Wednesday, July 6, 2011 – 09:45 p.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies rejected a concession package proposed and recommended by their union Wednesday evening.

On a margin of 55% to 45%, the Safety Unit of the San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA) rejected a package of concessions that combined with increases in health insurance coverage would have cost the unions members close to $400 per month.

However, the unions Safety Management and Supervisory Unit did pass the proposal.

The vote deals another blow to county Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux, who was relying on the passage to fill the bulk of a multi-million dollar budget deficit.

The package, brought to the county by the union, would among other things have deferred two salary increases and dramatically increased the time it would take for Deputy Sheriff to reach the “Top Step” salary range.

Members filed a grievance and an unfair labor practice in a failed attempt to stop the election.

Both actions are actually filed against the county for contract violations, not internal union disputes.

The proper remedy of filing a ‘Duty of Fair Representation” lawsuit against the union has not been accomplished.