JFS, union work on new pact

Negotiations continue between the employee's union for Job and Family Services and Huron County, but both sides remain mum on details causing a delay in a contract. Lowell Etzler, interim director for the agency, said talks began in early July to replace a three-year contract agreement that expired June 30.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Negotiations continue between the employee's union for Job and Family Services and Huron County, but both sides remain mum on details causing a delay in a contract.

Lowell Etzler, interim director for the agency, said talks began in early July to replace a three-year contract agreement that expired June 30.

Sources said the employees' union met Monday night to discuss a settlement, but union president Robin Hunt refused to confirm or deny a meeting was held.

Etzler discussed the negotiations with Huron County commissioners last week, but said nothing has been finalized. "We discussed some possibilities," he said. "The same discussion was held with the union. As a result, we're still in the process of negotiations so I can't go into any detail."

The commissioners did pass a resolution last week, however, to bring county policy regarding "bumping" when employees are laid off in Job and Family Services in line with state law. Etzler said a new state law passed under House Bill 187 does not allow management employees to "bump" or take a union job from another employee if the manager is laid off.

"That is a requirement of state law," Etzler said, adding that managers serve at the discretion of the agency director.

Another issue that faces the agency, he said, is salaries of managers compared to pay scales for employees. Some managers, who are paid a set salary, earn less than the employees they must oversee because employees can earn overtime pay.

"We're in the process of discussing that right now," Etzler said. "Over the period of several years, it just evolved into that." He said that issue is not a part of contract negotiations.

Etzler said he had no predictions as to how long negotiations might continue. Any changes in the contract might be retroactive to July 1 since the old contract has expired, he said, "but not necessarily."

Comments

swiss family .....

i hope that they negotiate a fair and workable contract.I just wish that there was some sort of checks and balances out there,so they could get rid of the dead weight out there,and it would not only save the taxpayers money in the long run, but it would also make for a better work environment for everyone.

re swiss family...

I agree, are we getting the best bang for the buck out that office. There seems to be people in there not carrying their weight. I think an audit of cases and maybe then we can see who is working and who is not.

Here's an idea....

Why don't they just shut the place down and MAKE people get jobs! That'll fix 'em!

most of the Hur...

land their jobs by receiving public assistance...stay on the system long enough (get your food stamps, free medical, and free day care) and you got the job.
less training! you know all the rules and regulations!
funny how it works.

swiss family .....

to "most of the huron county caseworkers " I don't believe that what you said is true, where do you get your information ? or are you just gossiping on here?

funny (Anonymous)

someone in a earlier posting stated they have to pay for dental and eyeglasses. Gee I wish I was offered that. I have to pay $125 per pay period so that my family has medical and then it does not pay much. I do not feel sorry for them I feel sorry for the people who do not get the service they are needing. I know of people who abuse the system, but there are those who really need it.

RE: swiss famil...

why? you thinkin' about gettin' a job?? you usually got to get up before noon to hold onto one, though. boxhead

re swiss family...

Grow up, this place is for adults not children.

Re: re swiss fa...

ROTFLMFAO! Poopyhead!

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