Solano County

Supevisors approve law enforcement labor contract

By From page A4 | October 02, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has wrapped up another labor contract, this time with law enforcement employees.

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an agreement with the Solano County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. The association represented about 120 workers, primarily the deputy sheriffs.

The contract with the Deputy Sheriff’s Association calls for a 2 percent raise this year and a 2 percent raise in October 2014. That will cost the county a total of $1.35 million over two years, of which $1.27 million will come from the county’s general fund, a county report said.

On Sept. 24, the board approved a contract with Service Employees International Union Local 1021. It is the county’s largest union, representing about 1,600 workers.

That contract also calls for 2 percent raises this year and in 2014. That will cost the county an estimated $10 million over two years, with $2.6 million coming from the general fund.

Solano County has 19 bargaining units and four units of unrepresented employees. It is still negotiating with 14 bargaining units, with some close to reaching agreements, the county report said.

County spokesman Stephen Pierce said the agreements already reached cover a majority of county employees and set the parameters for the remaining negotiations. The county will be focused on making certain all employees are treated as equitably as possible, he said.

Then there’s the question of county finances. The Board of Supervisors in June passed a 2013-14 general fund budget of $219 million. This budget has an estimated structural deficit of $14 million – and that doesn’t take into account the 2 percent raises.

Pierce said rising property tax revenues will cover the employee raises.

Meanwhile, it’s unclear what the structural deficit totals at the moment, given various revenue and expense changes since the board passed the budget. Pierce said the county will give supervisors an update on the financial outlook by the end of October.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • PatriotOctober 02, 2013 - 4:40 am

    wow, increasing property rates will cover the increases in pay. In Vacaville our council has offered VCEA 8.8% pay decrease and 24 PTO days for a 12 month period.

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  • The MisterOctober 02, 2013 - 7:14 am

    My guess is that the County isn't set on breaking the deputy's association like Vacaville is set on breaking their labor associations. The Vacaville council, and the City, is just shameful. Obviously it's not a money issue... after all, it was these same associations that got measures I&M passed so the City would have the financial breathing room to responsibly manage the budget for several years coming out of the recent recession. No, Vacaville is busting their labor associations and significantly harming the low-level employees who have taken pay cuts since 2008 and who are now being hammered again and harder. Shame, shame on Vacaville.

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