From the Vacaville Reporter (8/23/11):
Solano County is at odds with another union since it rejected the county’s last, best and final offer for a new contract agreement.
The Board of Supervisors will consider today imposing the terms included in the agreement offered to the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, Unit 11. The union represents about 19 employees including dentist, clinic physician and psychiatrist.
According to a staff report, the county and the union have reached a “persistent impasse.”
Last month, supervisors unanimously agreed to impose terms offered to the 90 employees in the job classes of Child Support Attorney, Deputy District Attorney and Deputy Public Defender — represented by the Teamsters, Chauffeurs & Helpers in Sacramento and Public, Professional and Medical Employees Union, Local 150.
The board also agreed to push the implementation date back about a month to Sept. 4 in hopes that a formal agreement is reached before then.
Negotiations between the county and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, Unit 11 started March 16. Since then, the two parties have met on nine occasions, including two meetings with a state mediator.
At the conclusion of a meeting on July 18, the county provided the union negotiators with a last, best and final offer which was rejected by the union membership.
According to the Human Resource Department, the county will save $65,500 this fiscal year and another $100,224 in fiscal year 2012-13.
The total reduction to the county’s general fund is $3,315 during the two-year period.
The savings could increase if furlough days are implemented by the board.
The terms offered to the union include deleting two floating holidays, creating a second retirement tier of 2 percent at 60 years old using the highest 36 months compensation for future employees and reducing the Employer Paid Member Contribution by 3 percent so that employees pay the full share of Public Employees Retirement System contributions.
Other terms include reducing the county’s contribution toward the employee’s cafeteria plan from 80 percent to 75 percent of the Kaiser Family rate, giving the ability to the board of supervisors to implement up to 12 furlough days per fiscal year and reducing the amount of time the employer is required to continue benefits when an employee is receiving Workers’ Compensation or State Disability Insurance.
The terms are to be implemented as soon as they are approved, according to the staff report with the exception of the employer paid member contribution which is to take effect Sept. 4.
The Solano County Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. in the County Government Center, 675 Texas St., Fairfield.