Placer County Supervisors Approve Contract with PPEO
The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with the Placer Public Employees Organization Tuesday that balances two key goals: providing employees with modest annual wage increases and ensuring labor costs can be sustained in future years.
Board members voted unanimously to approve the contract, which has a retroactive starting date of Jan. 1, 2014 and will remain in effect through June 30, 2017.
"I want to commend our team, as well as the PPEO team, for coming to this resolution," said Board Chairman Jack Duran.
PPEO represents about 1,800 employees, or roughly 77 percent of the county workforce. Its members voted to approve the contract in mid-May, with more than 80 percent of voting members favoring ratification.
Under the agreement, PPEO members will receive:
* 2 percent wage increases with effective dates of Dec. 12 this year and Dec. 11, 2015 and
* 1 percent increases with effective dates of Dec. 9, 2016 and July 21, 2017.
"As the country's economic outlook continues to improve, we are optimistic that modest revenue growth will continue," Deputy County Executive Officer Maryellen Peters said in a report to board members, emphasizing that actions taken by the board during the recent economic downturn positioned the county to fund the proposed wage increases and other priorities.
She reported the two negotiating teams worked together closely and respectfully and reached a collaboratively negotiated agreement in keeping with the board's commitment to employee engagement.
In her report, Peters said the full financial impact of the agreement will not be felt on county budgets until the 2017-18 fiscal year, noting that the wage increases are spread over several years. The first three wage increases will take effect in the middle of fiscal years - a move that cuts first-year budget impacts roughly in half.
"The cost impacts to the county for this labor agreement have been held to a minimum whenever possible, with the effects of some items deferred into future fiscal cycles when staff anticipates that the county's revenue will improve," Peters explained.
Wage-increase and roll-up costs attributable to the agreement are projected to be $1.7 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year, $3 million for 2015-16, $2.2 million for 2016-17 and $2.3 million for 2017-18.
The total cost of the agreement covering more than three-quarters of the county workforce is projected to be $9.17 million in 2017-18 and following years.
The agreement with PPEO also includes adjustments in such areas of compensation and benefits as dental insurance, tuition reimbursement, and stand-by pay.
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesPediatric Telemedicine Consults Delivers Cost SavingsResearchers at UC Davis have conducted a comprehensive study to determine whether pediatric telemedicine consultations with rural emergency departments
50 Days of the Grateful Dead: Sugar MagnoliaIn a nod to the recent Dear Jerry Celebration held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion and an online request, we step back in time 32 years to June 1983.
Memorial Day Weekend : All Aboard as Railroad Season BeginsWhen the whistle blows Memorial Day weekend it will be full steam ahead this summer aboard the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad
American River Project: Water Transfer ApprovedDrought Watch: At the May 21 meeting of the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) Board of Directors, the Board approved a resolution authorizing the release of 12,000 acre-feet
Granite Bay Cuts Water Use 32 PercentDrought Watch: Customers in San Juan Water District's retail service area reduced their water use by 32 percent in April compared to 2013.
When 20 Billion Gallons of Water Savings is Not EnoughDrought Watch: Even though customers from 19 Sacramento-area water agencies have saved more than 20 billion gallons
$900,000 Window Project: Placer County Courthouse AuburnWork is under way on a construction project that will restore and repair aging windows at Placer County's Historic Courthouse in Auburn.
Squaw Valley High Profile Development ProposedA proposed high-profile project is in the works that would transform 94 acres in Squaw Valley into a development offering numerous resort residential options and amenities
Auburn Library Opens with Flooring Project CompletionThe Auburn branch of the Placer County Library has been closed since May 1
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Honors Fallen for Memorial DayKaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center held a special ceremony yesterday honoring the memories of all who have died on behalf of our country
Raley's and iFoster Launch Foster Youth Hiring Program iFoster has partnered with Raley's Family of Fine Stores to develop a new hiring program for foster youth.
Auburn Non-Profit Above All Adventures Utilizes IndiegogoIn Placer County, 13 is the average age for first time alcohol and illegal prescription use, and binge drinking increases threefold between 9th and 11th graders
NEWS: In Case You Missed It