Westchester settles third contract requiring employee health contributions


Westchester County has come to an agreement with the Corrections Superior Officers Association on a contract that would require employee contributions to health care premiums. It’s the third contract settled during the tenure of County Executive Rob Astorino and the third requiring health contributions.

The union represents about 120 sergeants, captains and assistant wardens who work at the jail at the Grasslands Reservation in Valhalla.

The Teamsters, representing county attorneys, and correction officers settled earlier this year. Five other unions have expired contracts.

The SOA contract will run from 2009 to 2015 and includes raises of 3 percent for 2009 and 2010 and 2.5 percent for each year from 2011 to 2015. The increases are delayed in 2012 and 2013 to save the county money. There are also increases in night shift differential and longevity pay. New hires will get lower salaries.

Union members will pay 12.5 percent of health insurance premiums, about $2,600 for a family or $986 for an individual. That will increase in steps to 15 percent in 2015. New hires will pay 20 percent.

The contract was ratified by the union on Monday and now goes to the Board of Legislators.


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  1. $20,000 for a taxpayer funded health plan for guards? Who’s doing the shopping, Diamond Jim Brady?

  2. CE Astorino got his way and fulfilled a campaign promise by negotiating with the unions to contribute towards health care costs. I don’t care how much they are paying as long as they start paying something, these are good starter points and only the future can tell where they go from here. I am sure the county is savings millions and millions of dollars on this.