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Legislature OKs pact with health workers

The Genesee County Legislature has approved a four-year contract with a union representing 160 personnel at the county's 240-bed nursing home and domiciliary care unit.

The pact, approved by the Civil Service Employees Association local in a 49-29 vote, calls for 11 percent in pay raises over four years. Other changes include a 25 percent increase in employees' contributions toward health care costs, and a revised holiday schedule.

Meanwhile, CSEA Local 819, representing nearly half the county's 700-employee work force, has also reached a tentative agreement in a wage dispute that goes back over a year. The tentative contract -- approved Wednesday by the union with a 60-vote margin -- faces approval by the Legislature.

Local 819 had been working with a 2-year-old contract after the Legislature last November rejected a fact-finder's report. The new contract is for four years, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2006.

In their first meeting of the year, the lawmakers also voted to accept three grants, two of them for the county Health Department.

Federal funding of $44,967, funneled through the state, will be used to continue an Early Intervention Administration Program aimed at identifying health problems among children and $11,025 to support an immunization action plan.

The Genesee-Orleans Arts Council will be allowed to accept a $1,440 state grant to be used to conduct oral histories with local World War II veterans.

An $18,000 contract with Rural Opportunities of Rochester to support affordable housing opportunities and consulting services was also approved.

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