Wayne County Sheriff Collective Bargaining Agreement

In areas such as home care, a committee of providers/members that we have chosen meets with representatives of the relevant public body to discuss issues that affect our daily lives. The Union Bargaining Committee represents the unified strength of all union members. Of course, money was an important topic, but that too was tarnished by an earlier provision in county contracts, which encourages employees to reach certain job appointments with the county. The more they worked for the county, the more their base salary increased by a certain percentage. After 5 years it was 1%, 10 years 3.5%, up to 10% after 23 years. Contract negotiations became brutal when some fought on social media, intervened and made personal remarks. In May, Wayne County, Wayne County Sheriff and Teamsters Local 118 concluded negotiations for a six-year collective agreement for the County Sheriff`s Deputy Bargaining Unit for the period January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2021. It should be noted that the agreement also provides for a new work order for deputy sheriffs and highway patrol NCOs, who will be hired after January 1, 2018. These employees will work a traditional five-day week with eight hours of work. Road police patrol personnel, recruited before January 1, 2018, will still be allowed to remain on the current work plan, which includes four 10-hour days, followed by three days off per work week. Sheriff Barry Virts believes the new work program will reduce the cost of overtime and reduce overtime for many Highway Patrol MPs in the interests of health and safety. A committee of our employees, which we elected, is composed and establishes an agreement known as the “union contract” on all matters in our bargaining unit.

The committee is at the negotiating table on an equal footing with management. Steven M. LeRoy, Chair of the Wayne County Supervisory Board, said, “I am pleased that the county and the Union have completed the negotiations. The agreement is fair and reasonable and will ensure that Wayne County citizens continue to protect law enforcement. I would also like to thank and congratulate Board members Laurie Crane, Ken Miller and Dave Spickerman, Rick House County Administrator and County Human Resources Director Chris Kalinski for their meticulous and dedicated service to the county`s negotiating team. The agreement provides for a restructuring of the existing basic compensation plan by adding a new step forward, as well as some additional dollar lump sum adjustments for older members of the bargaining unit, to help maintain the unit`s membership.

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