Cass County Supervisors approves Secondary Roads bargaining agreement


December 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors today (Monday), approved a three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Union representing the County’s Secondary Roads Department. County Engineer Charles Marker presented the agreement in front of the Supervisors for their approval and signature. Marker said the Union and Board reached the final agreement during a meeting held December 18th. The Secondary Road Department’s employees ratified the agreement on Dec. 22nd.

Supervisor Chuck Rieken, who along with Supervisors Gaylord Schelling, represented the County during the negotiations, said he thought the agreement was amicable. He said there were some minor changes in the final form of the agreement as far as language was concerned, but otherwise everything went well.

The agreement calls for three-percent increases per year in wages, effective July 1st, 2013, and running through June 30th, 2016. In it’s initial proposal to the County back in October, the Union had requested a seven-percent rate increase for the first-year of the contract, a 4-percent increase across the board the second-year of the contract, and a 3-percent increase for the third-year, effective July, 2013.

The final agreement also says all Secondary Roads Employees who have County Health Insurance, will contribute additional monthly dollars to the health plan through direct payroll deductions. The agreement calls for zero dollars increase the first year, 20-dollars per month the second-year, and 40-dollars per month for the third-year of the contract.