Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Employee and Public Services



February 12, 2003



March 4, 2003



Honorable Board of Supervisors


Mary Welch, Employee and Public Services Director


Memoranda of Understanding with the Probation and Detention Association (PDA)



Adopt a resolution implementing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Probation and Detention Association (PDA).



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.

    Retirement Pick-up
    The County will pick up 15% of the employee's retirement contribution effective October 12, 2003.

    Retirement Plan
    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

    On-Call Pay
    Effective March 2, 2003, on-call pay will be increased from $3.75 to $3.95 per hour.
    Bilingual Pay
    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.


Vision Alignment

This item keeps the commitment of responsive, effective and collaborative government through goal number 20; government decisions are based on careful consideration of future impact, rather than temporary relief or immediate gain.


Fiscal Impact

The total cost of the changes is approximately $7,545,500 over the thirty month term of the contract.