Agreement Is Part Of $2.76 Billion Budget

HAUPPAUGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A new budget approved by the Suffolk County legislature guarantees no layoffs for its largest municipal union.

But as WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, the budget deal comes with a price.

Suffolk lawmakers reached a deal with the Suffolk Association of Municipal Employees union to offer lower salaries and some pay raises in exchange for the promise of no layoffs.

The nearly 5,000-member union agreed to lower salaries for new hires and to lengthen the time it’ll take them reach top pay in exchange for a 4-year pact that guarantees job security.

The deal also means no pay raises in the first two years of the contract.

The union represents both white- and blue-collar employees, Xirinachs reported. Nurses, janitors, clerks and water quality testers are among the members of the union.

The deal is part of a $2.76 billion budget for 2014. The plan won unanimous approval.

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