taxpayers $12 million during the life of this contract.
  • $14 million wage increase proposal - 2% in 2012, 3% in 2013 and 3% in 2014.
  • Health insurance benefits to all part-time employees at a cost of $4.8 million.
  • Valley View –The union has failed to deliver realistic concessions related to Valley View.  After openly promising in media reports $3.5 million of concessions, the union has failed to deliver.  The County Legislature’s decision to fund the nursing home for 2013 had anticipated concessions that never materialized. 
  • County paid dental and vision insurance - Proposal that the County pay the entire premium for dental and vision insurance at a cost of $2.4 million.
  • Full payout of all sick time - at the time of retirement 100% payout at a cost of $2.5 million.
  • Additional paid holiday - the day after Thanksgiving at a cost of $1.2 million.

In accordance with State law pertaining to collective bargaining, the County has filed the Declaration of Impasse with the New York State Public Employee’s Relations Board.

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