Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/31/2012 05:25:01 PM PDT
San Bernardino County officials are expected to know next week whether a labor union bargaining unit representing sheriff’s deputies and district attorney investigators will agree to a new contract requiring them to pay more into their retirement plans.
Labor negotiators have agreed to the county’s proposed concessions, which include having members pick up the 4.72 percent the county currently pays into their retirement plans and reduces step advancements – raises given based on length of employment – from 5 to 2.5 percent.
Members of the Safety Unit of the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association, or SEBA, have spent the last two weeks weighing their decisions and marking their ballots.
“We expect the ballots to come in and to have a response from SEBA on the tally next Wednesday, Sept. 5,” said Bob Windle, assistant human resources director for the county.
SEBA President Lauren Leichliter said he expects all the ballots to be returned by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The count will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, with results expected to be announced by the end of that day, he said.
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