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Upon second consideration, non-union workers get raises

ELLSWORTH -- At its February meeting, the Pierce County Board of Supervisors approved a zero-percent raise for its non-represented employees for 2011. In last month's meeting, board members reversed themselves and by a 16-1 vote, approved a 1.25% increase, retroactive to Jan. 1.

The reason for the switch, explained in the resolution, was that increases were given to union workers, employees have to pay more of their retirement contribution, and the board wants "to prevent further compression issues."

The resolution also states that funds for the raises should already exist within each department's budget because the 2011 budgets assumed the county would be paying the employee's share of retirement contributions for the entire year.

Supervisor Don Rohl was the only member to vote no.

In other business, the board:

  • Held initial discussions on how the county should enforce the new concealed weapons law. No action was taken, but some approval is expected at the Oct. 25 meeting since the law goes into effect Nov. 1.
  • Unanimously approved amending the county's personnel policy to repeal and recreate grievance policy pursuant to the state's Budget Repair Bill.
  • Named Christina Tuenge as the Economic Support/Child Support manager replacing Heather Conway who is now the Aging Disability Resource Center (ADRC) manager. Tuenge was previously an economic support specialist.
  • Issued letters of commendation to Nancy Lundgaard, Kathy Haas and Donald R. Johnson. Lundgaard retired after 32 years as the bookkeeper for the Highway Department; Haas retired this month after 35 years as ADRC manager; and Johnson was recognized for his 23 years of county service, six as board supervisor and the last 17 as Solid Waste Management Board member.
Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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