Yakima County is close to reaching an agreement with sheriff's deputies on a new contract after nearly four years of negotiations.
YAKIMA, WA - Yakima County is close to reaching an agreement with sheriff's deputies on a new contract after nearly four years of negotiations. A lot of it comes down to the economy at the Sheriff's Office.
The last time the Sheriffs deputies and Yakima County had a contact was in 2010, back when the county was facing a lot of shortfalls in the budget. Now things have gotten better. A Sheriff's deputy representative told me today that the county has cleaned up some language the deputies didn't like in their most recent proposal.
This new proposal will now be voted on by the 47 members of the deputy's union. For the past four years, deputies have been working under the old contract which means they haven't had any wage increases to compensate for inflation or cost of living during that time.
The new contract will also provide improvements in equipment and technology but if the vote doesn't pass, then both sides will set an arbitration date sometime this month and negotiations will continue.