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County gives management 2% raises

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 July 2014 at 12:00 am

Contract makes everyone pay towards health insurance

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature approved a two-year contract with management that gives about 65 employees 2 percent raises in 2015 and 2016.

The labor deal also continues a prior agreement for all management to pay towards their health insurance. The previous deal started a phase-in for veteran managers to pay more towards their health insurance in 2 percent increments.

That five-year roll-in continues in the new contract until it’s at a 10 percent share for all management, unless the manager is a new hire who chooses family insurance coverage. Then the employee has to pay 20 percent of the cost.

The new contract mirrors a three-year deal approved in October with about 70 employees in the Sheriff’s Department. They received 2 percent pay hikes annually and agreed to higher deductibles to their health insurance, which will reduce county health premium expenses.

The management staff also agreed to the higher deductible plan.

The county is now focusing on a labor accord with its largest union, CSEA. That contract expires on Dec. 31.