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  About 2,300 Onondaga County union workers will be compensated for lost wages after a majority of members voted to accept the county’s settlement offer for an Improper Practice charge brought by the union. 

The charge stemmed from Onondaga County’s approval of a retroactive, three-year contract back in February.  But the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), citing state law, said anything more than a one-year contract can only be put in place if the union agrees to it, which it did not.  

The leader of the union representing 2,300 Onondaga County workers says they’re more unified than ever after rejecting their third tentative contract agreement in 18 months.   The dispute now enters the final phase of the impasse process.

The vote late Tuesday was 1,057 to 747 to turn down the contract, which would have been retroactive to 2013.  President of CSEA Local 834 Kathy Zabinski says the biggest issue continues to be the cost of health insurance.  

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A spokesman for a labor union that spans New York State says the state did not see the same political polarization that Washington did after the outcomes on Election Day. However, there is still work to be done.  Steven Madarasz, a representative of the Civil Service Employees Association, says the union endorsed candidates whose record they were familiar with, and the union had personal experience with.

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Not everyone is going to the last day of the 2014 State Fair just because of dollar offerings. Syracuse and Central New York workers make the annual trek to the fair to join in strong numbers to show the pride they feel about their jobs, serving their communities and the respective union that backs them with worker's rights and protections. They started off with the usual parade procession from the Indian Village to Chevy Court. CSEA members chanted, "We are the union... the mighty, mighty union," as they held signs.


Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax free business plan is taking criticism from state labor groups. The proposal would allow businesses that move onto a SUNY campus to be free of property taxes, sales taxes, and income taxes.