Days after Towle departs, Bellone's office settles SCCC pay

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Four hundred Suffolk Community College white- and blue-collar workers will be getting raises under an agreement signed Friday between the Association of Municipal Employees and the Bellone administration.

The college workers had earlier been left out of a four-year deal that gave rest of the union workers 2 percent pay hikes in 2011 and 2012 because an outside union, Civil Service Employees Association, had been waging a battle to represent the college employees.

Although the unions’ battle for bargaining rights ended last June, talks with Bellone aides only began in earnest last week, days after AME ousted its former spokesman, ex-county lawmaker Fred Towle, once convicted of bribe-taking. Bellone aides had earlier expressed concerns about Towle’s role with the union.

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