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A new contract for the County’s largest employee unit has been recommended for approval by the full County legislature.

Thursday night representatives for the Civil Services Employees Association or CSEA presented the agreement to the County Legislatures Ways and Means Committee that includes a 1.5 percent raise for workers starting in 2012.

The multi-year contract also includes a 1.5 percent wage increase for 2013 and 1.75 percent raise for 2014 and 2015.

CSEA is made up of 320 members and represents county employees in almost every department, except for the Legislature and one-person in the Weights and Measures Office.

The Unit is also comprised of probation officers, cleaning crews, facilities management, clerks, case workers and many other County positions.

County Manager Jay Gsell said the County legislature will vote on the contract on July 11th.

“Should the full legislature and we don’t expect that they wont vote favorably for this agreement the next day we start implementing the terms and conditions that are changing from the existing agreement and make sure that everything that has been changed is in full-force and effect the day after the legislature vote,” said Gsell.

The agreement also includes mandatory direct deposit for paychecks, staggering holiday vacations for employees and cost sharing into the County heath plan.
The new labor contract is expected to cost the county about $66-thousand in 2012. 
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