The Cuomo administration and a portion of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (according the the Albany Times-Union’s “Capitol Confidential” blog, “the vast majority of them are Office of Mental Health employees who provide security for facilities that house the dangerous and disturbed”) say they’ve got a tentative deal on a long-delayed new contract.
It’s apparently (not surprisingly) a complicated deal. Here are some of the highlights:
They say those members will get some layoff protections. Pay will be frozen for the years 2011 through 2013. There are retroactive increases of 3% for 2009, when the previous contract expired, and 4% for 2010. The deal calls for 2% raises in 2014 and 2015.
The deal also includes nine furlough days over this year and next, with pay for four days later repaid. That’s projected to save $4.3 million.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and union president Donn Rowe said today it’s a fair deal that reflects hard times. It’s still subject to a vote by 26,000 union members. Oh, and by the way, those covered by this deal represent just 1600 of those 26,000.
Here’s a link to the “Capitol Confidential” post, which provides more detail.