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County and Nursing Home Unions Reach Agreement on Contract Adjustments, Expected to Save $1.5M Annually

6/11/2014 3:56:58 PM

County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today announced that the administration has forged agreements with two unions representing 270 staff members at the Albany County Nursing Facility that will result in an estimated annual savings of $1.5 million in savings to the county while ensuring that the nursing home will continue to provide care for seniors.

The MOUs were approved by the Professional Staff Association of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Service Employee International Union, Local 1199 and modifies existing contracts for county employees at the nursing home. NYSUT represents professional staff at the facility and SEIU 1199 represents registered nurses, maintenance personnel and service workers at the facility.

“I am pleased that the new agreements will significantly help to stabilize the finances of the nursing home,” said McCoy. “I wanted to be sure that the nursing home was on good financial footing before turning it over to the Local Development Corporation this fall. I am satisfied that we’ve accomplished that objective and thank the union leadership and our employees for their effort and commitment to our seniors. That commitment is our major priority in operating the nursing home.”

The main stipulations in the MOU include 1 percent per year pay increases and changes to employees’ schedules. The MOUs add changes to union contracts that are in effect through December 2018 and include:

  1. Employees’ work weeks will go from 37 ½ hours to 35 hours a week. Paid breaks will be eliminated and employees will have a one hour unpaid lunch every day.
  2. There will now be three floating holidays. Each union will get a total of 11 holidays, three of which will now be floating holidays. That means those working on those days will not be paid time and a half for the hours worked.
  3. The weekend differentials pay will be eliminated. Since the nursing home is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, there will be no differentials for working on Saturday and Sunday. 

“The landmark agreements represent a new day for the county,” said McCoy. “The union management stepped up and through our mutual cooperation and communication we were able to finalize these agreements with the unions.”


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