Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office and the union representing most State University of New York employees came to a tentative contract agreement Tuesday, after the previous pact had expired in 2011.
If approved by the membership, the contract would apply to 35,000 United University Professions members, according to Cuomo’s office. The contract would be retroactive to 2011 and run through 2015.
“This contract agreement continues the state’s commitment to fiscal discipline while recognizing the vital role our university employees play in a strong SUNY system,” Cuomo said in a statement.
UUP was the biggest remaining union of state workers without a contract after Cuomo’s office had previously struck deals with the state Civil Service Employees Association and the Public Employees Federation, the two biggest public unions in New York.
The deal with SUNY workers appears to mirror other contracts Cuomo’s office has agreed to. The agreement calls for three years of no pay increases, followed by 2 percent raises in 2014 and 2015. It also calls for nine furlough days,
though it wasn’t immediately clear if any of those days would be repaid to employees at the end of the term. Seven of those furlough days would be repaid to the employees at the end of the term.
“This contract meets the unique needs of our members and meets the state’s need to achieve savings in these difficult economic times,” UUP President Phillip Smith said in a statement. “It’s a fair contract for our union and the state.”
Cuomo’s office says the state will save $87 million in wages under the new pact, as well as $99 million through an increase in employees’ health benefit contribution rates. The union had been seeking to “increase compensation across the board for all employees,” according to a 2011 proposal that was posted to UUP’s website.
Here’s the rundown, according to the state: