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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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For Immediate Release

July 31, 2002

County and CSEA Negotiators Reach Agreement on Four Year Pact 

Poughkeepsie. . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and CSEA President Liz Piraino today announced that negotiators for the county and its largest union reached agreement on a new labor pact covering more than twelve hundred county employees.  The four-year agreement will run retroactively from January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2004.  

If ratified by the union membership and approved by the County Legislature, the new agreement will provide 3% annual wage increases for each of the four years.  The settlement also includes improved mileage reimbursement and longevity pay and eligibility for the state’s early retirement program.  In addition, the settlement includes adjustments to the employees’ health plans designed to maintain affordable health care coverage for county employees while still providing fiscal control over escalating health care costs for both the employer and employee. 

County Executive Steinhaus commented, “The agreement is fair to our highly valued county employees—the people who serve our residents and who make this government function, and to the taxpayers who must shoulder its costs.” CSEA President Piraino added, “These were tough negotiations, but the results do represent fair compromise and we look forward to speedy ratification by our members.” 

The CSEA is one of three bargaining units which represent county employees. The County’s Deputy Sheriffs are currently in the third year of a four-year agreement.  The County and the union representing corrections officers and civilian employees of the Sheriff’s office are scheduled to begin a fact-finding phase next week on a contract which when settled will run retroactively from January 1, 2001.


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