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Legislature OKs agreement with largest county bargaining unit

Photo by Dennis Phillips Right, PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Legislature chairman, presents County Executive George Borrello a commendation for his 10 years of service with the county government. Borrello has served two years as county executive and eight years as a legislator. Borrello earlier this month won the special election to be the next representative for the 57th State Senate District.

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has reached a retroactive contract agreement with its largest bargaining unit.

On Wednesday, the legislature unanimously approved a new four-year contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association Unit 6300. The contract is retroactive to the start of 2019 and runs through 2022.

According to the emergency resolution the legislature approved, the new contract includes a retroactive 50 cent per hour increase to the 2018 wage schedule effective July 1 of this year. In 2020 through 2022, the union employees will receive a 3% increase each year.

PJ Wendel, Chautauqua County Legislature chairman and R-Lakewood, said after the meeting he is glad to reach an agreement with the largest bargaining unit in county government, which represents around 900 employees. He also said he is glad the agreement included a higher deductible health insurance plan.

“There was some question on whether or not that would happen,” he said.

During the meeting, Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, was the only member of the legislature to speak about the new contract. He was also glad the union agreed to the higher deductible plan.

“It’s a good thing for county taxpayers,” he said.

In other business, Wendel, on behalf of the legislature, presented County Executive George Borrello with a commendation for his 10 years of government service. Borrello has served two years as county executive and eight years as a legislator. Borrello earlier this month won the special election to be the next representative for the 57th State Senate District.

Wendel thanked Borrello for his service and for being the first legislator to reach out to him after he won his first race to be a legislator.

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