The local unions conceded to the county the powers to…
Implement a 0% pay increase each year
Hire and fire at will in the face of economic difficulty
Change or even abolish pay classifications
Deetermine type and level of healthcare coverage offered
Increase healthcare contribution levels over time
Set the level of pension contributions
Woah! Suddenly the unions are so reasonable it hurts, huh? When I was tipped about this post, I was confused, because reading this, I thought: My God, that’s more than reasonable. I mean, they’re pretty much giving the county everything it could want.
So… unions are the good guys, maybe?
Well, maybe, but not here.
The unions negotiated a contract for their members that gives their members nothing.
But, it is technically a contract that can be passed quickly.
Which means for the next 33 months, operating under this contract, while getting nothing from their union reps, union members will… retain the privilege of continuing to pay union dues.