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Chautauqua County negotiators have made a new contract proposal to the Civil Service Employees Association but the union leadership is recommending that the membership reject it.

County Executive Andrew Goodell announced Wednesday, after a negotiating session with the employee bargaining group, that the county has increased its offer to 14 1/2 percent over three years.

The county's earlier offer had been 14 percent.

CSEA President Jack Rudy could not be reached immediately. But Goodell confirmed that although union negotiators agreed to let the unit's 1,000 members vote on the offer, they said they would recommend it be rejected.

There was no indication when the vote would be.

The CSEA has endorsed PERB fact-finder Evelyn Hartman's recommendation for a 16 1/2 percent increase. No other issues are in dispute.

Goodell said he has no objection to employee pay raises but feels they should be comparable to those offered in the private sector.

He proposed a 4 1/2 increase for 1990, 4 3/4 percent in 1991, and 5 percent in 1992.

If the CSEA turns down the offer, the County Legislature will consider the next move at its meeting Dec. 19.

The lawmakers could impose a contract for 1990 and demand a return to the bargaining table for 1991 and '92.

It could accept the fact-finder's report, or it could take no action, leaving the workers without a contract.

The union has been been working under terms of last year's agreement.

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