The impartial fact finder, selected to hear the disputed facts of the contract negotiations between KCDOA and the County, has filed his report with the parties. Although the findings are non-binding, they do represent the position of a neutral third party after hearing all of the presented facts. As was expected, the results are mixed.
The fact finder recommends that:
1. The parties adopt the Union’s proposal for an increase in retirement contributions for previously exempt employees to 33% of the maximum employee retirement contribution upon adoption of the agreement.
The LBF County offer would mandate the full 100%.
2.The parties adopt the Union’s proposal for a three year term:
1 July 2010 through 30 June 2013.
The LBF County offer would mandate a 5 year term.
3.The parties adopt the County’s proposal for an increase in health benefit contributions for previously exempt employees to 20% of the applicable health benefit premium.
KCDOA’s most recent offer proposed the same employees would pay 10%.
4.The parties adopt the County’s proposal for a reversion to 2% @ 50 (retirement tier) for all new employees.
KCDOA’s most recent offer did not include any proposed change to the current 3 @ 50 retirement tier.
5.The parties adopt the Union’s proposal to allow employees to cash out up to 50 hours of CTO once per year.
The County has continually rejected this proposal from KCDOA.
It should be noted that other item(s), not listed above, were included in previously exchanged contract offers, but only those items being disputed went before the fact finder. Additionally, as fact finding is non binding, nothing listed above is guaranteed to occur. KCDOA and the County are now moving towards mediation.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011