LACONIA — The Belknap County Convention will take up a collective bargaining agreement with the newest union representing some Belknap County employees when it meets Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Belknap County complex.
The three-year contract with the Teamsters Local Union 633, which represents 21 workers from several different county departments, calls for a $28,890 increase in wages and payroll associated costs in the 2015 budget, increasing the total contract costs from $517,017 to $545,906.
The 2016 cost impact would be $25,300, when costs rise to $571,205 and 2017 it would be around $26,000, when contract costs will be $598,061.
The contract was approved by the previous Board of Commisioners just before they left office and its cost impact figures were first presented to the convention when it met earlier this week.
The new union was granted certification by the state Public Employee Labor Relations Board last summer and was organized to represent mainly support staff employees, many of whom were not eligible for membership in the State Employees Association, which represents employees in the Corrections Department, Sheriff's Department and Nursing Home.
County Commissioners plan to start negotiations with the other unions in the near future and had sought to leave funding for a vacant human resources director position left in the 2015 budget in order to have funds to put on the table during those negotiations. But the county convention removed the $100,000 from the administration budget.
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