Wednesday, July 31, 2013


CSEA Rochester Library Workers Ratify New Labor Deal

Rochester, N.Y.-- The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) City of Rochester Library Workers Local 828 Unit 7420, which represents 133 part time employees serving the Central Library and 10 city branch libraries, overwhelmingly ratified their collective bargaining agreement on July 29, 2013.

The new deal includes a 6.75 % increase in a cost of living adjustment over the 4 year duration of the contract ending June 30, 2017. The contract highlights include additional paid leave, a new dental and vision plan through CSEA EBF Benefits, an increased life insurance benefit, a parking subsidy for Central Library workers and wage incentives for long term employees. 

“This agreement is a victory for decent wages and improved working conditions. I am especially thankful for a great working relationship with library management, Mayor Tom Richards, our city officials as well as CSEA staff," said Ove Overmyer, President of the Unit. He added, "This is a fair deal that helps workers improve their lives so we can continue to deliver the high quality of library services our community has come to know, love and respect.”

 CSEA is New York State’s leading union, representing employees of New York State and its counties, towns, villages, school districts, library systems, authorities and public corporations. Together with a growing population of private sector members and retirees, CSEA forms a union 275,000 strong. It is also the largest affiliate (and Local 1000) of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) which, in turn, is one of the largest affiliates of the AFL-CIO.


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