County still in talks with public safety employees

NORWICH – Another transfer of money necessary to afford labor relations expenses came before the Chenango County Board of Supervisors this month, the first of 2012 in the now 15-month long standoff between Chenango County and the two unions representing public safety employees

Taxpayers have already spent about $10,000 on the negotiations with the Law Enforcement Association and Chenango County Sheriff’s Employee’s Association, whose contracts expired Dec. 31, 2009. This month’s authorization for $15,000 (which could include other labor expenses, according to Clerk of the Board RC Woodford) already exceeds the 2012 budgeted amount by $4,000.

Several callers and writers to The Evening Sun’s ‘30 Seconds’ reaction line, who identify themselves as public safety officials or their representatives, have lamented the wait and rumored 1 percent pay raise offers from the county. In comparison, Civil Service Employees working in other county departments received increases last year anywhere from 3 to 4.5 percent through 2013.

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