Written by Daniel Offner Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00
Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders.
“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”
Although village officials confirmed proposing a new labor agreement, they could not disclose the details, as of press time.
“At this point we can’t discuss the terms of the agreement,” said Village Administrator Brian Harty.
According to Harty, despite the village’s good faith efforts, collective bargaining agreements with the CSEA have yet to expire. Under the state Taylor Law, municipal employers must maintain any contractual agreement with a labor union, even if a collective bargaining agreement expires.
With the proposed contract now resting in the hands of the CSEA, village officials anticipate knowing the union’s decision within the next few weeks.
“Good thing is... I believe we have a deal,” Ekstrand said.