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Post Latest Contract Info Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:25 pm
James Rooney
Governor Cuomo and NYSCOPBA President Donn Rowe Announce Tentative Contract Agreement Between State and NYSCOPBA Law Enforcement Members

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Albany, NY (February 9, 2012)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) President Donn Rowe today announced a tentative contract agreement between the State and NYSCOPBA law enforcement membership.
The tentative contract includes zero percent wage increases for 2011-2013 and ensures protections against layoffs, and offers health benefits commensurate with other state bargaining units. The contract provides for a 2% increase in both 2014 and 2015, 9 days of deficit reduction leave, and adjustments to the health insurance premium.
"During these difficult fiscal times, shared sacrifice is needed and I am pleased that we have been able to reach a tentative agreement with the law enforcement membership of NYSCOPBA," Governor Cuomo said. "By working together we have put forward a fair and reasonable contract that protects the jobs of our men and women in law enforcement. I thank President Rowe for his hard work in helping reach this tentative agreement."
Donn Rowe, President, New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (NYSCOPBA), said, "These are certainly difficult times for New Yorkers, and NYSCOPBA has always pledged to do our part to help the state get through them. With this agreement, Governor Cuomo is recognizing the hard work of our law enforcement members and the valuable service they perform for the public. The Governor deserves credit for negotiating a fair contract that considers the needs of our members while also acknowledging New York's fiscal reality."
NYSCOPBA represents over 26,000 New York State employees and retirees from the Security Services Unit. The tentative agreement applies to law enforcement members who are not eligible for arbitration.
The agreement follows the pattern of contracts negotiated over the past year and includes:
Zero percent wage increases for 2011-2013, a 2% increase in both 2014 and 2015.
The agreement includes 3% and 4% wage increases for 2009-2010; same pattern as other units. These increases were previously reserved for in the state financial plan.
A $1,000 retention bonus paid out $775 in the third year and $225 in the fourth year.
Deficit Reduction Leave of five days this fiscal year and four days next fiscal year, saving $4.3 million. The total deduction for the days comes from the retro pay for 2009-11.
Employees will be repaid the value of 4 days in equal installments starting at the end of the contract term.
Retroactive payments that are scheduled to be paid in two installments next fiscal year.
A two percent increase in health insurance premium contributions for Grade 9 employees and below, making the share 12% for individuals and 27% for family premiums; and six percent increase for Grade 10 employees and above, making the share 16% for individuals and 31% for family premiums.
A health plan opt-out so officers can opt-out through a spouse/partner to a non-State health plan.
All changes to health benefits, including premium shifts, will save $8.2 million over the contract period and $2 million annually after 2016.
A labor/management committee to review all leave taken by officers, including annual, personal, sick, workers compensation, and the manner of such use. Recommendations will be made to the President of NYSCOPBA and the GOER Director for implementation.
Officers will receive broad layoff protection. Workforce reductions due to management decisions to close or restructure facilities authorized by legislation, SAGE recommendations or material or unanticipated changes in the state's fiscal circumstances are not covered by this limitation.
Post Re: Latest Contract Info Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:32 pm
James Rooney
← PBA of NYS Announces Contract Ratification Results2/3/12 Update: Contract Ratification and Additional PBA of NYS Activities →
PBA of New York State Ratifies Proposed Contract
Membership Endorses Wage, Benefit and Job Security Package Spanning 10 Years

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBANYS) today announced that its membership has ratified a proposed contract by a margin of 965 in favor (96 percent); 36 opposed (4 percent).

The PBA of New York State ( represents 1,100 law-enforcement officers working as University, Environmental Conservation, and Park Police; as well as state Forest Rangers.  The term of the contract covers a 10 year period dating to April 2005, the agreement includes retro-active wage and compensation benefits for active and retired members.

“This overwhelming endorsement puts an end to years of uncertainty, anxiety and frustration for our members and their families,” said Manuel M. Vilar, President of the PBANYS.  “From the beginning, the PBA negotiating team was committed to negotiating a contract that reflected the needs of its members, and pledged that the merits of the proposal would be negotiated by its members.  We are grateful that Governor Cuomo and his administration recognized our willingness to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract.”

“By working together and taking into account the fiscal realities facing our state, we have been able to agree on a contract for these members of law enforcement who work each day to protect New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “This ratified contract recognizes that shared sacrifice is needed, and I thank President Vilar for his leadership.”

The PBA of New York was recognized by the state in August 2011 to negotiate on behalf of the Agency Law Enforcement Services members.

Ninety percent of eligible PBANYS members participated in the ratification process.

“It is gratifying to know that in less than six months from the date it began representing the women and men of the PBA of New York State, it was able to deliver a contract that previously eluded our members, and will provide security for their families and their futures.” 

In May 2011, the membership reject an early proposal, the creation of the PBA of New York state stemmed from member unrest and disappointment in a proposal that failed to adequately consider their input and feedback.

With the contract concerns now resolved, the PBA will be committed to ensuring sufficient police staffing levels are maintained, protecting its members and acheiving professional law-enforcement parity.

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Post Re: Latest Contract Info Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:35 pm
James Rooney
Looks like NYSCOPBA has a tentative contract, and PBANYS or the Police Benevolent Association of New York State has ratified their proposed contracts. Read about the details, and hopefully our group will be next!
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