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Pierce County Board: Looks at raises for another union labor group

Last week, Pierce County Board members heard a closed-session report on raises for another labor group.

The Community Health Association contract package--which includes pay raises and higher employee contributions for health insurance premiums--is set for approval by the board at its Tuesday, Sept. 23, meeting.

Similar contracts for Human Services Department support staff, the courthouse union and Highway Department union were approved by the board earlier this summer.

The new contract will give Health Association members two-percent raises retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year, a one-percent increase retroactive to July 1, a two-percent raise on Jan. 1, 2009, a one-percent raise on July 1, 2009, a two-percent raise on Jan. 1, 2010, and a one-percent raise on July 1, 2010.

The employee share of health insurance premiums, which is currently eight percent, will increase to nine percent Jan. 1, 2009, and to 10 percent Jan. 1, 2010.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a farmland preservation agreement for Hilton H.P. Fiedler, Prescott. The 10-year agreement involves 251 acres, mostly in the Town of Oak Grove.

    The county's Land Conservation and Land Management committees approved the Fielder agreement earlier this year with the condition a nutrient management plan be completed. The assistant zoning administrator reported the plan is now in place.

  • Approved a 25-year farmland preservation agreement for Michael and Darla Pittman. The agreement involves 236 acres in the Town of Maiden Rock.
  • Appointed Mary Jo Hill, Ellsworth, to the Ethics Board. On Aug. 20, County Board Chairman Paul Barkla, Supervisor James Ross and Land Management Administrator Andy Pichotta interviewed four applicants for the position and recommended Hill.

    Hill, who formerly worked as director of nursing and then administrator at The Lutheran Home in River Falls, is currently employed at Fairview Seminary Home in Red Wing.

  • Re-appointed Ed Hanson and Arby Linder and appointed Greg Kerr to the Board of Adjustment.

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