The second mediation session with Barry County and the Barry County Courthouse Employees Association produced results, moving the negotiating process forward, County Administrator Michael Brown said.
“I would consider our last mediation session productive as the bargaining teams came to a tentative agreement through the mediator. The attorneys are working on drafting an update to the current collective bargaining agreement language for review,” Brown said.
Currently the Association is meeting with its membership to explain it “so that they can hold full membership ratification vote to see if it will be accepted,” he said. If the Association approves it, the Barry County Board of Commissioners will take it up for consideration and approval also.
Under a provision to re-open the contract in 2016 to address wages, the two sides held one negotiation session and then went to mediation in December. The cause of the stalemate in the negotiations is the implementation of a pay study contracted for by commissioners.
The pay study recommended, among other things, a 13 percent pay raise across the board to put Barry County employees in line with surrounding entities that were used for comparison.