By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Commissioners approve union contract

The county has been in negotiations over the contract renewal since March, according to County Administrator Laura Tschabold. She said terms were reached just last week.

Commissioner Allen Springer expressed satisfaction with the process and outcome.

“I think there were at least nine or 10 meetings in this negotiation process," he said. "I feel like this is a well-designed contract. It was very well-considered and thoughtful on both sides.”

The contract includes wage hikes of 1 percent in 2014-15, 1.5 percent in 2015-16 and 2 percent in 2016-17.

It calls for the county to cover 99 percent of basic, full-family medical coverage for 2014-15, plus the first five percentage points of any cost increases in the ensuing two years. It also calls for the county to provide $100 a month to employees choosing to “buy up” to a premium package costing significantly more.

Commissioners agreed to extend the same terms to management employees not qualifying for union representation.

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