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Kane County board OKs union agreement

GENEVA – Certain unionized county employees will receive raises for the next few years.

The Kane County Board on Tuesday approved a resolution permitting Chairman Chris Lauzen to sign a memorandum of understanding with AFSCME Council 31 regarding the agreement reached for unionized employees in the health department, the clerk’s office and the department of employment and education.

The agreement for the employment and education employees includes a 2 percent wage increase retroactive to July 1, 2013; a 2 percent increase effective July 1, 2014; and 2.5 percent increases effective July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016.

Clerk and health department employees will receive the same increases, but their effective date is Dec. 1 for each year.

The agreement also calls for the global employee portion of the health insurance premiums to increase from 15 percent to 17 percent beginning April 1.

Lauzen thanked all involved in the negotiations and described the outcome as “very reasonable.”

Doug Scheflow, R-Elgin, was the sole board member to vote against the agreement. His vote was not a reflection of the employees or negotiations, he said, but to the long-term pension impact.

He also said that was his reason for voting against nonunion salary increases, which the board also approved Tuesday.

The nonunion salary increases will be funded by the $1.2 million health insurance savings. Each department’s and office’s salary – and wage-related line items will be increased by about 2 percent. Department heads will be able to distribute the funds as they see fit.

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