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June 13, 2001|
GOP OFFERS LABOR ALTERNATIVE
Proposal Saves $7.3 Million
Allows Next Executive to Negotiate
(Mineola, NY) Minority Leader and County Legislator Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa) is suggesting a straight forward alternative proposal to the labor contract scheme advanced by the Democrat Majority in the County Legislature and the failed Gulotta proposal to settle the labor agreement with the Sheriff Officers Association (ShOA).
"The contract scheme offered by the Democrat Majority is ill-advised and will result in massive property tax increases and/or a control board due to its impact on the County budget and other labor negotiations," said Minority Leader Schmitt. "The Democrats' proposed 33.4% wage increase is way in excess of the rate of inflation, contains costly provisions and binds the hands of the next County Executive through three-quarters of his term."
The Republican proposal is as follows:
"The problem with both the Gulotta and Democrat Majority proposals are all of the hidden clauses and uncertainties with respect to costs and savings. This proposal is straight forward and honest - no hidden clauses, no trap doors, no hidden costs - if you have been on the job for a certain number of years you get a set amount," said Legislator Schmitt. "This proposal is consistent with the labor guidelines as set by NIFA and is a business-like approach in dealing with employee compensation."