County and cops strike contract deal
Ontario County and its sheriff’s road patrol union have signed off on a three-year agreement, settling differences that date back nearly a year.
The agreement, retroactive to Jan. 1, gives the members of the road patrol unit an annual 4 percent wage hike — less than half as much as the unit asked for last spring when it wanted 8 percent annual increases the first two years and 10 percent the third. At that time, the county wanted to freeze the salaries.
The union represents the 88 members of the road-patrol unit, which covers deputies, sergeants and investigators.
While neither side is completely satisfied with the new agreement, “both parties were committed” to reconciling differences, said Robert Leonard, labor-relations specialist with the Civil Service Employees Association. “At the end of the day, it’s a good agreement.”
City Supervisor David Baker said, “It’s nice to put this matter to rest. It’s overall a settlement both sides can be confident with.”
Baker serves on the county’s Personnel Committee, which approved the agreement Wednesday. The Board of Supervisors is expected to give it the final OK at its meeting next Thursday.
Leonard said the pact includes a benefit aimed at helping employees pay for health care after retirement. Depending on the employee’s length of service, a person can chose either a one-time payment of $30,000, or sign on to a compensation-match program in which both the employee and county contribute to a fund to be used after retirement.
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