Fredonia, CSEA agree on contract

Some village workers in Fredonia can rest assured … for they have a contract with the village. The village and CSEA Fredonia Unit 6313 of Local 807 have reached an agreement.

The agreement was passed by the Fredonia Village Board at a regular meeting recently. The contract, which is retroactive to June 1, 2011 and will expire in 2015, covers streets department employees, clerks, dispatchers, water and sewer employees.

Mayor Stephen Keefe said the contract is “fair and equitable.”

“I think it’s a very fair contract,” he said. “It took a lot of meetings and we had a mediator come in … after (the mediator) is when we agreed on a contract.”

The contract includes a $.40 hourly increase for workers effective for this year and next year. Workers will also be responsible for 8 percent of their health insurance for 2013. That amount will increase to 10 percent in 2014. Keefe said the contract has worked out in favor for both parties.

“(CSEA) was looking for a pay increase and we were looking for health insurance (payments),” Keefe said.

There are no step increases in the contract but for those who were on the top step, a compenstation fee was given of $900. Those who have retired prior will also be given half. Keefe said a drug and social media policy was also included in the contract.

The resolution was passed unanimously by the board. Keefe thanked Village Administrator Richard St. George and the village employees for their hard work and good communication throughout contract negotiations.

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