Governor Cuomo announces five-year contract agreement with CSEA

ALBANY, NY (06/20/2017) (readMedia)-- ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his administration has reached a five-year contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association. CSEA represents over 60,000 state government employees across New York.

"The contract agreement reached today is a major step forward for the state and the thousands of public servants who work tirelessly each and every day to make New York the strong leader that it is," Governor Cuomo said. "This agreement is fair for taxpayers and fair for our work force, and will keep New York moving forward for years to come. I thank everyone who made this contract agreement possible and I look forward to our continued work together."

"CSEA and the Governor's administration worked to produce a tentative agreement that is fair to public service workers and taxpayers alike. We held the line, in a very tough environment, in order to provide a comprehensive health insurance program that protects working families across the state, and pay increases that help working families keep up with the rising cost of living," CSEA President Danny Donohue said. "It is an agreement earned through tenacity and hard work, which provides long-term stability for workers and the daily operations of our state. We are very proud to have reached this point for our members who often go unrecognized for the contributions they make in our communities every day."

The contract must now be approved and ratified by CSEA membership, and authorizing legislation is expected to be passed before the end of the legislative session.