MAYVILLE – Members of CSEA Local 1000, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, have strongly rejected a fact-finder’s recommendation to settle their lengthy contract talks with Chautauqua County. The vote Tuesday night was 301-9.

Noting that the proposal contained no job protection provisions, CSEA Chautauqua County Unit president Steve Skidmore said, “This rejection by the members has nothing to do with economics. We are fighting for job security.”

Skidmore pointed out that the union has made numerous proposals to save the county money during more than two years of contract talks. “Our health insurance proposal alone would have saved close to $2 million,” he said.

The CSEA, which represents 1,199 county employees, has been working without a contract since Dec. 31, 2011. The union declared an impasse in contract talks with the county in February 2012 and a mediator worked with both sides until last May, when the dispute went to fact-finding.