Sangamon County and the union representing county deputies, corrections and court security officers have come to terms after a year without a contract.
“[It was] hard fought, but I think the deputies did not only what they felt was right for their particular union, but also what was going to help the county in general,” says County Administrator Brian McFadden. “So usually that’s what you like to see, something that everybody can talk about, something they feel good about in it.”
Under the new 3 year contract, employees covered by the Fraternal Order of Police will receive a 3.8 percent annual raise, paid retroactively to the end of the last contract. Sangamon County will see big savings with the union agreeing to lower the starting salary of new hires by 4 thousand dollars a year and a big change to retiree health benefits.
Future retirees will have to pay 50 percent of their health cost, compared to the 18 percent paid out by current retirees.