The County concluded negotiations with PDA on a contract extension and the PDA membership has ratified the County's offer. The following summarizes the major elements in the Memorandum of Understanding which extends the current agreement for the additional thirty month period from October 12, 2003 through April 22, 2006:
General Salary Increases
Salaries will be increased by 4% effective October 12, 2003, and by 4% effective October 10, 2004.
The County will pick up 15% of the employee's retirement contribution effective October 12, 2003.
Effective July, 2003 the County will implement the 3%@55 benefit. Effective January, 2005, the County will implement the 3%@50 benefit. Both enhancements are contingent upon reaching agreement with the Deputy Sheriff's Association or upon enactment of legislation enabling implementation by individual representation unit. Employees will share in the cost of this improved benefit through payroll deductions as follows:
· 1.5% effective October 12, 2003
· additional 1% effective January, 2004
· additional 1% effective January 2005
Effective March 2, 2003, on-call pay will be increased from $3.75 to $3.95 per hour.
Effective November 7, 2004, the Tier 1 bilingual pay premium will be increased from $40.00 biweekly to $42.50 biweekly. The Tier 2 premium will be increased from $50.00 to $55.00.
Health, Dental and Vision Benefits
Co-pays for the Kaiser and Aetna Plans were increased effective January 1, 2003.
Retiree Medical Coverage
The conversion for each 8 hours of sick leave will be increased for Tier 1 from $150 to $160 effective March 1, 2003, and to $165 effective November 7, 2004. The conversion rate for Tier 2 will be increased from $170 to $190 effective March 1, 2003, and to $195 effective November 7, 2004.
The amount of sick leave that can be converted monthly is increased from 8 hours to 14 hours.
Domestic Partner Survivorship Benefits
The parties agree to jointly support legislation for same sex domestic partner survivor benefits. Any benefit change is subject to bargaining in the next negotiations.
During the final year of the agreement, the parties will meet to discuss concerns the Unions raise regarding the comparability of salary. Issues which may be discussed include factors in determining salary parity and competitiveness and the County's methodology in adjusting wages where deemed warranted.