Inyo County and Inyo County Employees Association (ICEA) reach an agreement on a new contract
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The Inyo County Board of Supervisors and the Inyo County Employees Association (ICEA), Local 315 of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, are pleased to announce the ratification of a new labor contract affecting County employees represented by the Union. The contract is the culmination of numerous bargaining sessions conducted over a 16 month period by ICEA representatives and County officials.
Represented employees will see a 4% across the Board compensation increase over a 3 year period, consistent with packages already in place for other bargaining units within the County.
With the exception of modifying the sick leave buy-back program eliminated in most of the County’s other labor contracts, the new agreement preserves employee benefits currently in place, and addresses several non-monetary issues important to members of the Union.
The agreement adds three months of retroactive pay – to the end of the last contract – for the first cost of living adjustment and accelerates the implementation of wage increases by six months in the second year of the contract, and by six months in the third year of the contract. “I am happy that we finally were able to come to an agreement,” stated Board Chairman Mark Tillemans. “It has been our desire, all along, to continue to provide our employees with a competitive compensation package which allows us to retain our dedicated workforce. They deserve it. Our employees do a great job of providing a wide range of services to the public.”
Janelle Kent, Local 315 President, commented that “While employees would have liked to have seen a more substantial compensation increase, members believed coming to an agreement without further delay was, at this point, in our best interest.”
The new agreement takes effect immediately and runs through calendar year 2019.