County Reaches Tentative Agreement with CSEA Sheriff's Corrections Local 853   

(Monticello) – The County of Sullivan has reached a tentative agreement with the CSEA Sheriff’s Corrections Local 853.  The tentative agreement would cover the period of January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2012.  The tentative agreement is subject to a ratification vote by the membership of the CSEA Sheriff’s Corrections Local 853, and a formal resolution of ratification by the County Legislature.

“The conclusion of this process, addresses the issues and concerns of the CSEA, as well as, the concerns of the Sheriff’s Office.  Now, we may once again turn our undivided attention to running a safe and efficient corrections system, as an integral part of the County’s overall Public Safety,” said Sheriff Michael Schiff.

“This tentative agreement with the Corrections Unit provides a fair deal for the taxpayers, and some movement toward parity for the Corrections employees,” said Jonathan F. Rouis, Chairman of the County Legislature.  “While neither side gets everything that it may seek in a collective bargaining process, this agreement reflects the best that the County may offer with the continued economic recession as the reality backdrop,” added Rouis.

The tentative agreement generally reflects the agreements that the County has previously reach with the Teamster Local 445 County Unit, Laborers International Union Local 17, Teamsters DPW Supervisory Unit, and the New York State Nurses Association.  The only outstanding collective bargaining unit is the Sullivan County Policemen’s Benevolent Association, which has also been offered generally the same agreement as the other units have settled.

“This agreement provides a much needed move toward parity for the members of the Corrections Unit, which will assist the County with critical recruitment and retention efforts of Corrections Officers,” said Elwin “Woody” Wood, Vice Chairman of the County Legislature and Chairman of the Personnel Committee.
“I am pleased that this agreement has been reached, as I have advocated for the Legislature to provide support on the parity issue, not only to address the recruitment and retention concerns, but in recognition that the vast majority of these positions work in a 100-year old facility, providing around-the-clock service,” said David A. Sager, Vice Chairman of the Personnel Committee.

The County and CSEA have held numerous negotiation sessions spanning several months that was briefly delayed pending internal union actions and petitions filed with the New York State Public Employee Relations Board.  The petitions were either settled or withdrawn, which allowed the collective bargaining sessions to restart in earnest last September.

“The CSEA agreement continues a trend that recognizes parity issues, but also enables the County and the Sheriff to institute measures that will further increase efficiency and provide a compensation level that more closely matches the work associated with a particular position,” said David P. Fanslau, County Manager.

“This agreement reflects the most equitable agreement that has been reached between the County and the Corrections Unit employees that I have seen in my 25-year career with Sullivan County,” concluded Jail Administrator Hal Smith.

For more information about this press release, please contact David Fanslau, County Manager, at 845-807-0450.

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