After nine negotiating sessions Teamsters Local 118 and the Wayne County Board of Supervisors have reached an impasse.
The Union declared the impasse after that ninth session. The two entities are at odds over wages.
For its part, the Union says deputies have the lowest wages of all surrounding counties and municipalities. That has been a consistent fact throughout the history of negotiations between Wayne County and its sheriff’s department. Even those predating the most-recent contract dispute.
A public hearing is slated for December 6th on the County’s 2023 budget. Union members plan to attend that 7 p.m. session, and is encouraging members of the public to attend as well.
Union representatives will be there at the court house on Church Street.
One of the biggest issues faced by the sheriff’s office is pay that doesn’t compete with other surrounding agencies, and inability to retain officers. The latter is often caused by inadequate pay.
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