UNION SETTLES WITH COUNTY
June 26, 2001 11:00 pm

By WILLIAM LUNDQUIST

GOLD BEACH A three-year contract between Curry County and the Oregon Public Employees Union was ratified Monday by union members.

Curry County Commissioner Marlyn Schafer said the member employees will receive a 2.9 percent salary increase in the first year of the contract, plus another floating holiday.

The county will pay up to $575 a month for medical insurance for each employee and family members.

In the second year of the contract, raises will be based on the Portland Consumer Price Index, which could be between 2 and 3.5 percent.

Employees will also receive half-step salary increases of 2.5 percent on their anniversary dates.

The county will cap medical insurance at $625. If the cost goes higher, the county will split the increase equally with the employees.

Salary and step increases will be the same in the third year as the second year. Medical insurance will be capped at $675 with the same kind of split if costs go higher.

Schafer said the settlement with the Teamsters union, which represents the sheriffs office, was a little different.

Employees of that union will have their 6 percent contributions to the Public Employees Retirement System picked up by the county, in lieu of a cost-of-living raise.

They will also get full 5 percent step increases on their anniversary dates, but Schafer said most employees are already at the top level. The insurance will be the same for both unions.

To give non-union employees some equity with those in unions, Schafer said the county will also pick up their 6 percent retirement contributions.

She said the figures were known and factored into the fiscal year 2001-02 budget, which was balanced last week.