The president of the union for Pierce County corrections deputies filed today to run against County Executive Pat McCarthy.
Bruce Minker has criticized McCarthy and her staff for their handling of the labor dispute with corrections deputies.
“We’ve been without a contract for 18 months,” said Minker, president of the Pierce County Corrections Guild. “Unacceptable.”
Minker, 52, a corrections deputy at the Pierce County Jail, filed with no party preference. McCarthy, a Democrat, is seeking her second term as county executive.
The Pierce County Corrections Guild has been is in mediation with Pierce County over the county wanting all guild employees to pay a share of health care insurance costs for the first time last year. Prior to that, only those in the most expensive coverage option had to pay any of the premium.
The 300-member corrections guild has been operating without a contract since 2010.
Minker said he signed a memo of understanding Wednesday agreeing to the same terms other county unions have accepted for insurance and pay in 2012.
The county will pay increases of up to 10 percent in health care premiums this year. Any increase beyond that would be split evenly by the county and the deputies. Like other county employees, the corrections deputies would receive no cost-of-living adjustment in 2012.
The corrections deputies will vote on the agreement May 30-31.
Minker also has criticized the county’s Planning and Land Services department because he says it took him 18 months to get a permit to build a barn at his home in McKenna.