Members of the union representing Erie County Sheriff’s deputies this week ratified a new seven-year agreement that is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz announced Wednesday.
The new contract with the Erie County Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association was approved 93-35 following a membership vote Tuesday. It marks the third successful contract negotiation conducted by the Poloncarz administration, which reached
agreements with county corrections officers and Teamsters Local 264 last year.
The deputies had been working under a contract that expired Dec. 31, 2008. Under the new agreement, which extends to Jan. 1, 2016, members will pay 15 percent of their health insurance premiums. Members will receive retroactive pay raises of 2.5 percent for 2012 and no raises for prior years covered under the contract. They will see 2.5 percent raises this year and in 2014 and 2015. A 3 percent raise will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, the day the contract expires.
Employees will also receive a signing bonus of $750 for each year they were active on the county payroll from 2009 to 2011.