Evans: Deadline to OK labor pacts extended to Sept. 30

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said Monday he’s extending the deadline for the unions who represent county workers to ratify tentative labor contracts.

He said the county has reached tentative agreements with all but one of the unions, AFSCME Local 3317, which represents 95 people who are uniformed supervisors and command officers in the county sheriff’s office.

To enable members of the eight other unions to ratify their agreements, he is extending the deadline for them to vote to next Wednesday, Sept. 30.

On Monday, Evans also issued his second order under the county’s consent agreement with the state. The order enables Evans to impose employment terms for workers represented by Local 3317 by the start of the county’s new fiscal year, Oct. 1.

“Our preference was to reach an agreement like we did with every other union,” Deputy County Executive Richard Kaufman said in a statement. “With the expiration of the 30 day time limit, it became necessary to impose these employment terms today.”

Meanwhile, Evans said he plans to officially notify union leadership and extend the terms of the expired labor contracts Tuesday by issuing his third order under the consent agreement.

According to Evans, the county has reached tentative agreements with the Government Bar Association, Police Officers Association of Michigan, Government Administrators Association Nurses and General Fund, AFSCME Supervisors and Non-Supervisors, and Dieticians and Nutritionists. The county requires the unions ratify their contracts before or on Sept. 30.

In addition, two other unions — the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324 and the Michigan Building Construction Trades Council — have already ratified agreements with the county.

“I am pleased my administration and union leadership worked toward deals that reflect the County’s need for shared sacrifice, which is appropriately acknowledged through the tentative agreements we have reached,” Evans said in a statement Monday. “Allowing additional time for the agreements to be reviewed and hopefully confirmed is in the best interest of all involved, most importantly our employees.”

Earlier this month, Local 3317 won a restraining order from a county circuit court judge to block changes to sheriff deputies' wages and benefits made under the consent agreement.

But county officials said last week the judge vacated the order.

Also last week, a federal court judge denied a request from AFSCME Council 25, which represents more than 2,500 Wayne County workers, to block any wage and benefit changes made under the consent agreement. Local 3317 is part of AFSCME Council 25.


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