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2012-2013 Labor Negotiation Updates

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The County of Sonoma is committed to an open communications philosophy within the organization and the public. The information below on the ongoing labor negotiations between the County and its bargaining units will be updated periodically so employees and the public have a clear understanding of what is being considered.

During the 2012-2013 negotiations with all the bargaining units, the County is proposing to reset key factors that increase total compensation: (1) adopt a lower cost pension plan for new employees; (2) eliminate “spiking” opportunities for current employees; (3) to the extent possible, convert pensionable into non-pensionable pay; and (4) permanently reduce the overall total compensation levels by 3.0%. Currently, the County is meeting with SEIU and SCLEMA in an effort to mutually agree on the best way to meet the County’s goals." As the negotiations progress, the County will continue to provide public information on this website.

During the 2012 – 2013 negotiations with all bargaining units, the County will propose the following:

  1. A lower cost pension plan for new employees
  2. Eliminating “spiking” opportunities for current employees
  3. Redirecting pensionable compensation into non-pensionable pay
  4. Reducing total compensation by 3% which equals approximately 5% in salary only

What’s New!

Sonoma County Labor Contracts Expirations

Bargaining Unit Date Negotiations Begin Contract Expires
Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU), Local 1021 Negotiations began April 11, 2012. August 31, 2012
Deputy Sheriffs’ Association/Deputy Sheriffs’ Law Enforcement Management (DSA/DSLEM) Notice of intent to negotiate due by February 8, 2013; Negotiations schedule/dates to be set by mutual agreement. September 9, 2013
Sonoma County Law Enforcement Association (SCLEA) Request to begin negotiations due June 1, 2012; Negotiations schedule/dates to be set by mutual agreement. November 30, 2012
Sonoma County Law Enforcement Management Association (SCLEMA) Negotiations begin August 30, 2012. September 8, 2012
Sonoma County Public Defender Investigators’ Association (SCPDIA) Request to begin negotiations due June 1, 2012; Negotiations schedule/dates set by mutual agreement. November 30, 2012
Sonoma County Prosecutors’ Association (SCPA) Request to begin negotiations received April 1, 2012; Dates to be set by mutual agreement. July 1, 2012
Sonoma County Deputy Public Defender Attorneys’ Association (SCDPDAA) Request to begin negotiations to be received by April 1, 2012; Notification received. Scheduling in process. Dates to be set by mutual agreement. June 30, 2012
Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC), Local 20 Currently in negotiations. May 31, 2011
Western Council of Engineers (WCE) Request to begin negotiations due third week of September 2012. Negotiations schedule set by mutual agreement. March 4, 2013
International Union of Operating Engineers, Stationary Engineers, Local 39 Request to begin negotiations to be received by April 1, 2012; Scheduling in process. Dates to be set by mutual agreement. September 17, 2012

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