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Niskayuna swiftly approves PBA contract

Landry: two-year agreement addresses town’s fiscal constraints, fair to union and town

— The town also agreed to reimburse any additional cost incurred by a union member for changes to insurance co-pays or deductibles from what existed at the start of 2009 until Dec. 29, 2013. There were changes in the town’s health insurance plans at the start of this year, according to Landry.

Stevens said having the two reimburse the additional cost was the main objective for the union to receive during negotiations.

The contract also reduces the minimum notice for compensatory time usage from 24 hours to four hours.

Landry said reimbursing for insurance payments would have a “minimal cost” for the town, but didn’t have an estimated cost.

“They found it more convenient to shorten the time frame,” Landry said. “We still reserve the right to say ‘no’ if it does create an overtime situation for someone else.”

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