Rockland County and Highway Department Negotiations Stall

Union rejected 10 day pay deferral accepted by other bargaining units.


The United Public Service Employees Union (UPSEU) represents Rockland County Highway Department employees.  The union wants language changes in the proposed contract with the county and turned down the plan to have its members defer 10 days of pay until December 2014. 

Contracts with that provision have already been approved by the Doctor’s Council and Rockland Association of Management in September.

“The union rejected the county’s ‘take it or leave it’ proposal, and was met with threats of which will have a devastating impact on public safety during the upcoming snow and season as well as other difficult weather conditions,” said UPSEU President Kevin Boyle Jr. “The events of the past few days only heighten the need to ensure a strong highway department.”

Boyle referred to some legislators’ concerns about the county’s ability to pay the deferred wages and claimed the no layoff policy in the contract agreed to by other unions has already been violated.

“The union and its members have concerns about giving a loan to the county, which the 10-day pay deferral represents,” said Boyle. 

He noted the six layoffs would bring the number of county highway workers to the lowest level in the department’s history, which would jeopardize public safety. The union has asked the county to return to the bargaining table. 

Andromachos November 03, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Six workers less would be "devastating"? Try, inconvenient.
Gregg November 03, 2012 at 12:14 PM
U really think Obama will not win? Get your head out of the hole it is in. Romney would be the worst President we could ever have.
Pat Godfrey November 03, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Unions are outrageous in there demands. 10 day deferral of payment and they don't "feel comfortable in loaning the county money". They are so out of touch with what is happening to Rockland residents. The elderly cannot afford the tax hikes to pay these union workers. Average workers are losing there jobs or are taking pay cuts. All unions ask for is pay raises and no layoffs. They are greedy and say screw everyone else.
frankie g November 04, 2012 at 01:06 PM
The time has come to eliminate the county highway dept. and having county roads Duplication of services is no longer affordable Merge what employees are acceptable to each town highway dept and layoff the rest County properties that use the service of highway can be outsourced to local contractors and end the need to be on the hook, paying pensions and health care for life Not only that,a county with no money recently purchasing new million dollar snow plow trucks as with all their other equipment isn't housed in any protected shelter and left out in the elements to quickly rot away More of our money so well spent by the county legislature
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