The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a long-term contract with sworn members of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office its September 12 session.
The County Legislature voted 10-0 to approve an 8-year contract with the Erie County Sheriff Benevolent Association (PBA); the agreement with the union representing about 130 sworn Sheriff’s personnel will cover the period from January 1, 2009-December 31, 2016. The members will receive zero percent wage increases for the years 2009-2011, 2.5 percent wage increases for 2012-2015 and 3 percent wage increases for 2016.
All PBA members’ health insurance will be the Value Plan, with member spaying 15 percent of the cost, and the union has agreed to give up Columbus Day and Election Day as paid holidays. PBA members will also receive $750 signing bonuses for each of the years 2009-2011. The PBA had previously voted to approve the contract by a more than 2-1 margin.
“I am pleased that Erie County and the PBA were able to reach an agreement acceptable to both parties, and that the County Legislature unanimously approved this contract,” County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), chair of the Public Safety Committee, said. “I believe it was necessary to negotiate cost reforms in work time and active health insurance for wage increases. The hard working members of the PBA perform difficult jobs and have worked under arbitration since the previously agreed to contract expired December 31, 2004; had we not approved this negotiated agreement, Erie County and the PBA would have proceeded to binding arbitration.”