Monday, July 4, 2011 – 08:15 p.m.

A contract modification vote by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, that was set to be concluded on June 30, is currently sitting in limbo.

Sources are reporting that at least one union member grievance has been filed against the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA) to challenge the validity of an election to delay two salary increase and significantly reduce benefits.

The one grievance reportedly was filed on behalf of at least three work locations including Rancho Cucamonga Court Services and Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

Fifty percent of the unions affected rank and file members and more than two-thirds of the Safety Management and Supervisory Unit members has reportedly cast ballots.

The grievance stems from language contained in the collective bargaining agreement that neither the county or the union may renegotiate the provisions of the contract for the duration of the agreement.

Also causing problems is the union allowing its members to change their vote mid-election.

A procedure which has never been permitted in the history of SEBA, and not provided for in the unions constitution and bylaws.

County management is relying on the proposed concessions, contained in the tentative agreement, to balance its budget shortfall for the current fiscal year, and has already went as far as to include the concessions in its assumptions.