DEPUTIES UNION MOBILIZING BEHIND DEMAND FOR 5% PAY RAISE.
With their contract expired and no raises the last three years, frustrated Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are pushing for a 5 percent pay hike and are considering ``a variety of membership activities'' beginning Wednesday, their union's executive director said.
``The days of our being happy, collaborative partners are over,'' said Bud Treece, who heads the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, or ALADS. ``We want to know what's in it for us.''
He declined to detail what action union members might take to press their demands and said union members will be notified Monday about whatever is planned.
The union's contract expired at midnight Friday, the first time in almost 16 years that a new deal wasn't in place when the old one ended, said Treece and Ken Miller, the county's chief labor negotiator.
The union represents about 7,000 deputies and district attorney's investigators. Their last raise came in June 1994 and the union has twice agreed in the past four years to contract extensions with no raises.
Miller said county officials are sympathetic to the union's complaints, but have no funds budgeted for raises the rest of this fiscal year. And next year's general fund budget, out of which deputies are paid, is already facing a projected gap of $146 million.
Every 1 percent hike for sheriff's deputies would widen that gap another $4 million, Miller said. The union is requesting a 5 percent increase effective today.
But Treece said the organization won't wait for a raise again.
``Our membership is pretty desirous of doing something more than sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring saying how much our raise is going to be,'' Treece said. ``I think the disappointment is rising. We have some membership activities in the planning stages for Wednesday.''
The salary predicament already has been the subject of several closed-session meetings of the Board of Supervisors as they grapple with what can be done not only for ALADS members but the rest of the 82,000-person county work force.
All but one of the county's 54 union contracts expire between now and early summer, said Miller. The firefighters' contract expired Dec. 31, and the contract for sheriff's supervisors also expired Friday without new agreements.
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|Date:||Feb 1, 1997|
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