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Glen Cove, union working to finalize contract

Glen Cove City Hall is shown.

Glen Cove City Hall is shown. (Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

The terms of a union contract covering about 100 Glen Cove city employees have been set since last year — with the memorandum of agreement signed by the mayor in November and approved in a City Council vote in December — but they may not be made official until late September at the earliest.

“It’s not because we’re disagreeing on stuff, we’re agreeing on stuff. It’s just about housekeeping,” Mayor Ralph Suozzi said Wednesday, adding that the CSEA members are nevertheless working under the agreement.

“It’s been on the back burner because the council is concentrating on the garbage contract and police retirements,” he said.

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Suozzi said city and local CSEA representatives are collaborating to modernize the language of the deal and make some parts more “explicit in legal terms.”

After those tweaks are made, he said, “then we’ll sign that contract.”

The major components of the retroactive agreement, covering workers from Jan. 1, 2010, until Dec. 31, 2014, are settled, Suozzi said.

They include a 10 percent salary increase over the course of five years, an upgraded dental health plan, and a revised pay scale that decreases the number of steps from 55 to 25.

Glen Cove CSEA president Marty Cook Thursday said the contract was all but finalized.

“We just have housekeeping,” he echoed. “It’s all signed, sealed and delivered.”

Cook said he hopes the deal will be official by the end of September.

Above: Glen Cove City Hall

Tags: Glen Cove , union , contract

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