Nassau County taxpayers face what could be a $109 million bill. When will they be allowed to see the details?
The largest county employee union, the Civil Service Employees Association, contends taxpayers owe members the equivalent of $109 million in paid time off for working during “extraordinary circumstances.” The issue centers around contract language meant to reward workers for showing up during hurricanes, winter storms, and similar emergencies. CSEA wants to apply that rule to the county’s monthslong COVID-19-related emergency. The union made its claim by submitting a grievance.
Unfortunately for Nassau taxpayers, CSEA’s grievance, which threatens to dynamite the county’s brittle finances, isn’t posted anywhere on the county website. Neither is the contract with the language CSEA is disputing — or the process for resolving the grievance.