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Hochul: 7-year labor agreement with Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82


Wed, May 11th 2022 03:40 pm

Contract with Council 82 covers corrections, law enforcement & security supervisors across state

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced her administration has reached a contract agreement with the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82, AFSCME, AFL-CIO for a seven-year term running until March 31, 2023. The agreement is subject to ratification by union membership, which will occur later this month.

"I'm pleased we've reached a contract agreement with the courageous men and women of Council 82," Hochul said. "Each day, these public servants work tirelessly to protect some of our most vulnerable populations, and this agreement recognizes the importance and value of their service."

The contract, covering corrections, law enforcement and security supervisors in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and other agencies, includes a 2% salary increase for each year of the agreement. The contract also includes increases to hazardous duty pay, command pay and location pay. The agreement also includes changes to health insurance and disciplinary matters consistent with other recently settled collective bargaining agreements.

President of Council 82 Ronald Walsh said, "This is a responsible agreement that is in the best interest of our members, the state of New York, and the taxpayers. It brings a long-overdue contract to completion, and it demonstrates the Hochul administration's commitment to working with its labor partners and particularly these employees and their important work. Council 82 appreciates and looks forward to continuing the good working relationship that we've developed with the governor and her staff and supporting her in her efforts to restore our state government and making it work for the people again. Council 82 also thanks AFSCME President Lee Saunders and the entire AFSCME New York team for their strong and unwavering support and help throughout this process. This contract would not have been achieved without their efforts."

Council 82 represents over 3,000 correction officers, police officers, deputy sheriffs, emergency dispatchers, and other public safety personnel across New York, including the approximately 450 correction lieutenants, chief safety and security officers, and security hospital supervisors in this bargaining unit.

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