Pierce County’s sheriff’s deputies are getting raises of 2.5 percent for 2010 and 2.5 percent for 2011 under a contract set to be ratified by the County Council next week.
The council’s vote, however, is symbolic.
It’s been agreed to by the county’s negotiators. And the Pierce County Deputy Sheriff’s Independent Guild Local No. 1889 ratified the two-year pact at the end of last month, president Cynthia Fajardo said Monday.
The union represents 294 members of the Sheriff’s Department.
The contract, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010, and running through Dec. 31 of this year, specifies a 2.5 percent raise on Jan. 1, 2010. The 2011 raise is based on a cost-of-living formula that guarantees raises of “not less than 2.5 percent nor greater than 5.5 percent.”
The area Consumer Price Index dropped by half a percent between June 2009 and July 2010.
Though the main contract is settled, the deputies’ contribution to their health insurance premiums is not, and the two parties are in a binding arbitration proceeding over the matter, Deputy County Executive Kevin Phelps said this afternoon.
The county wants the union’s members to pay about $67 a month for medical, dental and vision coverage, Phelps said. The union disagrees.
“We’re disappointed” by that, he added, noting the deputies’ union is asking that its members pay much less.
County workers began paying a part of their individual health-care premiums for the first time in 2010. Prior to that, they paid a portion of the cost only for family members on their plans.