County Board Sets Sept. 13 Special Meeting

A special meeting of the Washtenaw County board of commissioners has been called for Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. to discuss proposed labor agreements. Commissioners voted to set the meeting at their regular board meeting on Sept. 7.

Earlier in the meeting, commissioners had approved the second of two agreements with the Michigan Nurses Association. In total, 15 union agreements are being negotiated as part of the 2012 and 2013 budget cycle.

The county hopes to see about $8 million in labor concessions for the two-year budget cycle, to help address a projected $17.5 million deficit. [There are 17 unions representing the county workforce. In January 2011, the county reached agreements with two other unions – the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) and the Command Officers Association of Michigan (COAM) – for a four-year period through 2014.]

This brief was filed from the boardroom of the county administration building at 220 N. Main in Ann Arbor. A more detailed report will follow: [link]