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Local 39 and County reach accord

The Union staff

Nevada County has reached labor peace with its largest labor union, according to the weekly memo authored by County Executive Officer Rick Haffey.

Local 39 notified the county Wednesday that employees covered by both the Miscellaneous and Professional bargaining units voted to accept the agreement reached between the county and the union during collective bargaining.

The new successor labor agreement will be brought before the Board of Supervisors for approval on July 10.

The significant provisions of the agreement include:

– A three-year term, beginning July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

– Employees will pick-up the 8 percent employees share of pension over the first two years of the contract.

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– A new lower tier of retirement of 2 percent at 60 for new hires, effective July 2, 2012 or as soon as administratively possible.

– Salary merit increases are suspended for two years.

– A furlough may be implemented at the county’s discretion, five days in 2012-13 and eight days in 2012-14.

The details regarding a furlough for the 2012-13 fiscal year should be finalized within the next few weeks, Haffey said.

“These were very difficult negotiations during very difficult times,” Haffey said in the memo, adding that county employees are to be commended for their dedication, hard work and understanding in these difficult times.

“The concessions made by the workforce are greatly appreciated,” Haffey said.

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