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Initial Union Proposals Exchanged Between Secondary Roads, Sheriff’s Department and County

March 4, 2020
By Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

by Anesa McGregor

Representatives Robert Gilmore and Jason Knight from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (I.U.P.A.T.), along with local union representatives Mike Hartman, Mike Flaherty, Pat Corley and Palo Alto County Engineer Walter Davis-Oeth, met with Renee Von Bokern, Von Bokern Associates of Urbandale and the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisor in a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to exchange initial bargaining proposals for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

The initial proposal of the I.U.P.A.T. included a three and a half percent wage increase beginning July 1, 2020 and continuing for July 1, 2021 and July 1, 2022.

Also included in the proposal was a change in leave. The change requested states that an employee may use up to (10) days of accrued sick leave per year for illness or injury of a member in their immediate family.

In a counter-proposal, the Supervisors offered a one and a half percent increase, which is in line with the rest of the county employees. The only other change was a change in sick leave accrual from one and a half days per month to one day per month.

With proposals exchanged, no decision was made at this time.

Representative Arthur Jones from the Teamsters Local #238, along with Matt Veon and Melanie Rouse from the Sheriff' Department, met with the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to exchange initial bargaining proposals for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

The initial proposal of the Teamsters included a five percent wage increase for every year bargained.

Also included in the wage proposal is a $1.50 above base increase for Jail Admin and TAC (currently they are getting $.75 above base) and an additional $1.00 per hour increase for the Civil Clerk. The Union will give a printout for calls above and beyond clerical duties that have been handled within the past year, including but not limited to transports, sex offenders, probation etc.

Other proposals include:

The Employer shall not discharge or suspend an employee without just cause. Progressive discipline shall be used for violations of Policies and Procedures, any warning notices shall remain in effect for a period of 12 months. A copy of the discipline shall be forwarded to the Union,

Three weeks vacation for seven to 14 years worked and four weeks vacation for 15 years and over worked,

All eligible employees will be allowed to donate accrued paid sick or personal leave hours from their unused balance to their co-workers in need of additional paid time off,

Add Christmas Eve and News Year's Eve as holidays,

Employees working from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. receive $.75 above scale per hour for all hours worked,

Longevity pay for each employee at a rate of five cents per hour additional over regular pay of continuous service beginning with five cents after five years and increasing five cents every year there after until $.85 after 25 years.

In a counter-proposal, the Supervisors presented the following for their initial proposal:

An increase in wage rates by one and a half percent, which is in line with the rest of the county employees,

Delete Article 7, Disciplinary Action (permissive topic of bargaining),

No change to vacation times,

Delete Good Friday afternoon from holidays,

A change to article 11 stating overtime for deputy sheriffs and jailers to be paid after working 171 hours per a 28 day period.

With proposals exchanged, no decision was reached at this time.

 
 
 

 

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