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New contract for state COs, but prison closures loom

Posted 4/12/24

The state’s correction officers have a new contract, but the possible closure of as many as five prisons this year shades the pact with a measure of uncertainty for the more than 17,000 officers and other personnel covered by the deal. 

The New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association’s three-year contract, retroactive to March of last year, includes annual raises of 3 percent, following the pattern of other recently negotiated agreements by the state. It also brings with it a lump sum bonus payment of $3,000 and increases location pay. And, as with other recent agreements, NYSCOPBA members are now eligible to take up to 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave.

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