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BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County Board has approved contracts with three of its unions, including one that had gone to mediation and another resolved in arbitration.

The 63 jail employees and members of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 780 had been negotiating a contract with the county since before the current contract expired Jan. 1, 2009. The new contract was resolved through mediation.

The four-year pact approved Tuesday provides a 2.25 percent retroactive raise for 2009 and 2010, a 2.65 percent raise retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011, and a 2.75 percent raise effective Jan. 1, 2012.

McLean County Administrator Bill Wasson said the lowest base wage for a jail worker under the old contract was $31,168 annually.

The contract for 51 sheriff’s deputies and members of FOP Lodge 176 expired Jan. 1, 2010.  Their new three-year contract was the result of a ruling by an arbitrator.

The contract provides a 1.75 percent raise retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010, and a 2.875 percent raise retroactive to Jan. 1, 2011. The workers will receive another 2.87.5 percent raise on Jan. 1, 2012.

Wasson said the lowest annual base salary for a deputy under the previous contract was $41,163.

A new three-year contract for 19 Highway Department employees and members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 531 provides no retroactive raise to the start of the contract on Dec. 20, 2010. 

The workers will receive a 45-cent per-hour raise effective Dec. 19, 2011, and a 57-cent per-hour raise effective Dec. 18, 2012.  Permanent employees on the active payroll when the contract was ratified will receive a one-time lump-sum payment of $637.50 for costs related to group plan family insurance coverage increases this year.

Wasson said the lowest annual base pay for the workers under the old contract was $38,366.

County Board member George Wendt was the only member who voted against the contracts. He previously voted against raises for non-union county employees.

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