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Village, CSEA declare impasse on labor contract

— The Skaneateles Village Board of Trustees and the local chapter of the Civil Service Employees Association, after more than one year of negotiations and disagreements, have declared labor contract negotiations to be at an impasse, Mayor Marty Hubbard told the village board at its Sept. 18 meeting.

At issue are wage increases for the 2012 year, which the village offered as a one-time payment but the union wants as a permanent wage increase.

“We made what we felt was a fair offer and they didn’t think so,” said Village Trustee Marc Angelillo, the board’s union negotiator. “They are one of the highest paid CSEA employees in the county. In fact, we offered them something better than what their counterparts in the county and the state were offered, and they said no.”

CSEA spokesperson Mark Kotzin said, “We’re just asking for parity in the agreement to what the management personnel got. We’re not looking to break the bank here, we just want something that’s fair.”

The village contract with its seven Department of Public Works employees who are members of the CSEA expired May 31, 2011. The two sides have been unable to reach an agreement on a contract since that time.

According to the union, the main issue in the contract is that the village gave each of its three management personnel 1.7 percent salary increases for 2012, while they offered CSEA employees a 0 percent wage increase for 2011 and a “modest wage increase” in the form of a one-time payment for 2012.

“Our people willing to take 0 percent for 2011, but the sticking point is instead of one-time bonuses we want wage increases for 2012 to be added to base salaries just as management got,” Kotzin said.

The village position has been that New York state CSEA employees negotiated a three-year contract with 0 percent increases each year and that should be the baseline for the local contract. The village also negotiated a two-year contract with its police department union at 0 percent wage increases.

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