Orange County and Deputy Sheriff’s PBA Reach Contract AgreementJul 19th, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
Passes joint labor relations personnel committee, pending legislative confirmation
Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana today announced a settlement of a contract between the County and the labor union representing the Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association (DSPBA), which unanimously passed the Joint Labor Relations Personnel Committee and is pending full approval from the Orange County Legislature next month.
“I am pleased that the terms negotiated in the Deputy Sheriff’s PBA contract represent a fair and equitable settlement for both parties,” said County Executive Diana. “This contract recognizes that shared sacrifice is needed, especially during the tough economic climate we face today.”
Orange County Deputy Sheriff PBA President Mark Lopez said, “On behalf of the PBA membership, I am proud to say that we, along with the County, were able to negotiate a fair contract for all.”
“My Office, the County Executive and the PBA worked hard to produce an agreement in these difficult economic times, and I am pleased with the outcome of the PBA contract,” said Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois. “This contract is a step forward for the taxpayers, Deputies, the operations of my Office and the County.”
DSPBA current membership is 85 employees covering the titles of Deputy Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff-Sergeant. For Deputies, the negotiated contract represents a settlement going back to 2009 and lasting through 2013.
Highlights of the contract agreement, covering years January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2013, include: wage increases for Deputies in prior years equal to those of the County’s other bargaining units, but no raises for the years 2012 and 2013; health care contributions will increase to 13% of the premium for members who currently pay health insurance; effective December 31, 2013, all members will contribute 14% of the health care insurance premium, regardless of years of service – a critical element given the rising cost of health care; and, the County will provide additional dental benefits equal to those of the CSEA (Civil Service Employees of America) members.