Suozzi reaches tentative deal with 4 of 5 unions

After an entire day of negotiations, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi reached tentative agreements with four of five labor unions Monday in a meeting held to address the county?s $130 million budget

News 12 Staff

Mar 10, 2009, 2:15 AM

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After an entire day of negotiations, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi reached tentative agreements with four of five labor unions Monday in a meeting held to address the county?s $130 million budget gap.
Prior to the meeting, Suozzi asked the five unions to come up with $50 million to avoid social service cuts and layoffs that would include police and correctional officers. According to Suozzi, four of the unions found $43 million to partially fill the hole, and he will continue negotiations with the Sheriff?s Department union.
?We have a final agreement with the CSEA,? Suozzi says. ?There?s an arbitration award, which worked out the final details with the PBA. The other two police unions have agreed to go along with the PBA deal, subject to the ratification of their members and we were able to achieve some of our targets.?
Suozzi and the CSEA say about half of the fiscal savings will come from lag pay, which means employees do not get paid for two weeks salary until they leave county service. Additional savings will come from a permanent reduction of the workforce by civilianizing parts of the police department, as well as early retirement and deferral of equipment purchases, planned raises and vacation pay.
Members of the unions will vote on the negotiation terms, which could take a few weeks.


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