Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy Wants Union Givebacks on Health Benefits

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy warned Monday that he will include “hundreds of layoffs” in his proposed 2012 operating budget unless county unions agree to $50 million in health concessions — including workers paying a share of health premiums for the first time.

Facing a budget hole estimated at as much as $179 million earlier this month, Levy renewed a request he had made in May, asking all 11 county unions for new givebacks on health insurance before his final budget is filed in mid-September.

Here. Another sign politicians are crawling back to fiscal sanity.

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