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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, July 24, 2008

CSEA sees raises

By Saranac Hale Spencer

GUILDERLAND — The town’s Civil Service Employees Association employees will be getting 3 percent more each year for three years since a dozen telecommunications workers ratified the new contract on Friday.

Earlier in the month, the town board adopted the contract unanimously and last week “it passed overwhelmingly,” at a meeting of the members of bargaining unit A, said Therese Assalian, CSEA’s Capital Region spokesperson.

“Salary is always the largest sticking point,” said Supervisor Kenneth Runion when asked about negotiations, which he handled for the town.  Assalian had a similar answer, saying, “health insurance and salary increases — those tend to be the things that people spend a lot of time on.”

The amount that the workers will pay for a co-pay went from $15 to $25, which will result in $8,111 of savings for the town, based on 2008 numbers, Runion said.

Salaries had ranged from $31,734 to $58,737 and, with the increase, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, will range from $32,686 to $60,499, according to Runion.

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