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County, union agree on new 4-year contract for corrections officers, court employees

Posted 7/15/22

Oneida County has reached a new, 4-year collective bargaining agreement with the union that represents corrections officers and court employees ...

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County, union agree on new 4-year contract for corrections officers, court employees

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WHITESTOWN — Oneida County has reached a new, 4-year collective bargaining agreement with the union that represents corrections officers and court employees, according to County Executive Anthony J. Picente.

The new contract includes an increase in pay for all staff, with further increases over the next four years, authorities said. The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department Employees Local 1249, Council 82 represents corrections officers, court security officers, court attendants and civilian clerical staff. They approved the new agreement by a 106 to 4 vote.

“I am happy that we could come to an agreement that is advantageous to both our employees and our county taxpayers,” Picente said in a release.

“I believe that this contract is fair to all sides involved. It gives our valued employees better compensation and benefits for the important role they play in this community and it provides Sheriff (Robert M.) Maciol with what he needs to manage them to the best of his ability. All the while, it keeps Oneida County competitive in recruiting and retaining these positions. I would like to thank both negotiation teams for their hard work and tireless effort to bring this matter to conclusion.”  

In the new agreement, salary for corrections officers increases after training from $43,609 to $48,922.

Court security officer pay will increase by $10,000 to $37,659, and court attendants will go from $25,630 to $31,562.

The contract also sees pay increases for different shifts, increases for field training officers and longevity payments for consecutive years of service over five years.

The new contract will also see Juneteeth added as a paid holiday, after it was declared a federal holiday in 2021.

“This is a fair and responsible agreement that is in the best interest of everyone concerned — the County, the Sheriff’s Office, the taxpayers and our members — and the vote reflected that fact,” said Luis Roman, president of Local 1249.

“It addresses the significant employee recruitment and retention issues, and it demonstrates the very strong support and commitment of County Executive Picente and Sheriff Maciol to the county’s corrections and court employees and their mission. Without them, this good contract would not have been possible.”  

The contract is retroactive to the start of this year and will run through the end of 2025. Negotiations on the new contract began in March. The Oneida County Board of Legislators approved the contract unanimously on Wednesday.

Highlights of the agreement:

Salary — New salary for J Scale (Correction Officers) and C Scale (civilian titles) retroactive Jan. 1. Correction Officers after training increases from starting salary of $43,609 to $48,922. Training rate goes from 85% of starting salary to 90%. Court Security Officers starting increases from $27,672 to $37,659. Court Attendant starting salary increase from $25,630 to $31,562. On-Step increase 3% each year 2023-2025 Off-Step increase 4% each year 2023-2025

Longevity — $1,000 in longevity pay upon five years of service. $200 per year after that, for up to 25 years of service. Longevity payments cap at $5,000 after 25 years.

Shift differential — Increased by 15 cents per hour on A & C lines.

Field Training Pay — Additional $2 per hour for any hours worked as a Field Training Officer.

Retirement — The cash value of accrued and unused sick days in excess of 165 days can be applied to the qualifying employee’s medical insurance premium payment upon reaching retirement age.

Negotiations began in March between a county team comprised of chief negotiator Amanda Cortez-Kolasz, Oneida County Commissioner of Personnel; Thomas Keeler, Oneida County Budget Director; Sheriff Maciol and Undersheriff Joseph Lisi and Local 1249, Council 82 chief negotiator Ennio Corsi and a team that included union President Luis Roman.

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