Probation staff, mid-management see 2 percent raises

Plumas County Probation Department and mid-management employees are seeing a 2 percent wage increase to hourly wages.

They will also receive health insurance premiums comparable to those in the Sheriff Employee Association program.

Human Resources Director Nancy Selvage was before the Board of Supervisors on Aug. 20 explaining that an agreement was reached through negotiations.

In 2020, Selvage said those employees are scheduled to receive another 1 percent increase.

Three members of the Board of Supervisors approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Probation Association and the Mid-management Probation Association. Supervisor Jeff Engel was a no vote.

The agreement is from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2021.

In the agreement, Selvage said that the monthly cost of CalPERS health insurance that covers medical, vision, dental and life benefits is $569.88 per person. This increases to $1,171.80 to add one person. It goes to $1,511.12 for family coverage.

Negotiation will reopen in June 2020 for the next year’s employer health benefit premium contributions, according to Selvages information to supervisors.

Although Supervisor Sherrie Thrall ultimately voted to approve the agreement, she reminded everyone that, “We are still in the neighborhood of $4 million in the red. This is painful.”

Supervisor Lori Simpson said that it could result in a situation where employees are getting raises, but it might result in layoffs to pay those increases.

County Counsel Craig Settlemire reminded supervisors that the probation department does have dedicated funds from the state.