CSEA Unit 9200, which represents the majority of Westchester County workers, put out a statement Thursday in anticipation of the release of the county budget proposal Friday calling for “a fair, reasonable and responsible contract with the CSEA-represented county employees who have been working under an expired contract since Jan. 1, 2012.”
“The dedicated public service workers of CSEA Unit 9200 work hard for the taxpayers of Westchester County every day providing essential services, under increasingly difficult conditions that help to maintain the quality of life in the county,” the statement says. “Labor relations is a two-way street and CSEA will continue to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement that works for all. A tone of fairness and respect can go a long way toward resolving differences.”
County Executive Rob Astorino has publicly insisted on health premium contributions from employees as a part of any new contract. Seven unions have settled under those terms over the past year and a half. Astorino and others have speculated that CSEA put its negotiations on hold while it waited for the outcome of the election on Nov. 5, in which Astorino won a second term.