COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Branch County elected officials haven’t had any pay raises for the past two years and it may turn out to be a three-peat. Thursday, the Personnel, Plans, and Policy committee of the County Board of Commissioners made a recommendation the salaries remain frozen for 2013. That includes about two dozen non union supervisors as well. Commissioner Don Vrablic says eventually, the county will have to address the matter of not having pay raise parity from top to bottom. He told the committee yesterday that problem was created in 2011 when they didn’t give the same pay increase to non-union employees that was given to the three unions they negotiated pay hikes for. Other unions have since received raises while non union workers received none and more union members will get increases in 2013 approved as part of their agreements worked out 3 years ago. Of course, the final decision is up to the full Board, which is expected to take up the issue at their meeting next Tuesday. The last salary hike in 2010 was for two and a half percent.
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