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A new deal

Andy Ouriel • Mar 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Erie County administrators and union personnel representing about 70 workers in the job and family services department just finalized a new three-year contract.

Officials, Meadows employees yet to reach agreement

Here are the deal’s details, according to contract data the Register obtained through a public records request:

•Raises: All union employees must receive a 1.5 percent raise in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Effectively, they’re slated to obtain three separate pay bumps during the contract’s length.

•Taxpayer fallout: The raises collectively total about $130,200 for the three-year contract.

•Benefits achieved: Union representatives also secured a $200 one-time bonus for each employee.

•Benefits conceded: Union representatives agreed to reduce employee personal paid time off from 40 hours each year to 32 hours, decrease employee paid time on union business from four hours each month to three hours and cancel one of two monthly labor-management meetings.

“We were glad that the union agreed to bring its benefits package more in line with the other employee unions within the county,” Erie County commissioner Pat Shenigo said.

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