CSEA, New York State Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract for more than 70,000 State Workers

ALBANY - CSEA and New York State have reached tentative agreement on a new four year contract for more than 70,000 state employees that includes raises in every year of the contract and no significant changes in health insurance coverage.

"Our goal was to negotiate the best contract we could based on what our members said was important," said CSEA president Danny Donohue. "The CSEA leadership team and the 21 members who sat at the bargaining table for the past year believe we have done that."

Among the highlights:

Pay Increases

Health Insurance

"This agreement demonstrates the state's commitment to our members in the short and long term," Donohue said. "That is significant in a time of fiscal challenge."

The agreement covers CSEA-represented state employees in four Executive Branch bargaining units, Administrative Services Unit. Institutional Services Unit, Operational Services Unit and Division of Military and Naval Affairs.

The agreement is subject to ratification by the CSEA membership which will be scheduled during the month of April and must then be approved by the state legislature.

The CSEA/New York State Contract Ratification Schedule for the ASU, ISU, OSU and DMNA units is:

The negotiations were conducted between CSEA and the Governor's Office of Employee Relations. About 50 bargaining sessions were held between December and the conclusion of discussions this week.