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CSEA reaches contract agreement with Onondaga County

There has been a resolution to a contract dispute between Onondaga County and its biggest union.

A majority of the 2,300 CSEA workers voted Thursday to approve the latest contract offer from Onondaga County. It follows months of negotiations between the two sides. During that time members voted down contracts offers three times and the union filed an improper labor practice charge against the county last month after the legislature voted to impose a three-year contract on workers 

Employees who belong to the CSEA work in many departments, including the district attorney’s office, the Health Department and the Onondaga County Library. They have been working without a contract since 2012.  

This week’s vote will give retroactive wage increases to workers going back to 2012, and if lawmakers and the Mahoney administration approve of the latest settlement offer, then the union will withdraw its improper labor practice charge.

But this isn’t the end of negotiations between the two sides. They go back to the bargaining table now to work out a deal for 2016 and beyond. 

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.