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COUNTY WORKERS APPROVE CONTRACT

COUNTY WORKERS

APPROVE CONTRACT

Lindberg: Move May Add $1M To Budget Gap

CSEA-AFL-CIO_logoCOOPERSTOWN – The rank and file of Otsego County’s largest labor union today ratified a tentative contract, according to CSEA communications specialist Mark Kotzin.

He said 117 of employees in the bargaining unit voted yes, 70 voted no.

The tentative contract now goes to the county Board of Representatives for final approval.

According to Rep. Don Lindberg, R-Worcester, if the county board signs off on the agreement, it will add more than $1 million to the budget gap the Budget Review Committee had reduced from $9.2 to $4.3 million as of this morning.

In a first round of voting, union members rejected the contract last May, citing a clause that kept wages flat for the first two years. A state mediator tried to bring the two sides together.  When that failed, Mediator Jerry Fabiano recommended the tentative contract be put to a second vote.

– DON MATHISEN for AllOTSEGO.com

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