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The Genesee County Legislature voted uanimously tonight to freeze the pay of the county's largest union. The action imposed the terms of the 2006-2008 contract with CSEA Local 819 for 2009, a move that essentially freezes the unions pay at current levels.

The county views the action as the only legal means of returning to the bargaining table. The 315 member union rejected a fact finders report last December. The report had recommended a pay increase but also supported a two-tier pay schedule sought by the county. The two-tier system would establish a pay scale for new hires at 10-percent below the scale of existing employees. The union leadership is opposed to the plan.

The union has been working without a contrcat since December 2008.

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