Suffolk County Collective Bargaining Agreement
There are still many questions to answer. On the one hand, it is difficult to know what the legislators agreed to, because the AME and PBA contracts were agreements that modified existing agreements. However, these contracts were never submitted to the National Labour Relations Board (PERB), as required by state rules, and were not published on the county`s website. The MOA PBA amended a 2012 MOA, which set the terms in a 2010 arbitration award, which is based on a 2004 contract. If the four documents were not submitted to the legislators, they could not see what they had committed to do. In particular, the AME agreement contains a language that is unlikely to stop in court. AME is the exclusive representative of approximately 5,000 workers with whom the county has agreed not to negotiate directly or to have another union negotiated on their behalf. But as an exclusive representative, the union is bound by what the courts have defined as a «duty of fair representation.» In short, this means that the union must do its best to represent any worker (member or not) in the same way. Since 2005, four other contracts have been negotiated: one from 2005-2011, 2011-15, 2015-2019 and one from 2019 to 2022. The provisions for these agreements are listed below. These provisions contain only the 2001-2005 treaty amendments. The current payroll plan is in the 2019-2022 provision. Parliament waived a seven-day waiting period to decide on the agreements before further details were known or could be considered, and approved each measure almost unanimously.
In other news, both the PBA and the amE will soon make recommendations for the upcoming races for the district council and the district legislator. The lengths of the deals are themselves problematic. The AME contract runs until December 2024 and the PBA and SCOPE agreements run until December 2025. This means that the winners of the next two regional elections will already commit to the conditions. Since the 2001-2005 contract, Suffolk County has not completed the development of a draft F contract. As a result, the 2001-2005 contract is the only contractual document that contains all the provisions of the DEF collective agreement with Suffolk County and Suffolk County Community College. Bellone, who is running for a third term this year, issued a press release saying the combined agreements «provide $40 million in new savings in the health sector and lead to the lowest increases for police officers in decades.» But his office did not provide details to support that claim before sending the measure to district lawmakers for approval. In accordance with Section 17 of the MOAME, Landkreis has committed to contribute to a union that would only offer pension benefits to «reputable members.» Under the rules of exclusive state representation, a public employer cannot grant a special benefit, especially to workers who pay union dues. This is a blatant attempt to help AME push retirees to join other paying members after they retire by giving them a taxpayer-funded carrot.
The Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday night confirmed new contracts with the County Municipal Employees Association (AME) and the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), which together account for more than half of the county`s workforce. They also approved a health cost-sharing agreement with the Suffolk County Organization of Public Employees (SCOPE), a consortium of the county`s 11 workers` unions. The agreements were negotiated outside the public of the Steve Bellone County Executive, a standard practice for public employers in New York.