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COUNTY PULSE: Contract restores pay cut, hikes salaries for county managers and supervisors

08/22/2014 4:35 PM

08/22/2014 9:35 PM

Stanislaus County leaders have agreed to eliminate a pay cut for a 365-member employee group and raise salaries in the final two years of the labor contract.

The county will restore 60 percent of the pay cut for midlevel managers and supervisors this month and return the rest to their paychecks in July. In addition, the four-year contract provides for a 1 percent cost-of-living raise in July 2016 and a 3 percent increase a year later.

The contract will increase the county’s personnel costs by $6.9 million over the four years, a report said. The general fund will be tapped for $1.4 million of that.

The managers and supervisors in various departments are members of the Stanislaus County Employees Association/American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 10.

All county employees accepted a 6 percent salary cut in 2010 to help the county weather a budget crisis. It was reduced to 5 percent in July 2013, and unions have sought full restoration of pay in recent negotiations. The county has been in contract talks with the 12 unions representing county workers.

Employees from the Community Services Agency, public works, behavioral health and other divisions packed the Board of Supervisors chamber Tuesday to demand an end to the pay cut. One union negotiator said later that employees should not have to wait until July to have the full amount restored. He said union members are frustrated that county leaders won’t budge on their current proposals.

“They borrowed that money from us to save the county millions of dollars each year,” the union representative said. “We are just asking them to restore it and they won’t do it.”

WEST NILE UPDATE – It’s easy to forget or even dismiss all the warnings about the West Nile virus heard in the past decade in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. People might consent to a vaccination, if one existed. But they are not in the habit of spraying themselves with repellent to ward off mosquitoes, which can transmit the potentially deadly illness, unless they are camping and don’t want to be scratching multiple bites.

This summer, mosquito bites have caused two deaths in Stanislaus County and stricken previously healthy people in the region, including two college students who won’t be heading back to classrooms this month.

Friday morning, the San Joaquin Mosquito & Vector Control District sprayed in a Lathrop neighborhood between Mossdale Elementary School and the San Joaquin River levee. The parents of Shamit Kishore of Lathrop, who attends Delta College in Stockton, had figured he was bitten by an infected mosquito as he fished on the river last month.

But it now appears he may have been infected with the devastating illness while shooting basketballs outside the family’s home, his mother said.

She said the mosquito control district told the family Thursday that mosquitoes trapped at the home tested positive for West Nile, which prompted the spraying with Pyronly 525. Shamit Kishore, the subject of a Modesto Bee story this week, had hoped to complete some classes at Delta College this fall so he can transfer to San Jose State University. Shamit was a varsity basketball player at Lathrop High School. His college major is business administration.

His mother is talking with teachers at Delta about assignments he can complete at home. Shamit, who was in Kaiser Modesto Medical Center for nine days, still was struggling at home with nausea in the past two days, his mother said. It is expected to take a few months for him to fully recover.

The Spring Creek Golf & Country Club in Ripon was targeted for ground spraying this weekend.

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The Bee's Ken Carlson writes about county government and health issues in the Central Valley.

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