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White-collar union for Erie County ratifies six-year contract with raises

Erie County government's largest union has reached a six-year contract settlement that raises pay by nearly 12 percent through 2022, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said Wednesday.

The contract for Civil Service Employees Association Local 815 will add $2,100 to base wages along with a 2 percent raise and $500 of retroactive pay. The new contract includes raises of 2.25 percent in 2019 and a 2.5 percent raise in each of the following three years through 2022. It was approved by a vote of 1,518-887.

“The agreement reached between Erie County and CSEA Local 815 is fair, reasonable, and represents the culmination of good faith negotiations from both parties,” Poloncarz said.

The agreement added health insurance options, a health insurance premium contribution for active employees and retirees hired prior to August 2014, and an extension of health care for employees on maternity leave.

The local represents 2,400 employees, in addition to 1,500 members at Erie County Medical Center, Erie Community College and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

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