After more than an hour in executive session Thursday, LaSalle County Board members approved two labor contracts and raises for non-union employees. The deals with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees are for five years retroactive to December 2018. Board Chairman Jim Olson says the idea is to give county officials plenty of time to negotiate on the next contract so they don’t end up paying raises retroactively again.
The contracts also reflect the new long-term financial views county officials have that employees should bear more of their benefit costs. The changes to the health insurance and retirement plans will affect new employees.
The raise packages are for 50-cents per hour and $100 longevity bumps.