CSEA critical of Seneca County for not being prepared to negotiate

Contract negotiations between Seneca County and Local 850 of the Civil Service Employees Association are off to a rocky start.

At least that’s the way the CSEA sees it.

Union labor relations specialist Stephanie Engster said in an effort to begin negotiations earlier than in the past, the county and CSEA agreed to a May 23 bargaining session. Engster said she emailed the union’s contract proposals to county Personnel Director Kathy Corona May 18 in advance of the meeting.

Corona, County Manager John Sheppard and legal counsel James Roemer represented the county.

“When we met on May 23, there was much discussion about the salary inequities and the surrounding counties, as well as a committee resolution scheduled for a vote May 23 to allocate higher pay grades to employees working in certain job titles,” Engster wrote in a June 5 letter sent to Board of Supervisors chairman Bob Shipley. “Jim Roemer then proceeded to inform the CSEA team that the county was not ready to proceed forward until some time around September.”

Engster listed Roemer’s reasons for the delay as:

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