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Rensselaer County

Office of County Executive Steve McLaughlin

News Release: November 28, 2018

RENSSELAER COUNTY AND UPSEU REACH AGREEMENT ON CONTRACT, WITH VOTE TODAY BY UNION MEMBERS

Rensselaer County and the main bargaining unit for county employees have effectively and fairly negotiated a new contract for the majority of county workers, County Executive Steve McLaughlin announced today.

The proposed agreement, reached through a series of negotiating meetings during 2018, is being considered by county employees who are members of the United Public Service Employees Union today. UPSEU represents JUST UNDER 1000 employees.

“We are pleased that we have been able to productively negotiate an agreement with UPSEU that is today being considered by their employees. The contract agreement is a fair one, we believe, and was reached without unnecessary delay and gridlock,” said McLaughlin.

“My administration recognizes the hard work by our employees in providing needed services to the residents we are proud to serve. With that in mind, both sides worked hard to reach an agreement that works for both employees and our taxpayers,” added McLaughlin.

“Our mission is to provide the best possible service to our residents at a cost they can afford. Our employees are partners in that mission,” said McLaughlin.

The agreement would include the years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. The agreement was reached before expiration of the current agreement. Details on the contract will be announced following approval by members.

Through negotiations, the county created avenues to generate cost savings and new efficiencies in the coming months.

The union’s leadership team and county leaders recently approved a memorandum of agreement, setting the stage for the vote today by UPSEU members.

The contract agreement comes as consideration is nearing for McLaughlin’s first budget as County Executive. The proposed 2019 budget, set to be considered at a December 3 special legislative meeting, avoids a tax increase, maintains county services and the county’s strong fiscal position, and is the eighth consecutive county budget to stay under the state tax cap.

Provisions have been made in the proposed 2019 county budget for settlement of the UPSEU contract.

A settlement with UPSEU would represent the first settlement with a county bargaining unit. The county is preparing or continuing negotiations with other bargaining units in the county workforce.

For more information, regarding this press release, call County Director of Operations Richard Crist, 518-270-2955 or 518-928-1920.