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Kevin McCaffrey negotiates new contract for Nassau OTB workers

Suffolk County Legis. Kevin McCaffrey listens to colleagues

Suffolk County Legis. Kevin McCaffrey listens to colleagues speak at a meeting of the legislature on Oct. 2, 2017. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Republican Suffolk Legis. Kevin McCaffrey, who also heads Teamster Local 707, has negotiated a new contract for 125 workers at Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp., as he runs for re-election as the union's leader.

Details of the new contract will be given to members at a meeting Tuesday  at the Hicksville VFW Hall, and a ratification vote will follow.

The proposed pact comes as the 125-member union has been 10 years without a contract. It also comes shortly before the Oct. 18 union election.

Talks were stalled because of Nassau OTB’s long-standing fiscal problems.

McCaffrey said he could not disclose details until the meeting Tuesday.

But he said the new contract will provide workers with “job security and wage increases.”

McCaffrey's opponent George Ford called the timing of the settlement and the election “highly suspect.”

Ford also questioned the scheduling of the ratification meeting, saying it will be held when many union members will be working.

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