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Kent County board passes wage compensation for four units

Negotiators agree to 2-percent wage increases annually.

November 24, 2017
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Kent County commissioners are in agreement with wage increases for four bargaining units.

During the county’s Finance and Physical Resources Committee Meeting on Nov. 16, the Human Resources Department presented figures for the county’s Management Pay Plan (MPP) compensation program and three labor agreements on behalf of employees in unions representing the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, the 17th Circuit Court and the Parks Department.

The first proposal from the HR department was a request for wage changes to the county’s MPP compensation program effective Jan. 1, 2018. The MPP covers employees in administrative, management and administrative support positions.

Per the 2018 plan, MPP employees who meet performance expectations will receive a 2-percent wage increase, and an additional $180,000 will be allocated as part of a multiyear strategy to address employee advancement. The total increase in salary will be $631,431.

The MPP administrative process provides for periodic review and adjustment of pay structure. This is the only agreement with no contract.

“What we do is we try to benchmark what other comparable employers are paying,” said Amy Rollston, HR director for Kent County.

The labor agreement for the Kent County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Association is a five-year agreement between the county office of the prosecuting attorney and the APAA for the period of Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2022.

Per the labor agreement, wages will increase 2 percent annually effective for the applicable pay period each year. In 2018, the health care out-of-pocket maximum will be increased by $1,000, and the prescription out-of-pocket maximum will be reduced by $1,000. The six-month waiting period for life insurance and supplemental life insurance eligibility is eliminated, and the total five-year increase in salary benefit cost will be $1,130,809.

Either party may reopen the agreement during 2020 with regard to wages. The union also may reopen the agreement if the county agrees to an annual across-the-board increase greater than 2 percent for employees in another union or for all MPP employees.

The labor agreement between Circuit Court Referee Association and the 17th Circuit Court is a three-year agreement for the period of Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2020.

Wages for Circuit Court employees will increase by 2 percent annually for the applicable pay period.

Like the APAA, the Referee Association may reopen the agreement regarding wages if the county agrees to an annual increase greater than 2 percent for all employees in another union or for all MPP employees.

In 2018, the health care out-of-pocket maximum will be increased by $1,000 and the prescription out-of-pocket maximum will be reduced by $1,000. The six-month waiting period for life insurance and supplemental life insurance eligibility is eliminated, and the total three-year increased salary benefit cost will be $109,254.

The labor agreement between the county and the Parks Department Teamsters State, County and Municipal Workers Local 214 is a five-year plan for the period of Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2022.

Wages for Parks Department employees will increase 2 percent annually effective for the applicable pay period. Either party may reopen the agreement with regard to wages during 2020. The union also may reopen the agreement if the county agrees to an annual wage increase greater than 2 percent for all employees in another bargaining unit or for all MPP employees.

A paid time off policy will be implemented for Parks Department employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 2019. In 2018, the health care out-of-pocket maximum will increase by $1,000, and the prescription out-of-pocket maximum will decrease by $1,000. The six-month waiting period for life insurance and supplemental life insurance eligibility will be eliminated. The total five-year increase in salary benefit cost is $333,642.

Rollston said there are 10 unions representing Kent County employees. So far, only three have agreed to a pay adjustment plan.

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