The Schenectady County Legislature will vote June 8 on a five-year labor agreement with the three unions representing county employees.
According to a press release from the county, if approved, the agreement would cover from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2025 for members of the CSEA Local 1000, and the Schenectady units of the AFL-CIO and the ASFCME.
The proposed contract includes making June 19 – Juneteenth – a county holiday. It also stipulates that employees will receive a 2% increase with a $1,000 bonus for 2021 and 2.25% annual pay increases thereafter.
Paid family leave would include up to eight weeks at either two-thirds the employee’s salary or up to $1,000 a week.
Employees who get vaccinated before Sept. 21 will get one additional bonus vacation day for 2021. Also, if 80% of the unit members of any of the three unions get the COVID-19 vaccine, they will get a one-time $200 bonus.
Any new licensed practical nurses or certified nursing assistants who stay on after six months of satisfactory service at Glendale Nursing Home will get a $2,000 retention bonus. The bonus is meant to address shortages of workers in the labor market and the increased staffing needs at the nursing home, according to the release. The county has also agreed to changes in its prescription drug coverage that are meant to provide savings to users and offer a 90-day supply of medication by mail at only the cost of two copays.
“Many of the employees impacted by this tentative agreement were on the frontlines throughout the pandemic, helping residents access the services they depended on over the last year, oftentimes in new and creative ways,” said Anthony Jasenki, the chairman of the Legislature, who also represents Rotterdam, Princetown and Duanesburg. “This contract reflects their contributions and helps keep employee compensation in line with anticipated inflation rates while adding paid family leave and decreasing the county’s prescription drug costs.”