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CAYUGA COUNTY

Cayuga County, sheriffs police union sign collective bargaining agreement

AUBURN — A three-year collective bargaining agreement between Cayuga County and the Cayuga County Deputy Sheriffs Police Association was passed at a full Legislature meeting Tuesday night, providing retroactive pay increases.

The association passed the agreement on Feb. 26, and legislators passed it unanimously Tuesday night. Legislators Tucker Whitman and Joseph DeForest were absent. 

The agreement covers about 34 deputies in the road patrol division and the criminal investigation division and lasts between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2019. It includes a 2-percent retroactive pay increase for 2017, and a 2-percent retroactive pay increase for 2018. On Jan. 1, 2019 those employees will receive a 2.5 percent increase. 

Effective Jan. 1 this year, vacation will be deemed earned in 2017, and may be available for this year based upon the number of years employed. For example, someone employed 11 years would receive 16 days, 13 years would receive 17 days, 15 years would receive 18 days and 19 years would receive 19. 

As far as health insurance, employees hired after Jan. 1 will pay 15 percent and those hired after Jan. 1, 2019 will pay 20 percent for individual coverage. The agreement included other details on retirement benefits, work hours and emergency calls.

There was little discussion on the agreement Tuesday night, other than Cayuga County Administrator J. Justin Woods informing the body that the union had ratified the agreement. 

"Hopefully the sheriff can give them good news after they vote," he said.

Legislators did pass it, and Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould thanked everyone. 

Staff writer Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (315) 282-2237 or gwendolyn.craig@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1.

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