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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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February 20, 2001
COUNTY AND PBA NEGOTIATORS REACH AGREEMENT ON FOUR-YEAR PACT
Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced today that the County and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) reached agreement on a new labor agreement covering Dutchess County Deputy Sheriffs. The four-year pact will run retroactively from January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2003.
"Our Deputy Sheriffs are highly valued for the important service they provide our residents and communities by helping to protect our families and neighborhoods. I have the deepest respect for their commitment to our community," said the County Executive.
"A key provision of the agreement," noted Steinhaus, "is the creation of a new compensation plan effective in the second year of the agreement in January 2001. That change, together with cost of living increases of 3.25% in 2000, 3.4% in 2002 and 3.6% in 2003, make deputy sheriff salaries more competitive with other law enforcement agencies and will enhance our recruitment and retention efforts."
The agreement also creates a mechanism which places greater emphasis on seniority in making work assignments. "Having the ability to select shift assignments on a seniority basis has been a major goal of the deputies," said Sheriff Adrian "Butch" Anderson. "The program we’ve established takes a giant step in accommodating the wishes of our employees, yet maintains the underlying authority of the Sheriff to make assignments that best meet the needs of the office, its mission of public safety and the people of Dutchess County."
Other provisions include minor increases and decreases in various allowances, the option of applying unpaid sick leave credits to reduce the employees’ cost of health insurance coverage in retirement and an increase in the co-payment amounts employees make for doctors’ office visits and prescription drugs.
The agreement, which was ratified today by PBA members, will be submitted to the Dutchess County Legislature for approval.
"I want to commend the negotiators on both sides for their commitment to reaching a fair, negotiated settlement and for the professional, business-like manner in which the talks were conducted," the County Executive noted. "This is a good settlement for our deputies and for the taxpayers of Dutchess County, and I look forward to its final approval."-end-
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