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AFSCME and Warren County Agree on Contract After Two Years

Feb 20, 2012

Warren County's AFSCME employees have a contract for the first time since November 30th 2010.

The county and the union did not hold regular negotiations for nearly two years.

The chairman of the county's finance committee, Mike Pearson, said the delay means it will be a while before employees realize their raises.

He said, “There will be some retroactive pay there so that'll take a few days or weeks to get distributed on a normal payday.”

The contract is retroactive to 2010. There is no pay increase for the first year of the contract. There is a 1% increase for the second year with 2% raises for each of the next three years.

Pearson said the new contract “resets” the cost each employee pays for health insurance. He said employees will all pay $35 per pay period. He said the contribution level is virtually the same although individual contributions varied with different plans.

Pearson said the county and the union representing sheriff's deputies have not yet come to an agreement.