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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 24, 2014

Jailers’ union requests changes

By DIANE VANCE, Ledger staff writer | Nov 13, 2012

Jefferson County jailers, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 616, sent an initial proposal through negotiator Steve Siegel to Jefferson County Board of Supervisors today.

The union proposed the following changes to the contract:

• Overtime: Change from current practice, all employees who work in excess of 171 hours in a 28-day period are paid overtime; to proposed, all employees who work in excess of 40 hours in a week shall be paid at the rate of 1.5 their normal rate.

Paid leaves and vacation shall not be counted as working time for purpose of determining overtime; proposed change, paid leaves, vacation and holidays shall be counted to determine overtime.

• Holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Friday after, and Christmas Day are nine days a year recognized as holidays. Currently, all full-time employees are paid straight, regular rate of pay.

Proposed change: Employees shall be paid two times their straight time for all hours worked on a holiday.

• Safety rules and working conditions. Jailers lost some of the benefits when the union came in, said Siegel. Now, the union is asking to restore these proposed changes: Jefferson County will pay full cost of an eye exam and for lenses that meet OSHA standards once every 24 months.

County pays for full cost of frames that meet OSHA standards, up to a maximum cost of $50, then one-half of cost exceeding $450. Frames are limited to one pair every 24 months.

“Jefferson County is not comparable with insurance coverage to neighboring counties and comparing five other counties smaller and five large than Jefferson County,” said Siegel.

• Insurance. Currently, jailers receive an allowance to purchase medical insurance in an amount as allotted by the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors each fiscal year.

The union proposes a change to: County shall continue to provide health insurance options to employees as of July 1, 2012. The county will pay for the entire premium for employees and 75 percent of the difference between single and family coverage for those employees desiring family coverage. The county will continue to provide all other insurance coverages available to employees as of July 1.

• Salaries. The union is requesting a 4 percent increase in base hourly salaries for fiscal year 2013-2014. The lowest current hourly pay is $16.19; a 4 percent increase would bring it up to $16.84. The highest hourly pay is currently $17.28; the increase would be to $17.97 per hour.

Any proposals approved and put into place will be applied to all jail employees, approximately 16. Siegel said three employees are members of the union.

Jefferson County Board of Supervisors and Siegel agreed to meet again at 9 a.m. Nov. 26, at the regular Monday meeting time for supervisors.

The supervisors set 4:30 p.m. today as the deadline for new claims to be submitted for vehicle damage caused by the summer’s boiler slag seal coat of Salina Road.

County engineer Scott Cline said no new claims have been submitted purporting damage after the second seal coat of lime chips in mid-October.

“Some claims have come in since then, but it’s been for damages done prior to that second seal coat,” he said.

He has 81 claims submitted to date, and 14 have been paid. Those submitting the claims still have further paperwork to turn in.

The supervisors plan to pay all claims turned in before close of business today.

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