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David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
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Date: November 1, 1999

Seal of the Unified Court System
Agreements on Production and Sale of Court Transcripts Reached
NEW YORK - - The Unified Court System and a coalition of five unions representing court reporters today announced that they have reached agreement for a successor to a 1983 collective bargaining agreement regarding the production and sale of transcripts of proceedings reported in certain New York State courts. The Agreement covers court reporters represented by the Association of Surrogate's and Supreme Court Reporters Within the City of New York, the Court Officers Benevolent Association of Nassau County, District Council 37 and its Local 1070, the Ninth Judicial District Court Employees Association and the Suffolk County Court Employees Association.

The four-year Agreement establishes fixed rate ranges and delivery definitions for the purchase by private parties of transcripts delivered on a regular, expedited or daily basis. Once effective, this will be the first transcript rate increase since 1986. Accord also was reached on a new page format, which will result in more words per page, fewer pages of transcript and less paper consumed. The Agreement requires approval by the unions and the Legislature before taking effect.

"We are pleased to have reached agreement on these difficult issues after more than a decade of negotiations. This new Agreement addresses the concerns of the organized bar regarding certainty in the transcript rate structure and an improved page format. At the same time, it recognizes the valuable contribution of the court reporters and their investment in new technologies which improve the delivery of justice services, " said Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau.

"After 13 years of negotiations, we were able to reach agreement based on ranges of rates that reflect, among other things, differences in transcript costs, volume and complexity," said Joel Giller, Esq., an attorney with the General Counsel's office representing Local 1070, District Council 37, one of the members of the coalition.

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