Buffalo, NY - Results will be released later today on a vote by more than 2,400 Erie County employees represented by CSEA Local #815 on a five year contract plan from the county. It would boost wages by 11.5 percent and require union members to pay more for health insurance.
It would also eliminate the controversial massage and acupuncture benefit from the lowest cost health insurance option.
CSEA Local 815 President Joan Bender says she is cautiously optimistic that members will approve the pact noting that past contract proposals have been rejected under County Executive Mark Poloncarz and former county executive Chris Collins. But Bender says some workers are upset that there is nothing offered for the years since the end of 2006 when their prior contract expired.
Bender does note that hundreds of county employees may opt for retirement next year rather than give up health insurance options.
The proposal also eliminates summer hours and the Election Day paid holiday.
Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw projects that the contract will have a net cost of $21 Million for taxpayers over the next five years. But he does applaud the partial cut of the massage and acupuncture option. Members of the Erie County Legislature must also approve the agreement.
We'll have the results of the vote and reaction coming up on Channel 2 News at 5:00 and 6:00.