Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – 08:30 a.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies and District Attorney Investigators have given their approval to a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

The new deal, between the county and the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association (SEBA), essentially grants a three percent salary increase per year, increases the annual uniform from $675 to $1,200, and increases the health insurance subsidy by $60 per month for families by year three of the agreement.

SEBA members were forced to give back approximately ten-percent in compensation during the Great Recession.

Those concessions, at this point, would appear to be long gone.

The new deal keeps employee compensation from falling further in comparison to other agencies. But it does little to recover lost ground.

The contract will go before county supervisors for their approval on August 9.

All San Bernardino County unions will likely face tougher sledding in future negotiations due to escalating retirement system costs facing taxpayers.

The whole dispute and outcome is a tragedy. The deputies deserve better.