Gov. Kathy Hochul and the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union Council 82 reached a seven-year contract agreement Wednesday.
The contract includes a 2% salary increase each year for the seven-year agreement and covers corrections and law enforcement officers and security supervisors within the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and other agencies.
"This is a responsible agreement that is in the best interest of our members, the state of New York and the taxpayers," Council 82 President Ronald Walsh said. "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, AFSCME, AFL-CIO union membership is expected to ratify the agreement later this month.
The contract includes increases to hazardous duty pay, command pay and location pay and also includes changes to health insurance and disciplinary matters consistent with other recently settled collective bargaining agreements, according to the governor's office.
"I'm pleased we've reached a contract agreement with the courageous men and women of Council 82," Hochul said in a statement. "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."
Council 82 represents over 3,000 correction officers, police officers, deputy sheriffs, emergency dispatchers and other public safety personnel across the state, including about 450 correction lieutenants, chief safety & security officers and security hospital supervisors within the bargaining unit.
"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," Walsh said. "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."