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24 unionized Babylon Village employees receive pay raises

Babylon Village Hall in a 2011 photo.

Babylon Village Hall in a 2011 photo. Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Babylon Village public works employees will receive raises totaling $4,000 each over the length of a four-year contract Mayor Ralph Scordino signed Tuesday night.

Jay Diaz, a representative for CSEA Local 1000, the union covering 24 village public works employees, said Wednesday that members have already received the first of four $1,000 raises and were satisfied with the contract but that labor issues remain.

Union members said they are still owed a bonus for work they did after superstorm Sandy, and the village currently employs two nonunion workers whose positions should be unionized, Diaz said.

Scordino said in March that he had no recollection of any bonus offer.

The union job matter will go to a state labor board hearing in September, Diaz said.

Relations between the two sides soured last fall after the union accused village officials of making numerous changes to contract language dealing with worker pay, benefits and hours. Officials said the accusations were false.

Scordino's signature came after he and fellow trustees voted 5-0 at Tuesday night's village board meeting to authorize the agreement.

That vote did not, at least immediately, usher in a new era of trust in village labor relations. Diaz said he wouldn't feel at ease until he had possession of the signed contract. "When I get it in my hand, then I'll be completely satisfied," he said.

Scordino did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

The contract is retroactive to June 2014 and runs through May 2018.

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