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CSEA prez: Union closing in on new contract with NUMC
The Civil Service Employees Association has “an agreement in principle” with the Nassau Health Care Corporation on a new contract for its members, although union officials said the final details of the agreement must still be worked out.
In a letter to CSEA membership on Wednesday, union president Jerry Laricchiuta said the framework for a long-awaited new contract with NHCC had been reached.
“We now have an agreement in principle between the two parties but before we bring this deal to our members we have our attorneys analyzing some new language regarding health insurance that needs to be 100% correct,” Laricchiuta said.
CSEA’s contract with NHCC expired at the end of 2009 and employees have not had raises since.
Shelly Lotenberg, spokeswoman for Nassau Health Care Corporation, declined to comment on the negotiations. NHCC operates Nassau University Medical Center, the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care facility and several health care centers.
In his letter, Laricchiuta declined to elaborate on the contract details but said it did not involve current members paying into their health insurance. The union, he said, also did not extend the five-year period where new hires must pay 15 percent of their health care premiums.
“All current members have maintained all of their benefits and terms and conditions of their employment,” Laricchiuta wrote. “There will be changes however to the future workforce who have not yet arrived. These employees will have ample time to examine the job and all the terms that come with it and then make a sound decision if they want the job.”