Glenville OKs contracts with CSEA and highway

PBA contract still under negotiation after impasse declared

After months of negotiating, the Town of Glenville reached health insurance concessions with two unions and Supervisor Christopher Koetzle delivered on his promise to provide raises.

The Town Board approved the two new union contracts for the Glenville Highway union and the Civil Service Employees Association union, representing town employees, during a special meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 22. The town had hoped to reach an agreement before the open enrollment period ended, which was achieved for all except the Police Benevolent Association union that is currently in mediation after declaring in impasse on contract negotiations in late October.

They were contentious at times and they went down to the wire, but we were adamant that these agreements had to be fair and affordable and these agreements are both fair and affordable, said Koetzle.

Highway union employees had been without a contract since the beginning of 2009 and the CSEA contract expired at the beginning of 2010. Koetzle previously said he hoped to reach health insurance concessions with the three unions to help the town realize savings. Once those concessions were made, he promised to give the unions raises they have desired.

To amend the Highway union's lack of a new contract going back to 2009, the town offered a 2 percent cash bonus for that year, with the union receiving a 2 percent raise each year from 2010 to 2012. Koetzle said the previous board had given the CSEA union a 3 percent raise in 2009 and under the new contract the union will receive a 1 percent raise in 2010 and a 2 percent raise the following two years.

There are some areas in the two contracts that do differ, but overall they are similar and Koetzle said the immediate savings would be $117,000.

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