The Lewis and Clark County Board of County Commissioners authorized a two-year collective bargaining settlement with the county sheriff’s workplace union Thursday.
The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Workers’ Affiliation, the collective bargaining arm of the native sheriff’s workplace, beforehand ratified the contract, which is efficient from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.
County Human Sources Director Kari DesRosier informed the commissioners essentially the most related modifications to the finalized contract embrace an elevated pay grade for corporals and sergeants, two step will increase for entry-level detention officers, and extra compensation of $1.50 per hour for subject coaching officers throughout every coaching part.
The 33-page labor settlement, which covers all the things from the allotment of trip time to the allowance of a union bulletin board within the workplace, is obtainable to the general public on the county’s web site.
“I simply wish to acknowledge the onerous work that Kari and the staff did together with the affiliation and their members to return collectively and negotiate this settlement,” County Commissioner Andy Hunthausen mentioned. “Occurs each two years, and sometimes there’s a few issues that we get caught up on, however ultimately, we come collectively as a staff and we appear to be working it out for the great of all.”
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County Fee Chairman Jim McCormick cited one such dangle up, employees’ compensation pay for non-sworn detention employees, as lingering for a number of negotiation cycles.
Sworn officers obtain supplementary funds whereas out following a office harm whereas non-sworn officers don’t.
DesRosier mentioned county employees wanted to think about a number of components comparable to state labor legal guidelines and county coverage to supply for the wants of non-sworn officers.
The settlement kinds a committee that can discover choices for non-sworn detention officers’ employees’ comp pay to current to the county fee at a future date.
The hourly wage for beginning detention officers was additionally elevated from somewhat greater than $17 to just about $21 in hopes of recruiting new officers to take care of the continual understaffing on the Lewis and Clark County Detention Heart. The ability is at present quick about 10 officers.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton mentioned he was happy the 2 sides have been capable of come to a mutually useful settlement.
“Either side got here to the desk and negotiated in good religion,” Dutton mentioned in an interview Thursday. “I actually admire the spirit of cooperation.”