Amid labor dispute, Butte County supervisors give themselves a raise

Nov 24, 2015 8:31 PM by News Staff

The Butte County Board of Supervisors can thank themselves for a pay raise voted in Tuesday morning.

The discussion, which comes amid a labor dispute with county workers, generated a large turnout Tuesday morning.

The pay will increase will be around $2,000 a year and is tied to an increase in pay for Supreme Court judges. Thanks to a measure implemented eight years ago, when the judges get a raise, the supervisors do too.

The 4.3 percent increase will bring the supervisors salaries to just over $56,000 a year, starting in February.

Last month, United Public Employees of California, the union representing Butte County’s Skilled Trade Unit, scheduled its first ever strike over stalled contract talks.

The county is offering a 3 percent pay raise, which includes contributing to health care costs. The union wants at least a 5 percent pay increase to help cover an increase in the cost of health insurance.

Union leaders called for the board to move its member’s salary discussion to an open session, and asked that the salaries of county employees be put before the raises.

Supervisors say they salary increase is fair. Supervisor Larry Wahl told Action News Now, “'Im comfortable with it, given the amount of responsibilities the members of this board have.”


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