By Jay Titus, Field Representative - Tuesday, January 8, 2018
The McDonough County Sheriff’s Department have a new three year Agreement. Members were able to negotiate an increase in wages for each year of the Agreement. Members were also able to increase shift differential and shift commander assignment pay.
Other beneficial gains include: all call-in pay to include court time is now a guaranteed 2-hour minimum at the overtime rate of pay, vacation time can now be used in 1 hour increments, language was added to guarantee the number of holidays members receive, incorporated the new classification of “Court Security Officer” throughout the contract, defined Department/Classification/Benefit seniority regarding transfers within the department and change how overtime is fairly distributed to the membership. Many other beneficial language changes were made throughout the contract which have a positive impact on the membership.
Members agreed to expand all probationary periods from 12 to 18 months and reduced their maximum compensatory time accrual from 100 to 80 replenishable hours.
The bargaining team of Robert Phelps, Peter Murfin, Rick Snowden, Billie McDonald and Dan Cousins did an excellent job representing the members. The team was assisted by Field Representative Jay Titus.