WARREN — The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and the union representing corrections officers in the Trumbull County jail reached a new labor agreement.
The three-year agreement gives a 3.5 percent raise, but increases the amount the officers pay for their health insurance and retirement, said Sheriff Paul Monroe. About 80 people are in the union.
Trumbull County commissioners passed the labor agreement Wednesday at their regular meeting.
The changes call for the officers to pay 11 percent, up from 10 percent, of health care costs, and eliminates the practice of the sheriff’s office paying for the employees’ share of retirement contributions. That practice was started sometime in the 1980s, Monroe said.
“The trend was to have the public agencies pick up the retirement costs in lieu of a pay raise. So, we negotiated that back so now the employees are paying their own retirement. And we gave them a 3.5 percent incentive because their contributions and taxes will go up,” Monroe said.
The change won’t lead to any big savings.
“It is more of a wash. They didn’t take any concession, and there is just a small pay increase over the length of the contract,” Monroe said.
There is a good relationship between the corrections staff and the administrative staff at the jail, Monroe said.
“They recognized some of the financial shortcomings of the county,” he said.
Monroe praised the corrections staff for their dedication to the job, and keeping the jail fully staffed even while many worked from home.
“We saw no sick leave abuse. These guys and gals came to work and carried the ball,” Monroe said.
The work ethic and adherence to protocols helped keep the jail free of COVID-19, where no staff or inmate cases have been reported, Monroe said.
The sheriff’s office has finished negotiating three other contracts. The remaining contract with the deputies has not been settled. It is entering the fact-finding stage, Monroe said. Details of the negotiations are private.
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