On Monday, Nov. 11, the Mountain Democrat ran a story about the recently ratified contract between the county and Local 1. Your readers may not be aware the county is also currently negotiating with a number of other employee groups. These employees include: probation officers, dispatchers, correctional officer and Department of Transportation employees, among others. During these negotiations, new health insurance premiums for 2014 were released at a significant increase over current rates. Due to these increases some employees are considering changing plans to reduce their costs.
Currently the county contributes to health insurance premiums at different rates depending on the plan selected by the employee. Even with the proposed wage increase many employees will be faced with a net loss to their monthly income unless they change health insurance. The employees have proposed a solution that will save money for the county, save money for the employees and allow employees to keep their current health insurance. The Board of Supervisors has rejected this plan claiming it doesn’t have sufficient data showing a significant savings to justify the change.
I find this rather ironic based on some of the quotes from Monday’s story. What is a significant savings? Isn’t any savings worthwhile? For employees with salaries well below those of comparison counties I would suspect any savings is significant.
El Dorado County Probation Officers Association