Kendall County settles final union contract
BY STEVE LORD email@example.com October 3, 2013 5:02PM
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:30AM
YORKVILLE – Kendall County has settled the ninth and final union contract it had outstanding, ending almost a year’s work of hammering out labor agreements.
“You will not have another contract to work on until the end of 2015,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Leslie Johnson to the County Board this week.
The final contract was with the unit of 45 corrections officers, who are actually Sheriff’s Department deputies, represented by the Fraternal Order of Police. The three-year contract is retroactive to Dec. 1, 2012, and will run through Nov. 30, 2015.
As part of the contract, the corrections officers will get a 3 percent increase retroactive to Dec. 1. 2012, and then 3 percent raises on Dec. 1, 2013 and 2014. They will also receive a $750, one-time adjustment immediately.
The officers also will get an additional $25-an-hour for any shift worked as an officer of the day, and an additional $125 to go toward equipment, similar to what the other deputies got in their contract.
There is no change in longevity pay or payments to buy bulletproof vests.
Within the past several months, the board has settled with Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeants, patrol deputies and the sheriff’s office clerks.
As with those other contracts, the corrections officers agreed to some changes in the health insurance to help the county obtain more agreeable quotes for their health insurance plan, Johnson said.
That has been a theme of all the union contracts. The county has been giving employees one-time lump sum payments in exchange for health insurance concessions. The lump sum payment for the corrections officers is $500.
The county also is giving them a one-time payment of $500 to cover the pay lag, when and if the county decides to implement the lag to update the way it pays employees.