Cattaraugus County Approves Raises

LITTLE VALLEY – With unanimous votes, the Cattaraugus County Legislature is closing in on having contracts and wage agreements with more employees. While some remain in negotiations, the majority are now complete.

Members of the county’s deputy sheriff supervisory bargaining unit agreed to a contract that would give those employees a retroactive 1 percent increase, going back to January 2013 and a 2 percent increase retroactive to January 2014. The new contract will also grant increases of 2 percent on the first day of January in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

A new contract for managerial and confidential managers was also approved that would grant 2 percent wage increases for the same time period covered under the Deputy Sheriff’s Supervisory unit agreement. Employees who fall under the managerial and confidential manager agreement will also pay $82 per pay period, every two weeks, for family health coverage. Two-person coverage will cost $65 per pay period.

Part-time and seasonal employees, as well as substitute, part-time and temporary nursing home employees, will also see wage increases. Grades 1-39 of the part-time scale, and seasonal employees from grades 4-22 will receive a 2 percent wage adjustment, effective May 4, 2014. In January 2015, another 2 percent adjustment will be added. The same will take place in 2016 and 2017. Ungraded part-time positions will be included in these increases.

In addition, directors of various departments in the county will also receive 2 percent increases.

Finally, a public hearing has been set to establish pay increases for county commissioners and administrators. A public hearing must be held for the pay increases to take effect, as it is a matter of local law. The increases reflect a 2 percent increase effective January 2014 and would also incorporate a 2 percent increase for 2015.

In addition, election commissioners would also see their biweekly pay for 2014 go to $2,162 and to $2,206 in 2015. If the law garners passage, the county treasurer will have an annual salary of $73,942 in 2014 and $75,422 in 2015, county clerk will receive a 2 percent salary increase for 2014, taking his salary to $74,053, with the same rate to increase that salary to $75,534 the following year. The four county coroners will receive the same increase, making their 2014 salaries $10,506 and $10,716 in 2015.

The hearing on the salary increases will take place April 23 in the legislative chambers on the third floor of the Cattaraugus County Building, 303 Court St., Little Valley, at 3 p.m.

“Taking these steps speaks well of the Cattaraugus County Legislature,” Legislator James Snyder Sr., R-Olean, said. “We still have some work to do, but with these agreements, we are bringing all of them to the same timeframes.”

The agreements leave four of the county’s bargaining units that have yet to reach salary agreements in the county. Snyder said that work continues.