Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

New York State - AFSCME Accords

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

New York State - AFSCME Accords

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More than 107,000 employees were covered by a leadoff settlement between New York State and the Civil Service Employees Federation (Local 1000 of the State, County and Municipal Employees union). The contract covered blue-collar, clerical, and health care workers. Council 82 of the State, County and Municipal Employees also settled for 17,500 New York State security officers, Bargaining was continuing for 57,000 workers represented jointly by the Service Employees and the American Federation of Teachers, comprising the Public Employees Federation. All of the contracts had expired on March 31, but were extended pending completion of negotiations.

The 3-year Civil Service Employees Federation contract provides for wage increases of 5 percent in June 1988, 5 percent in April 1989, and 5.5 percent in 1990.

One of the major issues in the talks was addressed by increased financing of the Empire Plan, a health insurance program established in 1985 that lost $160 million in 1987. Under the new approach, participating employees now pay $5 toward the cost of each visit to a doctor's office, and for x rays, lab tests, and outpatient surgery. Earlier in the year, the State Supreme Court had dismissed two consolidated suits in which employees* had attempted to prevent a 64-percent premium increase scheduled for 1988.

Other provisions included:

A $40 per employee increase in the State's payment into the employee benefit fund in each contract year, bringing the total to $610. …

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