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A clash over concessions

Glenville union leader and Koetzle at odds over health insurance

At least one union leader was surprised by Glenville's hope to reach health insurance concessions by the approaching Nov. 3 deadline.

During the Glenville Town Board meeting Wednesday, Oct. 6, Roger Harrison, president of Glenville's CSEA unit, said it is not true that the town is trying negotiate health insurance with unions despite what Town Supervisor Christopher Koetzle has said publicly.

The Town of Glenville CSEA unit chooses not to negotiate in public, said Harrison. "Unfortunately, not everyone feels that way."

Until mid-day Wednesday, Oct. 6, he said CSEA hadn't heard anything since they met with town officials six months ago. At that meeting, CSEA was told the town needed more time to work out the details and would contact them again. On Oct. 6, Harrison said CSEA headquarters received a fax from the town to establish a time to negotiate.

"Contrary to what the Town Board was told, CSEA never made a statement that we were interested to negotiate," said Harrison. "An all-out effort has been made by the town to create a public perception for the need for health-care revisions within the budget."

Harrison said the town is trying to pressure unions into reach a deal.

"We will not be bullied," said Harrison. "An agreement can only be reached by face-to-face negotiations."

Koetzle openly disagreed with statements made by Harrison and said he would not participate in a discussion of who did or said what over the past nine months regarding health insurance negotiations.

"I do have a log, however, of all the negotiation timelines here, and if you want to sit and go over who did what, when, how and where, we can do that," said Koetzle. "That is not my intent, I am only focused on the future."

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