CSEA reaffirms push to control costs at County Home

MAYVILLE – CSEA is reaffirming its commitment to negotiate separately for nursing home workers following the County Legislature’s vote this week not to sell the County Home.

“Legislators did the right thing Wednesday night when they voted not to sell the safety net Chautauqua County Home to Avi Rothner and Altitude Care,” said CSEA Chautauqua County Unit President David Fagerstrom. “It is important now for measures recommended by the Legislature’s Ad Hoc Committee on the County Home and the Center for Governmental Research to be implemented.”

The CGR report contained several money-saving ideas, including negotiations with the workforce. CSEA is committed to finding ways to control costs and increase revenue as suggested in the recent report and the union asked County Executive Greg Edwards in November to negotiate terms and conditions of employment for employees of the Home that are separate from those of other county workers represented by the union.

“We remain dedicated to nursing home residents and taxpayers who demand quality long term care and access to the care that only the Chautauqua County Home provides,” said Chautauqua County Unit President David Fagerstrom. “We are once again asking that these negotiations begin immediately.”

Under the union proposal, nursing home workers would remain members of CSEA Chautauqua County Unit 6300, but a separate section of the contract would include articles specific only to county home employees. The union’s request to negotiate remains contingent on the full funding of the county home, including Intergovernmental Transfer funds (IGT) and the implementation of other CGR report measures.

“It is important for the home to be fully funded as negotiations take place, and for other recommendations in the study to be considered for implementation as well,” Fagerstrom said. “The Chautauqua County Home is an asset owned by county residents, and an important safety net that provides care for all regardless of ability to pay. We believe it can remain taxpayer-owned and thrive if the CGR report is fully and seriously followed.”

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