Westchester County has reached tentative contracts with the District Attorney’s Investigators Police Benevolent Association and the Superior Officer’s Unit of the Department of Public Safety Police Benevolent Association.
That brings to seven the number of unions that have agreed to new contracts over the last year and a half that include health premium contributions. County Executive Rob Astorino, who is running for reelection, has insisted the new contracts include the contributions. The unions have ratified the contracts and they now must be approved by the Board of Legislators.
The Civil Service Employees Association is now the only union with an expired contract.
“These agreements are in the best interests of our taxpayers and of the union members,” said Astorino in a statement. “I thank Eddie O’Rourke, the president of the DA Investigators union, and Mike Hagan, the representative of the police union, for their hard work to reach these agreements.”
The police union recently endorsed Astorino for reelection.
Here are the terms of the contracts, according to a county press release:
DA INVESTIGATORS (about 30 members)
• The contract with the DA investigators is for seven years, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009. It provides a salary increase of 3 percent in 2009; 2.75 percent in 2010; and 2.5 percent in each of the remaining five years.
• Effective Jan. 1, 2014, all employees will contribute 12.5 percent towards the costs of their health insurance costs. This amount will go up to 13 percent the following year. Employees hired after August 31, 2013 will continue to contribute toward health care costs upon their retirement.
• The proposal includes changes in longevity, clothing allowance and shift differentials.
PBA SUPERIOR OFFICERS (about 25 members)
• The contract with the Superior Officer’s Unit is for six years, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009. The salary increases are the same as the increases previously approved for the rank and file members of the Police Benevolent Association: 3 percent for 2009; 2.75 percent for 2010; and 2.5 percent for each year 2011 to 2014.
• All members will contribute to their health care at rates consistent to what was previously negotiated with the rank and file PBA members. For 2013 this amounts to $1,109 for an individual and $3,081 for a family plan.
• Upon retirement, there will continue to be a contribution for health care for new hires.
• The proposal includes changes in longevity, clothing allowance and shift differentials