Jackson County wins bargaining dispute with sheriff's employees

Jackson County won a bargaining dispute that could spell relief for 66 employees of the Sheriff's Department who received pink slips in February.

"This means we should be able to rescind all or most of the layoff notices," Commissioner Don Skundrick said this afternoon.

The county and the bargaining unit representing sheriff's employees were locked in a dispute over wages that went into binding arbitration.

The county offered no salary increases for 2011 and 2012, with a 2013 salary increase of up to 2 percent based on the consumer price index.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Employees' Association proposed retroactive pay increases for 2011 through 2013 based on the CPI for each year — 2.1 percent and 3.6 percent for 2011 and 2012, respectively. The 2013 CPI has not been determined, but the union asked for no more than 4 percent.

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