Union workers are asking the county to come back to the table and negotiate a contract, instead of requesting a mediator. They say the cost of living adjustment the county provided is not enough, and they say without a raise it’ll be even harder to keep and attract new employees.
“Many of us are in social services,” union President Sarah Steinberg Weis says, “we know we’re not going to get rich being in social services but we would like to not struggle to pay our bills.”
Counsel for Jackson County says their proposals are so far apart that a neutral mediator is the best option going forward. They say the county’s proposal is 5 million dollars more in wages and insurance than the last contract, the union’s is more than 12 million.
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