We reported today on Pierce County’s request of its unions that they forgo a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise in 2011 to help the county balance the budget.
To give readers more information, we’re attaching copies of the letters Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy wrote to 11 employee unions, as well as copies of replies to the county from two unions. You can read them at the bottom of this file.
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Pierce County seeks to hold line on workers’ pay
Pierce County, facing what officials describe as an $8 million deficit, wants its employee unions to forgo the guaranteed 2.5 percent cost-of-living raises written into their contracts.
Executive Pat McCarthy made the request in letters to 11 bargaining groups, saying the concession would “significantly reduce the number of layoffs we otherwise face, and help us maintain service levels to the citizens of Pierce County”
The labor groups have yet to respond to the request, but two unions have asked for more information.
In a letter to McCarthy, Robert Westbrook of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said he couldn’t take the request to his membership without answers to several questions.
“Where would the cuts come from?” he asked. “What service levels would be affected and how? When would the cuts come and where would layoffs be expected?”