Members at NDRI ratify AOP contract
PEF members at NDRI (National Development and Research Inc.) in its Aids
Outreach Program (AOP) bargaining unit unanimously ratified a new four-year
The contract, which was ratified at a July 18 meeting in Manhattan, is
retroactive to July 1, 2005.
NDRIís AOP operation receives all of its funding through the state Office of
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) on a five-year basis.
Under the new contract, NDRI and PEF have jointly asked OASAS for additional
funds to provide pay raises of: 3 percent retroactive to July 1, 2005; and 3
percent retroactive to July 1, 2006.
Members will receive a 2.5 percent raise October 1, 2006. And on July 1 of 2007
and 2008, the agreement calls for annual cost-of-living pay raises of at least 3
percent, based on the national Urban Consumer Price Index for the prior year.
It currently appears all or part of the retroactive raises will be funded.
However, if OASAS doesnít come through with the money for the retroactive
raises, the contract calls for reopening the salary negotiations.
Additionally, NDRI will continue paying 90 percent of the cost of health
benefits premiums for individual employee coverage, and 75 percent of the
premium cost for family coverage. That includes prescription drug coverage under
the NYS Health Insurance Program.
PEFís director of field services downstate, Marvin Moschel, and PEF field
representative Corrado Cotumaccio were the unionís chief negotiators and PEF
Division 501 Council Leader Gwendolyn Merritt led the contract team.
ó Sherry Halbrook