The largest union representing Erie County government workers has voted down a new contract proposal with the county.
The deal included 11 percent raises over the next five years, as well as employee contributions toward health insurance and reductions in paid leave.
Joan Bender, president of the Civil Service Employees Association Local 815, reports the vote was 2,144 to 706, an approximately three-to-one margin.
The union has been working under terms of a contract which expired in 2006. The new proposal would have covered the years 2007 through 2016.