By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners on Friday afternoon approved a two-year contract with Belknap County Corrections Officers Union which substantially reduced health insurance costs.
The proposed contract still needs approval from the Belknap County Delegation which will meet on Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m., at the Belknap County Complex to consider cost items of the collective bargaining agreement.
Health insurance costs in the first year of the agreement will drop from $440,393 to $386,166 and in the second year of the agreement from $458,849 to $375,521. Those reductions reflect a change from the current HMO plan to a "site of service plan."
All 21 members of the Belknap County Corrections Officers Union two weeks ago voted for the contract, which provides a 1.4 percent pay raise in each of the two years, as well as step increases, which could increase total compensation by 4.4 percent each year for eligible workers.
There is also an incentive bonus of $1,000 in the first year for employees who make the switch to the site-of-service plan, which provides for $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000 deductibles on single, two-person and family plans.
The health incentive bonus adds $21,000 to 2016 costs, which along with the cost of living and step increases and additional payroll taxes and retirement costs increase the total cost of the contract from $453,076 to $458,233, an increase of $5,156.
But in the second year of the contract, when there is no health insurance incentive bonus, contact costs will drop from $466,783 to $420,547, a $46,236 decrease..
The proposed contract is similar to the collective bargaining agreement between Teamsters Local 633 and the county, which was approved by a 10-5 vote by the County Delegation last August.
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