CSEA, Olympic development authority finally have contract
LAKE PLACID A contract ratified by members of the Civil Service Employees Association more than a year ago has been accepted by the Olympic Regional Development Authority.
The agreement was struck after ORDA was cited for bargaining in bad faith by the state Public Employment Relations Board, according to a news release from CSEA.
“What ORDA did was wrong and now they have made it right, said CSEA President Danny Donohue in a news statement about ORDA’s initial decision to refuse the contract. “It’s a shame it took them so long to treat our members fairly and with respect.”
A tentative agreement on labor contracts between CSEA and ORDA was reached in January 2012, with union members approving the contract a month later. CSEA said in its release that ORDA indicated it would approve the agreement in June 2012, but that didn’t happen.
Following the failure of ORDA to approve the contract, CSEA filed an improper practice charge against ORDA. An administrative law judge agreed with the union’s complaints and ordered ORDA to approve the tentative agreement.