Negotiation teams from both sides reached an interim agreement friday ahead of a union vote over the weekend, Morris said. With the support of the unions, the agreement is now awaiting final approval by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County and their public employees` union have signed a new contract after months of disagreement, according to SEIU Local 503. Morris says health care and rising wages for county workers were key to ratifying the contract this week. He says the new agreement requires 7.5 to 11 percent wage increases that would adjust to the county`s cost of living for the duration of the contract until 2021. The pending contract immediately involves a 3.5 per cent pay increase. The city has agreements with seven employee groups and a manual for unrepresented executives and employees. Each of these documents can be found via the links on this page: The new plan has lower costs and richer benefits, as negotiated with the county, according to Morris. Contract negotiations between Jackson County and Local 503 reached an impasse at the end of January, as the two sides failed to agree on a fair contract. For the workers, it was health care – union members voted in favour of the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) nationally, which the county refused.
Negotiations broke into a deadlock in January and public service employees went on strike. The arrival of COVID-19 has significantly changed this landscape. Teamsters Construction – Maintenance Agreement July 2019 to June 2023 Medford Police Officers Association (MPOA) Agreement July 2018 to June 2021 Teamsters Parks Agreement July 2017 to June 2020 Letter of Agreement July 2020 . At the time, 503 members voted in favor of an interim contract with the county this weekend. Communications Director Ben Morris said union members voted “with overwhelming support” for ratification of the treaty. Local 503 has about 500 members. . In early March, 503 local members voted in favor of the strike – but the arrival of COVID-19 in Jackson County and the resulting public health response took a break from those plans. Instead, the union argued that Jackson County, which depends on the coronavirus`s response to public sector employees, should be subject to binding arbitration proceedings to quickly end the dispute.
“Our union has been negotiating for more than a year,” Employee Bargaining Team member Angela Cruthirds said in a March 24 statement. “We have been working for more than seven months without a contract and without security on the future of our health plans. Many county employees are still unable to provide primary health care, and there is real concern about the impact of services from a major epidemic among workers. The union says the contract did not retroactively affect the seven-month Jackson County union employee worked without a contract.