Supervisors approve Union agreements

Posted December 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

by Steve Peterson

Plymouth County Supervisors approved two three-year contract agreements with labor unions at their Nov. 27 meeting.

The agreements are good until Fiscal Year 2015-2016 ends.

Secondary Road Department

Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve the three-year agreement with the Secondary Road Bargaining Unit. Also, supervisors voted 4-0 to rescind a policy of Secondary Road employees’ clothing allowance reimbursement.

The negotiated agreement calls for a newly-hired Secondary Road personnel staffer to receive 85 percent of the position’s pay in the first six months of employment year; 90 percent of the position’s pay in the second six months; 95 percent in the third six months and 100 percent of the position’s pay after 18 months.

Supervisors explained the clothing allowance policy of $125 reimbursement could be changed because the employees put it in the new contract. It had been a policy but never in the contract said Supervisor Jim Henrich.

Law Enforcement Center Unit

Supervisors also considered a three-year agreement with Law Enforcement Center Bargaining Unit (Sheriff’s Office).

The first year, Fiscal Year 2012-2013, there will be a 75-cents per hour increase/salary adjustment across-the-board based on wages for all jail and Plymouth County Law Enforcement Center employees with the exception of the maintenance position, which will receive a 40 cents-per-hour raise.

For the second year there will be a 2.75 percent raise and for the third year there will be a 2.75 percent raise.

Staffers who work from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. receive 45 cents more per hour in shift differential pay. This will increase by 10 cents per hour the first year, then five cents per hour the second and third years to 60 cents per hour.

No bad weather allowance was included.

Sheriff Employees Association representative Kirk Hatting said the group’s vote was unanimous.

“It went very well. It was a nice negotiation, no attorneys so that saved both sides,” said Hatting.

“I think the negotiations went very well this time. We just did it as gentlemen and did not have any representation from a legal firm,” said Supervisor Don Kass, who represented the supervisors with fellow board member Mark Loutsch.

Plymouth County supervisors’ meetings take place at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 4th Ave. SE, in Le Mars. They are open to the public.

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