Arrived at the McHenry County Board’s Law and Justice Committee a little late on Monday.
Discussion was taking place about the collective bargaining agreement between Circuit Clerk Kathleen Keefe’s office and its union, the Metropolitan Alliance of Police.
Here’s what the County Board members read:
The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the MAP, the County and the Circuit Clerk expired on November 30, 2014.
Pursuant to good faith negotiations regarding wages, benefits and terms of employment, the parties have reached tentative agreements for a successor labor contract.
The contract will have a term of four years beginning 12/1/2014 and sets wage increases at 2.25% for each year.
The contract also sets the starting wage for new Court Room Specialist 1 employees and provides an equity adjustment to employees based on their tenure and position.
The health insurance language has been revised to provide for a gradual increase in employee contributions each year of the contract and includes an ACA / “Cadillac plan” provision.
Other key changes include revisions to vacation usage, personal day scheduling, funeral leave policy and the incorporation of a new wellness benefit provision.
While not included in the contract, the negotiations will enable the Circuit Clerk to implement a change in the department’s personnel policy to address attendance and give the Circuit Clerk greater control of employee absences and use of sick leave.
“We struggle to keep Court Specialists, Circuit Clerk Kathleen Keefe told the committee.
“I have lost them to pretty much every department in the county.”
“Employees start at $12.25 now,” she explains.
“The starting rate would be frozen in the contract until 2017.
“New hires started at $11.90 in 2011, $12.05 in 2012 and $12.25 in 2013.
“So the $12.25 starting rate that has been in their existing contract since 12/1/2013 would be frozen until 12/1/2017.”
Deputy County Manager Scott Hartman fills us in on the cost of the contract:
“In consideration of the wage adjustment coupled with the corresponding FICA / IMRF costs, less the calculation of projected health insurance savings (based on current participation levels at today’s premium rate), the contract is projected to cost $175,540.
“This is based on a c
alculation of $236,259 in wages/FICA/IMRF and a savings of $60,719 in Health Insurance costs.”