EUGENE – The union representing sheriff’s deputies in Lane County says that after a 30-day “cooling-off” period in contract talks with the county, they’ve reached an impasse.
The Register-Guard reports that the biggest issue appears to be wages and cost-of-living increases over the next three years. Sources close to the talks tell the paper that the gap between the Lane County Peace Officers’ Association and the county was as much as 1.2 million dollars.
The deputies are part of a strike-prohibited union, which means the negotiations will most likely be resolved with a state appointed arbitrator. The arbitrator will have to choose between the final offers from either the union or the county outright, basing the decision on what’s best for public interests.
The Register-Guard reports the contract dispute comes less than a year after Lane County voters approved a five-year property tax levy to cover the staffing costs of maintaining at least 255 beds at the county jail.
Calls and emails from KXL to the The Lane County Peace Officers’ Association were not returned.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press.